This multifaceted destination is part of a national chain. It boasts an 80,000-square-foot indoor waterpark (passes included with your stay) and a live-action, Harry Potter-esque fantasy adventure game, complete with magic wands.
Drive time: About 90 minutes.
Rates: Family suites (for four to six) $239.99-$329.99.
Where to eat: The on-site Camp Critter Bar & Grill has salads and sandwiches (average $11.95). The Loose Moose Cottage offers a full breakfast buffet, including made-to-order omelets and waffles ($15, kids $10), and a dinner buffet with prime-rib carving and wok stations ($20, kids $12).
What to do: With 17 slides—including the Double Barrel Drop and the coaster-like Hydro Plunge—a four-story interactive tree-house fort, a wave pool, roughhouse rafting, tame tubing, and two giant hot tubs, Great Wolf’s guests-only indoor waterpark is a destination in itself.
Rainy-day fun: Buy a wand (starting at $14.99, plus a $10.99 one-time activation fee) and embark on a wizard-worthy MagiQuest.
Great Wolf Lodge 1 Great Wolf Drive, Scotrun, (800) 768-9653, greatwolf.com