With a groundbreaking scheduled today at 10am, the Great Wolf Lodge has taken a big step towards opening this massive new resort right here in Collier County. The new Great Wolf Lodge will be located right next to the Paradise Coast Sports Complex on City Gate Blvd in Naples.  It will feature 500 family-friendly suites and an expansive 100,000-square-foot indoor water park.

“As we look to expand the Great Wolf Lodge experience to new markets, we are excited to place our newest resort in South Florida. This resort will offer families in the Sunshine State an easy, care free escape, where parents and kids have the opportunity to laugh and play together and strengthen their family bonds,” said Murray Hennessy, Chief Executive Officer for Great Wolf Resorts. “South Florida has been on our radar for some time, and now, thanks in large part to the tremendous support from Collier County as well our shareholders Blackstone and Centerbridge Partners, we’re excited to make this resort a reality. We’re excited to officially join the community and look forward to helping contribute to its continued growth and prosperity.”

Some of the highlights include:

●An expansive 100,000-square-foot indoor waterpark, heated to a comfortable 84 degrees, featuring a variety of body slides, tube slides, raft rides, activity pools and splash areas for every member of the family–from toddlers and teens to parents and grandparents.

● 62,000-square-foot family entertainment center known as the Great Wolf Adventure Park will offer a variety of family-friendly attractions, including Magi Quest–Great Wolf Lodge’s exclusive live-action adventure game where players use interactive magic wands to battle goblins and dragons.

●A collection of complimentary family events and activities including Yoga Tails, a morning exercise program that combines tales from the creatures found in the Spirit Water Forest with yoga poses, and evening events such as Great Wolf Lodge’s signature Hustle & Howl dance party and Story Time event.

●Several dining options that will appeal to a variety of culinary styles ranging from pizza and burgers to upscale dining and premium ice cream treats at Wood’s End Creamery.

●Family-friendly suites in a variety of categories and styles including Great Wolf-themed suites with separate sleeping quarters for kids designed as either a log cabin or wolf den and outfitted with bunk beds and Great Wolf character theming. The resort will also feature suites with multiple bedrooms for large families or multi-generational groups.


The resort is estimated to bring 250 to 500 construction and trade jobs, with more than 600 full and part-time jobs available at the lodge when it opens. The resort will sit on 20-acres on the eastern end of Collier County, near the I-75 and Collier Blvd interchange. Construction will take 18-24 months, making the grand opening spring/summer of 2024.

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