Splash! Indoor water park at Manteca’s Nice Wolf Hotel cools off Bay Space households

We’re racing down a huge raft water slide, when a unexpected, steep drop elicits full-belly cackles from me — and piercing screams from my husband. As we shoot into a large, striped saucer-style bowl, the raft careens up one aspect of the funnel and into the following with the momentum of a ship at tough sea. Quickly, we’ll be perched on our in-pool chaise lounges, sipping watermelon frosés whilst our son indulges in loose ice cream. However presently, we’re right here to splash.

Nice Wolf Hotel, the Manteca lodge that opened in 2021, provides a large indoor water park not like the rest in Northern California. The lodge itself, one in every of two California places for the Illinois-based chain, isn’t with out its drawbacks. It’s incessantly crowded and completely crawling with children. The arcade and ropes direction get so loud you’ll listen them from the foyer eating place. And also you may well be ready a bit too lengthy for that average-at-best meals.

Nice Wolf Hotel has attracted Bay Space households since opening its first Northern California location in Manteca closing 12 months. (Courtesy Nice Wolf Hotel) 

However talking for myself and oldsters I chatted up all through our keep, while you and your children are clutching your raft handles, twisting and turning as gallons of water splash you within the face and ship you careening right into a pool, noise and crowds don’t trouble you up to they in most cases would.

We arrived on the lodge, a 50-minute pressure from the East Bay, on a summery Sunday afternoon, hoping to circumvent weekend crowds. Boy, have been we off. Where used to be teeming with households who had the similar thought. Households with small children, households with tots, households with teenagers and grandparents, all carrying their loose wolf ears. We had stored ours from a talk over with to the Nice Wolf Hotel in Lawn Grove 5 years in the past.

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Again then, my son used to be six, the optimum age for lots of the lodge’s actions, which come with gold panning and a live-action recreation the place wand-wielding children turn out to be Grasp Magis. Now 11, he towered over lots of the different youngsters. However he nonetheless discovered his jam. Mini golfing, an arcade and the loose sweet that got here together with his Paw Go stored him satisfied sufficient to don now not one however each units of wolf ears, the 4 hairy issues poking thru his mess of blond curls. And, in fact, he had the water park.

Fort MacKenzie is an interactive four-story water treehouse with slides and water toys for all ages at Manteca's Great Wolf Lodge. (Courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge)
Citadel MacKenzie is a four-story water treehouse with slides and water toys for every age at Manteca’s Nice Wolf Hotel. (Courtesy Nice Wolf Hotel) 

At 95,000 sq. toes, Nice Wolf’s water park is the most important in Northern California. Within, the place the temp is all the time 84 levels, a large pond creates waves that extend as much as 3 toes in peak. A couple of high-speed slides, together with the cackle-inducing Sequoia Splash, supply a lot of twists for all sorts of slider. And a bucket on the most sensible of a four-story castle drops 1,000 gallons of water each and every 4 mins. The water park additionally has sights for the youngest set, together with a zero-depth infant pool and gentle-sloped slides.

The one slide we didn’t try used to be the Wolf Tail, a trap-door pill that opens to a near-vertical, 20-foot loose fall adopted through a 360-degree, high-speed loop. Most likely we will have to have. An skilled middle-schooler informed us the drop used to be frightening however “after that it used to be beautiful delicate.” He stated the drop water slide at The Wave in Dublin is scarier.

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When it used to be time to cool, a lazy river carried us down calm waters. Our son ventured there greater than we anticipated, the usage of the mushy present to swim laps or loll alongside in a blue tube. We watched from front room chairs close to The Watering Hollow, a bar within the water park that serves cocktails and frozen mocktails.

Great Wolf Lodge's lazy river, Crooked Creek, is fun on foot or in a tube. (Courtesy Great Wolf Lodge)
Nice Wolf Hotel’s lazy river, Crooked Creek, is a laugh on foot or in a tube. (Courtesy Nice Wolf Hotel) 

After buying our frosty drinks, we made our approach to the outside pool, the place cabanas covered the fringe and splashes got here courtesy of legs and arms as a substitute of untamed water options. The noise degree used to be decrease, the solar used to be shining, and we have been ready to relaxation simply lengthy sufficient to get able for every other spherical within the raft.


If You Pass

ROOMS: The Nice Wolf provides same old suites, cabin-themed rooms and top class suites. Our Wolf Den featured a comfortable queen mattress, sleeper settee and in-suite bunk beds (for five’5″ and underneath) tucked right into a log cabin-style access. The whole-sized toilet had all of the same old facilities. The dwelling house presented a mini refrigerator, espresso maker and desk for 2.

The cabin-inspired suites at Manteca's Great Wolf Lodge feature bunk beds, a queen bed and full sleeper sofa. (Courtesy Great Wolf Lodge)
The cabin-inspired suites at Manteca’s Nice Wolf Hotel characteristic bunk beds, a queen mattress and whole sleeper settee. (Courtesy Nice Wolf Hotel) 

FOOD: Six on-site eating places be offering family-friendly fare, together with fast-casual pizza, burgers and tacos. Dunkin’ Donuts is a superb possibility for inexpensive breakfast sandwiches (The Campfire Kitchen buffet is $15 in step with individual in step with day if bought prior to check-in. After check-in, it’s $22 for adults).

Barnwood, the sit-down eating place, provides same old American entrees, like steak, salmon and pasta, beginning at $16. Reservations extremely beneficial all through summer season, on weekends and faculty vacations.

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DETAILS: Water park day passes are $75 for a complete day or $60 for a half-day go (4 p.m. to near), and should be bought forward of time on-line or through calling 800-905-9653. Rooms, which will accommodate 4 to 6 folks and come with water park passes, get started at $399 in step with evening. In finding the lodge at 2500 Daniels St. in Manteca; www.greatwolf.com/northern-california.