Weekend Stay @ Great Wolf Lodge Northern California

By Jessica Harrison, Macaroni Kid Publisher -- Folsom - El Dorado Hills October 24, 2022

Great Wolf Lodge in Manteca, Ca opened in 2021. We were lucky to be hosted by the Great Wolf team (when they first opened last summer). It's the perfect vacation for busy parents, like me. You can compare the Great Wolf Lodge to a cruise ship on land!

You are given a wristband that acts as your room key, your payment method anywhere in the Lodge, as well as your pass to the water park.  You don’t have to carry anything with you! You even check out towels once you are inside the water park area. (Tip: Remember to turn them back in or you are charged $15 each)

Great Wolf Lodge is probably best known for their water park, and it’s truly something to see.  Our local property is a 95,000-square-foot indoor water park, heated to a comfortable 84 degrees year-round!  Including play areas for toddlers, slides families can ride together, an awesome water coaster, a wave pool, and so much more. Unlike most water parks I’ve visited, only two attractions have a height requirement of 48”, with many allowing guests 42” and taller to ride (and some having no height requirement at all).

Signature water rides and attractions include Crooked Creek, a winding lazy river; Slap Tail Pond, a  gigantic wave pool with waves reaching up to three feet in height; and exciting slides like Wolf Tail, a  thrill-seeker’s dream where a floor drops out from underneath the rider and they’re taken down a nearly  vertical 20-foot free fall. The water park also includes plenty of attractions for the youngest guests with a  dedicated zero depth toddler pool filled with age-appropriate slides and water features.  

Great Wolf Lodge Northern California features a slide making its Great Wolf Lodge debut called Sequoia  Splash. This multi-person raft slide starts by sending riders down a steep drop into a giant funnel, where  the raft's momentum sends it careening up one side of the funnel to the next. 
Great Wolf Lodge Northern California also features an oversized resort-style outdoor pool called Raccoon  Lagoon, with all-around three-foot, six-inch deep and water play area with fountains, along with plenty of  poolside seating so families can take advantage of the favorable weather.  

Admission to the indoor water park is included as part of each overnight stay, providing a great value to  families seeking the perfect place to enjoy quality time together.  

When it’s time to take a break from the water, there are plenty of things to do around the Lodge.  Yoga Tails is a fun and creative yoga class set to engaging stories, fun crafts, and interactive science  experiments. Story Time is a nightly gathering that culminates with a dance party to truly tucker out wolf pups before  retreating to their dens. 

Great Wolf Adventure Park is a 45,000-square-foot family entertainment center that houses several  attractions, including the Howlers Peak Ropes Course, where guests embark on an invigorating, multi level climbing challenge.  

Guests can also explore an interactive mining experience and search for keepsake gemstones at Oliver’s  Mining Co., bowl a strike at Ten Paw Alley, challenge the family to a match at Howl in One Miniature Golf  Course, or explore a variety of games at the Northern Lights Arcade.

 Great Wolf Lodge Northern California is debuting a new version of MagiQuest, the brand’s exclusive live action adventure game. This is an all-new vision and re-imagining of the game with a more immersive  experience from start to finish featuring a new storyline, updated gameplay, fresh graphics and music  along with new characters to meet, enemies to battle, and Tribes to join.  

○ In the all-new MagiQuest, guests will journey through the fantasy-forest realm of Vellara to save  the Sacred Trees – and the magic of the Evergreen – from a mysterious and shadowy force. ○ Along the way, players learn to become a powerful magic user called a Magi, learning new Runes,  befriending the four Tribes, and defeating dangerous enemies. 

○ By the end of the game, players save the Evergreen and prove themselves to be a Master Magi.

 Pup Pass ($49.99) includes one Build-A-Bear Character (outfit not included), one Paw Points  game card for Northern Lights Arcade ($5), one Great Wolf Lodge Candy Shop candy cup, and  one scoop of ice cream from Wood’s End Creamery.

Paw Pass ($49.99) includes one MagiQuest game with choice of classic/color wand, standard  topper or Magi belt, one Great Wolf Lodge Candy Shop candy cup, one Paw Points game card for  Northern Lights Arcade ($5), and one single scoop of ice cream from Wood’s End Creamery.  

Wolf Pass ($79.99) includes one MagiQuest game with choice of classic or color wand, standard  topper or Magi belt, one Great Wolf Lodge Candy Shop candy cup, one game of bowling at Ten  Paw Alley, one Paw Points game card for Northern Lights Arcade ($5), one all stay admission to  Howler's Peak Ropes Course, one single scoop of ice cream from Wood’s End Creamery, and one  admission to Moonstone Mine.  

What would a hotel be without rooms? 500 suites to be exact and in 9 different styles!  

Family Suites can sleep six in two queen-sized beds and a pull-out full sofa sleeper.  

Themed Suites offer a unique family-friendly configuration including a separate, themed sleeping area for the kids complete with bunk beds, wall murals, and more.

Grizzly Bear Suite features a king bed in a master bedroom, two queens in a second bedroom and a full-size sofa sleeper in the main area to sleep eight.

There are nine amazingly yummy dining choices to choose from!

For guests with food allergies, all kitchen facilities at Great Wolf Lodge are peanut and tree nut free. The  resort’s culinary team is extremely well-versed in common food allergies and dietary restrictions and can  accommodate guests’ needs as needed.  

○ Barnwood showcases a fresh and seasonal menu and craft cocktails in a rustic-themed setting.  

○ Campfire Kitchen is an interactive à la carte cafe offering everything from farm fresh eggs and  apple wood smoked bacon to mac n’ cheese and chicken fingers. 

○ Hungry as a Wolf features made-to-order handcrafted pizzas along with salads, wings and more. 

○ Buckets Incredible Craveables offers burgers, sandwiches and the signature Tipping Bucket  Sundae. 

○ The Watering Hole serves soft drinks and adult beverages in the water park. 

○ Fresh-woods Market is a grab-and-go marketplace.  

○ Timbers is complete with Southwest fare including tacos, nachos, soups and salads.  

○ Dunkin’ serves delicious donuts and coffee.  

○ Wood’s End Creamery offers families a sweet indulgence in a cup or a cone.  

○ Great Wolf Candy Company is a retail shop featuring bulk candy, chocolate treats and other  packaged sweets.

My family and I had a great time making memories we will never forget. Ready to start making memories with your family? Book your trip to Great Wolf Lodge today!

The author and her family were hosted by Great Wolf Lodge. All opinions expressed are her own.

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