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If you’re searching for the ideal weekend getaway with your family, the Poconos is arguably your best option throughout the entire country. While there are some higher-end options, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find an area that offers this many family activities at such a great value. Let’s take a look at the activities in the Poconos, as well as an all-inclusive resort, which is very difficult to find outside of the Caribbean.

Bushkill Falls

If you’re going to visit the Poconos, this is an absolute must see. Bushkill Falls is one of the most famous locations throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania.

There are four trails here. If you take the easiest trail, you will see some of the eight waterfalls on property. If you would like to see all eight waterfalls, then you need to take the Red Trail, which is the toughest yet most rewarding of the bunch. Regardless of which trail you choose, you will walk over bridges and you’re likely to see wildlife. Be sure to bring a camera.

Whitewater Rafting At Delaware Water Gap

The Delaware Water Gap is 70,000 acres, but you don’t need to see all of it to appreciate it. If you want the most invigorating experience, go whitewater rafting. The best part about whitewater rafting here is that it’s family-friendly. The rapids are light, which leads to fun without danger.

Be sure to pack a lunch so you can picnic on one of the islands or on the riverbank. You can also stop to swim where the water is flat, which should be the majority of the trip. As far as trip duration goes, consider the 6-mile trip if you’re with family. This should take 4-5 hours. That might sound long, but your kids will likely have one of the best times of their lives.

There are several whitewater rafting outfitters in the Delaware Water Gap. The highest-rated is Edge of the Woods Outfitters. The service is fast and friendly and they’re highly organized.

Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail stretches from Maine to Georgia, or you could say Georgia to Maine since most hikers travel south to north for weather reasons. Fortunately, you don’t have to hike the entire Appalachian Trail in order to access it. You can go for a day hike on the trail. If you’re like most people, this will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. There is something quietly yet adventurously majestic about the trail. It stays with you.

The Delaware Water Gap is home to 28 miles of the trail. Your best bet is going to be Mount Minsi, which is of moderate difficulty. If you’re with small children, then you might want to skip this adventure. Otherwise, it’s a five-mile loop trail. It’s also a busy trail with hikers, joggers, and birdwatchers. If you make it here, you’re going to feel a special kind of energy, as if you’re truly living. That’s because you are.

Promise Land State Park

If you have small children, Promise Land State Park will be a better option because you will simply be walking around a glacial lake. The Conservation Loop Trail is an easy walk. It’s also pretty neat because you will be surrounded by the lake. Other activities at the park include fishing and kayaking.

Lake Wallenpaupack

The first thing you’re kids are going to love is saying the name Lake Wallenpaupack. There are 52 miles of shoreline, but the best way to see the lake is via the Wallenpaupack Lake Trail, which is rated easy and 2.6 miles. You can also swim at the Palmyra Township section of the lake, lifeguards included.

Woodloch Resort

The first thing to note is that this is an all-inclusive resort, which means you pay one price before arriving and then don’t have to worry about anything. It’s a much better way to enjoy a vacation. Woodloch Resort offers four restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools including kiddie pools, go-karts, archery, arts and crafts, a forest indoor playground, bumper cars, a climbing wall, a nature trail, waterskiing, sailing, kayaking, paddle boats, stand-up paddle boarding, miniature golf, tennis, a four-season ice rink, and more.

This is like paradise for a kid. It’s closer to a summer camp than a resort. The only difference is that there is no set schedule and kids can do what they want when they want. It will certainly be a memorable experience.

Thanks to a kid’s club, parents can also have their own free time. This doesn’t mean you should leave the property, but you can enjoy a lunchtime massage or quiet time to read a book in your room or in a peaceful spot outdoors.

Conclusion If you follow through with these plans and take that family getaway, it’s possible, if not likely, that this will be the most memorable vacation your family ever takes. If that ends up being the case, and since there is so much to do, you can come back the following year. Enjoy your time in the Poconos.