Great Wolf Lodge

When you think family fun—the kind where the kids can’t stop smiling, splashing, laughing, and loving it all—few places (if any) can compare to Great Wolf Lodge. Opened in 2003, the lodge has become one of Traverse City’s “go to” destinations for families, especially those with young children, looking for big fun in an all-inclusive resort experience.   

“We pretty much have it all,” explains General Manager, Chris Ballou. “In addition to the waterpark—which is a huge attraction by itself—we have an arcade, bowling, family friendly restaurants, and a wide variety of hands-on activities to keep everyone happy. The family could stay right here and never have to leave to enjoy a full vacation experience together.” 

The big draw for Great Wolf Lodge is, of course, the waterpark. In simplest terms, it’s a 5-year old’s dream come true. Here kids can swim, splash, slide, and slalom down a river canyon in all their wet and wild glory. They can float a lazy river, play in a kiddie pool, explore a water tree fort...and the list goes on. Parents have the choice to join in on the fun, lounge by the pool, or soak in a hot tub. 

There’s plenty more to Great Wolf Lodge, however, then just an aquatic adventure. “We have so many activities to keep families engaged,” explains Ballou. “We have face painting, arts and crafts, educational science experiences…we even have kids yoga and jazzercise. We also have seasonal activities, like indoor trick or treating for Halloween. There’s something different going on here every day.” 

Given all these activities, families definitely need to refuel. Fortunately, the lodge has several appealing dining options. Families can start their day at Camp Critter Bar & Grill with a hearty and/or healthy breakfast. Hungry As A Wolf offers pizza and sandwiches for lunch and dinner. For a quick snack, there’s Buckets Incredible Craveables. To end a meal on a sweet note, there’s Bear Paw Sweets and Eats. In short, whatever your appetite, Great Wolf Lodge has something to satisfy everyone.