Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Poconos Tourism board. Thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Why did no one one tell me I was missing out on the Poconos as a family friendly destination?
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Truth moment. We’ve been to the Poconos only once and it was before we had kids. Andrew and I joined my dad and stepmom there one day they were there and went hiking at Bushkill Falls. It was so fun, but we’ve never been back. I’ve never really thought anything of it either. Recently, we decided to make the trek back. Unfortunately, Andrew couldn’t get off work, so it was just going to be the girls and I. After telling my mom and sister we were going, I got a bit nervous. Both of them immediately questioned why I would go there with the girls, wasn’t it a romantic getaway destination.
Truth. It’s not.
Don’t get me wrong, it absolutely has the ability to be a romantic getaway destination and full of serene moments that can take your breath away. However, it’s always the most amazing time for a family, even one with smaller children.
The Poconos are for kids too!
We started off our trip on Lake Wallenpaupack. We met up with Poconos Action Sports and took a boat ride out on the Lake and learned so much about the area. Poconos Action Sports also offers a host of other fun activities like jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, and more.`
After we had fun there, we headed to Silver Birches Resort. It’s a super quaint resort with a variety of rooms, including cottages. It was recently remodeled after new owners took over. It sits right on the lake and it’s stunning. Poconos Action Sports actually comes out and hosts sporting activities like canoeing and kayaking at Silver Birches so you don’t have to go anywhere. There’s a great restaurant just up the hill from the main office where you can grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Tip: Get the breakfast burrito or the pizza! Other fun things at Silver Birches is the champagne toast and fire pits overnight and they have a playground for the kids.
After our stay at Silver Birches, we headed down the road to check out Skytop Lodge. This historic resort features 5,500 acres so there is literally enough activities available to keep the entire family busy. They have a full day of kid’s activities planned (like reptile and painting classes), there’s an arcade, indoor and outdoor pools, inflatable lake activities, and more. A full golf course, tons of hiking trails, and more round out this resort.
One of our favorite things was went exploring the land and came across waterfalls right down from our room on the property. There’s a small hiking trail, a bench, and plenty of ability to have fun right there.
Another favorite was taking part in one of the moderate hiking trails. There was so much amazing beauty to be found on a short one hour hike. The girls loved seeing salamanders and I loved the scenery and calmness while we were out.
We absolutely loved our experience in the Poconos. Our girls had an amazing time and I truly learned the the Poconos are for kids too! We’re already figuring out how to make our way back there sooner than later.