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. 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 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. 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. This Getaways includes a resort credit you can use toward any of these offerings.
The resort's suites are ideally suited for families, with plenty of kid-friendly amenities and lots of space to spread out.
Highlights of Cincinnati, Ohio
Mount Adams: an artsy, hilltop neighborhood with striking views of the city skyline and the Ohio River
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: an impressive collection of flora and fauna, including white tigers and snow leopards; in the multisensory Night Hunters exhibit, you’ll encounter nocturnal predators such as vampire bats and burmese pythons
Cincinnati Museum Center: A variety of museums (plus an Omnimax theater) are housed in an art-deco railroad terminal built in 1933. 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 steamboat.
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What You Get
1-night stay for seven in a KidCabin suite with water-park wristbands and a $25 resort credit
Option 1: $199 to check in Sunday–Thursday, not valid for Friday or Saturday stays, valid 4/29/14–6/13/14 (up to a $345 value)
Option 2: $249 to check in Friday, not valid for Saturday stays, valid 4/29/14–6/13/14 (up to a $385 value)
2-night stay for six in a Family suite with water-park wristbands and a $50 resort credit
Option 3: $359 to check in Sunday–Wednesday, not valid for Friday or Saturday stays, valid 4/29/14–6/13/14 (up to a $590 value)
Option 4: $389 to check in Sunday–Wednesday, not valid for Friday or Saturday stays, valid 6/15/14–6/25/14 (up to a $630 value)
Policies and Fees
Book by: 6/13/14 for Options 1–3; 6/25/14 for Option 4
Blackout dates: Not valid 6/11–6/12
Cancellation policy & fees: All cancellations subject to $30 fee; 72-hour cancellation notice or fee of applicable 1-night's stay up to Groupon price applies
Taxes: 12.75% tax not included
Additional fees: $19.99 daily resort fee not included