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Posted: Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011

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Kelli Robinson

Kelli Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in Mooresville and has been contributing to Lake Norman Magazine since 2009. She juggles family and writing with humor and lots of chocolate, and enjoys experiencing all the Lake Norman area has to offer.

Last week I saw a friend at Target and as you do this time of year, we asked each other about plans for the holidays. “This year we’re going to Great Wolf Lodge instead of New Jersey!” she said. And I thought that sounded so cool. I’m not sure her friends and relatives in Jersey agree, but c’est la vie!

If you’ve never been to Great Wolf Lodge, the indoor water park in Concord, the week betweenChristmas and New Year’s might be a great time to go. The office won’t miss you. The kids are home for the entire week and by Monday will be begging for things to do. And this could provide the perfect “get away from it all” experience that doesn’t require leaving the state.

Great Wolf is more than just a waterpark, although that’s obviously the focal point. There’s an adventure for every family member, including the Cub Paw Pool for little ones up to the Howlin’ Tornado funnel drop for the more adventurous types. But the resort’s other amenities include onsite dining, shopping, fitness facilities and spas (for kids and adults).

The suites alone are enough to entice me. Remember, overnight stay is required for the waterpark experience. But after a day at the park, you’d rather crash in the suite than drive home anyway. Splurge for one of the themed suites for an even more memorable experience.

There’s also nightly shows and kid’s story time. It’s kind of like Vegas meets Mister Rogers…on a lazy river.

For the remainder of December, Great Wolf is offering two cool deals. Save 15% when you book two or more nights. Another package includes a car pass to the Carolina Christmas light show at nearby Charlotte Motor Speedway. Check the events page for more information as well as promotional codes to use when reserving.

Whether you’re getting away from it all at Great Wolf, heading north to New Jersey, or staying home, I hope your holidays are warm, festive and bright!

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