Great Wolf Lodge: The Ultimate Kid Friendly Staycation Location

Great Wolf Lodge: The Ultimate Kid Friendly Staycation Location

Orange County Indoor Water Park

Orange County Indoor Water Park

It’s officially fall, and winter’s not far behind, but it’ll always feel like summer at Great Wolf Lodge! I feel like some of the best vacation spots are in-state, so when I found this amazing gem in Garden Grove, I had to grab my car and go. The lovely Great Wolf lodge includes not only a wide array of entertainment, like a 105,000 square feet of indoor water park fun, exclusive to resort guests, but also top-quality accommodations, which are perfect whether you’re traveling alone, as a couple, with a group of friends, or with a family full of kids. Orange County Indoor Water Park

Orange County Indoor Water Park

Orange County Indoor Water Park


Orange County Indoor Water Park

I stayed in their Grand Bear Family suite, which accommodates 8 guests and has a private master bedroom with a king bed and a full bathroom for just $549.99. But there were so many suites to choose from, it’s insane! If you’re looking to stay in a smaller bedroom, then the Family Suite will run you about $269.99 per night. Be sure to keep an eye on their website because prices do change based on the day of the week and/or the time of year so it’s possible to score a really good deal. Orange County Indoor Water Park

The room was inviting, but we had to leave and check out their dining options as we were starving. The buffet-style restaurant from Loose Moose Family Kitchen offered a vast array of options the whole family can enjoy. From pasta, burgers, hot dogs, french fries and the super delicious Buckets Incredible Craveables. There was even a Dunkin Donuts which was a total hit with the kids.

There are plenty of attractions and entertainment to bond with your kids as well like Story Time, where you gather around in the Grand Lobby every night with your kids and listen to an interesting story told by one of the Great Wolf Kids characters. You can also spend the night playing 9-hole themed indoor miniature golf at the Howl at the Moon Glow Golf course.

Let’s face it, the thing that attracted me to Great Wolf Lodge was the fact that they had an indoor water park. Anywhere from Wolf Tail, a 360-degree thrill ride with a vertical plunge through a trapdoor that leads into an enclosed tunnel, to the six-story funnel slide of the Howlin’ Tornado, there’s just no way you or your kids can get bored here.

Orange County Indoor Water Park

Orange County Indoor Water Park

Oh! And as far as safety is concerned, the park does offer lockers to keep your personal belongings safe, for free. They also provide life jackets in all sizes so even though Reese can swim I still put her in one just to ease my mind! There are also two holiday themed events, like the Howl-O-Ween event that’s being held for the entire month of October, which includes a Monster Bash Dance Party, a daily costume parade, and so much more. If Halloween isn’t your thing, there’s always the Snowland event in December, which includes a winter wonderland of fun like the North Pole University, daily snow showers in the Grand Lobby, and even a special appearance by Santa Claus himself. Orange County Indoor Water Park

Orange County Indoor Water Park

Orange County Indoor Water Park

Orange County Indoor Water Park

Orange County Indoor Water Park

Overall, we were obsessed with the level of attention we received from their amazing staff. Not only did I get a wristband, that allowed me to open my room door, but I could also use it to buy food. The best part is that even though checkout is at 11, they didn’t push for us to leave pronto. I was actually able to stay until 8 pm and use the water park. Orange County Indoor Water Park

I honestly can’t wait to come back. I might even bring some new friends along. One thing’s for sure, the Great Wolf Lodge has everything I would ever need for the ultimate staycation all under one roof and the experience is truly unforgettable. Orange County Indoor Water Park

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“Financial compensation was not received for this post, however, I was hosted by Great Wolf Lodge during my stay. Opinions expressed here are my own.”



  1. November 4, 2017 / 11:49 am

    I have heard a lot of good things about this place. It looks like y’all had a blast

  2. November 4, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    This place soundsamazing! I was already convinced with the intro of your post and seeing the beautiful pictures. I loved the sound of the 105,000 square foot water park but then the pictures blew me away (sucker for a water slide) It honestly looks like a great family get away and even more impressive that the staff were so attentive, thats highly important in my opinion 🙂
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  3. November 4, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    The indoor water park looks amazing! What a fun place for the family!

  4. November 5, 2017 / 12:20 am

    I love how vividly you described the place! It felt like I was vacationing with you!
    Great Woolf Lodge sounds like something my family would enjoy!

  5. November 5, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    I’ve had friends and family both stay here, and they loved it family friendly amenities and the rooms, they swear they are just made for the children. This is a family trip I have been trying to get worked out for so long. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay.

  6. November 5, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    Your blog posts are so fun and entertaining to read and look through. I like the way you added in the photos to match the content. I would love to visit this place someday! It looks like an awesome time!

  7. November 5, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    What a great place to go to. Seems like they offer a lot to their guests which is a good thing. I’m hoping to travel again before the winter hits.

  8. Heather
    November 5, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    We stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge for my daughter’s last birthday. It was so much fun! I loved the hotel as much as the water park. Looks like you guys had a blast!

  9. Victoria Heckstall
    November 6, 2017 / 5:33 am

    What a fun adventure you had! My kids will surely love this place! Those photos are really amazing!

  10. Shubhada Bhide
    November 6, 2017 / 5:38 am

    This Great Wolf Lodge is absolutely fun and perfect place for kids staycation. Will put this on my bucket list, and I’m sure my kids would really love this place.

  11. November 6, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    Great Wolf Lodge looks like an absolute fun and a great place for kids even us as well. Would love to bring kids over there.

  12. November 6, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    I have heard so many nice things about this place, the rooms are so spacious and nicely decorated. You have captured the pictures so nicely. I am glad it is kid friendly.

  13. Rosey
    November 6, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    We took the whole family a few years back. We’re overdue to return, but it’s in another state, so we’ll have to wait until summer. )

  14. RaNesha
    November 6, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    Sounds like the perfect family vacation/staycation idea that the kids will enjoy. I’ve heard about the Great Wolf Lodge and I believe my family has been several times.

  15. November 6, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    It really looks a nice place to visit with my hubby and it really looks a comfortable lodge. I love to have a vacation there

  16. November 7, 2017 / 12:40 am

    I love the Great Wolf Lodge! I’ve been a few times in the past and I personally think it’s lots of fun for both kids and adults. The water park is definitely a unique feature to the GWL.
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  17. Thena
    November 7, 2017 / 2:04 am

    I’ve heard such great things about Great Wolf Lodge! Everyone I know that goes there with their kids just loves it!

  18. Candy Rachelle
    November 8, 2017 / 10:39 am

    I haven’t heard about this friendly lodge. and it looks so interesting and perfect staycation not only for kids but in the family. I am going to plan our staycation here this Christmas. I am sure my kids will really love this place. Glad you shared this.

  19. November 8, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    This looks so much fun for the entire family… I can’t believe I haven’t heard about them before.

  20. Utminh
    November 9, 2017 / 12:40 am

    I have never been to Great Wolf Lodge. Seeing a place of choice for summer.

  21. November 9, 2017 / 1:58 am

    Wow, is that an indoor amusement park? I will love to go there one day if I can! I love amusement parks, and it being indoor means I can avoid the sun! Woohoo~

  22. November 14, 2017 / 3:11 am


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