Camelback Lodge further establishes Camelback Mountain Resort as a year-round vacation destination. Originally known for its downhill skiing, the property began attracting visitors in the warmer months when it added Camelbeach, a huge outdoor water park. With the opening of the indoor water park, at 125,000 square feet, Aquatoipia, the resort can now welcome guests regardless of the weather. And the lodge allows vacationers to stay at Camelback and enjoy all of its amenities for multi-day getaways.
Aquatoipia is the largest indoor water park in the eastern U.S. (There are some other enormous ones out there. If you are curious, read my feature, A Lotta Water: Who Has the Biggest Indoor Water Park?) At over 450 guest suites, the eight-story lodge is boast-worthy as well. Located at the base of the mountain, the $163-million hotel and park spans 25 acres.
Featuring a transparent roof that allows in scads of sunlight, the water park simulates a summer day at the beach, even in the winter. Highlights include Bombora, a FlowRider surfing ride, as well as Storm Chaser, which Camelback hypes as North America's longest uphill water coaster. Aquatopia also offers two launch capsule slides, Paradise Plunge and Skydive Plummet, in which passengers nervously wait for the bottom to drop out from under them in the loading station.
The full-featured resort is targeted to families with children and includes plenty of options, both wet and dry, to keep everyone busy. In addition to the water park, there is an arcade, mini-bowling, indoor mini-golf, a ropes course, and laser tag. As is common at larger indoor water park resorts, Camelback also offers a kids club with supervised activities.
When the kids are engaged in supervised crafts making or other activities at the club, Mom and Dad are able to get pampered at the lodge's onsite Serenity Spa. They could also work off the calories consumed at the four restaurants in the hotel's fitness center. The lodge can accommodate business meetings, conferences, and social events in its function space.
There are also four onsite restaurants, including a ski-in, ski-out bar and eatery. Skiers and snowboarders can glide over and, wether permitting, either dine and eat outside by a fire pit or mosey inside.
The lodge is at Camelback Mountain Resort in the Poconos town of Tannersville, Pennsylvania.
The actual address is One Camelback Road. From I-80W or I-80E, take PA Exit 299 (old Exit 45) Tannersville, and follow the signs to Camelback.
Admission to the indoor water park is included with room rates and is for the exclusive use of registered hotel guests. In the summer, hotel rates include admission to the outdoor water park as well.
Indoor Water Park Features
Surfing attraction, wave pool, an adventure river, tube slides, body slides, kiddie slides, and an interactive play structure with tipping bucket. Guests can also sip beverages at a swim-up bar.
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