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 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 Grand Mound’s indoor water park and its more than 10 splash-filled attractions draw visitors to this 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 unwind in the South Hot Springs warming pool.
The 56,000-square-foot water park is the pièce de résistance among many activities on the hotel's entertainment campus. During the MagiQuest live-action adventure, kids can wield magic wands and journey through a fantasy kingdom, encountering pixies and dragons along the way. More than 100 games such as skee-ball and virtual pinochle attract gamers to the Northern Lights Arcade. Scooops Kid Spa, meanwhile, offers manicures and pedicures for pint-size patrons perched atop ice-cream-cone stools and banana-split thrones—free ice cream tops off each visit. This Groupon comes with a resort credit you can use toward any of these offerings.
Upstairs, the resort's cabin-style suites are ideally suited to families, with plenty of kid-friendly amenities and lots of space to spread out.
Highlights of Thurston County, Washington
- Diverse terrain: Located near the southernmost tip of Puget Sound and the state capital, Olympia, Thurston County includes the Chehalis River and Mount Rainier, the continental United States' fifth-tallest mountain.
- Downtown Centralia is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its early 20th-century architecture. Along Tower Avenue, old-fashioned streetlights show the way as shoppers stroll to outlet stores and antique shops filled with vintage knickknacks.
- Nature preserves such as Mima Mounds sprawl across the South Sound's hills, providing a habitat for endangered wildlife and indigenous plants.