My family recently visited the new Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs during their grand opening celebration. Colorado’s first indoor water park, this family resort is located less than an hour south of Denver. Here’s an overview of the dining locations on site, spacious family-sized suites, and addition of an exciting new adventure park.
Welcome To Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs
Great Wolf Lodge has built up quite a loyal following of vacationers. This legendary family resort chain’s primary claims to fame include woodsy lodge theming and an indoor water park. Access to the water park is included free with your stay, and is a huge draw for families.
Colorado recently celebrated the grand opening of their very first Great Wolf Lodge location, in Colorado Springs. With majestic views of the Rocky Mountains, an onsite Ben & Jerry’s, and the first ever dedicated “dry” Adventure Park, there’s a lot of fun to be had at the new lodge.
My family recently spent the weekend here, and was able to experience most of what the resort has to offer. Let’s just say my kids didn’t want to come home!
The Allure of the Indoor Water Park
I noticed the first perk when packing my family for this adventure. No need for sunscreen, sun hats, or even layers of warm clothing (it was January in Colorado, after all). Because we so often pursue outdoor activities, this came as a shock to my system. Much easier to pack for, and we traveled quite a bit lighter than usual.
When we travel, swimming in the hotel pool is always at the top of my kid’s list. Change that scenario to an entire indoor water park… and you can increase that anticipation times ten! Although it was a bit smaller than I had envisioned, my kids, ages 6 and 11, loved the Great Wolf Lodge water park. The nice range of thrill levels provided different slides and attractions they each enjoyed.
My only complaint was the lack of a hot tub. They prefer to use every inch of space on exciting attractions. But my achy parent body prefers to soak against some nice jets.
Great Wolf Lodge’s First “Dry” Adventure Park
The Colorado Springs location is the first Great Wolf Lodge with a “dry” Adventure Park, and it’s a huge hit. Individual attractions such as a climbing wall and mini golf are found at other Great Wolf locations. But never before had the franchise found themselves with a large available space to dedicate to having a dry park, incorporating multiple attractions together.
The idea stemmed from customer feedback, with multiple families asking for additional non-water activities to fill some of their fun time together. I think this balance is pure genius. We loved all of the attractions found at the Adventure Park, and actually spent as much time there (possibly more!) as we did at the water park.
An additional draw for Colorado Springs locals? The Adventure Park is open to the public, unlike the water park which requires a hotel stay for entry. Packages can be purchased for multiple attractions, or individually selected.
Rooms For All Family Sizes
Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs offers three types of “suites”.
- Standard, sleeps up to 5
- Themed, some sleep up to 5, others up to 7
- Premium, some sleep up to 6, others up to 9
Traveling with more than 2 kids often presents a challenge for families when it comes to lodging. I appreciated that Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs had so many room options to accommodate everyone in one space.
We stayed in a standard suite, which is the base price level available. It featured family friendly amenities like a mini fridge, microwave, and coffee maker. Although fairly simple, it was comfortable and noticeably spacious. A private balcony offered a chance to step out for some fresh air and take in a gorgeous view of the Rocky Mountains.
Top Notch, Allergy-Friendly Dining
There are EIGHT – count them, 8! – dining locations right onsite at Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs. Well, that’s if you consider Dunkin’ Donuts and Ben & Jerry’s as eating establishments… which I totally do.
But this isn’t your typical hotel or park fare food. In recent years, Executive Chef Chris Hammond has been dedicated to improving the taste and quality of every item on a Great Wolf Lodge restaurant menu.
By focusing attention on consolidating their food offerings across all 14 properties, they’ve been able to greatly improve the food quality. “We’d rather do 12 items really, really well on a menu, than 30 just ok,” said Chef Hammond.
If any in your family has allergies, you’ll be in very good hands. They’ve worked hard to offer families lots of delicious gluten free and GMO-free options. The result is everyone eats healthier, as they’ve tried to following the clean food principle “5 ingredients or less” whenever possible.
After eating all of our meals for three days onsite, I can report that everything we ate that weekend was delicious. My only request is that they up their dessert game. The buffet dinner at The Loose Moose Family Kitchen was fabulous, but the dry brownie chunks we were served for dessert were a bit of a letdown.
Family Friendly Destination
We ended up spending the entire weekend at Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs without leaving once! We felt absolutely no desire or need to leave the property. My kids ask almost daily to return.
Special offers are often found on their website. Come prepared for a bit of noise and chaos, and a whole lot of fun.