Cabin-Style Suites with 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 Cincinnati/Mason’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 the Hydro Plunge water roller coaster, and unwind on a raft in the Crooked Creek lazy river.
The 79,000-square-foot water park is merely one of the many activities at the hotel's multientertainment 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. More than 100 games, such as skee-ball and virtual pinochle, attract gamers to the Northern Lights Arcade, with prizes and games geared toward all ages. Scooops Kid Spa gives manicures and pedicures to pintsize patrons sitting atop ice-cream-cone stools and banana-split thrones—free ice cream completes each visit.
Up to six vacationers can comfortably sleep in family suites, where they can plan their daily itineraries in semiprivate living areas. This Getaway includes a $50 resort credit.
Cincinnati, Ohio: World-Class Museums Along the Ohio River
The hilltop views from Cincinnati's artsy Mount Adams neighborhood showcase an impressive city skyline above the Ohio River. Visit the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, which encompasses more than 65 acres with its impressive collection of flora and fauna. Visitors can marvel at the zoo's exotic felines, which include white tigers and snow leopards. In the multisensory Night Hunters exhibit, you’ll encounter 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.