SoCal’s Newest Water Park Opens Today

The Great Wolf Lodge is opening today in Garden Grove, California. Orange County has been mourning the loss of family favorite Wild Rivers since it’s closure in September 2011, and has been looking for a replacement. Sure, there’s Knott’s Soak City and Raging Waters in the area, but it’s not the same for many residents.

The difference between those parks and the Great Wolf Lodge? For one, it’s indoors and always 84 degrees. The Lodge promises “jaw-dropping thrill rides and water slides along with zero-depth-entry playgrounds for your small children.”

Before you start planning your trip to the Lodge, know that the water park is only for guests of the hotel and day passes are not available for sale. Hotel reservations start at $259.99 per night. Guests can choose from regular rooms, themed rooms, or premium rooms.

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Great Wolf Lodge on Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove. Photo Credit: OC Register

In addition to the water park, the Lodge offers a 603-suite hotel. The water park is 105,000 square feet.

Some of the rides include:

  • Fort Mackenzie, a water fort tree house
  • Howlin’ Tornado, a 4-person raft slide (similar to the Bazooka Bowls of Wild Rivers)
  • River Canyon Canyon, a rafting excursion for the whole family
  • Alberta Falls, a tube slide with a 2-person raft that goes around sharp turns and down steep hills
  • Crooked Creek lazy river
  • Wolf Rider Wipeout slide
  • Coyote Cannon, a 40-foot drop into a vortex
  • Wolf Tail, which drops riders into a tube slide
  • Chinook Cove, a great pool to hang out in between rides
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Crooked Creek, a lazy river rider, snakes under water ride tubes at Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove. Photo credit: OC Register

Book by March 6th and get 20% off your hotel booking

In addition to the water park and hotel, the Lodge also offers an arcade and magic shows. Parents can rent cabanas or visit the Howlywood XD Theater or enjoy bowling specialized for kids. Also check out the Lazer Frenzy Laser Tag, Kids’ Spa, and Fitness Center. See all attractions at the Lodge here.

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Tubes float in Crooked Creek, a lazy river ride, at Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove. Photo Credit: OC Register

Some lesser known amenities include free unlimited Wi-Fi and lobby shows, which can be lifesavers when it comes to entertaining kids.

We can’t wait to see the Great Wolf Lodge pools this summer!


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