You don’t want to pass up an opportunity to visit Great Wolf Lodge this summer! From the indoor water park, campfire activities, to delicious s’mores – there will be plenty of activities to enjoy during your stay. This is the first ever Great Wolf Lodge Summer Camp-In!
Great Wolf Lodge provided us a complimentary weekend stay at the resort. All opinions are my own and this review is based on our experience.
We recently enjoyed a two-night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg resort. There are many things to do in Williamsburg, VA. From theme parks to living-history museums, to outdoor adventures, Williamsburg, Virginia is saturated with fun attractions and memory-making opportunities with kids.
This was our second stay and it was just as special as the first time. The boys were absolutely surprised when we shared where they were headed for the weekend. They love all that Great Wolf Lodge offers and it really is a family-friendly and kid-centered place to visit. There is something for everyone. Although the main attraction is the indoor waterpark, if there is a family member who wants to stay dry, there are lots of land activities as well!
Great Wolf Lodge Customer Service
Since we visited as part of the media weekend event, I had the wonderful opportunity to have breakfast with the General Manager. After witnessing her passion for the resort and for the kids who visit, I have a whole new appreciation for the lodge! I can assure you that a top priority at Great Wolf Lodge is safety which is so important when vacationing with children. From top-notch trained lifeguards to security personnel on the premises to food services staff who are trained on food allergies – we can be assured that our kiddos are in a safe place.
They also consider all facets of the guests’ enjoyment. The customer service is wonderful and I was so impressed with the friendly staff members. From the food staff who take any food allergy concerns very seriously to the activity staff who will surely make your kid smile and giggle. The staff is patient and they seem understanding that there will be kids, well, lots of kids on an energy high yet they have a positive attitude and know how to make it a special stay for all.
Summer Camp-In Overview
From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, all 16 U.S.-based Great Wolf Lodge resorts will celebrate the joys of camping with an array of special activities and events designed for families to participate in together. The summer fun will be nonstop with pool parties, character appearances, games, music, feasting on flame-grilled barbecue and more. From outdoor yoga to camp bingo, move your feet in a conga line or a kick-off-your sandals pool party, families will blaze trails to summer fun like never before. For more information on booking your stay check availability here.
Great Wolf Lodge Summer Camp-In Activities
Character Breakfast – Join Wiley and friends for a breakfast buffet filled with tasty food, festivities, and more. The boys loved breakfast at GWL since they had so many choices and they could pick their favorites to fill their bellies before a day in the waterpark. I think kid-sized waffles with paw prints are the cutest waffles ever! Meeting Violet the Wolf as she made her way around the tables was just the icing on the cake!
Pool Party – Have a splashing good time inside or outside with games, DJ music, and refreshments all poolside. Activities include how low can you go in the limbo, rubber duck races, corn hole toss, and a conga dance to cap it all off.
Trailblazer Challenge – Earn a badge for every game completed by participating in different arts and crafts projects such as friendship bracelet making and rubber ducky decorating, as well as interactive games like family trivia and corn hole challenges. When campers collect ten badges, they earn the ultimate honor – the title of Trailblazer.
BBQ – Step right up, campers! Mouthwatering BBQ anchors dinner menus at the resort’s main restaurant. After all, no summer camp should be without BBQ and all the fixins’.
S’mores – Be sure to leave room for s’mores! A summer camp special will be the special s’mores dessert bar served up by Great Wolf Resorts’s very own culinary experts – s’moreliers.
Summer Camp-In Jamboree – Wind down with the family around a crackling fire. With the ceremony of lighting the fireplace, the nighttime fun begins. Enjoy singing, face painting, s’mores, silly story-swapping, character shows and the time-honored Great Wolf Lodge tradition, Story Time. Let your hair down groovin’ the night away at a rollicking, DJ-led dance party under the stars (indoor or outdoor). Linger longer for nighttime bowling or a hole in one mini-golf challenge.
Summer Camp-In Decor
The lodges will be decked out for summer camp, from a “Welcome Campers!” banner at the portecochère to pennants hanging from the lobby ceilings. The resort staff will be dressed in counselor gear and select guestrooms will have a camp theme with everything from pennant bunting to actual in-room tents and campfire lanterns. The camp-themed rooms are exclusively for the Summer Camp-In celebration.
Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg, VA
In addition to the Summer Camp-In activities, there are all the other amenities at Great Wolf Lodge. Be sure to check out my first Great Wolf Lodge post for more details about each.
A few of the additional activities we personally enjoyed this trip are the Howlers Peak Ropes Course, MagiQuest, Mini Golf, Northern Lights Arcade, the indoor bowling alley, and the candy shop! When I say something for everyone, I’m serious. My husband was actually the one to enjoy the surf simulator and the ropes course this trip. The boys just weren’t confident enough to give them a try. And you can always get away from the adventures and book a treatment in the spa.
Tips for Staying at Great Wolf Lodge
- Inquire about specials. Great Wolf Lodge is on discount sites like Groupon and their official site often features sales and bundled offers. Sign up for the Great Wolf Lodge coupons on their site to stay informed on select deals. Booking early can save families up to 50%!
- To help keep meal costs down, you can bring your own snacks. All suites include fridges and microwaves.
- The lodge does provide free towels for use in the waterpark area and access to flotation devices.
- Great Wolf Lodge takes food allergies very seriously. The resort recognizes that food allergies and special diets are more common than ever and they go to great lengths to make sure everyone is safe.
- Make the most of your stay and enjoy the water park on the day you check in and check out! Guests can gain access to the water park as early as 1 pm on the day of check-in and enjoy the water park until closing time on the day of check out. This feature really allows families to maximize their water park experience.
For more tips and general information about Great Wolf Lodge, be sure to check out this post. I shared all the tips and all about the activities that are included during your stay after our last visit.
If you are looking for a summer of experiences and lifetime memories, Great Wolf Lodge should be on your summer destination list. Great Wolf Lodge is reinventing summer camp. It’s a getaway that won’t be ruined by rain or inclement weather, making it the perfect location for families to enjoy summer fun. So whether you’re coming with your family for a long weekend or staying for a week, there’s plenty to do, see, eat, and play at this expanding water park.