I took my Girl Scout troop for a weekend trip to Cedar Point Amusement Park, in Sandusky, Ohio. We stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio. They were very accommodating to our large group. Their family suite allowed for the six of us to be in the same room, with plenty of beds. Great Wolf Lodge’s suite is spacious, but warning, the bathroom is tiny. The lodge had an arsenal of awesome indoor water attractions with admission included in your room fee.
Great Wolf Lodge
The Great Wolf Lodge offered multiple restaurants so you actually never have to leave the property. Lumber Jack ‘s Cook Shanty offered a breakfast buffet that was brought to the table with family style servings. We loved it and the food was good. My girls especially enjoyed the Northern Lights video arcade. The hotel makes it easy to keep track of the daily activities, such as story time and walks, by printing their calendar.
Water attractions are definitely the big draw at the Great Wolf Lodge. It is so nice that you can utilize each and every one of them, rain or shine, summer or winter. The indoor water park features:
- Totem Towers water slides
- swinging net/rope climbing
- water basketball
- jumbo whirlpool hot tubs (for those over 21)
- a huge 1,000 gallon splash bucket
- 4 story interactive tree house right in the middle of the pool
There is an on-site store for swimming apparel and accessories as well as Buckhorn Exchange for t-shirts and souvenirs. Do not worry if you have forgotten something because they’ve got you covered.
Heading to Cedar Point
As a bonus, the girls and I drove over to the historic waterfront area of Lake Erie before going to Cedar Point. There, we enjoyed a scrumptious lunch from The Lunch Box. My tomato, dill, and feta Quiche was a fabulous choice. The girls were pleased with their selections as well. Though not fancy in decor, we had amazing service at The Lunch Box with plenty of choices and great prices.
The Roller Coaster Capital of the World!
Cedar Point is a wonderful amusement park, the coaster enthusiast’s dream. The park is very clean and spacious, but it is located on the lake. Keep in mind that the weather can get very chilly at any given time. You can buy discounted park tickets at nearby grocery stores.
Cedar Point has message boards at the front of its rides with approximate wait times. For all of the rides we rode, they were right on the money. Cute shops and kiosks were scattered throughout the property as well as a plethora of snack bars. We enjoyed sit-down dining at Johnny Rockets, for dinner including burgers, fries, and their thick milkshakes.
Our favorite rides at Cedar Point were the Shoot the Rapids and Snake River Falls watersides, MaxAir, old school Matterhorn, and coasters Wicked Twister, Corkscrew, and Maverick. Of course these were only for thrill-seekers and not for the faint of heart.
FYI: Great Wolfe Lodge has thirteen locations across the United States. Check out their website for special deals.
Tip: If you do not mind the splurge, upgrade to the VIP ticket which gets you to the front of the lines for rides. This ticket gets you preferred parking, admission to the park an hour before general opening time, unlimited drink wristbands, and more. Money well spent in my book.