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Ultimate List of Great Wolf Lodge Tips for Families

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These are our best Great Wolf Lodge Tips, if you want to read more about our experience at Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound, Click Here

Grab a Luggage Cart from the Lobby

Great Wolf Lodge has airport style luggage carts in the main entrance. Take advantage of them on arrival, especially if you have packed in your own food!

Bring Extra Coffee

if your mornings tend to start with more than one cup of coffee, consider bringing your own coffee and a small basket filter.  The line ups for Starbucks in the lobby was always lengthy in the am.  And besides, I am a Mama that needs coffee before even finding my glasses in the morning.  There is a small 4 cup coffee maker in the room and you can brew in your room (they do supply the prepackaged in a filter coffee).


Great Wolf Lodge Paw Pass

Great Wolf Lodge Pup Passes, Wolf Passes and Paw Passes are available to purchase. they offer up to 30% savings compared to purchasing activities by themselves. The MagiQuest Game is very popular (as is the ShadowQuest game for those who have already completed the MagiQuest) but it des require you purchase a wand and the game itself. the PAW PASS and the WOLF PASS offer the wand and a game in addition to arcade credits, a Great Wolf Kid at the Creation Station and more!

Pack in your own snacks, food and beverages

At the Grand Mound WA location, there is not a lot around the facility itself within walking distance: A gas station and a burger restaurant. There are lots of on-site restaurant options for meal times, but we have a pack of grazers in our group. We brought a veggie tray, watermelon (a cut up watermelon will fit in the fridge), crackers and cheese, juice boxes,

Great Wolf Lodge Tips Secrets

Pack your SHARPIE!

 I always do…the kids have all sorts of goodies from wands, to arcade cards. Know who is whose and avoid the argument. Bring your sharpie. Trust me on this.  I wrote our kids room number on their waterpark wrist band, so we could easily be located if our child could not find us for some reason. In crowded places we opt for these wristbands.


There is a LOT to do in a Great Wolf Lodge Weekend, and if it is your first trip, do not feel pressured to do EVERYTHING the resort has to offer! It is a waterpark after all, focus on the water park on your first trip and perhaps skip the arcade, or the spa, or MagiQuest (if you can convince your kids that is!).

What to Bring to Great Wolf Lodge

Enough room to have a meal at the table or room for the kids to play

MagiQuest is BUSY in the EVENINGS

As you would imagine, after swimming all day and having dinner, most of the kids in the resort are now out of the water park and in the hotel. We found them mostly between the arcade and the MagiQuest game. expect to line up to check your missions or to defect your foes. if you do your MagiQuest activities in the mornings, they are much less busy.

What is on check the GUIDE for FREE activities

Included in your stay is your waterpark pass and various other activities. Pop online before you visit and print out the timetable of what is happening while you are there,  so you are a bit prepared.  There is a lot going on from story time, to dance parties, to kid’s yoga!

Great Wolf Kid Options at the Creation Station at Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Kid Options at the Creation Station at Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge WaterPark Tips

Bring your own Towel or Two

Pool towels are to remain at the pool. Our littles were chilly when they left the pool, and now I know why parents brought their own pool towels.  So you can wrap up the kids, and head back to your room, warmly.  I would bring one next time for sure.

Choose your Vantage Point

Depending on the age of your children, it may also depend on where you choose to sit, or set up your home base.  I am a bit of a helicopter Mom, and I like my 5 year old to be able to see me, and be easy to find, not that I let wander too far.   We spent 98% of our time in the little people area. With 3 kids 5 and under, this was the perfect little spot for us.  If you are arriving at night, pop into the area and figure out where is best.

Get there at opening if you want a table

If you are planning on spending the day in the waterpark or at least want a table to enjoy some snacks, Send ONE parent in the am, to grab a spot.  People DO line up before the doors open.  So if you want a table, and they are limited, best to jump on the band wagon.

Stay in the WaterPark for Dinner

Dinnertime and later seems to be when the waterpark is the least busy. With parents who have had their children there since 9am, many have packed up so consider a pizza at the Hungry as a Wolf Pizza shop. Starting at just $14.99 for a large pizza, it is a great way to have a snack at the Waterpark and continue to enjoy the less busy part of the day.

Have you Booked your trip yet? Click on the location below for current rates for the resort in your area

Western Great Wolf Lodge Locations:

Grand Mound WA

Garden Grove / Anaheim CA

Midwest Great Wolf Lodge Locations:

Wisconsin Dells, WI 

Kansas City KS

Sandusky OH

Traverse City MI

Cincinnati OH

North East Great Wolf Lodge Locations

Scotrun PA

Boston / Fitchburg MA

South Great Wolf Lodge Locations

Grapevine TX

Williamsburg VA

Concord / Charlotte NC

Canada Great Wolf Lodge Locations:

Niagra Falls ON


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6 thoughts on “Ultimate List of Great Wolf Lodge Tips for Families

  1. Bryanna

    Great tips for visiting a waterpark! I loved the idea of bringing snacks (kids get hungry playing in the water!), the sharpie (brilliant!), and not trying to do everything but instead just enjoying your time.

  2. Francesca

    We haven’t done Great Wolf Lodge yet. Honestly, those giant water parks/resorts stress me out. Perhaps your extensive list will help eliminate some of that stress!

    1. Lindsay Post author

      Francesca – Great Wolf Lodge is actually very manageable. if you check out our tip on “pick your vantage point” you can see wherever your kids are!

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