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Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls

3950 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls, L2E 7M8

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Niagara’s water-filled natural wonder may pale in comparison to the manmade thrills of the Great Wolf Lodge’s 103,000-square-foot indoor water park (at least, as far as your kids are concerned). Even in the Falls area, where most hotels cater to families, Great Wolf stands out as a kid’s idea of paradise, where a day spent whooping it up on wild waterslides is capped off with a nightly storytime.

The resort is just a few miles from the actual Falls, but a stone’s throw from Queen Victoria Park, which runs along the Niagara River (and has its own transportation system), making it an ideal home base for all Falls-related activities. But with so much to do inside the resort, it may be hard for you to convince your kids to leave.

Inside this woodsy, Great North-themed resort, you’ll find 406 suites, including some with enough room for up to eight guests to share a suite — perfect for larger families. Many of the themed rooms offer a separate, camp-style “kids’ quarters” within the suite — to give kids (and adults) each their own space.

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Our Editor Loves

  • Year-round water park fun
  • Endless water activities
  • Forest Friends show and nightly story time

Family Interests

  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Hiking
  • Skiing
  • Water Parks

Family Amenities

  • Babysitting
  • Cribs
  • DVD
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kids' Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool

Room Information

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The Great Wolf Lodges are all-suite hotels, with spacious rooms that offer small living areas with sofas and TVs, and microwaves, coffeemakers and fridges for making and storing snacks. The hotel's least-expensive rooms, the queen sofa suites, can sleep four on the queen bed and pullout sofa, and come with little patios as well. But if you have younger kids, they'll be more thrilled with the themed suites (Wolf Den, KidKamp and KidCabin suites), which feature separate kids-only tent or cabin areas with bunk beds, TVs and Nintendo game consoles (you'll pay extra for the games or movies). These separate kids' areas were on the cozy side, so don't expect a tall teen to squeeze into a bunk. The bathrooms are on the cozy side, so try to pack sparingly; you won't have a lot of room to spread out in there.


The Family Suite sleeps four, with a maximum of six people. The room has two queen beds, a full-size bath, living area with a full-size sleeper sofa, a 37-inch TV and a balcony or patio. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and hair dryer. Fireplace suites include everything above and feature a fireplace.

The Queen Sofa Suite sleeps four people. There is a queen bed, full bath, a full-size sleeper sofa, a 37-inch TV and a private balcony or patio. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and hair dryer.


The Wolf Den Suite sleeps four, with a maximum of six. The room has a cave-themed sleeping area with a bunk bed and tv. The main area has a queen bed, a full-size bath, full-size sleeper sofa, a 37-inch TV and a balcony or patio. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and hair dryer.

The KidKamp Suite sleeps four, with a maximum of six. The room has a tent-themed sleeping area with a bunk bed and TV. The main area has a queen bed, a full-size bath, full-size sleeper sofa, a 37-inch TV and a balcony or patio. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and hair dryer.

The KidCabin Suite sleeps six, with a maximum of seven. The room has a cabin-themed sleeping area with a bunk bed, day bed and TV. The main area has a queen bed, a full-size bath, full-size sleeper sofa, corner fireplace, a 37-inch TV and a balcony or patio. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and hair dryer.


The Whirlpool Fireplace Suite sleeps four people, with a king bed, full-bath, whirlpool tub, two 37-inch TV's, full-size sleeper sofa and private patio. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and hair dryer.

The Loft Fireplace Suite sleeps six people, with a maximum of eight. The main floor has two queen beds, full bath, two 37-inch TVs, a living area with full sleeper sofa and gas fireplace. Upstairs is a queen bed, 37-inch TV and a half bath. There is also a balcony or patio. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and hair dryer.

The Majestic Bear Suite sleeps six people, with a maximum of eight. The master bedroom has a king bed and 37-inch TV. The main area has two queen beds, full sleeper sofa and 37-inch TV. There is also a private balcony or patio and a breakfast bar. The room is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee maker and hair dryer.


Great family vacation

by Dami O

Amazing vacation for kids. we took our 2 1/2 year old son . Lots of activities to do. The waterpark is the main attraction. Food at the buffet was good too. Overall great experience. Will definitely visit again sometimes soon.


by LaneFane72

At great wolf lodge is fun because it a hotel a waterpark so I go where 109 times so I’m good to go to hart andgood I eat Spgati and noodle soup and pickle kinkier as the park explode I’m a chicken and done

Family Activities

Great Wolf Indoor Water Park
The indoor park has a plethora of water thrills, from the easy lazy Crystal River (perfect for adults to relax with their little ones) to the Canada Vortex (featuring a 40-foot drop) and the thrilling Niagara Rapids Run, which even takes you uphill at a few points.

You don't have to fret (too hard) about your family's safety there. Lifeguards are out in full force ensuring safety, and the park's state-of-the-art water treatment utilizes UV purification to eliminate harmful viruses and bacteria. And you can borrow one of the resort's life jackets to stabilize a weaker swimmer (they suggest them for anyone under 4-feet tall).

Pool hours vary, depending on the season and whether it's a weekday or weekend, but you can plan on at least 11 hours of water time (from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.) most days of the year.

Canada Vortex
This thrill ride, Canada Vortex, drops riders 40 feet into a cannon bowl. Guests can ride single or double, although children must be 48 inches tall.
Chipmunk Cove
Chipmunk Cove allows little ones to play with spray features and swim in a zero-entry pool. The pool's maximum depth is 1 and a half feet.
Crystal River
Float in a tube along the current of the winding, endless lazy river. Life vests are permitted and the ride is good for all ages.
Fort Mackenzie
Fort Mackenzie is a four-story interactive tree house in the center of the water park. There are spray stations, suspension bridges, slides and best of all, a 1,000-gallon bucket that tips over and drenches anyone underneath. Looking for a fast escape out of Fort Mackenzie tree house? Use the twin three-story Beaver & Squirrel Falls waterslides, for children 42 inches and taller.
Frog Pond
Kids test their balance, jump on lily pads and try not to fall into the water in Frog Pond. The one-way activity pool is perfect for kids under 48 inches tall, and life vests are recommended.

Grizzly Falls, Eagle Falls and Bobcat Falls
Three tube waterslides twist in and out of the building before dropping into a plunge pool in this collection of water slides that cover 1,100 feet. Children must be 48 inches tall to ride Grizzly, and to ride solo on Eagle and Bobcat. Children between 42 and 48 inches may ride Eagle and Bobcat accompanied by an adult.
Niagara Rapids Run
This roller coaster waterslide, Niagara Rapids Run, features a 52-foot vertical drop and travels 727 feet. Children must be 48 inches tall to ride, and two to three riders must ride together.

Otter Lake Activity Pool
Play water basketball or let kids test their balance on the floating activities in the Otter Lake Activity Pool. The 4-foot deep pool is meant for kids of all ages.
Rainbow Lake
Rainbow Lake is a wave pool that features zero-depth entry and goes up to 5 feet deep. Float on a tube or ride the waves as if you were in the ocean, where waves flow every 10 minutes for 3 minutes. Children are encouraged to wear life vests.
Wooly Mammoth
The Wooly Mammoth is the park's largest slide and allows families to ride together, up to four, in a big raft. Children under 48 inches tall must ride with an adult.

Outdoor Water Park: Loon Lagoon
Open seasonally, this is the most toddler-friendly pool in the park, with a baby slide right at the start of the zero-entry pool, along with water sprays and other fun water features to keep the kiddies occupied. Older kids will like the water basketball and poolside contests and activities, as well as the water slides. The park is open daily in July and August, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and features a large patio area with tables and chairs.

Resort Activities
There are a number of amenities and fun for the kids that do not require swimsuits.

Cub Club
This kiddie clubhouse for 3- to 12-year-olds allows kids to participate in a range of crafts and activities (some free, some for an extra fee). At most points, parents will need to be present with their kids, but check the daily schedule -- at certain points of the day, you can drop your (potty-trained) kiddo off at Cub Club for two hours of fun -- while you slip away for a spa treatment or a little downtime.
Grab a wand and customize it with a magical wand topper from the MagiQuest Wand Shop. Then start exploring the interactive fantasy adventure throughout the resort. Solve clues and complete quests to beat levels. Use the wand to enchant objects, open treasure chests, bring paintings to life, make friends with a pixie, meet a wizard, and battle a goblin and a dragon. The game can be played at any pace throughout your stay. The goal is to collect points from completing challenges to become a "Master Magi".
Northern Lights Arcade
This family-friendly arcade has an assortment of games ranging from games of skill for older ones to games of chance for little ones. Earn tickets to turn in for prizes when you finish playing.

Scooops Kid Spa
Perfect for girly girls, this ice cream-themed (and kids-only) spa offers sweet treatments in a range of "flavors" from chocolate to strawberry -- pedicures, manicures and makeup are on the menu, or you can splurge for the "Little Miss Great Wolf" package, which includes a tiara and updo, along with a mani-pedi.
Bring your kids' best pajamas so they can head down to the Great Forest Friends Show and Story Time in the Grand Living Room every evening. Kids get to watch Mo the Moose, Mother Bear and her cubs Ivy and Rusty sing about life in the forest. Then hear two bedtime stories with mascot Wiley Wolf and the rest of the Forest Friends. Afterwards take a photo with Wiley or Violet.
Stuffing Station
Kids can create their own stuffed animal friend at the Stuffing Station. Pick out a furry friend, bring it to life with stuffing and take it home as a souvenir.
Wacky Wilderness Mini Golf
Get the family together for a game of mini golf. This outdoor 18-hole course has interactive animated fun and surprises. Try for a hole-in-one on the 18th hole, if you get it, your next game is free.

Family Dining

Since Great Wolf Lodge is geared toward the kids, all of the onsite restaurants cater to the smaller set. Great Wolf regularly offers all-inclusive packages, that include buffet breakfast and dinner, with a personal pan pizza from Northwoods Pizza Company or a sandwich from the Bear Claw Cafe for lunch.

Since the rooms at Great Wolf Lodge all feature fridges and microwaves, many families opt to save a little money by toting along easy-to-prepare snacks or simple meals (and paper plates and plastic cutlery) so they can eat in the suite.

Antler Shanty Grub
The camping-themed main eatery is a buffet stocked with the usual suspects like waffles and omelets for breakfast and pastas, carving station and kid-pleasers like chicken nuggets and S'mores for dinner. Healthier choices like salads, fruit and yogurt are also available. The dining room has plenty of high chairs and boosters, and the standard crayons to help make meals a breeze.
Bear Claw Cafe
This baked-goods and sweets shop is the place to go for quick muffins and pastries in the morning, salads and sandwiches for lunch, and ice cream and other goodies throughout the day.

Camp Critter Bar & Grille
The sit-down eatery is an extension of Antler Shanty Grub in a campsite-themed restaurant with picnic-style tables and benches, as well as private dining tents. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet.

Grizzly Rob's Bar
Providing the most "grown-up" dining potential, the bar features a menu of snacks to accompany cocktails and drinks, though it's located right inside the water park, and surrounded by young kids.

Northwoods Pizza Company
Northwoods Pizza Company is conveniently located next to the waterpark entrance and Bear Claw Cafe to grab lunch or dinner after working up an appetite in the park. Find all of your family's favorites such as, pizza, wings, pastas, salads and appetizers.
Spirit Island Snack Shop
These two poolside snack bars help you refuel without having to leave the water park. Burgers, hot dogs, pizza and soft drinks are the staples.

Planning & Tips

In addition to the two-hour-long stretches of Cub Club, you can hire private Cub Care, well-trained and first aid-certified caretakers who can take care of your little ones in your room while you enjoy a little alone time. (Spots fill up fast, so it might be wise to book this part of your trip before you arrive.)

Most families only stay at the Great Wolf Lodge for a day or two. Unless you're planning to spend a significant amount of time away from the resort, that's probably long enough for your kids to get their fill of the rides and slides, before you start to get the "I'm bored" cries.

The Art of Smart Timing
The beauty of an indoor water park is the year-round ability to ride the slides -- and rates and availability are generally better in the fall and winter months, especially on weekdays. (In other words, you'll probably have shorter wait times for the slides if you slip in when most kids are in school.)

Keep in mind, though, that the outdoor pool and park -- and many of the Niagara Falls attractions outside the resort -- will be out of commission as the weather turns cool.

Weather-wise, the summer and early fall are best, with temperatures in the 80s. Winters can be cold and snowy (which makes the balmy 80+ temperatures inside the water park even more enticing).

Getting There
If you're flying into town, Buffalo Niagara International Airport, about 20 minutes south of the Falls, is your best bet. The next closest major airport, Toronto, is more than 90 minutes from the Falls. (Don't forget that Great Wolf Lodge is on the Canadian side of the Falls, so you'll need a passport to cross the border.)

For Mom and Dad
Great Wolf Lodge caters predominantly to their pint-sized guests, but there is an Aveda concept spa, Element, that offers a perfect place to unwind while your kids are enjoying the Cub Club. (Consider booking a treatment in the special couples' suite, where you can indulge in treatments side by side with your mate.) There are also two adults-only water areas -- an indoor whirlpool and the Great Outdoor Hot Spa -- open year round (and only a very few steps from doorway: key for those frigid Canadian winters).