Georgia has a new place to play, and kids are going wild over it. Great Wolf Lodge Georgia has opened its doors as the chain’s flagship resort. It’s Georgia’s hottest family travel experience, and we had the opportunity to check it out! Plus, the timing was perfect to catch a peek at their annual kid-friendly Halloween celebration, “Howloween”. So what did we think of Great Wolf Lodge? Well, put it this way, I was delightfully surprised. And my son, AKA GamerGaugeGG of Shadow Gaming AR, was on another planet, elated.
Now I’m going to be dead smack honest with you, being enclosed in a building surrounded by kids jacked up on candy and cracked out on fun is basically my own personal version of Hell. I mean, let’s be real here, adults are outnumbered, and there isn’t a quiet spot in the entire building (with the exception of your room where hopefully your kids will faceplant and find themselves in a fun induced coma so you can get some downtime). I’m probably the hardest person to sway when it comes to resorts like this. But all record-breaking decibels aside, Great Wolf Lodge Georgia had it all. And, with just the right amount of adult beverages, you might not even notice the noise.
Let’s Get Down to it, Great Wolf Lodge Georgia
Well, you’ve already read my cons. The place is crawling with kids and it’s really loud. One thing I’d like to add is that I didn’t notice an adult only quiet space like a spa, but there is an adult only “water oasis” which boasts “relaxation” however, it’s located in the main pool area which is loud AF. Okay, all that out of the way, you’re going to see that the pros far outweigh the cons here. And if you’re looking to treat your kiddo(s) to something special, this place is basically the closest thing to winning the golden ticket for Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. In other words, it’s like kid Heaven.
Imagine your child’s face when you ask them, “Hey, do you want to spend a few nights at a place where you can get ice cream, candy, pizza, hit up a ropes course, mini golf, bowling, MagiQuest, play in the arcade, rock climb and oh yeah, hang out in a massive indoor water park with awesome slides?”. Yeah, that face looks like wide eyes, followed by a jaw drop, and finally 60 seconds of jumping up and down. And c’mon, what parent doesn’t want to see their kid flip out with excitement right?
Great Wolf Lodge Georgia has all of that and more. With a staff dedicated to the hospitality experience of each and every guest, comfortable rooms that are big enough for the entire family, and a variety of dining options, they are really pulling all the stops. And bonus, they have an amazing restaurant called Barnwood which serves up southern cuisine for the family who wants a little more in their dining experience. We had the chance to sample more food than I’m willing to admit, and each dish blew my mind. The presentation and flavor were on point with some of the finer southern restaurants I’ve dined in during my years in Charleston, SC. I was very impressed.
Howloween at Great Wolf Lodge Georgia
If you really want to send your kid into a stroke from excitement, then book your trip during Howloween. It’s a great way to get your money’s worth from that insanely expensive costume you’re kid will only wear once. Dress them up and take them around to different treat stations, and take in the less-than-scary Halloween decorations all throughout the hotel’s common spaces. I was especially impressed with their attention to detail for this event. There were awesome displays at every turn and even staff dressed in costume. It really was a great way to kick off the Halloween season. Or should I say, “Howloween Season”. There are few things more adorable than seeing a bunch of kids dressed up in Halloween costumes. For me, it was one of the highlights for sure.
The Best Activities at Great Wolf Lodge + Photo Journal
Does it count if I say everything? From the moment we received our Wolf Passes to when we hopped back into our car, my kiddo was smitten with activities. He did the ropes course twice, hit the rock climbing wall, spent about an hour in the arcade, went bowling, and played mini golf with us. One of his absolute favorite things to do (and this comes from our many trips to Pigeon Forge), is to play MagiQuest. So he was super excited about that. This kid is straight addicted to this attraction. He got his wand and was off to the races bouncing all over the hotel looking for clues. And when he was done, he spent another hour at the indoor water park where he had a blast making an epic splash.
How to Keep Your Sanity When You’re Surrounded by a Thousand Kids at One Time
I’ll keep this short and sweet. Booze, headphones and an endless supply of love. Of course, drink responsibly, or at least enough to where everything is freaking fantastic! If that’s not your thing, then I say, don’t be afraid to let them go nuts. They will pass out in the room later, and you’ll be able to get some peace and quiet. But don’t forget to sneak up a tub of Jelly Bellies first.
It was a long day well spent at Great Wolf Lodge Georgia. My son was on cloud nine for like 8 hours straight, and despite the noise and the place crawling with kids, I was really happy to see him so happy. The hospitality is 1000% incredible. There is not a single person working in that building who doesn’t love their job. The rooms are spacious, there’s a good variety of dining options, and the place is oozing with fun. Every kid deserves to go crazy once in a while even if it means mom goes crazy too. I would definitely spend a few days at Great Wolf Lodge Georgia, but I really wish they had a spa!