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Thanks Camelback for inviting us out for a fun-filled weekend getaway. While this was a complementary trip, all opinions are my own.
Some day's you might find me complaining about the ridiculous hours I devote to my computer screen, but one of the perks motivating me to keep trucking along on the tougher days is the opportunity to take my lil'family on some pretty fabulous adventures!!! Whenever I get an invite to visit or attend anything remotely interesting, I literally drop everything and clear our calendars! I swear if I could figure out a way to ditch all adult responsibilities & travel the globe with the fam for life, I totally would. So when we received an invite to spend the weekend at Camelback Lodge you better believe I went from a jam packed weekend to all of a sudden a clear one since this was a trip too fab to pass up!
Aquatopia at Camelback Lodge is currently the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeastern part of the United States! Located in the Poconos where fabulous weather isn't always a guarantee, guests can soak up the sun year-round under the 1.5 acres of Texlon roofing, where outside temperatures and weather are never a factor. It's always a comfortable 84 degrees, 365 days a year.
With 7 pools, 13 water slides and thrilling water attractions, Aquatopia at Camelback Lodge will be a hit for every member of your family, young & old!
Uniquely designed to be unlike any other indoor waterpark in the U.S., Aquatopia at Camelback Lodge is home to several never-before-seen attractions and slides including: Storm Chaser, the longest gravity-defying uphill water coaster to exist in any indoor waterpark in the U.S.; Venus SlydeTrap, a world-premiere attraction that combines three exhilarating waterslide experiences in one; The Lost River, an immersive, theatrical and dark adventure river experience featuring amusement park level theming; and Kartrite’s Quest, the world’s first ‘Next Generation’ fully themed and immersive multi-level exploration AquaPlay structure.
The Great Ka-na-gawa Wavepool was my personal favorite (besides the swim-up bar ;-) )because it felt like I was chillen at the beach! They also provide, free of charge, life jackets for all the kiddos needing that extra something to help them battle the waves! My daughter was definitely rocking one and it totally took away some of my fears.
For surfers or those wishing they were, the Bombora FlowRider is definitely something to look forward to. It’s a ride that actually simulates surfing and boogie boarding. I was fortunate to get a sneak peak of a private surf lesson (yes, for an additional cost before the park opens you can learn to surf!) and it was definitely the coolest! Aquatopia seriously offers fun for everyone.
The Thrills of Riding the World’s Greatest Wave Down Under…
• The current-generated surfing simulator flows 40,000 gallons of water per minute across a 40-foot inclined,
tensioned composite membrane surface softening any wipeout.
• A great way for first-timers to learn to boogie board or surf in a safe and controlled environment.
• A fun way for more experienced flow boarders to sharpen skills.
• Center divider allows two boogie boarders to ride simultaneously.
• Stand-up FlowBoarding lessons available for an additional fee.
• Spectator-friendly with photo opportunity potential.
• 42ʺ″ height requirement for Boogie Board; 52ʺ″ for stand up FlowBoarding.
Little ones can splash to their heart’s content in the zero depth entry pool at Penguin Play Bay! My daughter spent the majority of her time splashing and sliding away here. This is the perfect spot for your toddler or timid little one not quite ready to hit the bigger slides.
The awesome folks at Camelback Lodge definitely didn't forget about adults at this park -If you want to grab a drink and relax, there’s an area for you too! Flyboy's swim up bar is a way for adults to pretend they are at an all-inclusive in Mexico–pina colada anyone?
Since this was definitely my favorite part of the whole
resort, I know surprise, surprise ;-) I needed to share a closeup shot! Hubby & I were fortunate enough to catch a little playoff basketball here at the Flyboy's Swim-up bar! If my daughter wasn't with us, I probably would of chilled here until my whole body pruned up.
Of course what is a trip without a few random candids. Such adorable photos that I totally wish I would have whipped out the DSLR to snap since the picture snob inside of me is dying over the cellphone quality ;-) Waiting for the day Apple releases a camera that rocks the photography world. So until then, I guess these will do.
The theme of Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark are based off of the adventures of Kartrite Van Der Berris.
Kartrite Van Der Berris, the legendary explorer, having traveled the world over, came upon Camelback Mountain on one of his frequent expeditions to the PoconoMountains and envisioned a grand lodge at the base of its peak, filled with wondersfrom the corners of the Earth. Here visitors would stay and experience the splendor ofthe mountain year-round in a lodge with a blend of rustic craftsman style andcontemporary finishes, and at its core, an awe-inspiring indoor waterpark namedAquatopia, filled with the relics and treasures from his worldly travels.
The main lobby exudes sophistication and adventure with it's gorgeous decor which includes artifacts from around the world from Kartrite’s journeys. Kids & this mama who majored in history, will have fun exploring and discovering new worlds as they play in each area of the resort.
Camelback Lodge ensures a relaxed and stress-free escape by providing all guests plush bedding and comfortable furnishings, all in a mountain-modern décor. Many room styles include fireplaces, balconies, spacious lofts and even full kitchens with all the conveniences of home. With 453 rooms in 16 various suite layouts, there is a perfect option for everyone. We were provided a "Double Queen Suite" which allows a max of six guest with 2 Queen Beds & 1 queen sleeper sofa. Our room also had a microwave & a snack-sized refrigerator.
Guests are sure to appreciate the wide variety of dining experiences available on-site at Camelback Lodge. No need to leave property, which is always a perk on short trips when kiddos are in tow! We were fortunate to dine at Hemisphere's for their breakfast buffet, which was impressive considering the price was around $15 for an adult! They had an omelet station and all!
The restaurant that stole my foodie heart though was The Trails End Pub & Grille! We had the pleasure of dining at Trails End for dinner and my meal was beyond perfecto. French Onion Soup, Blood Orange Mimosas, I swear this restaurant could do no wrong.The only setback to enjoying such yummy deliciousness is when I start to crave the Short Ribs I had for dinner in a few weeks. I will have to trek 4+ hour to satisfy my craving ;-)
Dining options include:
In addition to the water fun, there is lots of dry fun including a ropes course, multi-level laser tag & mini-golf! My daughter was a tad bit too young to fully enjoy these activities, so we passed on them, but maybe on a future trip we will be able to check these adventures out.
Elsewhere in the resort, the 45,000-square-foot Arcadia Family Adventure Center has a game for every member of your family. From a game that resembles beer pong to fishing to driving a car, kids and adults will have a blast playing games and earning tickets. Other activities in this area include a make-your-own-pottery shop & an adorable kiddie spa with fun treatments for those 4 and older. Your little one can get the Princess Package with a facial, pedicure, nail polish and tiara. Pretty fab if you ask me!
Camelback Lodge was a short getaway for us this time around. Because of the time table, we were only able to enjoy two fun filled days before heading back home, but I can say with absolute certainty that we’ll be coming back again! We’re thinking the winter, and we’re thinking MORE days! That way, we can enjoy the indoor surf, the outdoor skiing, and all of the comfort that Camelback Lodge has to offer!
If you’d like to learn more about Camelback Lodge and all of the wonderful skiing, water activities, and more, visit them on Facebook, Twitter or visit their website for a full rundown of all of the fun activities, amenities, lodging and more.
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robin masshole mommy
5/9/2016 07:19:10 pm
That sounds so fun. My two boys would LOVE it there.
5/10/2016 09:52:53 am
I totally agree Robin.
5/9/2016 07:54:42 pm
This place is huge! I think I could stay there for a week for a whole lot of fun.
5/9/2016 08:58:19 pm
My kids would love it there. Looks like they have great food and comfy rooms. Love it.
5/9/2016 10:57:43 pm
Wow! This place has it all! Good stuff for adults as well as kids. I think the food looks fantastic. The rooms are gorgeous. I bet the Poconos are lovely, too.
5/9/2016 11:02:08 pm
This is such a nice place to take the kids to. I'm sure you all had a lot of fun. I love going on vacations but the travel really keeps me from planning one often. It's nice to have a place like this near home.
5/9/2016 11:14:53 pm
We need something like this in Colorado. Nothing quite so fancy here. Now I would certainly drop everything to go here myself just for a getaway. It looks amazing!
5/9/2016 11:55:31 pm
That place looks amazing. I haven't been to the Poconos in about 20 years.
5/10/2016 03:26:56 am
I love a good water park and the penguin bay looks like so much fun!
5/10/2016 03:43:46 am
This place looks really amazing! I can already imagine my whole family enjoying in circles! Pools all the way!
5/10/2016 04:54:16 am
Great photos. Sounds like an amazing place to visit.
5/10/2016 06:10:06 am
Wow! another water park in PA that I would like my family to explore someday. PA is 4 hours drive away from us. I hope to checkout this water park someday. I know that my kids will enjoy.
5/10/2016 07:23:11 am
We're right next door in NJ and yet have never been. It looks like a fun place for the family, and so colorful!
5/10/2016 07:34:57 am
This looks like so much fun! My kids would love it :0
5/10/2016 09:28:38 am
Nah I'm not laughing at you, I'm appluading you for your dedication! Amazing post, loved the pictures. Great points & looks like such a fun adventure.
5/10/2016 10:14:53 am
This resort looks like so much fun! I'd love to visit that place. My daughters have been wanting to go to a waterpark. I love that this one is indoors! How convenient!
5/10/2016 10:16:04 am
That waterpark looks so cool! My kids would love it!
5/10/2016 10:23:23 am
Wow, this looks amazing. Definitely don't have anything like this in Scotland. I'm sure all kids (and adult kids) will love this!
5/10/2016 10:24:40 am
It looks like an amazing place to take my nephew! I know he would have so much fun
5/10/2016 11:01:10 am
what an amazing place this is. I would love to hang here It looks so fun and entertaining.
5/10/2016 11:11:09 am
Oh! That looks like so much fun! Great photos!
5/10/2016 11:15:52 am
Wow 1 This looks like a cool place to stay. the first few pictures made me nostalgic about my childhood. We had a water park in India, not as great as this one but I remember going there quite often .:)
5/10/2016 11:46:22 am
My kids would love this place. We've been to a similar one and they had a blast.
5/10/2016 11:46:23 am
Wow! The colours in those photos are incredible! I'd definitely be trying the Sweet Discovery! My weakness if for frozen yoghurt and ice cream!
5/10/2016 11:50:12 am
Sounds like a wonderful place to take my family. I love the rooms!
5/10/2016 11:52:58 am
Wow, what a fun looking place to stay. It certainly sounds perfect for a family vacation.
5/10/2016 11:59:16 am
This place looks like so much fun! If we're ever out that way, we'll definitely check it out. Love the pics, too!
5/10/2016 12:04:18 pm
Sounds like an awesome place for a family vacation. Wish we lived closer.
5/10/2016 12:27:33 pm
This looks like an amazing place to take children! I will have to remember this because I know my grandchildren would love to visit.
5/10/2016 02:09:57 pm
That looks like a fantastic water park. As a lifelong resident of Canada, I really appreciate an indoor water park. LOL
5/10/2016 02:32:45 pm
We love indoor water parks because they allow us to get away and enjoy the fun of water even during colder months. I also love being able to eat,play and stay all in one place. I will be checking Camelback Lodge out if ever in the Poconos.
5/10/2016 03:27:51 pm
Wow looks like an awesome place. Fun for adults and kids alike. Food looks good too.
5/10/2016 03:56:31 pm
So many bright colors everywhere. This looks like a great place to visit for a family trip.
5/10/2016 04:37:56 pm
This all looks absolutely amazing! We have a flow rider by us and it is so much fun to use!
5/10/2016 04:45:50 pm
Oh my goodness this looks absolutely fantastic - I would have adored this as a child. x
5/10/2016 05:43:38 pm
We don't have indoor water parks in Italy and that's a shame cos winter are long and it would be lovely to have a place like that for kids...I don't have kids but I'd love to go there for a few days myself :)
5/10/2016 06:12:14 pm
Sounds like a really fun place to take the family. My brother lives close by so we will have to check it out this summer!
5/10/2016 06:39:44 pm
That water area looks amazing! I am like you in respects to clearing my calendar for fun family outings. I am so glad you and your family enjoyed it so much.
5/10/2016 06:58:16 pm
Wow this looks like such a fun place that my whole family would enjoy. The photos are amazing and that room is even as great as the actual water park! So fun.
5/10/2016 08:12:04 pm
OK I know Im 32 but this looks like an absolute blast! What a fun time!
5/10/2016 08:15:59 pm
This place reminds me of West Edmonton Mall. Have you been there? Looks like a tonne of fun!
5/10/2016 09:19:30 pm
The park itself, food and rooms look wonderful! This looks like a great place for a family get away!
5/10/2016 10:17:36 pm
Poconos has always been on our list, but for some reason never made a trip! The pictures definitely makes me wanna plan a trip for my little one!
5/10/2016 11:28:41 pm
That looks like so much fun. My daughters would love it! If I'm ever in the area I will certainly be checking that out.
5/11/2016 12:13:40 am
I need to visit here. It looks so fun!! Bright and colorful. Perfect for families. Adding this to our list!!
5/11/2016 12:25:16 am
This makes me want to take a vacation right now! It looks like a perfect place to please everyone in the family! :)
5/11/2016 12:35:17 am
Wow I had no idea poconos had children's activities!!! Thanks for sharing this!
5/11/2016 03:06:04 am
Such an amazing place! Kids will love it indeed. Really fun and amazing to look at!
5/11/2016 03:43:13 am
wow this place is so amazing it is not only for kids adults may also a lot of fun there
5/11/2016 04:05:35 am
This place looks AWESOME!! I love indoor waterparks. I'm bookmarking this!
5/11/2016 06:57:17 am
It sounds and looks like you had a wonder family weekend for sure. Aquatopia sounds amazing at the Camelback Lodge. I would love to go here some day soon. I love how they have so many fun things to do. Thanks for sharing your experience.
5/11/2016 08:12:26 am
How much fun! I would LOVE to do this and I don't even have kids. :-) I used to adore a water park as a kid.
5/11/2016 08:26:09 am
Wow, I did not know Camelback has the largest indoor water in the N.E. U.S.!
5/11/2016 08:52:54 am
This place looks AMAZING! We don't have too many indoor water parks here in Florida, because normally everyone is outside - but I would love to visit a place like this!
5/11/2016 12:36:58 pm
The place really looks awesome! Kids would surely love it here, even adults too. This is a perfect place for family activity.
5/11/2016 01:59:20 pm
This looks like it was such an amazing trip! So colorful and fun!
5/11/2016 02:46:52 pm
Wow this place looks amazing! I live within 2 hours of Wisconsin Dells with has many indoor Waterparks. They each also say they are the largest Waterpark in the country... ha. This place looks much larger to me though.
5/11/2016 03:01:07 pm
Mind Blown! I don't know what exact words to say. All I can think of is the word WOW WOW WOW which just repeatedly flowing in my head now as am browsing the photos. What a great experience you had in this place. I want too!!!
5/11/2016 03:23:06 pm
Oh my! This must have been such a fun time! Would love to visit just by looking at the beautiful pictures! The water park and all the yummy looking food!!
5/11/2016 03:25:31 pm
Wow, that place looks fun for kids. The food and the hotel room look pretty amazing as well.
5/11/2016 03:26:04 pm
Wow! These pictures make this look like a child's dream come true. Everything is so bright and colorful!
5/11/2016 04:07:26 pm
This place looks amazing! You guys do leisure things so much better than us Brits. You only have to compare Alton Towers to Universal! Wish we had stuff like this here.
5/11/2016 04:51:10 pm
wow this place looks like a kids paradise of fun. Ok maybe the adults too. Looks like y'all had a great time
5/11/2016 10:45:24 pm
What a fun place for a little guy!
5/11/2016 11:20:50 pm
I've been wanting to take the family to Camelback Lodge and you have convinced me to do it. It's the perfect destination to take a weekend vacation or just get away for a little while with your loved ones.
My goodness, Camelback Lodge looks like a wonderful place to visit with your kids to have lots of fun all around. It is quiet amazing that it is one of those largest indoor waterpark as well. The pictures are so exciting that I would love to take my kids sometime soon.
5/12/2016 10:44:17 am
Wow this places look amazing! I would love to go there with friends!!
5/12/2016 11:08:44 am
I live in the Northeast but had actually never heard of this place! It looks amazing and my boys would really enjoy it once they get a little bigger (1 and 3 now). How fun! :)
5/12/2016 04:32:35 pm
wow this looks so fun and so amazing. i love that room. wow. and the fun looks amazing.
5/13/2016 03:12:05 pm
It looks like so much fun there, and the food looks scrumptious!
5/13/2016 08:28:47 pm
This looks like so much fun! What a great getaway, I'm looking into this more!
5/13/2016 08:41:21 pm
OMG, I haven't not ever seen this. I would love to go there with my wife and daughter. Actually, we are in the process of booking a vacation somewhere we don't know yet. PA is just above us, we live in MD.
5/15/2016 12:54:55 pm
I have actually never been to Camelback Lodge myself, though I do live very close to the Poconos and my mother-in-law brings the kids there often and they always have a great time!
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