Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg

© by Mary Burnham

Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park

Everything for a theme-park getaway is under one roof at Williamsburg's Great Wolf Lodge: dining, shopping, game rooms, a giant indoor water park where the temperature is 84 degrees year-round, even a kid's spa next to the adult spa.

The hallways hide interactive clues to a Harry Potter scavenger hunt, there's a massive indoor water park, and bedtime brings pajama-clad kids to the lobby for story time. Next to the Aveda Spa is 'Scooops' Kids Spa where kids can slurp ice cream while sitting in a pint-sized pedicure chair shaped like a banana split.

Scoops Kids Spa

Five-year-old MacKenzie sits on a banana split-shaped sofa, a cup of ice cream clutched in her hands, and a big grin on her face. Her little legs are stretched out to a pedicure basin into which nail tech Emily drops a scoop of 'chocolate ice cream' that fizzes in the warm water. Gummy worms tickle her toes, evoking giggles and a bit of splashing.

Emily then massages mocha-colored 'icing' onto the girl's feet and calves, and as the aroma of home-baked chocolate brownies wafts up from the tub, she nods off. Emily gently takes the ice cream from her hands.

MacKenzie has just experienced her first-ever pedicure.

Dinner time is fun

After a round of peaches and cream pedis, enjoy the real thing from the Bear Claw Café across the lobby. It's the perfect ending to the blissful party for tiny hands and feet.

Meanwhile, at the adjacent Elements Spa, Mom gets a delicious Rosemary Mint Awakening Body Wrap, and big brother, Chris, a 30-minute teen massage.

The family has been here for three days and they haven't had occasion to leave the large, indoor resort north of Williamsburg.

"We call it a 'land cruise,'" says Catherine Chaplain, director of Sales & Marketing, "because there's so much to do right on the property."

Pajama story time

The trees tell bedtime stories, you can sleep in a wolf's den or dress up like a Harry Potter character on a Magic Quest scavenger hunt.

Every day ends with pajama story-time in the lobby, then bedding down in bunk beds in the log cabin themed rooms.

When you do need to leave, all that Williamsburg offers is just a short drive away.

Green Seal

Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg is part of the nation's first national green-certifiedhotel chain to have all its U.S. properties 'go green.' The resort is practicing water and energy conservation, recycling, and waste reduction.

In addition, Project Green Wolf is an inventive educational program for young guests created in partnership with National Geographic Kids™.

Go to Great Wolf Lodge's website.