Overall, it’s a fun family-oriented, indoor waterpark resort with lots to do wet or dry. It’s a very popular and busy place with tons of families and as expected it was loud, kid-centered and fun. Be prepared to have fun, be very wet for your whole stay, and pay a lot for food and all the extras. Everything was clean, all staff were friendly and well trained in customer service.
The pool area had many options for all ages, and we did not get bored with the pools during our 4-day stay. The four or five water slides are very intense thrill rides and draw in a big tween/teen crowd, so these are not just kiddie pools (although they have those too!). We had planned a day trip to Cincinnati to visit the Newport Aquarium or a museum, and after 2 days at Great Wolf Lodge, the kids would not leave!
Non-pool activities include the very popular MagiQuest (an interactive video game treasure hunt spread out between 5 hallways) which will run you about $30 for a wand and a 4-day game pass. You will get a workout running up and down stairs and hallways, finding clues, and it is much less expensive than the MagiQuest versions at other tourist cities like Myrtle Beach, where they charge by the hour. Huge arcade with ticket prize counter was a huge hit, and there are spas for kids and adults. Story time for the little ones each morning and night, and three room types have cute kid-only sleeping areas with bunk beds and their own tv.
There are several on-property dining options for each meal and for snacks; however, food was very overpriced. Two examples: a dinner for 2 adults and 2 children in the sit-down restaurant was $70 with NO alcohol or desserts, and the food was just average; a quick lunch for 1 adult and 2 children at the pool snack bar was $23, and we shared fries and drank tap water! The best option was a $12 pizza you pick up in the lobby and eat at any open table or in your room – the pizza was surprisingly very good. A two-minute drive off the property will bring you to every fast-food and major chain restaurant you could want, which is a nice break from the pool and for your wallet.
Based on our experience, there was a drastic difference between the weekday and weekend crowd. We stayed Tuesday afternoon through Friday morning; the crowd became noticeably busier on Thursday night, and the pools were much too crowded by Friday morning. At that point, in the lazy river it had become so packed it was literally wall-to-wall people and we had strangers’ feet in our faces. I recommend weekday stays if possible, which also come with much cheaper rates.
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- Also Known As:
- Great Wolf Hotel Mason
- Great Wolf Resort
- Great Wolf Lodge Mason, Ohio