If you’re still trying to decide where to vacation this summer, consider putting Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine TX on your radar. We spent a weekend exploring the property, and we’re happy to report the biggest of all the Great Wolf Lodge resorts has added new and exciting perks to its already impressive list of amenities. Keep reading to discover what’s happening this summer, and why a visit just might be that trip you’ll always remember (we know the kids will!).

photo: Gabby Cullen

1. Everything is bigger in Texas.
The DFW-based waterpark is the biggest property of them all, offering 605 rooms, including the ever-popular suites like KidKamp™, Wolf Den Suite™ and the KidCabin®. These suites have special areas just for the kids, while adults enjoy perks like fireplaces, whirlpool baths and semi-private sitting areas. Every room in the hotel offers the ever popular Wine Down Service: you choose between four different wines and a sweet or savory side to pair with it. And, after you’ve finished wrangling your bear cubs into bath and bed, your treats will be waiting outside the door—because you’ve already scheduled the arrival time. Genius.

The 80,000 square foot indoor waterpark has all the classic attractions, like Fort Mackenzie, Crooked Creek, Cub Paw (zero-depth entry children’s pool) and Racoon Lagoon—the impressive outdoor pool zone that offers water basketball, kiddie activities, spray features and even heated water!

Insider Tip: The property sits on a total of 51 acres, which means there is room for even more additions in the future!

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2. You’ll be able to build your own fort this summer.
Starting May 25, you’ll be able to pick up a custom-designed fort kit for your room, that comes complete with two colored sheets, clothespins for pinning, a camp lantern and a Fort Kit tag. Pick from various colors including red, beige and grey. The best part? The forts are washable and reusable, which means you’ll be able to take them home to continue the fun. Find them at the Buckhorn Exchange retail store for $30.

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3. Kids with allergies have a friend at Great Wolf Lodge. 
Great Wolf Lodge wants to make sure everyone has a break from the grind of daily life. Everything cooked and prepared on-site is nut free (and no peanut oil). If your kid is dealing with different type of allergy, simply email the chef your concerns—he’ll work with you to prepare a menu that’s safe for your child.

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4. The same activities and perks you know and love are still here. 
Great Wolf Lodge is known for their non-stop, action-packed days of fun. There’s the Clock Tower Show that starts at 9 a.m. every day. There’s also Wiley Bingo, face painting, hula hoop contests, chemistry fun, Glow Dance Parties on Friday and Saturday nights (don’t be surprised if it becomes a bubble dance party!), the Master Magi Ceremony and much more. Did we mention there’s still an 80,000 square foot water park to explore?

Insider Tip: For a small fee you can ask for late checkout (2 p.m.), giving you more time to get your stuff together before you leave for the day. But even if you check out at 11 a.m., your wristband gives you access to the waterpark until closing that day! Stash your luggage in the car and then hit the waterpark, where you can shower before getting dressed and prying yourself away from the property (lockers are available for a small fee).

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5. Great Wolf Lodge takes safety seriously.
When you hit the water at Great Wolf Lodge, you’ll see the numerous lifeguards constantly on the lookout. They “scan” continuously, which means they’ve always got eyes on their section of the park. Each and every lifeguard goes through hours of training, are graded by an outside company, and have never garnered less than platinum status. And, while all kids ages 18 & under should be accompanied by an adult at all times, you can rest assured knowing that the on-site staff is well prepared for an emergency. They even offer up handy water safety tips for summer!

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6. It’s easy to get there.
Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine is 6.7 miles away (15-minute drive) from DFW International Airport. Shuttle services are plentiful and available at bargain prices. It’s also just a few miles off the freeway (Texas 121), making the drive a breeze.

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7. There are great deals happening right now.
Right now, Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine is offering 25% off the standard rate for a visit in July and 50% off the standard rate if you book up to 60 days early.

Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine
100 Great Wolf Drive
Grapevine, TX 76501

Call: 800.693.9653
Online: greatwolf.com/grapevine 

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— Gabby Cullen

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Thanks to Great Wolf Lodge for hosting; while portions of this trip were paid by Great Wolf Lodge, the opinions expressed here are the writer’s own.