Are you planning a trip to Great Wolf Lodge this year? Whether you're heading out of state for a vacation or enjoying a little staycation, there are SO many things to see and do at this awesome water park hotel. I've partnered with Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington, Minnesota to share nine things you NEED to experience during your visit!
We visited Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington, Minnesota at the beginning of the year and from the moment we left, our five year old has been begging to return. Since we aren't taking any big trips until next fall, we decided it would be fun to head a couple hours south and spend a weekend at Great Wolf. Our whole family had an absolute blast and I wanted to share some of our favorite activities!
Great Wolf Lodge - Bloomington, Minnesota
Climb a Rock Wall
Whether you're a child or adult, rock climbing is SO fun! Rustic Ridge Climbing Wall is 21 feet tall and has a variety of skill levels available.
Our five year old thinks the rock climbing wall is amazing! She would spend half the day here if she could. Our son is just two and a half but he wanted to try the wall, too. The workers were so patient and helpful which made it a great experience!
Complete a Ropes Course
Another experience related to heights, Howlers Peak Ropes Course was a huge hit with our five year old. She was tall enough to do it with an adult so my husband and I took turns with her. At first, she was nervous about falling (though totally safe in a harness!) but soon she was cruising along the course. I'll admit, I'm not very confident in my balancing abilities but it was still a blast!
Partake in Free Activities
There are so many free activities every day at Great Wolf Lodge. Some of our favorites were morning yoga and exercises, dance parties, storytime, meet and greets with Wiley and Violet, and bracelet making.
Upon check-in you'll get a pamphlet that gives you a schedule of all the activities in the lobby and other areas of the lodge for each day. While we didn't specifically plan around any, we found ourselves stopping to participate every time we saw one!
Make a Stuffed Animal Souvenir - I don't know about your kids, but mine are obsessed with stuffed animals. While we don't buy them often, I love the idea of getting a stuffed animal that you helped create as a souvenir from a family trip.
Our kids visited the Creation Station and each one picked out their favorite animal to stuff. They sell some adorable clothes to go with the creatures, but since our kids always remove stuffed animal and doll clothes we skipped them this time.
Go on a MagiQuest - I'll have to admit, we were REALLY excited about this one! If you have kids that are into video games or magic, they'll LOVE MagiQuest. Kids get to pick out their own wands and use them throughout the lodge on a quest to earn the title of Master Magi.
While our kids are only two and five, they loved waving their wands at various items throughout our stay that would glow or talk to them. Plus, our daughter completed the task of slaying the dragon! Next time we visit, she'll work more towards becoming a Master Magi.
Pan for Gemstones - If your kids are obsessed with rocks like mine are, they'll love this. They can sift and pan for gorgeous gemstones at Oliver's Mining Co. They'll get to keep the gems they find along with an identification chart!
Play Kid-Friendly Bowling - Ten Paw Alley is located on the second floor at Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington. It's the perfect version of bowling for young kids where the lanes are shorter and the balls are lighter!
We played the enhanced version which takes photos of each guest and plays fun snippets on the screen while the pins reset. SO much fun!
Take Advantage of Wine Down Services - Our nine year anniversary is actually coming up this week so I wanted to surprise my husband and celebrate a little early with wine down services while we were at Great Wolf Lodge. They have a variety of options but I chose the Prosecco and chocolate covered strawberry pairing.
I got to set what time it would arrive in our room and we got to enjoy the late night treat while the kids dozed off!
Visit the Water Park - Now, this is probably a given. Even still, there are some water park features at this Great Wolf Lodge that you won't want to miss! Our kids spent a lot of time at Fort Mackenzie on the various slides and spraying water at each other.
Chinook Cove and Big Foot Pass were a lot of fun, too. There were quite a few 'big kids' playing basketball when we were in the waterpark, so we mostly stuck with other activities. Big Foot Pass was fun for the kids, though, and they each had to get across the lily pads a couple times.
If you like big slides, Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington has quite a few! While we didn't try any of the body slides this time, we did tandem tubes with the kids on Alberta Falls and even took a family ride on River Canyon Run! My husband also gave the Wolf Rider Wipeout a try-you'll have to check out this simulated surf in our video.
We spent the most time in Slap Tail Pond and Crooked Creek! The wave pool is very family friendly and our kids loved coasting along and then heading down the lazy river. Our daughter was practicing plugging her nose and swimming under water and it's amazing to see how much she improved just over the weekend!
As you can see, there are SO many activities to keep you busy while visiting Great Wolf Lodge in Minnesota. While it's not all-inclusive, one of my favorite things is that we can park at the lodge and spend our whole weekend there. We never have to leave or find activities because there's always something to do at Great Wolf! If you're planning to take in some of the extra activities on-site, I would highly suggest buying a pass for your stay to save a significant amount of money. We were gifted the Wolf Passes this time which includes all of the activities I listed above, plus more! There are also two other pass options with less activities depending on the ages/interests of your kids.
Check out our video of all the fun we had at Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington, Minnesota!
There are Great Wolf Lodge locations across the United States-check to see if there's one near you, or come visit us in Bloomington so we can share some "Minnesota Nice" with you! If you sign up for their emails, you'll get notified of discounts, too. Plan your next family vacation or stay-cation with Great Wolf Lodge!
Have you visited Great Wolf Lodge?
What's Your Favorite Attraction? Let me know in the comments!
Check out my post about the on-site dining options at Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington, too!
Disclosure: I received one complimentary night and one night at a media rate along with two Wolf Passes in exchange for a post about Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington, Minnesota. As always, all opinions are my own.