Are you looking for a hotel where everything around you caters to children? Do you want to stay at a place that you don’t have to leave for the entire trip? On my recent press trip to Colonial Williamsburg, I spent a night at the Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg, a place that was made with families in mind. This resort is one of the many Great Wolf Lodge resorts located in the United States and Canada.
Disclosure: My stay at the Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg was complimentary as part of a media trip to Virginia. All opinions are my own.
Your experience with the Great Wolf Lodge starts at check-in, when you see the fun-looking, themed entrance. Every member of the family receives a wristband, which opens your hotel room and gives you access to the indoor water park (available only to resort guests and birthday parties). The lodge theme is carried throughout the resort, from the restaurants to the rooms and suites.
Rooms at the Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg
Rooms at the Great Wolf Lodge are comfortable and clean, and guests can choose from several types of rooms, including a standard room and a family themed suite.
These Wolf Den suites would be so fun for a fun family getaway. My room, a king-bed room with pull-out couch, was extremely comfortable and roomy. Unfortunately, I didn’t have toiletries in my room, but after talking with other guests, I think it was an oversight. After a quick call to the front desk, I had a full set of toiletries delivered to my room.
Water Park at the Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg
The indoor water park at the Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg is one of the nicest water parks I’ve ever seen, and includes the Howlin’ Tornado, an indoor surf simulator, a wave pool, and multiple water slides. It’s warm in there, and so clean. Kids could easily spend a good part of the day in the water park.
The water park is only open to hotel guests, so you definitely need to be staying on property to access it. You’ll be able to visit the water park both on your check in day and your check out day.
Other recreation options at the Great Wolf Lodge include a kids’ spa (fun, but a BIG splurge), storytime, an adult spa, a small bowling alley, a large arcade, and a really fun interactive game called MagiQuest.
Although I wasn’t traveling with my kids, I took a close look at the MagiQuest game, and know that it would be something that my kids would love. It’s a gender-neutral game that appeals to kids of all ages – I saw boys and girls from preschoolers to tweens (and even a few parents) running around with their special magic wands.
Since my first visit to the Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg, I’ve visited several other locations with my kids. They absolutely love MagiQuest, and spend hours running around the game area solving various quests. While you do have to purchase the wands and pay to activate them, you can save the wands and use them for repeat visits. They will save your progress, but you will need to pay to activate them for each visit.
The resort also offers a Paw Pass, which is a good way to save on these various activities. It includes a MagiQuest game, classic wand, a character at the Creative Station, a game of bowling, an arcade pass with 20 points, swim goggles, and more.
So, what are the negatives? Well, aside from the water parks, almost everything else is a la carte, making it a potentially expensive vacation. There are bundles you can purchase with some of the more popular activities, like arcade tokens and MagiQuest wands. But, it’s important that you properly budget for these added expenses, because they’ll certainly add up. Regardless, I know my kids would just love the Great Wolf Lodge, and I’m hoping to take them to one soon!
If you are planning to visit, check out our Great Wolf Lodge packing list.
Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg
549 East Rochambeau Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188-2148
Disclosure: As a guest of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, I was treated to complimentary meals, lodging, and activities.