It's true that the area is also popular among NASCAR fans and romantic couples who like heart-shaped bathtubs. But for many, the draw is the Great Outdoors, the numerous state parks and nature trails, the fishing, canoeing, rafting, waterfalls....
Families can find excellent Poconos resorts that take advantage of this setting and offer plenty of outdoors recreation, plus kids' programs, playgrounds, and more -- see below.
Families also like the area in wintertime, when they can have snow fun at eight Poconos ski destinations including Big Boulder and Camelback.
Also of interest in the area:
- Attractions such as Eckley Mining Village ("living history" that depicts life at the time of the strip-mining pits), classic car museum, Pocono Indian Museum, and more.
- Seasonal events
- Amish country: see Amish.net, to learn about the Amish in Pennsylvania.
- Great Wolf Lodge Poconos, with Indoor Water Park
Part of the Great Wolf Lodge brand which has over a dozen properties with signature features and giant indoor water parks, this place has rustic chic, a Grand Lobby, Aveda spa, and all-suite guest-rooms including themed KidCabins. The indoor water park has waterslides, a water roller coaster, wave pool, kiddie pool, lazy river, 12-level waterfort play zone, 1,000-gallon tipping water bucket.
- Skytop Lodge
This Dutch Colonial stone lodge has seventy years of history and 5500 acres of forest; visitors can enjoy recreation, kids' programs, and theme weekends. Winter recreation includes cross-country skiing and (gentle) downhill in a private mountain, ice-skating in a covered rink.
- Woodloch Resort
This 1000-acre four-season Poconos resort has lots of outdoors activities and is the kind of place that gets 4th generation returning guests. In summer, families can enjoy lakeside activities and a Splash Park geared to younger kids; winter fun includes ice skating, snow tube hill, and nearby downhill skiing. Woodloch has many lodgings options including vacation homes. Look for family packages.
- Split Rock Resort
Another four-season lakeside Poconos resort with lakeside fun, this property has 500 acres, many summer and winter outdoor activities including skiing in winter, and a (modest-sized) indoor water park.
- Hillside Lodge Suites and Cottages
Families can stay in suites or cottages during all four seasons. Miles of trails nearby to hike in summer; winter fun includes skiing and tubing at nearby Camelback or Big Boulder mountains.