Honestly, I had BEARly (get it) heard of this place before a month ago but I have no idea how that happened. This last weekend my wife and I took our daughter to the Great Wolf Lodge. This was one of the coolest places to go if you have kids in the whole Northwest! Located between Seattle and Portland on I5 in Centrailia, WA. It is rare when you have a truly genuine and surprising experience in today's world, and my short time at the Great Wolf Lodge was just that, surprising!

First, they have the largest indoor water park that I have ever seen. It is actually as big as just about any water park I have been too. Silverwood has it beat in size but not by much. The weather is climate controlled and stayed a warm 85 degrees all day. They have a huge wave pool, activity pools for kids, family raft rides, tube slides, kiddie pools, and even a four story tree house with slides and a huge bucket that drops 1,000 gallons of water! My daugher is only four years old and she went on everything except the Howling Tornado with was my very favorite ride. She was going on slides by her self and after a while we could see how safe it all was.

Which brings me to my next point, the safety here was fantastic. The lifeguards were very friendly to all the kids and did their jobs with a smile. My daughter felt like they had become her friends and because of that, she was very well behaived.

I could really go on and on about this place, The Great Wolf Lodge. I only found a few weeks ago but I guarantee we will be going back soon. I am glad I have a wife that had the since to book this before it got slammed because it is sold out every weekend for the next 4 months. It is expensive and the price may shock you, but you have to remember that the water park tickets are included with the room. Also, only guest of the hotel can use the water park so it is never really busy and that is part of the reason I think we had such a great time. I will say that I am a huge Disney fan, and now some of those trips will now be directed to the Great Wolf Lodge.