We went way over the bridge this week and took a quick getaway to the brand new Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg. Prior to the onslaught of some heavy duty advertising recently, you may not have heard of the Great Wolf Lodges, but I’d been hoping to get to one of their other locations for quite some time now for a short family vacation. Last year I was psyched to hear that they were planning on building a lodge here in Massachusetts!
So, they opened in June and we booked during a promo offer back in March. It did not disappoint. The boys were psyched and even my husband made it through the 24 hours of Triple F (forced family fun….for those of you not in the know) unscathed….and happy. We packed a cooler.
Because it is new…it is spotless. They definitely pay attention to detail and they definitely cater to family fun. From the wolf ears that they hand out upon check-in (that families oddly wear during their entire stay…ummm, but not us because we can’t pull off that type of crap off) to the “Have a Wolftastic Day” greeting that they offer even before you can drink a cup of morning coffee, to the door openers who never fail to beat you to the punch and are unbelievably eager to welcome you in and out of every single space with unwavering enthusiasm. A vacation destination built for kids this is. Cheesy sure. But, a good cheesy, if this is the type of vacation that you went ahead and booked for your kids. I, personally, wouldn’t have had it any other way. Little Finn feel in love with Violet the Wolf and while Thatcher tried to be too cool for story and song time, I caught him singing along and doing the Wolf Lodge Howl with the best of them!
Our family suite overlooked the main lodge welcome area…which was odd and yet cool all at the same time. The wrist bands that they give you upon check-in also serve as your room key….which, as a none-purse-carrying type of girl, I LOVED. You could also just scan your wristband anywhere throughout the lodge and your purchases would simply get charged to your room. Bonus…albeit dangerous I suppose. For the record…they don’t put those in the kids’ wristbands….that would be silly.
They have six pretty awesome water slides. Four for kids 42″ and taller and two for anyone over 48″. One is the the type where they put you in a little booth, count down from 5, and drop the floor out beneath you to propel you straight down into the unknown. Crazy! I, for the record, sat that one out. Fortunately, I can blame Finn as he was just a bit too short and someone “had” to stay with him. My husband and Thatcher braved it eagerly….and loved it.
The lodge also has two water playgrounds, a pretty rad wave pool, a hot tub, a small lazy river, water basketball, an excellent ropes course high up in the air, some little mall-type rides, mini golf, a Magi Quest interactive game to be played throughout your stay, a 6D little movie theater ride, a super fun arcade (and I don’t normally love arcades so that’s saying something), a restaurant, a cafe, a Dunkin’ Donuts, an ice cream joint, a little day spa for the girls, and more!
Pretty cool too is that, while check-in is @ 4:00, they allow you to use the water park beginning at 1:00. Even more cool is that, while check out is 11:00 a.m., they allow you to use the water park all the way up to closing (9:00 p.m.) that day. They have lockers and showers so that once you put your luggage in the car you can still enjoy some fun, shower, change, and get ready for the ride home. That being the case, if you live close enough, one night is a good enough stay. More than two nights, in my humble opinion, would be too long.
Good, clean, family fun less than two hours from Cape Ann. I’m guessing that come the long and abyssmal winter months this place will be jammin’!