Experience The Great Wolf Lodge Water Park Without Staying At The Hotel

Want to check out the new Great Wolf Lodge water park without having to spend the night at the hotel?

Your wish has been granted. The resort is now offering day passes and half-day passes to the water park only. The passes used to be available only to guests staying on the property.

Families can now choose to play in the water park with a single day pass, which is $30 per person, or a half-day pass, $25 per person. Toddlers age 2 and younger get in free with a paying adult.

The number of water park day passes will be monitored each day to ensure the number of visitors at the water park is actively managed. The quantity of water park day passes available on a given day is based on the projected number of rooms occupied at the resort on that day.

To check the availability of water park day passes for a particular day, guests can visit Great Wolf’s website. Due to the capacity restraints in place, water park day passes must be purchased at least a day in advance of a visit. Water park day passes are only available online and cannot be purchased at the resorts. Passes are not required for toddlers 2 or under when accompanied by an adult pass holder.

Great Wolf Lodge Arizona opened in October 2019 next to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The 85,000-square-foot indoor water park features 13 different slides, a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket, an outdoor pool with a separate adults-only area.


 Park highlights include:

Talking Stick Tree House: Multi-level water play structure featuring suspension bridges, slides, spray stations and a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket that pours out every three-to-four minutes

Wolf Tail: Guests step into a launch pod and wait for the floor to drop out from underneath, hurling them into a nearly vertical, 20-foot free fall, followed immediately by a 360-degree, high-speed loop.

Howlin’ Tornado: A family raft-ride that sends guests down a steep 15-foot drop and into a massive funnel. The raft twists and swirls as it careens up one side of giant funnel to the next.

Alberta Falls: This one or two-person tube slide features drops, chutes and serpentine 180-degree and 360-degree banked curves.

River Canyon Run: A family raft ride that sends up to four riders on a white-water adventure down one of the park’s longest slides.

Slap Tail Pond: Gigantic wave pool with waves reaching up to three feet in height. The active surf rolls through every five minutes.

Crooked Creek: Guests can relax and float on tubes down this winding lazy river located in the middle of the park.

Chinook Cove: Activity pool featuring basketball hoops, floating obstacles and more

Big Foot Pass: Water obstacle challenge where kids and adults alike balance on floating logs and lily pads while traversing the pool. Cargo netting hangs down to help guests cross from one side to the other.

Whooping Hollow: A special section of the waterpark designed exclusively for toddlers and younger guests. This play pool is filled with perfectly sized water slides featuring gentle slopes and tiny turns.


If you do choose to stay the night, families will find several different suite options available. They include family suites that sleep five with two queen-size beds and a pull-out twin sofa sleeper, and premium suites that sleep up to 13 with separate bedrooms and bathrooms.

The resort also has themed suites like its “KidCabin Suite” and “Wolf Den Suite” that offer a fun, family-friendly configuration that include a separate, themed sleeping area for kids that comes complete with bunk beds, wall murals, TVs, and other amenities. 


There’s no shortage of places for families to dine around the resort following a day at the water park. There are nine eateries on the property. That means there’s something for every taste and budget.

Campfire Kitchen
Families can start their day at Campfire Kitchen, an interactive a la carte cafe located inside the resort’s Adventure Park. The cafe offers a breakfast menu featuring farm-fresh eggs, Applewood smoked bacon, signature wolf paw-shaped waffles, fresh fruits and more. For dinner, the Campfire Kitchen menu transforms to offer a collection of international and regional specialties as well as kid-friendly favorites like mac n’ cheese and chicken tenders.

Hungry as a Wolf
Feeding an entire pack doesn’t get easier than at Hungry as a Wolf, where made-to-order handcrafted pizzas are waiting for families looking to replenish after a fun-filled day at the water park. Guests can indulge in a variety of options from a classic cheese pie and meat lover’s delight to tasty sandwiches, chicken wings, pastas, and fresh salads.

A perfect way to end a day of family fun is unwinding at Barnwood, featuring a fresh and seasonal menu in a rustic-themed setting with both indoor and outdoor seating options. The menu will feature an ever-changing array of dishes made from locally sourced ingredients and reflect what’s fresh and in-season. Barnwood will also offer an extensive menu of signature cocktails, wines and craft beers for adults.

Buckets Incredible Craveables
For the times hunger just can’t wait until the wolf pups dry off, guests can enjoy a meal at Buckets Incredible Craveables, located just steps from the slides and attractions inside the water park. Burgers, sandwiches, and salads will be on the menu at this family-friendly spot. No visit to Great Wolf Lodge is complete without trying this restaurant’s signature Tipping Bucket Sundae, a pack-sized treat layered with ice cream, brownies, cookies, candy, chocolate sauce and whipped cream.

The Watering Hole
Another poolside option is The Watering Hole, which will offer refreshing soft drinks and iced teas – plus an impressive roster of blended drinks and ice-cold beers for adult guests.

Freshwoods Market
To satisfy hunger quickly, on-the-go guests can visit Freshwoods Market, a grab and go market designed for a quick bite. Located next to our signature Northwoods Friends show in the main lobby, it’s the perfect spot to grab a variety of snacks and beverages for the whole family to enjoy during scheduled activities in the Grand Lobby, or any time of day while on the run.

Timbers Tacos
For a South of the Border feel, Timbers Tacos will feature Southwest fare such as nachos, soups, salads and a la carte street tacos. The menu will also showcase signature margaritas and Mexican beers on tap for the adults as well as other specialty beverages such as horchata.

Dunkin’ Donuts
For a quick start to the day – or afternoon treat – Great Wolf Lodge will be home to Dunkin’ Donuts, conveniently located adjacent to the grand lobby. Everything from classic donuts, breakfast sandwiches, bagels and more are sure to satisfy any appetite, and nothing beats a delicious cup of Dunkin’ coffee any time of the day.

Ben & Jerry’s
For guests looking to satisfy their sweet tooth, Great Wolf Lodge Arizona will feature the only full-service Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parlor in the state. Guests at Ben & Jerry’s will discover more than a dozen ice cream varieties, along with delectable sundaes. And right next door to Ben & Jerry’s is the Great Wolf Candy Company, a retail shop featuring bulk candy, chocolate treats and other packaged sweets.

For guests with food allergies, all kitchen facilities at Great Wolf Lodge are peanut and tree nut free.

Great Wolf Lodge Arizona
7333 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Click here for more information and/or to purchase water park tickets.

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