Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Howl of the Great Wolf (Charlotte NC)

There are many Great Wolf Lodges around the country, this is just one of them. The park features some pools, five water rides, a MagiQuest (which I did not do but would like to if I get a chance in the future, don't ask why), and a large hotel. I didn't actually stay at the hotel since I was with friends, and was invited as a visitor. Unfortunately, the park does not sell day passes - none of the Great Wolf Lodges do - you have to be invited as a visitor or stay overnight. It's a shame, because I enjoyed this water park. It will be harder to get in unless you have money or have connections.

The rides are:

Alberta Falls - Enclosed tube slides with some good twists and turns.

Totem Towers - Body speed slides, water can get in your nose at the end.

Mountain Edge Raceway - This is a fun one, you twist and turn on a mat and then go straight down racing the other riders. There are even clocks to time you, but when I was here, one was broken and one was missing.

River Canyon Run - Like Alberta Falls, but as a multi-person ride.

Howlin' Tornado - The King of the Wolves, the grand ride. You are thrown into a funnel and shuffled around after going down a steep slide. It is a 2-4 person ride.

Transportation: If you're flying, fly to CLT (Charlotte-Douglas Airport).

Depending on your financial situation, the cost may or may not be worth it.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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