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10 Ways to Maximize Your Stay at Great Wolf Lodge

Welcome to Great Wolf Lodge! We’re so happy you decided to visit. To show our appreciation, we’ve provided ten important tips to help make your stay as convenient and cost-effective as possible. Check out the information below to make the most out of your vacation. 

Before you check out the list, take our personality quiz to find out what add-ons are the best for your family!

What’s your family looking forward to most?
Waterpark fun—the more time in the water, the better!
Dry-land attractions
Spending time together



Who is in your pack?
Tweens and tots
Mostly tots
Adventure-seeking kids



Why did you book a getaway at Great Wolf Lodge?
We love waterparks
We wanted to spend more time together
We wanted to enjoy a nearby getaway



How do you like to share memories with friends and family?
Social media!
Talking and sharing stories!
Call or text updates to share the fun in real time!



Is this your first time coming to Great Wolf Lodge?
Yes! We can’t wait!
Nope! We’re pros!



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1.  Only Bring the Pack Essentials

Suitcases can only fit so much! Save room for the important stuff; we can cover the rest. All of our lodges have towels and flotation devices available onsite, so you don’t have to worry about packing those items for the water park.

If there is something you feel you’re missing, you can always visit our Buckhorn Exchange Gift Shop. There, you’ll find lodge-themed clothing and accessories, jewelry, totes, books, kitchenware, frames, and toys. 

2. Make Sure to Bring a Pool Bag


A stay at Great Wolf Lodge likely means spending time in our award-winning water park! Bring a pool bag for all the essentials. That way, you can pack the night before and get started on the fun without delay! 

3. Don’t Forget Your Wolf Ears

wolf ears

Don’t forget to collect your wolf ears! These complimentary accessories are available at check-in. The kids will look right at home trotting around the lodge in their themed headbands. Be sure to get your camera ready! 

4. Enjoy Breakfast at the Lodge

family breakfast

Start the day off right with a hearty breakfast at the lodge! Save time by dining onsite and enjoy the opportunity to spend some additional time with the family. Purchase one of our meal plans before your stay for additional savings. 

5. Get Your Paw Passes


You can also purchase a paw pass to save on some of our top attractions and treats. The bundle includes access to our MagiQuest game, Candy Shop, arcade, mini-golf, mining experience, and more. Make sure to reserve one for each member of your pack! 

6. Enjoy a Room Upgrade 

guest suite

Make your stay even more magical with a room upgrade. You and your pack can enjoy some additional space in one of our Northwoods-themed suites, kids-themed suites, or spacious premium suites.

7. Soak Up the Waterpark

waterpark - 10 Ways to Maximize Your Stay at Great Wolf Lodge

Splash around with the whole family in our award-winning water park. We keep things at a comfortable 84-degrees so that you can enjoy our rides, slides, and attractions all year long. Access begins at 1 P.M. on the day you check in. Don’t forget, a late checkout gives you even more time to enjoy the park! 

8. Create a Homebase 


Set up camp at the water park. That way, different members of the pack can enjoy different activities and check back in throughout the day. Consider renting a cabana for a place to rest, retreat, and rehydrate. Each station provides private seating, towels to use in the waterpark, plus other exclusive amenities.

9. Don’t Forget About the Dry Land Attractions


We may be known for our indoor water park, but there are plenty of dry-land activities to enjoy at the lodge! Consider purchasing a Paw Pass before your stay to save on some of our attractions. 

 The kids are sure to go crazy over MagiQuest, our live-action role-play game. You and the family can also enjoy miniature golf, arcade games, and more. Don’t forget to check out some of our complimentary activities, either. Storytime, yoga, and late-night dance parties are all included in your stay! 

10. Download Our App

Download our app to receive resort updates and information on free activities. You can even order food right from your phone! Be sure to enable push notifications so that you don’t miss out on any important news.  

More from Great Wolf Lodge

If you don’t have plans to travel this year, you can always enjoy some quality family time at home. Check out our blog for water activities, crafts, recipes, science experiments, and more! 

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