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Last month, my family had the opportunity to experience a different kind of vacation at Great Wolf Lodge. The resort’s summer program now features a “Camp In” instead of a campout. It is the highest level of glamping and offers something for all ages.

Parking was close, check in was smooth and the fun literally started at the front door with a simple pair of wolf ears for everybody in the family. Before we went 10 steps, we joined in on a dance party. Our room looked like a quaint cabin and was comfortably separated into a TV area and a sleeping area which I did not see again for four hours because we were so busy laughing.

While I expected to head straight to the water park, my family voted instead to stay dry and sampled the new “Camp In” which included roasted s’mores. Too full to move, we stumbled into the Magic Quest room and spent the remainder of the evening waving our wands at everything on the walls. In fact, when we were not in the water park or stuffing our face, we were engaged in a series of magical adventures that involved running up and down the stairs. We finished off our first night with a hula hoop contest and another dance party.

The next morning was yoga and arcade games followed by a character breakfast and then the water slides. I was impressed at the regard to safety of every guest. Children were measured and given life jackets according to height. Every slide was staffed with multiple lifeguards and there was a frequent rotation schedule.

In the afternoon after we left the waterpark, we ventured out to the mini golf and the ropes course. Instead of taking an afternoon nap, we ran at least ten more flights of stairs and finished another few quests before dinner. At dinner we were introduced to a Trail Blazer Challenge, camp crafts and some fun sing-a-longs.

When we left, every one of us felt that we could have spent another day and still not finished everything we wanted to do at the “Camp In.” Next time, we are reserving a room with a tent.

Learn more at https://www.greatwolf.com. 

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