by Lisa Milbrand
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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- Year-round water park fun
- Endless water activities
- Forest Friends show and nightly story time
- Water Parks
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Pool
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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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.
Grandkids Love it and so do we .We take the whole family. It's there Birthday present every year. They can't wait to get there. Everyone one is so friendly at Great Wolf Lodge. We have just got home and they are talking about going next year already.
Great Wolfe lodge is great place to stay with young kids. Water park is amazing and suitable for all ages. My kids love it and want to come here every year. This was our 5th visit and love it every time. Great experience and highly recommend it!!
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.