May 072018
 

Tucked away in central Massachusetts, Great Wolf Lodge New England is THE place to go for a weekend of family fun! Located in Fitchburg, Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options – all under one roof!  I was invited to spend this past weekend at Great Wolf Lodge with my family, so I am going to tell you all about it.

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

If you are like me, the Indoor water park is most likely the initial draw to Great Wolf Lodge.  Obviously around these parts we have much more cold weather than we do hot weather, so that makes an indoor water park very appealing. The water park includes a number of awesome water slides, an indoor wave pool and Fort Mackenzie, which is a water fort tree house with slides and toys. You can also Grab a tube and float your way around Crooked Creek (lazy river), try to pass across the Big Foot Pass, where you have to cross these large, floating lily pads using only cargo nets for help or play in Chinook Cove, activity pool gives you the chance to swim, splash and shoot some hoops.

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

But the water park is just one part of the overall Great Wolf Lodge New England experience.

Attractions at Great Wolf Lodge New England

MagiQuest
Using your wand, explore the lodge as you take part in an interactive quest. On the quest, you will come across objects such as treasure chests which come to life when the kids swipe their wands past them.  Each stop on the quest gives the kids clues towards completing the quest and my favorite part is that it can be done at your own pace (which is perfect because one quest can take anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours). You can start the quest and go back to it later – or even on a whole separate trip back to Great Wolf Lodge.

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

For kids age five and under, Mini Magi Mode provides all the magic of MagiQuest but in a game that is specifically designed for younger Magi to explore and experience throughout the lodge.

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

Wand prices range from $15.99 to $21.99, depending on the style and each game costs $13.99.

Howly Wood XD Theater
It’s not just a movie; it’s the ultimate, full-immersion, 4-D thrill ride! As you watch the movie from the motion-enhanced chair, that and the other effects make you feel like you are part of the action. At Great Wolf Lodge New England there are three movies to choose from.

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

Lazer Frenzy
Just like they do in the spy movies, you will have a chance to maneuver around the laser beams as you navigate this maze! Your mission is to get the highest score without letting the lights touch you.

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

Creation Station
Your child’s favorite Great Wolf Kids character comes to life right before your eyes at the Creation Station. They will get to pick a character, stuff it and even purchase an outfit for their new friend. They even have some matching clothing for the kids so they can match their new stuffie. How cool is that?

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

Great Wolf Kids Characters are $24.99 and the price includes a Great Wolf Kids drawstring backpack to house the stuffed animal. Outfits and accessories are priced separately.

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

Once their character is finished, the kids are then able to set out on an exciting, interactive adventure that transforms the lodge into a giant playground as part of the Clubhouse Crew. The kids can interact with different characters, and find fun activities at every stop with their interactive new plush character.

Northern Lights Arcade
There is a gigantic arcade filled with fun arcade games for kids of all ages. From air hockey to basketball to car racing and more. Whether you choose games of chance or skill, you’re sure to have a blast playing and winning tickets as you go. And your Paw Points don’t expire, so you can bring your card back when you visit again for even more arcade fun.

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

Howlin’ Timbers Play Park – Play on Dry Land!

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

Howlin’ Timbers Play Park offers the best of Great Wolf Lodge on dry land. This is where you’ll find Howl at the Moon Mini Golf, Ten Paw Alley, the Frog Hopper amusement ride, the Howlers Peak Ropes Course and more! Let me tell you about what you will find inside Howlin’ Timbers Play Park:

1. Howl at the Moon Mini Golf
Stop in for 12 holes of mini golf with the family. Decorated with some giant animals, there are plenty of trick shots to be had. Don’t worry, while it’s challenging enough for more skilled players and easy enough for putters of all ages.

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

2. Ten Paw Alley
Half-length lanes and five-pound balls make bowling come alive for toddlers, teens and adults, too. Bowling is always fun, and it’s even more fun at Ten Paw Alley!

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

3. Oliver’s Mining Co.
Pan and sift your way to finding the beautiful gemstones and minerals waiting to be discovered. Take them home in keepsake collection bag, complete with a gemstone identification card and personalized labels.

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

4. Howlers Peak Ropes Course
Balance on ropes, cross bridges and climb through obstacles: all from the safety of a climbing harness! Younger children can enjoy a smaller course designed just for little ones.

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

Closed-toe, closed heel, rubber soled shoes are required to do the ropes course for safety purposes. Athletic shoes are ideal and no flip-flops are permitted. Guests must be 48 inches tall or be accompanied by a responsible adult to participate on the main ropes course. Smaller children can climb on the smaller structure.

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

Make The Most of the Attractions at Great Wolf Lodge New England

All of the above attractions can be purchased separately or you can get a Paw Pass! The Paw Pass gives you access to several of their best attractions!

Package Includes:

  • Choice of MagiQuest or ShadowQuest game
  • Choice of classic or colored wand, standard topper or Magi belt
  • One Creation Station animal (outfit not included)
  • One Clubhouse Crew Adventure
  • One Paw Points arcade / attractions card (20 points)
  • One 12 oz. candy cup
  • One pair of Great Wolf Lodge goggles from Bear Essentials Swim Shop
  • One Glitz Glitter Tattoo
  • One Leather Treaty name bracelet from Buckhorn Exchange Gift Shop

The Paw Pass is just $79.99 and Package price excludes tax.

Even More Fun at Great Wolf Lodge New England

There is always something fun going on at Great Wolf Lodge New England. Here are a few of the daily happenings:

The Forest Friends Show: Enjoy the Forest Friends Show as the characters come to life to sing and tell stories.

Story time: A bedtime story filled with our favorite Forest Friends

Character Appearances: Throughout the day, Great Wolf Kids characters can be found throughout the lodge.

Adults can also stop into the Iron Horse Fitness Center located on the first floor. I always try to keep my exercise routine in check even when I am on vacation and you can, too,  by dropping by the fitness center.

Or book an appointment at Scooops Kid Spa. This sweet retreat comes complete with ice cream-themed fizzy soaks, sherbet scrubs and yummy nail colors. Your special girl will feel like a star as she rests on her banana split throne in her take-home tiara. Try a Mommy & Me Pedicure for extra fun!

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

Insider tip: To keep your mani/pedi fresh and bright, consider scheduling your Scooops appointment near the end of your stay, after you’ve had your fill of water park fun!

End your day with their Wine Down Service. You had a busy day exploring the resort and water park, so at the end of a long day it’s time to Wine Down! Together with The Wine Group, Great Wolf Lodge has developed a delicious food and wine pairing menu -featuring both sweet and savory culinary treats complimented by specially selected varietals, to enjoy in the comfort of your suite. Visit or call Guest Services (Dial 0 on your room phone) by 8 p.m. to place your order and select a delivery window. Your wine will be brought to your room for you to enjoy.

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

Eat Your Heart Out

With so many dining options at Great Wolf Lodge New England, there is really no reason to have to leave the resort.

Lodge Wood Fired Grill
Lodge Wood Fired Grill offers premium, wood fired steaks, freshly caught seafood and lodge smoked ribs. Start your meal with unique family sharables, crisp market salads and vegetables. Delight your children with kid-friendly favorites like mac ‘n cheese, wings with dips and mouthwatering burgers. And top it all off with a delectable selection of fun, two-dollar desserts and Tiki-inspired cocktails.

The Lodge Wood Fired Grill also offers a buffet for their guests. We had the breakfast buffet one morning and the food was phenomenal. The pawffles were our favorite.

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

Buckets Incredible Craveables
Located right inside the water park, there is no need to leave to get some amazing food. They have a full menu of premium burgers, hearty sandwiches and fresh salads and vegetables. And who can resist their signature Tipping Bucket? It’s a family-sized treat layered with ice cream, brownies, cookies, candy, chocolate sauce and whipped cream!

Bear Paw Sweets & Eats
Start your day with freshly brewed coffee or cap off your day with something sweet.

Hungry As A Wolf
Large pizzas, salads and pasta dishes the whole family can share.  You can order from Hungry as a Wolf and they will give you a pager so you can go back with your family until your food is ready.  We got ours and ate it for lunch in the waterpark.

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

Dunkin’ Donuts
Dunkin’ Donuts is a New England staple – need I say more? It’s conveniently located just outside of the lobby, so you can grab your favorite coffee, some munchkins, donuts or bagels!

Plan your stay at Great Wolf Lodge New England

Check-in time at Great Wolf Lodge New England begins at 4 p.m. or as rooms become available. If you want to spend even more time in the water, if you have a reservation there, you are welcome to play in the water park as early as 1 p.m. In the event that your room is not ready when you arrive, you should bring a smaller bag with bathing suits and swim gear and leave the rest of your luggage locked in your car. Stop by the front desk to let them know when you arrive and they will give you water park wrist bands. There are lockers, showers, and changing areas available for your use in the water park.

They require the guest checking in to be at least 21 years of age. Photo ID is required upon check-in along with credit card for incidental charges.

Check-out time is 11:00 a.m., but feel free to enjoy the water park facilities until closing the day you check out. Go lock up your luggage in your car, but keep out your bathing suits and swim gear so you can enjoy the water parks even longer.

There is unlimited Wifi Resort-Wide.  I brought my laptop and worked comfortably from the water parks.

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

Coast Guard approved life jackets are available on a first come, first serve basis. They strongly recommend that children under 48 inches and weak or non-swimmers wear a life jacket. Please note that inflatable toys are not allowed in the water park.

Towels are provided for your family in the water park as well as bathing towels in your suite. You may wish to bring a beach towel or cover up because the the towels provided in the water park need to stay in the water park area.

You are welcome to bring coolers to the lodge; however, they are not permitted in the water park area.

If you are planning a trip to Great Wolf Lodge New England, I hope you found all of this information helpful. There is so much to do there and I promise, you will never get bored.  We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and my kids are already asking to go back.

Great Wolf Lodge is more than just a water park. Sure, your family is in for an incredible water park experience when you visit, but there is much, much more including tons of family friendly attractions, shopping, entertainment and various dining options - all under one roof!

Disclaimer: My family was invited for a complimentary stay at Great Wolf Lodge New England, but all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.

  34 Responses to “Plan a Family Friendly Getaway at Great Wolf Lodge New England”

  1. Great Wolf Lodge is a great way to spend a weekend. That New England lodge has a lot of things we have not seen before like the mini golf and rope climbing. It is a perfect way to get wet all year round.

  2. I really want to go here with my trio. I think it would be such a fun time, I honestly didn’t know they had a New England location until I saw your Instagram Stories. Super excited to see if we can swing this over summer break 🙂

    • A great getaway and kids love it. It is so nice they have that wine down for the adults to enjoy. The New England great wolf does have everything.

      • That’s really awesome! I can’t wait to see if we can budget it in over summer. The kids have been begging to travel and have new experiences. We’ve lived pretty sheltered, ready to explore!

  3. Looks like a fun place to be! We haven’t been to any water parks lately and how we crave to go there.

  4. I was just talking to my family about planning a trip to Great Wolf Lodge soon. It sure does look like they have a lot of things to keep everyone in the family occupied and having a wonderful time!

  5. We loved the Great Wolf Lodge! Such a great hotel! So much to do!

  6. This looks so much fun! Such an amazing getaway for the family!

  7. This looks like an awesome place to take the family for vacation. We haven’t been to any Great Wolf Lodge yet so I really think we should start planning for a trip there. So many activities for kids and adults alike!

  8. Looks like the perfect place to take the kids and get a way for awhile. Tons of stuff for the family to enjoy and something for all age groups.

  9. We’ve always wanted to go here! I know my kids would love it. They are all about the water. I’d let them play there while I pigged out.

  10. I’ve been wanting to visit the one we have in Virginia. It looks like a great place to go and plenty of entertainment for the kids!

  11. I love the New England area! I would love to take my family to the Great Wolf Lodge New England sometime and explore the area!

  12. The kiddos would love this experience! I had no idea the New England location offered all of this. I have to look into booking a trip.

  13. This is a fun place that my kids would love to go. The nearest one here is over an hour drive so we don’t usually go.

  14. We have a great wolf lodge about 45 minutes from our house! We really need to take Liam when hes alittle older!

  15. Oh my goodness this looks like such an awesome place to go and stay! It seems like it has something for everyone no matter their age!

  16. It’s hard not to love this place especially if you’re a kid! I think it’s awesome that there’s so much to do here with them. The food looks SO good too! It’s easy to see why you should take the whole family here!

  17. We love Great Wolf Lodge. It’s a real family favorite. I think we’ve been there a good ten times while our girls were young. So many great memories.

  18. Wow! Great Wolf Lodge looks incredible! Those smiling faces say it all! My family would love it too. Hopefully we will get there soon.

  19. Oh how fun! They have a Great Wolf Lodge here in Colorado Springs. We haven’t been, but I would love to do the ropes course.

  20. Okay, I knew the Great Wolf Lodge was fun, but I didn’t realize it would be THAT fun! Check out all those cool arcade games!

  21. Great Wolf Lodge is such a great place for the family to have fun and there is something for everyone! We have a Great Wolf about an hour from us I would love to go someday!

  22. I love the fact that they have an indoor waterpark that the kids can take advantage of! So many activities in store too! Definitely a great place to go to and spend time with the family.

  23. First of all, I cannot BELIEVE how big your boys are! They’ve shot up big time! Second of all, my littles would LOVE this, even though they couldn’t participate in some of the bigger kid things. They would stay in the water until they pruned all over!

  24. I’ve never been to a Great Wolf Lodge but a lot of my friends with kids have and they all LOVE it!! It looks like such. fun place to take your family!!

  25. Great wolf lodge is amazing! There is one in Niagara Falls and the kids love it! A one stop vacation

  26. This sounds like so much fun! We are in driving distance, and I would love to surprise the kids some weekend and go. I love how many things there are to do!

  27. We have a Great Wolf Lodge near our house and try to go at least once a year. It’s so much fun! The water park, of course, is so much fun, but there’s so much offered for families to do.

  28. I have yet to take the kids to Great Wolf Lodge and so need to put this on our list! Looks like you guys had a great time!

  29. What a great place to spend family time and bonding. Indeed Great Wolf Lodge New England is the place to be. So many attractions that it has and surely all of the family members would love and enjoy.

  30. I miss Great Wolf Lodge so much, hope the build one in Florida some day soon!

  31. Great wolf lodge is amazing! There is one in Niagara Falls and the kids love it! A one stop vacation)

  32. I love the fact that they have an indoor waterpark that the kids can take advantage of! So many activities in store too! Definitely a great place to go to and spend time with the family.