Yenra : Travel : Poconos Waterpark : Indoor family resort with eleven waterslides, handcarved furniture, and fireplace suites with a northwoods atmosphere

Poconos

Great Wolf Resorts, developer of a four-story, log-sided family indoor waterpark resort, rolled out the red carpet and handed out construction hard hats before guiding tours through the 433,020 square-foot facility.

"Great Wolf Lodge is a complete family destination," said Kim Schaefer of Great Wolf Resorts. "Our mission is to create family traditions, one family at a time, and our guests will appreciate the activities, amenities, and the personal guest service, all in a very inviting, warm, and comfortable atmosphere."

The resort will feature 401 all-suite guest rooms and a choice of ten different suite configurations including standard and premier layouts, such as the two-bedroom Grizzly Bear Suite which can sleep up to eight, the Loft Fireplace Suite, and children's themed suites including the Wolf Den, KidCabin and KidKamp, each complete with its own cozy private room-within-a-room for kids.

Upon entering the Grand Lobby, guests will be engulfed in the cabinesque northwoods atmosphere. To the left will stand a massive, fieldstone fireplace, while on the right, a fishing cabin-themed guest service counter. The lobby will be furnished with hand-carved tables, over stuffed furniture and antler chandeliers, and an animated Great Clock Tower will feature friends of the forest, who come to life daily and sing the lessons of the Rhythm of Nature.

At the center of the resort, just behind the lobby entrance, windows overlook the main attraction, Bear Track Landing - a colossal, 90-foot tall, 78,000 square-foot indoor waterpark complex. A twelve-level treehouse waterfort interconnected with suspension bridges, cargo nets, web crawls, and over sixty guest-activated water effects, stands at the park's entrance.

A 1,000-gallon tipping bucket suspended at the top offers guests a thrilling introduction to one of the world's largest indoor waterparks. Completely under roof, the waterpark will feature eleven waterslides, ranging in size from kiddie slides to fast-paced tube slides that wind in and out of the indoor waterpark, and six pools including a massive indoor wave pool, recreation pool, leisure river and a zero-depth entry pool for even the youngest water-fans. The waterpark will be supervised by nearly 100 certified lifeguards.

Other resort amenities include Northern Lights Arcade, a 6,000 square-foot arcade with ticket redemption center; Iron Horse Fitness Room; and Cub Club - the children's frequent guest club where the Ambassador of Fun will lead activities, arts and crafts. Great Wolf Lodge is scheduled to open fall 2005.