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Family Getaway at Great Wolf Lodge

Last week was our official summer vacation of 2011. Our original week long getaway plans got changed at the last minute and we ended up doing shorter trips to multiple places. Our first stop was Great Wolf Lodge in Pocono Mountains, PA. We had visited Great Wolf Lodge before when we attended Reviewers Retreat but this time was completely uninterrupted and focused on the kids.

Welcome to Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge, Pocono Mountains
We arrived earlier than our check-in time so we could enjoy a full day from the start. We all got suited up and headed into the large indoor waterpark. The kids knew exactly where they wanted to go; the slides. Shae is not scared of rides so she headed right up to the couple waterslides she already knew she was tall enough for. She must’ve dragged Sabreena up those couple flights of steps a dozen times. Shauns favorite place is the wave pool. He loves bobbing up and down and “swimming for his life” against the waves.
Great Wolf Lodge, Pocono Mountains
Great Wolf Lodge, Pocono Mountains
Great Wolf Lodge, Pocono Mountains
Great Wolf Lodge, Pocono Mountains

Rob and I got to enjoy the outdoor pool this time. We planted ourselves under a table with snacks and drinks while the kids came to visit every few minutes and play. For the most part Rob and I spent our time alone, without the kids. Great Wolf Lodge is a resort for kids, parents are just the transportation. From the Northern Lights Arcade to MagiQuest Adventure to Scoops Spa there is something for every child besides the obvious waterpark.

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Eating at Great Wolf Lodge is an expensive event but the variety is perfect when you are trying to feed adults and children at the same time. I love love love the pasta bar. I’m able to add every single veggie I love to the pasta shape of choice and just ask for a light olive oil and garlic sauce. It was perfect and if I had the room in my belly I would’ve gotten seconds. Dessert for kids is a must when “eating out”. The selection is pretty good. Ice Cream is always available and each day there are different cupcakes, cookies and pies available. Seafood, burgers, soup and pasta, the choice is yours.

I would like to recommend to management of the Poconos Mountain location to add some air conditioning to the Swim Shop. I went in to purchase a new swimsuit and it was so ridiculously hot and humid that trying anything on was near impossible.

The kids are already asking when we can go back.


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  1. Tamara @ Southern Yankee Mix says

    It looks like you guys had so much fun! We have one that’s near us and I would love to go – I know my kids would love it. The only thing that’s been stopping me is the price tag. I’ll keep watching for a great deal though!

    • all you really need is one night because you get 2 days worth of play. Pack drinks and snacks and it’ll totally be worth it!

  2. This looks like so much fun! I’ve always wanted to visit the Poconos. Now I know where I’ll stay one day!

  3. Oh! I’d love to go to the Poconos!! That sounds like you guys had a great time! 🙂

    • The Poconos has always been one of our favorite places to go and discovering Great Wolf just adds to it

  4. I have been to the one in Ohio, it really was a blast!


  5. The kids and I and my father from Orlando drove to Charlotte Friday and I was very pleased with the easy drive. Great Wolf Lodge is just off the highway and couldnt be easier to spot…Myself and several other local editors bloggers enjoyed a 2 night 3 day stay at Great Wolf Lodge last weekend and I can easily say that I and my kids had the time of our lives!

    • we are making a trip to the Charlotte location next year, and I think 2 nights is the perfect length trip

  6. Sounds like you all had a great time!! I loved being at the outdoor pool as well. Can’t wait to see you all at great wolf in NC!

  7. Oh my! That look so luxurious for a lodge–Clean clear water and smiles all around!!
    I’m very jealous

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