The Great Wolf Resort allows you and your family to experience the great North Woods without going too far…north! Finding the Great Wolf was a cinch as it is located directly off of the Interstate. That means no driving all over the Dells and no headache navigating through traffic. Our family went to the Great Wolf during the winter months, which meant the indoor water park was our main focus.
The “Great” Wolf Lodge Rooms
Altogether, the Great Wolf Resort has over 300 rooms, suites, and condos to choose from. Also, the resort is open year round and offers specials and promotions throughout the year. So be sure to check the website for specials before booking your room.
We stayed in a family suite, and the room was everything we could ask for. It had all of the typical amenities (microwave, refrigerator, etc.), but the décor and feel of the room was anything but typical. The walls were painted in a natural forest green and burgundy color, making you feel as if you were in the North Woods.
I actually found out that all the room furnishings and accents were hand crafted by skilled artisans from across the continent…so it’s not your typical white wall/odd painting hotel. Besides the family suite, the Great Wolf Resort offers 12 differently themed suites and 5 differently themed condos. The suites include:
The Condos include:
After checking out our family suite for a couple of minutes, our family did the usual, drop our bags, throw on our swimsuits, and immediately head to the water park.
Indoor Water Park Fun
The water park was not over crowded today, which meant we wouldn’t be standing in any long lines. The water park was enormous with three distinct water areas. It featured over 100,000 square feet of indoor water park fun, including 19 water slides, 6 pools, a lazy river, 2 whirlpools, and more. We liked the newest area that has private cabanas, a wave pool and the 4 lane matt racers. Just a hint here is to grab the inside lane.
If hungry or thirsty you can get snack, meal, or drinks whether young or adult right in the water park area.
Outdoor Water Park Fun
We can’t wait to go back in the summer and check out the 60,000 square foot outdoor water park filled with slides, and rides, including the Howling Wolf, two intertwining innertube slides, a large activity pool, a lazy river, water basketball, whirlpools, and a children's play area. We have been told by friends that it is one of the best outdoor hotel water parks they have ever been to.
Loose Moose Bar & Grill
After we enjoyed an afternoon of water park fun, we decided to get a bite to eat. We went back to the room, changed, and headed to the Loose Moose Bar & Grill located right next to the lobby. As the name suggests it is a bar, however, it is suitable for children of all ages. The food was very good, and the burgers were anything but normal “bar burgers.” We also went there the following morning for breakfast.
Besides the Loose Moose, the Great Wolf Resort has four other onsite restaurants to choose from. Two cafés, Bear Claw and Camp Critter, the Wolf Den Snack Bar, and a Pizza Hut Express are there to satisfy any appetite. There are also many other food places within walking distance of the lodge, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding something to eat.
Great Wolf Resort Activities
The Great Wolf Resort also has daily newsletter of activities called “lodge life.” I thought it was nice feature and would be very useful for parents as most activities were geared towards children.
For adults the resort features the Cameo Spa Salon and the Iron Horse Fitness Center. And for business, there are meeting and convention facilities available.
Location & Contact Information
Directions: From I-90/94 take Exit 92 (Hwy 12). Go North on Hwy 12 to first stoplight (Gasser Rd). Turn left onto Gasser Rd and go one block. Turn left onto Great Wolf Drive and you are there.
Check-in at 4 p.m. or as rooms becomes available. Check-out is 11 a.m. However you can arrive early and stay late in the water park. Just pre-check-in and get your wrist bands for the water park. You can arrive as early as noon and stay late on the day of checkout.
All guest rooms include free water park wrist bands, have a private balcony or patio, and are non-smoking. We also found out that the indoor water park was not open to the public and was for hotel guests only.
The Great Wolf Resort Wisconsin is an award-winning location and has won polls as best family resort by Midwest Living Magazine, Family Fun, Wisconsin Trails and others.