If you thought the Poconos were all about cheesy heart-shaped hot tubs, and suitable only for honeymoons, think again. The Poconos is the perfect destination for a family getaway this summer! Whether you’re itching to do some shopping, rearing to embrace the outdoors, or just looking for some good old summer fun, the Poconos offer something for each member of your family. While the kids are racing down the Checkered Flag Challenge at Camelbeach waterpark, Mom can stop by the Crossings Premium Outlets to visit the 100 great stores including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and Coach, and Dad can hit the golf course at the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort.
For more waterpark fun the whole family can enjoy, a very popular destination is Great Wolf Lodge. This huge indoor waterpark is perfect for kids of all ages, and has amenities to appeal to the grown-ups, too! With waterslides, an arcade, and woodland themed lodging, this Adirondack playground it’s the perfect place to stay with your family on your Pocono getaway.
Oh, and what kid doesn’t love animals, right? Be sure to take your kids to Claws ‘N’ Paws Animal Park to visit the petting zoo, try feeding giraffes, or even see the live animal shows where they get a chance to pet an alligator (Don’t worry, it’s safe!). Another great place for the animal lovers is the Pocono Snake & Animal farm, which is perfect for your kids’ first time to the zoo! Here, they can bottle-feed deer, goats, and pot-bellied pigs, feed the monkeys, and pet the bunnies.
For the older and more adventurous kids, try taking them on an unforgettable white water rafting trip down the Lehigh River. Pocono Whitewater offers a full range of paces “from Mild to Wild”, so it is perfect for all skill levels, and all members of the family. For an even more thrilling experience, head over to CBK Adventures and race down the 4000’ long tandem Zip-Flyer, the longest & fastest in North America, where you’ll reach speeds of over 60 mph!
After that exhilarating ride, you’ll surely want to head over to the Laurel Spa at the Inn at Pocono Manor for one of their great massages including a Swedish massage or Deep Tissue Massage, or even treat you and your husband to a Couples massage. To continue the couple’s time, take a night to yourselves and visit the Mount Airy Casino for a night of gaming, dancing, and dining. There are tons of great restaurants in the Casino that are sure to satisfy whatever you’re in the mood for. There’s Betty’s diner, with 1950s inspired decor and All-American food for a more casual and fun atmosphere, or Le Sorelle Cucina, with Mediterranean cuisine and a wide wine selection for a more intimate experience. After dinner, hit Gypsies Lounge and Nightclub for live music, dancing, and cocktails, or hit the game tables or slot machines for a little gambling.
After your night out, spend a day with the whole family. The Poconos are the perfect place for family fun, especially this summer. Whether you want to go rollerskating at Big Wheel, bowling at Summit Lanes, or horseback riding at Mountain Creek Riding stables, the Poconos have it all. Another Poconos must-see is the demonstrations at Callie’s Candy Kitchen. Here, you will get to see Mr. Callie make his famous delicious treats, and then you will even get to taste some!
Lastly, if you happen to be in the Poconos August 3rd-11th, you have to get to the Wayne County fair. There you’ll find games, food, rides, and live entertainment to complete your perfect Poconos vacation. But don’t worry, if you miss the Wayne County fair, there’s another fantastic fair August 28th-September 3rd. The Greene Dreher Sterling, or GDS Fair, is an end-of-the-summer must! There’s nothing like the Poconos in the summertime, so plan your family vacation now!