Cabin-Style Suites Above Massive Indoor Water Park
High above Fort Mackenzie—a four-story, waterlogged treehouse with swinging cargo nets, suspension bridges, and treetop slides—a 1,000-gallon bucket slowly fills with water. Eventually, the bucket topples, drenching those gathered below in a torrent of water. It's just one of the many attractions at Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky’s indoor water park, which is connected to a comfy resort filled with spacious suites. You can spend the day careening down tunnel slides, lounging in jumbo whirlpools, and playing water basketball in the Raccoon Lagoon before ending the night relaxing by the Grand Lobby’s fireplace.
The temperature-controlled aquatic arena is one of several onsite activities available. At Scooops Kid Spa, staff members offer manicures, pedicures, and free ice cream to pintsize guests sitting on banana-split thrones. The Northern Lights Arcade features more than 100 games catering to kids and adults alike. MagiQuest's live-action adventure takes place in an enchanted kingdom filled with goblins, dragons, and pixies.
Suites comfortably accommodate up to six people. For dinner, head to one of Great Wolf Lodge’s onsite restaurants, which serve everything from classic American fare at Gitchigoomie Grill to snacks and sodas at the water park’s Klondike Cafe.
Highlights of Sandusky, Ohio
- Family-friendly destination: Set on the shores of Lake Erie, the town has a slew of theme parks and scenic coastal islands.
- Must-do for thrill seekers: Cedar Point, open May–October, is one of the oldest US amusement parks. The GateKeeper scooped up seven world records when it opened in 2013.
- Round and round: The Merry-Go-Round Museum is full of restored antique carousels; it’s also rumored to house ghosts.
- Spooky fun: Ghostly Manor Thrill Center features a haunted house, a roller rink, a 4D theater, black-light mini golf, and bounce houses.