The temperatures are starting to rise and we have got some hot destinations where you and your families can cool down this summer. If it’s waterparks, waterfalls or the sparkling blue waters of a lake or river, the Poconos is filled with exciting destinations for every type of H2O seeker. So, ditch the yard work, get out of the hot city and treat yourselves to all the beauty and fun the Poconos has to offer!
Camelback - Aquatopia is Camelback’s indoor multi-level water kingdom. If you choose to stay at the resort, this wet and wild action is yours for FREE! Your family will have the time of their lives with 7 pools, 13 innovative water slides including the Venus Slyde Trap – the first Aqua-Sphere Manta slide of its kind in the world, as well as the Storm Chaser – the longest watercoaster in the US! But, those with little ones fear not, there are several kiddie-slides for the youngest of our thrill seekers. There are snack shops for the hungry and a swim-up bar for the thirsty! You don’t need to wait for warmer weather to hit this water scene. It is 84 degrees 365 days a year at Aquatopia – so get a jump on summer fun! www.camelbackresort.com/waterparks/aquatopia/
Great Wolf Lodge - This Disney-like destination of the Poconos is jammed with cool theme rooms, activities and full-sized forest critters that roam the premises making merry. Great Wolf Lodge is a complete package of family fun beginning with its massive, 84-degree indoor water park jam-packed with slides, pools and awesome splashing fun from Crooked Creek to Howlin’ Tornado. When you’re ready to dry off, the fun continues with activities, games and adventures throughout the resort. There are plenty of great places to grab a bite too! The options are vast go to the website all the great details. All family suites include FREE waterpark passes. www.greatwolf.com
Lakes & Rivers
H2oohh! At Split Rock Resort - Split Rock Resort is 1200 acres of mountains and forest located on Lake Harmony. You’ve got a water double whammy with H20ooohh. First, you have an expansive indoor family water park right next door to the resort which offers 53,326 square feet of water attractions to enjoy along with Tiki and food bars. That, combined with some of the best fishing right outside your door on Lake Harmony and over a thousand acres of lakes and hundreds of miles of streams and you’ve got the best combo of indoor/outdoor water adventure. www.splitrockresort.com
Woodloch Resort offers an all-inclusive package that provides three delicious meals everyday along with unlimited family-oriented activities, entertainment and amenities lending to their title – A Cruise on Land. During the warm summer months you can explore the expansive offerings of outdoor and water adventures, whether you like boating, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, sailing or waterskiing there is no shortage of fun on Lake Teedyuskung. After a long day in the sun, fire up a grill on the beach or cozy up to a bonfire. Named “Best Hotel for Families - #2 in the U.S” by TripAdvisor's Travelers Choice Award 2013 you can count on a world-class experience that promises you great service, unforgettable excitement, and the vacation of a lifetime! www.woodloch.com
Jim Thorpe River Adventures invites you to enjoy white water rafting Poconos style! Pick your river action level and they will align you with a professional who works and trains hard to provide you with a superior white water river experience. In addition to rafting, they specialize in inflatable kayak trips and mountain bike trips – all through the Lehigh Gorge State Park. From easy water to big time whitewater rafting – they have a river trip for you! www.jtraft.com
Bushkill Falls – The “Niagara of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls is one of the Keystone states most famous scenic attractions. This unique series of eight waterfalls is an astounding natural beauty that is worth the hike to see. It is accessible through and excellent network of hiking trails and bridges which afford fabulous views of the forest and falls. www.visitbushkillfalls.com
Lehigh Gorge – There is spectacular scenery and roaring rapids waiting for you at Lehigh Gorge. Remember, to bring your camera for this trail. A deep, steep-walled gorge carved by a river outcroppings and waterfalls characterize Lehigh Gorge State Park. Whitewater boating is a major attraction of the park. This section of the Lehigh River is a Class II-III whitewater and is very popular for rafting, kayaking and canoeing. www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/lehighgorge
Dingman Falls - is the second highest falls in the state, with a plunge of 130 feet. In heavy spring runoff, there is no way to get to the end of the boardwalk without getting drenched by spray. The boardwalk trail passes by a thin horsetail cascade called Silverthread Falls.
Get out of dodge and head to the Poconos for some wet and wild fun! There is no shortage of options for any type of water adventure you may be seeking. The beautiful Pocono Mountains have something for everyone.
“Water is the driving force of all nature.” Leonardo da Vinci