We love staying at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California! It has an indoor waterpark and super fun themed hotel rooms with bunk beds too. Here’s a peek at our stay there and what you can do with your family at this family resort.
Have you heard of the Great Wolf Lodge? I had seen ads and deals for it occasionally for locations in the midwest and was always envious that there wasn’t one here to enjoy….until now!! Great Wolf Lodge Southern California just opened off Harbor Blvd. in Garden Grove and we got to stay there!! If you’ve never seen what it’s all about let me show you what we’ve been dreaming about, special thanks goes out to Great Wolf Lodge for generously allowing us to stay so we could share our experience with you, they’re one of our favorite places and featured on our road trip blog post. (originally published 11/16)
Doesn’t this look fabulously fun??!! It was!
This is just a peek of the inside of their water park area above, there is a lot more to see and SO many pictures to share. Great Wolf Lodge Southern California is not just for kids either, they make sure to cater to parents and have lots of comfy seats, great food, and larger slides for us to enjoy too….let me show you what we did there.
Take a peek inside Great Wolf Lodge Southern California
We stayed in their Wolf Den since there were 5 of us.
The fun bunk beds were in a little “wooded” area of their own with a television that played quietly and they could choose from children’s channels all on their own….great when we needed a little down time. The couch pulled out for my oldest daughter and could’ve easily slept 2 if we had 4 kids.
It had a large television across from our Queen bed and the view was pretty amazing on the 9th floor!!
Beds were really comfortable with a desk so I could get a bit of work done and there were even talking “friends’ within the kids wolf den that talked! There are several room options depending on how many people there are in your family but for 4-5 people this one worked out really well.
Now on to all the fun they had downstairs, and there was a lot to do!
The first evening we explored the downstairs where there was LOTS to do including their exclusive game called MagiQuest. Throughout Great Wolf Lodge are portals such as this one, games, and interactive stations where kids use their personalized wands to do special quests.
My oldest two daughters explored the hotel one afternoon trying to find new adventures…a great activity for them and they can bring them home as a souvenir + bring them back on their next visit too.
Then it was time for some bowling and glow in the dark mini golf! All of these activities are on the same floor so you can go from one to the other and use “Paw Points” to participate in any of them. Points are put on cards and the kids and/or attendant swipes them to play arcade games, bowling games or other fun activities!
Bowling was great because they used much smaller balls that were great for little hands and the pins were held up with ropes it looked like so after they were knocked down the ropes just tightened and they were right back up again….no long wait times. 😉
The arcade had a lot of different games for younger kids as well as teenagers.
They had a Lazer Frenzy experience too which was cool too….kinda’ reminded me a bit of Mission Impossible! There were no lost tokens as money is turned into Paws and put on a credit card for each one to swipe as use as they wished. Ticket redemption offered a variety of treats and toys to take back to their room too.
Before we headed to dinner they stopped by the Great Wolf Lodge Creation Station so they could make a stuffed friend to carry around and sleep with.
With a wall full of furry friends to choose from and another wall of cute outfits and accessories there was a lot of pondering but we came home with a cute raccoon as well as Wiley and Violet…..their adorable “mascots”.
Remember when I said Great Wolf Lodge had great food….well let me tell you about it! We got to meet a few of the chefs who test and plan the meals at many of the Lodges and they said they totally revamped the menu several years ago to include local produce grown within 50 miles of the Southern California location, and it was amazing.
We mainly ate at the Loose Moose Family Kitchen you see here that is buffet style, but they also have several other restaurants that have a menu with organic meals and the most amazing mushroom risotto served at Lodge Wood Fired Grill.
Great Wolf Lodge is also very cognizant of those with dietary restrictions, need gluten free meals or have allergies and go above and beyond to make sure everyone has a fantastic meal that they can eat and enjoy. The next day we were off to their waterpark!
They have this great spot for littles that is gated in so you can keep an eye on them better, is not deep, and has a lot of small equipment and slides for them to play on.
There are several larger slides and a huge “toilet bowl” that extends outside the hotel but the entrance and slide back out are inside the Great Wolf Lodge…pretty cool. For some chill time there is a lazy river and a pool outside.
- It’s one of the greatest waterparks in Southern California.
It was a bit gloomy on the days we stayed there so we stayed inside most of the time which was really nice and warm whether you were in or out of the water but on a warm sunny day this outside area would be fabulous! There is a bar where they serve food just behind me where this picture was taken too so you can spend all day there and not leave the inside/outside water park area.
After a bit of pampering at Scoops, their kid’s spa, we were off to get jammies and hit story time….this was adorable!
The characters you see here talk, sing, and tell stories! It is in the lobby next to their buffet. When they are leading up to story time they have staff members come out to dance with the kids, it was adorable to watch!
- They have special events like Great Wolf Lodge Howloween too!
If you’re planning to visit Disneyland while you’re staying here, I have a way to get discount Disneyland tickets too in order to save some money!
You can also find deals here to stay at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California!
It really is a great place to stay when you have kids!
With everything under one roof you can do so many things together, even if you just stay for the weekend. Everything is geared toward children but they do a great job of keeping parents in mind and there were many areas to sit and relax comfortably and talk to my spouse and friends while enjoying great food and watching our kids have a blast.
For a limited time when you visit the Great Wolf Lodge Southern California’s website at the top they are offering a grand opening offer for 20% off your stay. The waterpark entrance is included in your stay too!