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’s indoor water park sports more than 10 splash-filled attractions, including a wave pool, 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. More than 100 games such as skee-ball and virtual pinochle flash and whirl in the Northern Lights Arcade, with prizes and games geared toward all ages. 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 tall chairs surrounding a hexagonal breakfast table. Each of Great Wolf Lodge’s spacious premium suites accommodates up to eight guests.
Cincinnati, Ohio: World-Class Art and History Along the Ohio River
The hilltop views from Cincinnati's art-influenced Mount Adams neighborhood reveals an impressive skyline nestled against the Ohio River, an organic confluence of urban achievement and natural beauty. For a scenic metropolitan experience, the 126-year-old Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden encompasses more than 65 acres with its impressive collection of flora and fauna. Visitors can marvel at the zoo's exotic felines, which includes white tigers and snow leopards. In the multisensory Night Hunters exhibit, one experiences nocturnal predators such as vampire bats, Burmese pythons, and caffeinated teenagers.
A variety of museums plus an Omnimax Theater are housed in an art-deco railroad terminal built in 1933 at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The interactive exhibits at the Duke Energy Children's Museum include a simulated farm and a woodland adventure. The Museum of Natural History & Science looks back 19,000 years to the Ice Age, and the Cincinnati History Museum features a replica of a 94-foot side-wheel steamboat.