Great Wolf Lodge
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We needed a midway point between Niagara and Chicago to break up the travel and Sandusky ended up being a perfect wee pitstop. We stayed in a Great Wolf Lodge, a small chain hotel with indoor waterparks as their primary draw.
Enroute to Sandusky we passed Lake Erie Correctional Institution and there was a sign on the highway warning …
We have been planning this vacation/trip since we purchased our "new to us" motorhome. It has been 25 years since we visited some of the national parks out west and with the cameras we now own we thought it would be fun to revisit some parks we have been to before and add some new ones to our itinerary.
We started out this morning and almost immediately returned home for forgotten items. Then finally hit the road about 8:30 am. A quick stop a Walmart and ...
... thing is almost indescribable. The rush it gave me set me up for hours. After that I went on Mean Streak, their wooden roller coaster. It was quite ordinary after El Toro at Six Flags and has big shades of the good old Bush Beast, for those who remember that. Next was the Maverick, which you've already seen the photo of. It was literally blowing my top down. Other things you should know about Maverick. It has a drop of 95 degrees. ...
The kids had been looking forward to this our whole trip. We passed this park last time we were in the area and we were told afterwards that it is one of the better amusement parks in the country. We had a really great day here. We all worked up the courage to try some of the really crazy roller coasters they have here.
Sydney and Wendy went on several of the looping and corkscrew coasters and loved them.
... Forever" (think of the opening tunes).
John Lennon's green Sgt. Pepper suit used for the album of that name.
Costumes worn by various artists such as the Stones, Bowie, Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix. Loads of guitars and drums.
Afterward, we had dinner at an Indian restaurant and drove on to Elyria to spend the night.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky
ALL THAT !!!!!!!!!!!
My family an I were guest of the Great Bear Lodge in June. We were all very impressed. We had loads of fun. My children are age 11, 14 and 16, we all had loads of fun. So much fun that we are returning for my youngest childs birthday in January. We didn't try any of the restaurants in the Lodge because so many of our favorite restaurants were so close to the Lodge. After two nights at the Great Bear lodge we went to another hotel for what was to be two additional nights. We stayed at the other hotel for one night because it was so crappy compared to the Lodge.
No complaints (entire family loved it)
Our family has been to Great Bear Lodge 3 times since it has oppenned.
We are currently planning another visit this winter (maybe sooner,this fall) Other then the price of the food our family liked the food. To save money we usually ate in the room or went out to eat. I wish the rooms was cheaper to stay in. (who doesn't?) But when you figure everything is there, including the use of the water park. Plus so many things to do close by. It isn't a bad deal. There is plenty to do with the kids (ages 4 thru 9). Everybody there has always been great to us.
The Mickley's give the Great Bear Lodge a 10+. See you soon.
We absolutely love Great Bear Lodge!!!!! I have a 4 year old and a 6 year old and we have went for the past 3 years. We make it an annual event and save our change year round to go. The kids can't get enough and the adults love it too. We share the room with family and friends and split the costs so it isn't so much. When we do it that way it doesn't seem so expensive. We don't usually eat all of our meals there, but at least one. Breakfast family style wasn't very good, but that was just our taste. It is our winter get away and a blast for the kids. We love it and will keep going every year.
Great for the Kiddies!
We spent two days at Great Bear Lodge and loved every minute of it. We have a very active 4 year old boy and we felt very welcomed by the staff and other guests. The staff at Great Bear Lodge is very friendly and helpful. The food and drinks were very good and the price for food was not expensive. (Yet, the pop machines are too expensive.) The overall hotel price is a little high, but that was expected for a place that provides a unique experience. Our room was ready before check-in, and the check-out process went very fast. They have stuff for all ages, but I would guess that older teens might find the overall experience boring after a day or two. This place was excellent for a couple who has small children.
Thanks Great Bear staff for a wonderful time!
The Great Bear Lodge was a BLAST!
We spent one night at the Great Bear Lodge over Columbus Day weekend. I wondered if my 16 year old daughter (and her 39 and 45 year old parents!) would think that the waterpark was "kiddie". . .We ALL loved it! Because of the high cost, we did go with a standard room, but it suited our needs and was comfortable and convenient. It included a microwave and a refrigerator, so that we could do our own snacks in our room. I would not recommend the "family style" meals in the restaurant.
The service was excellent, but the food was not to our tastes. We plan to try another lodge this winter, perhaps in Traverse City, Michigan--the Great Wolf Lodge.
We won't return to Great Bear Lodge
We were very disappointed with Great Bear Lodge. For $330 a night (for the kid cabin) we thought the accommodations stunk. The lighting was terrible, for 5 people they leave one bar of soap and one shampoo and the food was terrible. They don't offer any coffee near the waterpark.
The coffee from the restaurants was terrible and cold. The bottom of the baby pool was so slippery that our 1.5 year old kept slipping backward and hitting her head. Also, internet access, which you can purchase from your room is a joke! We'll take our money elsewhere.
A vacation within a vacation
We stayed here only one night as we went to Sandusky to visit Cedar Point Amusement Park. It was a happy surprise to get a vacation bonus staying at Great Bear Lodge. The accommodations were top rate, the rooms very clean. The amenities were wonderful, especially the ability to access Nintendo, Internet, and movies. Good security, expanded game room, GREAT water park with minimal lines (hotel guests only). Obviously a choice spot for families. I have to give them credit...the place was very clean, the staff friendly and accommodating despite lots of kids and no doubt lots of messes! The decor matched the theme of the park...it's the little touches that make a good place great. The gift shop was open till 11P and they had available for sale hygiene products we all forget at one time or another (in my case a contact lens kit). If I had to comment on anything lacking, I'd say not much...bring your own pillows (a little lumpy) and pass on the buffet menu (the dinner buffet was about a C, but the service A+). We didn't check out the other restaurant. I have to say in all our years traveling, even Disney, the lodge was the best place we have ever stayed! Enjoy this place without hesitation...the money is worth it.
An Exceptional Experience
We only spent one night in the lodge, but it was absolutely wonderful.
The waterpark was a blast for our nine yr old and my nine yr old nephew. The rooms/amenities are wonderful and the staff were the most helpful. My only regret was dinner in the restaurant, it was not that great and rather pricey.. But we enjoyed the lodge so much that it really didn't matter about the food. I recommend this place to everyone I talk to..
Loved the hotel
My family loved the hotel. The water slides are so fun and my children ages 13 and 12 loved the water fort. There are a lot of things to keep kids busy. The hotel has a cool arcade also. The rooms are nice. The one we had was the kid cabin and it had bunk beds and a day bed in part of the room to look like a cabin. Our bed was on the other side of the wall. It was a good set up. It is only a short distance from Cedar Point. They also provide a shuttle service to and from Cedar Point for a small fee which we liked.
Loved the water park
our three kids loved the water park! we stayed at the lodge and the room was comfortable. it was nice to have bedrails available for our 3 1/2 yr. old twins. the only thing we did not like was not having any choices for meals.breakfast was only served in one restaurant and lunch and dinner were served in another. we probably got spoiled staying at the hershey lodge last year where we had several restaurants to choose from.