Cabin-Style Suites Above Massive Indoor Water Park
High above Fort Mackenzie—the four-story waterlogged treehouse that feels like a mixture of Swiss Family Robinson and Pirates of the Caribbean —a 1,000-gallon bucket slowly fills with water. Suddenly, the big bucket topples, drenching those gathered below in a torrent of water. Heated to a balmy 84 degrees, Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg’s indoor water park sports more than a dozen splash-filled attractions, including a wave pool, a six-story funnel slide, a Crooked Creek lazy river, and two Hot Springs warming pools.
The 79,000-square-foot aquatic arena is merely one of the many activities at the hotel's multi-entertainment campus. At the MagiQuest live-action adventure, kids wield magic wands and journey through a kingdom to meet mythical creatures, including a pixie, a dragon, and a Bob Dylan. Teens will gravitate toward gr8_space, a trendy hangout lit with midnight-blue and green lights where they can play video games or dance to the music of a live DJ. Scooops Kid Spa gives manicures and pedicures to pint-size patrons sitting atop ice-cream-cone stools and banana-split thrones—free ice cream predictably and happily completes each visit.
Up to six bear cubs and adults can comfortably slumber in the rustic Majestic Bear Suite. Daily itineraries can be planned atop chairs surrounding a hexagonal breakfast table. Each of Great Wolf Lodge’s three spacious premium suites accommodates 6–8 guests.
Williamsburg: Art and Entertainment in Historic Colonial Town
Part of the Historic Triangle of Virginia, Williamsburg played a central role during the American Revolution, as American forces gathered there in 1781 to march to Yorktown for the final British defeat. The city pays homage to its patriotic past at Colonial Williamsburg, where tourists stroll past historic buildings as fifers march in Revolutionary War regalia. The Yorktown Battlefield is only a short drive east, where a park ranger guides visitors along the British defense and tells the story of the Revolutionary War's final siege.
The 18th-century-style specialty boutiques along Merchants Square sell everything from whimsical toys to hand-cooked Virginia peanuts. In addition to its historic sites, Williamsburg boasts a thriving artistic community, with original folk art and paint-by-number self-portraits of the Founding Fathers displayed at several galleries and art exhibits throughout the city.