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Great Wolf Lodge at Kings Island

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Great Wolf Lodge at Kings Island

A watery toadstool at the Great Wolf Lodge Ohio, adjacent to Kings Island.

©Arthur Levine, 2009. Licensed to About.com.

Overview:

The Great Wolf Lodge at Kings Island boasts a large indoor water park with many slides and attractions. Among the highlights is Hydroplunge, an uphill water coaster. Unlike most uphill water coasters, which use water jets to propel the rafts uphill, the Great Wolf Lodge version uses magnetic induction to send riders zooming around its rafters. The park also offers a bowl ride, a family raft ride, and a decent-sized wave pool. Younger kids will enjoy Fort Mackenzie, a four-story interactive water play station with a dump bucket.

In addition to the water park, the resort includes 400 all-suite guest rooms, a huge arcade with redemption games, and an Aveda Concept Spa. The Cub Club activity room offers crafts and other activities for kids ages 5 to 12. The Lodge issues nifty high-tech bracelets to all guests that serve as admission to the water park, electronic guest room keys, and on-site charge cards.

Great Wolf Lodge also offers a MagiQuest interactive attraction. The extra-charge experience immerses players in a high-tech, multi-player fantasy environment that is somewhat like walking into a video game. Unlike standalone MagiQuest locations, the Great Wolf Lodge incorporates the video screens and other MagiQuest elements into the hallways and common areas of the resort.

On-property dining choices include Camp Critter Restaurant and The Loose Moose Cottage. The latter is a buffet that is open for breakfast and dinner. The variety, quantity, quality, and value of the food make The Loose Moose Cottage a good choice.

The Great Wolf Lodge features an impressive convention, meeting, and function facility. It can accommodate everything from small business meetings up to 660 guests in its ballroom.

The Kings Island water park isn't the only place to get wet in the state. Find other indoor water parks in Ohio.

Special Note:

The Great Wolf Lodge is adjacent to Kings Island and is the amusement park's "official resort," but the two properties have different owners and are run independent of one another.

Location

Mason, Ohio (near Cincinnati)
Adjacent to King's Island

Phone:

1-800-913-WOLF (9653)
1-513-459-8885

Indoor Water Park Square Footage

78,000

Tickets, Admission Policy, and Rate Info:

Admission to the indoor water park is included with the hotel room rate and open to registered guests only. All rooms are suites and come in a variety of sizes, configurations, and prices. The resort is open year round. Expect to pay more during high-demand times such as school vacations. Great Wolf Lodge sometimes offers deals for mid-week bookings, particularly during off-peak times.

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Packages are available from Great Wolf Lodge that include admission to Kings Island.

Directions:

From Cincinnati: I-71N to Western Row Rd, Exit 24. Left onto Kings Island Dr.

From Dayton: I-75S to OH-63 Exit 29 to Monroe/Hamilton. Left at OH-63E. Right at OH-741, right at Kings Mill Rd., bear right at Kings Island Dr.

Indoor Water Park Features:

11 water slides, uphill water coaster, bowl ride, family raft ride, wave pool, lazy river, interactive water play center with tipping bucket, two whirlpool spas

Wondering what the heck an uphill water coaster and some of Great Wolf Lodge's other rides are? Read these reviews of similar attractions at other indoor water parks:

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