I spent my birthday this year twirling with my niece in the giant toilet bowl at the Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls water park and had a blast!
Niagara Falls is a great little getaway spot and it’s only about a 1.5 hour drive from Toronto. There are always hotel deals to be found – even for Great Wolf Lodge (just sign up for their email blasts to find out about upcoming sales). As I’ve written about before, Great Wolf Lodge is one of three indoor water parks in Niagara, and while it’s the most expensive, it’s also the best.
The hotel and restaurants are so kid-friendly and from what I’ve experienced, families are respectful of each other which is a big deal to us. There’s morning activities, evening story time, MagiQuest throughout the halls, restaurants, an arcade and of course the water park!
Just bring yourself!
Towels and life jackets are provided and depending on the day/week you arrive, seats are plentiful. Lockers are available to rent (just in case). As with all decent water parks, there’s space for the littlest ones, a wave pool, a lazy river, a few water play areas and various water slides! Our older boys had a blast testing out everything on their own!
Family meal plan
For the first time, we opted for the family meal plan – $50 adult / $25 kid (plus tax, gratuity & drinks included). This includes a breakfast buffet, lunch combo and dinner buffet. Not exactly cheap, but very convenient. The water park has a way of making everyone hungry all the time, so having the option of cooked food is great! The breakfast and dinner buffets were good, while lunch is a standard choice of pizza, a deli sandwich or burger.
Even if you don’t go for the whole meal deal, you can simply buy whatever you want from the pizza shop, deli or grill. As well, there’s an ice cream shop and a little coffee spot in the lobby.
Overall, we had a great time at Great Wolf Lodge. Because we went mid-week and booked during a sale, the price was manageable. Because it was my birthday, I got a ‘birthday bracelet’ which got me (us) many free ice cream cones. And because the weather was warm, we got to spend some time in the outdoor pool and patio, which really added to the ‘getaway’ feel!