Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee Review

Is it just me or are weekends away with kids simply weekends where your kids act like they usually do…but just in another location? That’s why my husband and I have started doing research to make sure that a hotel or resort that we choose for vacation actually caters towards FAMILIES so that all of us can have fun and there are much less melt-downs than at home.  Which resort is currently at the top of our weekend away list? Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee. From the welcoming wolf ears to the massive amount of activities for everyone in the family, it is the perfect place for Chicagoland families to relax and recharge together. Here are three reasons why your family needs to plan a Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee Getaway:

My family was hosted at Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee at no cost. All opinions are my own.

The Size and Location

The only other Great Wolf location my family has been to is at the Wisconsin Dells and man oh man was it HUGE! And while that is great for kids with pre-teens and teens, it was a bit overwhelming for my younger boys. That’s why I’m so glad that the Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee is designed to have big fun but on a smaller scale. Add in the distance factor and it is so much easier to have a weekend away at Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee without traveling into “Packers terriority” if you get my drift!

Since the Great Wolf Gurnee only has an indoor pool, it is much easier to stay together as a family and play together instead of spending most of your time trying to track one another down. The water park is only open to hotel guests, and as a result you will never feel cramped or have to wait long for a tube on the lazy river, helping you maximize not just fun but also relaxation.  And with thirteen different water based attractions the only struggle will be deciding which thing to do first.

The Dry Land Activities

The slides and new wave pool are clearly the most popular in terms of water play, while the ropes course and MagiQuest are the HUGE hits on dry land. But let me tell you, those two dry land activities are just the tip of the ice berg at Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee. Families will be busy with these complimentary activities:

  • Yoga Tails (yoga class)
  • Northwoods Friends Show (music show)
  • Wolf Walk (animal talk)
  • Wolfercise (aerobics class)
  • Paws-on Projects
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Twisting
  • Interaction Reaction (science experiments)
  • Critter Cartoons (guided art class)
  • PJ Party (includes dancing, stories, and trivia!)
  • Character Appearances

There is also the vast Northern Lights Arcade filled with old school favorites like Skee-ball and new and modern games based on current films such as Jurassic World, Ten Paw Alley which the perfect size for families who love to bowl, Howl In One Mini-Golf, Rustic Ridge Climbing Wall, Olive’s Mini Co., Howlers Peak Ropes Course and of course the Great Wolf Adventure Park and MagiQuest.

Needless to say, it is impossible to be bored at Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee and there is tons to do when you aren’t in the mood for a swim.

The Parent Perks

The fact that Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee focuses on and caters to parents just as much as kids really sets it apart. I mean, being able to tuck your kids into a “cave” in your room with their own TV so you can relax and unwind in the rest of the room, watching and doing what YOU want to do? Priceless!

And don’t forget that Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee doesn’t have standard faire that you find at other indoor waterparks. Barnwood is a delicious, farm-to-table restaurant that not only caters to kids’ palates but will also make parents swoon over dishes like short ribs, risotto and more! To learn more about the food offerings at Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee and how they are sensitive to food allergies (no tree or peanuts are allowed on site), click here.

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Now put on those furry wolf ears and have some fun!
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  1. Tami says

    I have to do research to find vacation spots that will work for my little guy. This spot seems like it is the perfect one.

  2. Alicia Moten says

    The water park itself is ok but some of the staff are mean (rasist) this one boy (White, Asian, Hispanic) didn’t hesitate to tell my grandmother who has worn swim shoes the entire time we were there she can not wear them. No other swim attendant told her to take them off before going down a slide because “they will mess up the silde” And I will point him out to Management before I leave!!!!

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