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Spring Break Getaways Your Family Will Love

Spring Break Getaways Your Family Will LoveSpring break is a great time to reconnect with your kids and have an adventure or two. If you're like most families, you've been cooped up long enough during the winter months and need some fresh air and sunshine, or at least some exercise, and spring break is the perfect time for both.

Great Wolf Lodge

If you and the kids haven't had access to an indoor pool this winter, then Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains is an excellent spring break location. More than a hotel with an indoor pool, it's actually an entire indoor water park, complete with themed guest rooms and interactive, maze-like activities. One of the activities, Magiquest, is a fantasy-themed quest that allows kids to cast spells with special wands linked to stations along the quest. There is even a kid-friendly spa to relax and get manicures and pedicures along with a spa for the grown-ups and a fitness center.

With a kids play area, water slides, and pools, there's a lot to occupy your time just within the water park. For the little ones, there's Whooping Hollow, and for the big kids and adults there's the Double Barrel Drop. Kids can brave Big Foot Pass, hopping from floating lily pad to lily pad.  For the adults, there are two large hot tubs, playfully called Hot Springs.

Water park passes are included in the room price and every night's stay gets your family two days of water park access starting from 1:00 p.m. on day of arrival until closing time of departure date. Towels and life jackets are provided by the lodge, so you won't have to worry about packing them. 

After spending the day using magic or swimming, you're bound to be hungry. The lodge has plenty of meal options to satisfy, from Starbucks to typical kid fare such as hot dogs, to wine for the adults. The rates do vary according to season, so check the website for more details. There are more locations in different states, so if spring break takes you out of Pennsylvania, you can still make a trip to a Great Wolf Lodge.


If your family is ready for some outside fun, take a road trip to Elysburg, Pennsylvania, and visit their free admission amusement resort, Knoebels. Known for its wooden roller coaster, haunted house, and delicious food, it manages to feel like a small, cozy park, yet still offers many options.  

Since admission is free, your family has the chance to see the rides before deciding which ones to experience.  You can purchase ticket books and only pay for the rides you want, or purchase passes to ride them all. If someone in the group doesn't want to ride at all, they won't have to pay to simply be in the park.

There's a mini golf course in the park as well as arcades and a large spring fed pool. There are also plenty of gift shops, including a Christmas-themed shop complete with The North Pole, a pole made of solid ice that stands outside the shop year round, even during the summertime.

Riding rides, swimming, and playing mini golf can make anyone ravenous. It's a good thing Knoebels has award-winning food, like homemade waffles and ice cream, full pizza pies, and walking tacos, just to name a few.

If this all sounds like too much to cram into one day, you can rent a cabin, park your RV, or pitch a tent in the Knoebels Campground. Though next door to the park, there are plenty of trees surrounding both the camp ground and the park, giving it a sense of peaceful seclusion whether you're making s'mores around the campfire or riding the Big Wheel.

No matter where you go, take advantage of spring break and have an adventure with your family.

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