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 in a torrent of water. Heated to a balmy 84 degrees, Great Wolf Lodge Kansas City's indoor water park and its more than 13 splash-filled attractions draw visitors looking for an aquatic getaway no matter the season. In addition to braving Fort Mackenzie, you can plunge down a four-story slide at Alberta Falls or careen through twisting tunnels on The Triple Twist.
The 38,000-square-foot water park is one of many activities at the hotel's entertainment campus. During 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 completes each visit.
Family suites sleep up to six with two queen beds and a semiprivate living area that contains a full-size sleeper sofa and a 27-inch TV. They're equipped with microwaves and refrigerators, and some have a balcony or patio as well. KidCabin suites sleep up to seven and feature cabin-themed areas for little ones.
Highlights of Kansas City, Missouri
- Aquatic architecture and barbecue: 200-plus public fountains and more than 90 restaurants where you can order the city’s signature slow-smoked meat
- Music hub: Here, you’ll find the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and the storied jazz scene continues to thrive in clubs around 18th and Vine.
- Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: prized for its European paintings and Imperial Chinese art.
- Named one of America’s best downtowns by Forbes magazine
- Late-night crowd: The nine-block Power & Light District in downtown is home to more than 50 shops, restaurants, and bars.