A Look at the Newest Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange
They call her “Sweet Sixteen” for a reason. The folks at GWL took notes from their guests at the other 15 resorts and improved on them. According to Curtis Brown, Jr., a local entrepreneur and general manager of Build the Crowd, Inc., LaGrange is the perfect spot for the resort.
“There’s lots of economic development and success along with the infrastructure and land needs and capabilities that are necessary to support good projects. LaGrange is gaining a reputation as a great city in which to live work and play!” he says.
Here are a few of my favorite things about the Great Wolf Lodge resort in LaGrange: It takes less than an hour to get there from South Fulton. That’s my kind of road trip. You can’t get to any real beach or large theme park that quickly. By the time you buckle the kids in, it’s time to get out! No time for anyone to ask, “Are we there yet?” We were there for the whole weekend and even squeezed out a little waterpark time on Sunday after checkout.
There’s a waterpark… with a bar in the middle—and it’s indoors! As much as there is to do onsite, the waterpark was my favorite by far. Your armband serves as your room key, your pass to get into the waterpark area, and even works to purchase food and cocktails. It’s genius! Everyone allowed in that space is a guest of the hotel and it never seemed overly crowded. People were spread out enough that there were no long lines, even at the exhilarating slides. When they ask, “Can we go again?” the answer is “Absolutely!”
There’s lots to do. My son really loved bowling and mini golf in our dry time. He was intrigued trying to solve the MagiQuest and I really got my daily 8,000 steps in as we searched for clues and fairies and trolls. If you’ve got an early riser, there’s kiddie Yoga and a late night pajama dance party before bedtime. He liked building his own GWL stuffed animals and dressing them as well.
I definitely recommend bringing the grandparents. There are rooms that sleep up to 12 people, so the whole family can come. My little guy enjoyed the arcade with Granddaddy and mining for gold with Grandma while Mommy got to take a little break. Also, it would be worth checking into the various Paw Pass options. Bundling some of the activities will help you hold onto a few coins. Leave all the electronic devices behind and have some fun!
Speaking of a break for Mommy, there’s a hot tub reserved just for adults to have some peace and quiet. The outdoor pool is lots of fun as well, without the extra stimulation and humidity in the waterpark area. The lifeguards are some of the most active and vigilant that I’ve ever seen and I felt very comfortable with my newly-trained swimmer enjoying the water.
I already mentioned the drinks, but the food onsite is really good too! Though there are a few restaurants near the resort, I would definitely recommend the ones inside the waterpark. It’s so convenient to have a burger or a taco or a bucket of ice cream right there and not have to leave, dry off, shower, etc. Just scan your armband! The breakfast buffet is really good. There’s also a fancier restaurant, the Barnwood, if you’re able to squeeze in a date night. The food and drinks (including beer from local breweries on tap) are of the highest quality, and don’t forget to save room for dessert! Did I say there’s a camp where you can drop off your little pups for a while where they can enjoy guided activities?
A few more tips: the GWL has been operating at 80% capacity each weekend. A good rule of thumb is that they will be busy anytime school is out. Planning your trip 60-90 days out is recommended. I look forward to visiting for the holidays. They decorate the entire lodge and I can’t wait to see the 40-foot tree!
The highlight was tucking my exhausted wolf pup in, ears and all, as he said, “Mom, this was the best day ever.” You can’t put a price on that. Ah-oooooooh!
Howliday Fun at Great Wolf Lodge
They have some fun things going on at the Lodge later in the year. For Halloween (Or Howl-O-Ween!), Great Wolf treats families to unique activities and decorations during the month of October, including a scary Howl-O-Ween House, Candy Corn Guessing Games and more.
Snowland welcomes families to the winter holidays in proper Northwoods style. During this holiday season, Great Wolf Lodge is transformed into a magical winter wonderland, complete with spectacular decorations, visits with Santa and a life-size gingerbread house that you can dine in!