Cabin-Style Suites Above Massive Indoor Water Park
High above Fort Mackenzie—a four-story waterlogged treehouse that feels like it could be a part of The Swiss Family Robinson or 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 Charlotte/Concord’s indoor water park and its more than 10 splash-filled attractions draw visitors looking for an aquatic getaway no matter the season. In addition to braving Fort Mackenzie, you can crash into 3-foot waves at Slap Tail Pond, careen down a six-story funnel slide at Howlin’ Tornado, and race your family at the Mountain Edge Raceway mat-racer water slide.
The 80,000-square-foot water park 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 and a dragon. Scooops Kid Spa gives manicures and pedicures to pintsize patrons sitting atop ice-cream-cone stools and banana-split thrones—free ice cream happily completes each visit.
Up to six vacationers can comfortably sleep in the family suite, where they can plan daily itineraries in the semiprivate living area. Some suites include a private balcony or patio, to be determined upon check-in.
What makes Great Wolf Lodge Charlotte/Concord eco?
- It’s a Green Seal–certified Silver property. Green Seal is a nonprofit third-party organization.
- Recirculation of most of the water in the park, encouraging water conservation
- UV water-filtration system that minimizes chlorine use
- Low-flow toilets, tubs, and showers that reduce water waste
- Energy-efficient lighting and appliances
- Food waste is composted<p>
Charlotte: Burgeoning Tourism Industry in an Art-Friendly Town
Fifteen miles southwest of the lodge, Charlotte’s glittering downtown buildings scrape the sky. This regional financial capital is home to Fortune 500 companies and a burgeoning tourism industry spearheaded by the city’s art scene and sports teams.
Originally a blue-collar mill district, the NoDa district now buzzes with art galleries and boutiques; a neighborhood gallery crawl takes place twice monthly. Cajun, southwestern, and creative pizza restaurants have taken up residency in the neighborhood’s original brick buildings and mill houses. Families looking for an educational day trip or new family can visit Discovery Place, an interactive museum with a 3-D IMAX theater.
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