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Great Wolf Lodge, Bloomington

Great Wolf Lodge
Free Wi-Fi Available
1700 American Boulevard East, Bloomington, MN 55425, United States
Admission: $130.00
Rooms start as low as $130.00
Book on Website
Concessions Available
Open Exclusively for Guests of Hotel

Great Wolf Lodge is a kid friendly hotel and water park located near the Mall of America, in the location formerly occupied by the Water Park of America. The facility boasts amazing slides and pristine pools. They also offer kid friendly activities and dining options.

A limited number of day passes to the water park are available each day.Passes are included in the price of all suites. 

Great Wolf Lodge

(photo by Preston Mack / Great Wolf Lodge)

Gianna was invited to experience Great Wolf Lodge. And here is the inside scoop. 

Check-in time is at 4:00 pm, but guests with reservations are invited to check in at 1:00 pm to start enjoying the park early. However, be aware that the line is extremely long at 1:00.  Extremely.  Also, it's super busy at 4:00.  My suggestion for check in is to wait until 2:30 or 3:00 or wait a little later and come after dinner. If you do choose to come at 1:00, just know you will be waiting a long time in line. And on the day you check out, you will be checked out of your room by 11:00 am, but you are welcome to stay until the water park and adventure park close.

Great Wolf Lodge

image courtesy Great Wolf Lodge

When you check in, your kids are handed wolf ears to enjoy during your stay.  You will see wolf eats all around the lodge--on staff, on guests, pretty much everywhere you turn, you will be surrounded by wolves. 

Also, when you check in, everyone in your family will receive a wristband which is your pass to Wiley's Waterpark and your room key.  Also, for the safety of all guests, if someone in your family  gets separated/lost, they can scan your wristband and get all the contact information to reunite you.

Throughout the day, guest enjoy many free family activities including the Northwoods Friends Show--an interactive story time--as well as Morning Yoga, Crafts, Games, and other fun events.

Other safety measures taken at Great Wolf include

  • Only hotel guests are able to access the water park
  • There is one singular entrance into the water park
  • Life jackets are available for use at parents' discretion
  • They are a nut-allergy safe destination.  They are not certified allergen-free because they do have peanut butter cups for sale, but they are wrapped and behind the counter.

Water Park Attractions
(included with Room)

  1. River Canyon Run Family Ride with Splash Cinema
  2. Alberta Falls Inner Tube Slides
  3. Otter Run Classic Water Slide
  4. Slap Tail Pond (wave pool)
  5. Crooked Creek Lazy River
  6. Wolf Rider Wipeout (Surfing Pool)
  7. Fort MacKenzie
  8. Big Foot Pass
  9. Chinook Cove

Adventure Park
(extra fee to use)

  1. Northern Lights Arcade
  2. Ten Paw Bowling Alley
  3. Great Wolf Candy Company
  4. Scoops Boutique
  5. Dry Great Wolf Adventure Park  (open to the public)
    1. Howler’s Peak Ropes Course
    2. Oliver’s Mining Company
    3. Rustic Ridge Climbing Wall
    4. MagiQuest

  • Gummy Worms and Waffles
  • Granola, Berry, and Yogurt Spread
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Oatmeal with ALL the toppies
  • Breakfast at Campfire Kitchen
  • Cold Cereal Options


Hungry as a Wolf Pizza 

Kitchen Campfire

Ben and Jerry’s

Dunkin’ Donuts

Adult Beverages:

  • The Outpost
  • Barnwood Bar
  • The Watering Hole (inside Waterpark)

Buckets Craveables
(inside Waterpark)



 Services and Other Offers

Wine Down Service

Free Daily Activities including Northwoods Family Show and table activities

Discounted Passes

Great Wolf Lodge

Birthday Parties

Seasonal Spirit

Giant Wood Burning  Fire Place 

Themed Family Suites
for $50+/night

Microwave and mini fridge in Family Suites


Is it possible to make Great Wolf Lodge Affordable?

It helps that they are now offering day passes. Watch for special coupons and low-demand days for the best deals.

Our family's favorite features of Great Wolf Lodge:

  1. MagiQuest
  2. Fun lazy river and waterslides
  3. Bowling
  4.  Fireplace

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