Family-friendly Poconos resort with a movie theater, glow-in-the-dark bowling, arcade, and indoor water park
Hotel at a Glance: Split Rock Resort
Surrounded by 1,200 acres of beautiful forest and mountains, Split Rock Resort aims to provide an escape from city life, with several onsite restaurants to choose from. If you want to spend some time outdoors, the resort is within a quick drive of several mountain recreation areas.
- Fuel up with breakfast or dinner at the Split Rock Grill; for deli lunch head to the food court.
- Catch the latest blockbuster at the resort’s digital movie theater.
- Try for a strike at the cosmic bowling alley.
- Update your look in the salon with a new ‘do.
- Take a splash in the indoor waterpark.
- Included perks: daily breakfast or waterpark passes.
Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains: Downhill Skiing 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 spectacular natural scenery.
In winter, locals often make weekend trips from Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, and DC for one reason: skiing. One ski spot that’s particularly popular is Camelback Mountain Resort, which sits atop one of the region’s tallest mountains and boasts 160 acres of skiable terrain. For an extended run, head to the Nile Mile, which drops 800 feet vertically over the course of a mile-long descent. The resort is also amply lit for night skiing, and is the only place in the Poconos with a halfpipe. After you’re done hitting the slopes, take time to explore the handful of little towns nestled in the mountains. You’ll find boutique wine galleries and historical mansions, including the late 19th-century Asa Packer Mansion.