Kalahari Resorts vs. Great Wolf Lodge

Kalahari Resorts vs. Great Wolf Lodge

Our family loves to take trips to Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg every year.  This year we tried our Kalahari Resort in the Poconos for a change.  Here are some of my thoughts on the differences.


  • Bigger and overall more rides especially for those over 48 inches.  Just finished an expansion so is now twice as big.
  • More stuff to do for the little ones 3 and under, they had a huge wading pool with at least 6 small slides and a mini lazy river. This also had seats for babies and swings in the pool which were awesome since we always have a baby with us!
  • Rooms were smaller and not as cute of theme.
  • Has more dining options.
  • Requires life jackets for all kids under 48 inches and have available.
  • Had a swim up bar and hot tub for adults which seemed cool if you had someone to watch your kids.  But according to my brother the drinks were insanely expensive.  Think $20 +
  • Both hot tubs are only for 48 inches and up which leaves the little ones out.
  • Open to resort guests as well as individuals can purchase day passes.

Great Wolf Lodge

  • Rooms are bigger and have fun themes.
  • Offer a family slide option which is super fun to go on as a whole family.
  • Offers more free activities in the main lobby.  Including a story time, dance time, crafts and more.
  • Life jackets are not required but are available as well as puddle jumpers.
  • Has a fun magic quest as an additional add on where kids can go around the resort with wands trying to solve a quest.
  • The toddler pool has 3 slides to choose from and kids must go down without adults.
  • Has a family hot tub that is kept a little cooler then the adult one.
  • Only open to overnight lodge guests.
  • Saves your record of how many times you have been there and rewards guests who come frequently.

Both have a ropes course for when the weather is nice as well as an outdoor pool.

Both have a game room and bowling.

Both are tons of funs for families.

Price points are similar depending on sales and room choices.

Overall it is a toss up between which one is better.  They both had many pros and cons that seemed to even out.  Although for our family the extra large toddler area at Kalahari is a huge draw.  These are just our opinions or a family of 6!