At a time when the kids were home from school due to a professional activities day, we decided to take a road trip to Niagara Falls and book a stay at one of our family-favourite resorts, Great Wolf Lodge, known for its indoor waterpark.
Prior to the pandemic, we visited this resort around once a year. This trip would become our first trip back since the pandemic began, and the kids were really excited.
As much as they enjoy flying, it was nice to be able to pack light and not have to make the journey to the airport. Instead, we packed up the car and made the short trip down to Niagara Falls for some family fun.
Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls – Booking
Great Wolf Lodge is an American hotel chain known for its indoor waterparks with resorts located all over the USA. The Niagara Falls location is currently the only Canadian resort; however, news was just released of plans for a resort in Cornwall, Ontario.
There are two other waterparks in Niagara Falls: Waves Americana Resort and Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. Having been to all three, I have to say Great Wolf Lodge is my favourite.
It is well known for its indoor waterpark and family-friendly activities and hospitality. It is constantly adding new features to the resort, has the most on-site family-friendly amenities, and is the most well-kept of them all.
Families with toddlers may actually prefer the other two waterparks, but as my kids are getting older, Great Wolf Lodge has increasingly become their favourite, too.
Use of the waterpark is reserved for hotel guests only and they do not sell day passes as some other waterparks hotels do. The only downsides are the cost and how busy it can get on weekends and holidays.
We spent a total of two nights at the Great Wolf Lodge. I booked my first night through Amex Travel, as wanted to use up my annual $200 travel credit the comes with my American Express Platinum Card.
It’s a perfect stay to use it for, as because the resort doesn’t participate in any member reward programs, I don’t have to worry about elite benefits not being honoured due to booking through a third-party service.
In addition, rates can be over $500 (CAD) per night for their lowest room category on certain days, so a $200 (CAD) discount goes a long way to making it more affordable.
I booked a Kids Cabin Suite about a year out for $369 (CAD) plus taxes and fees, before my travel credit was applied. We…