The Poconos is often considered to be an ultimate East Coast destination for romantic getaways and honeymoons. However, this is also a top weekend getaway and a fun area to bring your family. While there are lots of couples’ hotels in this region of Pennsylvania, there are also family-friendly ones that really cater to what kids and parents love doing together. Here is a list of the best Poconos family resorts to help you plan your next family trip.
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The Woodloch is an all-inclusive family resort that has over 30 scheduled activities daily, lots of resort amenities, nightly entertainment, two or three meals daily, and spacious accommodations. The resort has many different accommodation options, including multi-room suites and vacation rental properties. There are both all-inclusive an a la cart dining options here, a spa, and golf for the adults. Some of the family-friendly activities here include Broadway-style shows, magicians, a climbing wall, indoor and outdoor pools, kayaking, bumper cars, ice skating, and snow tubing. Special packages are offered for the different seasons to help you make the most of your Poconos vacation.
The Camelback Resort is another great option for families because it has an indoor water park with water slides, poolside amenities, and indoor cabana rentals. When you stay here, you can also enjoy skiing, snowboarding, zip-lining, and more family fun. The lodge has spacious suites with up to three bedrooms, and some of them have full kitchens and fireplaces. There’s a luxury spa on site to treat yourself with a facial or massage. Other fun things to do here are the escape room, 7D Dark Ride, laser tag, K2 Climb, arcade, and paint your own pottery. Numerous dining options are available onsite with foods that kids love.
The Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos is also a fun place for families because of its wonderful indoor water park and other activities. This Scotrun, Pennsylvania resort has newly renovated suites, 84-degree year-around water at the waterpark, storytime for kids, and unlimited Wi-Fi. Your stay here also includes all-day water park passes, fitness center access, a lobby show, and kids’ activities like Snowland and the Lunch Time Lineup. Kids will enjoy attractions like Moonstone Mine, Oliver’s Time Challenge, Raccoon Lagoon Play Park, and Ten Paw Alley. There are many dining and shopping options here for families, as well as family suite options that have two queen beds, a full-size sofa sleeper, and a living area. Other great options are the family fireplace suites and kid cabin suites.
We also love the Chestnut Grove Family Resort in the Poconos which has been making families happy for over 50 years. Here you’ll find indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and bocce courts, boating and fishing on the lake, and a dining room that serves breakfast and dinner. You can stay in the main lodge, poolside, or in a cottage at this resort. It’s a top pick for family reunions in the Poconos. When you venture outside the resort, you can check out the nearby attractions, such as whitewater rafting, horseback riding at the Mountain Creek Riding Stable, Callie’s Candy Kitchen and Pretzel Factory, and The Crossings Premium Outlets for shopping.
Mountain Springs Lake Resort is an enchanting resort with cabin rentals that are great for traveling families. Come here to enjoy some family time by the lake, or plan your family reunion here for a ski retreat. The cabins comfortably sleep two to six guests. This resort does not have scheduled activities like some of the other resorts on this list have, so it’s more of a peaceful place to get away with the ones you love and enjoy some nature and quiet time. The charming cottages are located on 325 woodland acres. Here you can enjoy the sandy beaches, play areas, nature trail, complimentary rowboat, and fishing. For rainy days, games are provided, and the internet is accessible in the lobby.
Kalahari is another big name to know for water park resorts, and the Poconos has a great one. Your stay here includes free water park admission, and there are some nice suite options for families with multiple bedrooms. Fun things to do here are the indoor waterpark, outdoor waterpark, and Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures. For parents, there’s a spa and salon with relaxing therapy services, as well as a fitness center and world-class dining.
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is also a nice place for families in the Poconos, especially families with older kids. This resort has a 27-hole golf course, a spa, and lots of outdoor adventures for every age group, such as archery and river trips. Families can stay in the main inn, cottages, suites, lodge, evergreen house, or go glamping in a luxury tent. There are three restaurants on the resort grounds. Overnight ski, tube, and snowboard packages are available in the winter.
Split Rock Resort & Golf Club offers family fun with skiing and snowboarding, an arcade, eight lanes of cosmic bowling, a movie theater, and an indoor water park. This smaller-size water park has three four-story slides, a wave pool, and play areas. Several onsite dining options are offered, there are numerous room options, and the resort also has a 27-hole golf course.
Skytop Lodge is a Poconos luxury resort with a 5,500-acre playground as well as spacious rooms at the lodge, inn, and cottages. Fun activities for families include archery, the beach, inflatables for the water, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, and indoor pool, kayak tour, outdoor pool, lawn games, paintball, rock climbing, and much more.
Families enjoying staying at Bushkill Inn & Conference Center in its spacious rooms, suites, and cabins. Property attractions include indoor and outdoor pools, a kids’ playground, game room, basketball, tennis, and volleyball. You can dine onsite at the steakhouse or relax at the lounge. There’s also a spa here to help parents unwind, as well as a fitness center and hot tub.