Hotel at a Glance: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
The massive Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in the Poconos packs a spa, fitness center, salon, arcade, several restaurants and bars, and 6,000 sq. ft. of retail space into its 150-acre complex. But the big attraction is its 220,00-sq. ft. indoor waterpark—recently more than doubled in size—where kids and adults splish splash down high-speed water coasters and float along a lazy river. After adding hundreds more rooms and expanding thousands of square feet, the Poconos Kalahari is now the largest indoor water park in the United States. Those who’ve been to the resort before will now encounter a whole new level of fun and adventure. Every person seems to have their own favorite ride here—from the massive family-friendly Victoria Falls raft ride to the hair-raising, near-vertical plunge of Screaming Hyena to the toddler-friendly Tiko’s Watering Hole. What’s more, this deal comes with a daily admission to the indoor water park for four.
- Family-friendly accommodations: Up to four people can stay in the comfy desert room, which features an HDTV, free WiFi access, a refrigerator, and microwave.
- Numerous onsite restaurants: Your options range from a buffet to a charcoal grill and liquor bar and Italian kitchen. After dinner, indulge in a caramel apple or other goodies at the Last Bite dessert shop.
- Added perk: This Getaway comes with a $100 arcade credit per stay.
- Take a spa day: Book a pedicure or hot-stone massage at Spa Kalahari.
- Get fit: Break a sweat at Kalahari’s fitness and training center.
Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains: Hiking, Trout Fishing, and Historical Towns
The Poconos region of northeastern Pennsylvania accounts for some 2,400 square miles of mountains, lakes, waterfalls, and forests. The area has been a popular vacation destination ever since Pennsylvania Quakers opened a hotel here on the Delaware River in 1829. Today, the Poconos draw more than 25 million annual visitors, thanks to year-round recreational opportunities and stunning natural scenery.
The warmer months are a great time to explore the region’s lakes and wooded hills. For spectacular hikes, check out Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, where you can trek to dramatic waterfalls or follow a 27-mile section of the historic Appalachian Trail. A handful of little towns full of antique shops and galleries nestle in the mountains, too. You’ll find boutique wine galleries and historical mansions tucked away on country roads, including the late 19th-century Asa Packer Mansion, which is open for tours, in the borough of Jim Thorpe.