Planning a weekend getaway outside of the Bronx?
We recently had the chance to check out some family fun in the Pocono Mountains- staying at The Chateau Resort and spending the day at Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark and Camelback Mountain Adventures. Less than 2 hours away from the Bronx, Camelbeach was the perfect local getaway for our family of four.
The Chateau Resort is located at the base of the mountain, with an outdoor and indoor pool, whirpool and sauna, family game room, and more. Outside of your balcony on the backside of the hotel you’ll enjoy views of the mountain where Camelbeach Waterpark is located. It’s also a beautiful photo opp with a lake at the base. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee on the balcony while the kids plan which slide they are going to take on first.
Camelbeach is perfect for a family with kids of different ages. We have a 2 and 8 year old (Gia and Briana)- so it can be difficult going places that are fun for both of them. We chose a cabana right in front of the baby pool area- perfect since the wave pool is right next to that and we could be next to our 2 year old while our 8 year old enjoyed the waves.
Cabanas can be reserved online or purchased at the park. They are definitely worth it if you plan to stay the entire day and want a place to relax, eat, cool off from the sun, and meet up after separating to do different sections of the park. Cabanas also come with complimentary fruit when you arrive and a brownie and cookie plate later in the afternoon. Food can also be ordered- along with some nice adult beverages for mom and dad.
The park has lots to do, but the space is perfect size for enjoying different attractions at the same time. While my oldest and I enjoyed a few slides, hubby and our 2 year old enjoyed nearby water features.
The day we went it was cloudy but warm out, so it was a great day to avoid lines and beat the crowds. The water temperature is between 78 and 81 degrees, so even if the sun isn’t shining, you’ll still enjoy a full day of water fun.
Lifejackets are available throughout the park, there are plenty of shaded areas under gigantic umbrellas for shelter from the sun (or even rain) and there’s plenty of lounge chairs to take a break in each area.
The next day before we headed home, we stopped at Camelback Mountain Adventures to try some of the fun. Our oldest is finally tall enough to do most rides and attractions, so she was excited to try the Mountain Coaster and Twin Zip Flyer.
For the zip flyer, we jumped on the school bus- turned tagged up mountain shuttle, and headed to the top of the mountain (the same top we could see from our hotel room). Hubby and our 2 year old joined us for the ride up so they could enjoy the view and snap an amazing family photo at the top of the moutain and watch Briana and I get ready to fly down the mountain. The view from the top is amazing, and flying right over the waterpark is even cooler. It was even a great view of the site of the future Camelback Lodge Indoor Waterpark.
Hubby and Gia took the bus back down and met us at the Gem mining station where Gia and Briana had fun sifting through sand to find some pretty cool treasures- including an arrowhead I plan to make a necklace with.
We then headed over to the Mountain Coaster where I drove Briana and I. The trip to the top is a fun view of the mountain, and then suddenly it becomes a rollercoaster ride that you’re in control of. The brake lever allows you to go at speeds of 30mph while you down the hill and through turns. It’s definitely a must try.
While there is plenty to eat inside the waterpark as well as the hotel, there are still some cool food options in the area. One place that was recommended to us several times was Desaki- a fun family friendly hibachi restaurant located not too far from the hotel and waterpark.
Camelback Lodge & Indoor Waterpark
We were very excited to see the site of the future indoor waterpark. While nice summer days can be spent right at Camelbeach, we are excited to come back in the colder seasons to get our waterpark fix. Camelback Lodge and Indoor Waterpark will be the largest indoor waterpark in the Eastern United States- so get ready!
The eight story hotel will feature
- 84-Degrees Year-Round!
- Texlon Transparent Roof, Allows Year-Round Sun Tanning
- 2 Levels Of Water Thrills & Excitement For All Ages
- 7 Pools, Including Recreation, Adventure River, Wave Pool & Multiple Kids’ Wading Pools
- 13 Water Slides
- FlowRider Surfing
- Interactive Water Play Centers
- Private Cabanas
- Swim Up Bar
- Food & Beverage Service
There will also be adult and kid spas, shopping and dining options, and more. For more information, visit www.camelbackresort.com
Camelbeach is a great family getaway from the Bronx, and we can’t wait to check out the indoor waterpark once it is open. For more information on pricing and other options available, visit www.camelbeach.com. For information about the Chateau Resort, visit www.chateauresort.com. For more info about Desaki Restaraunt, visit www.desakirestaurant.com.
Share your Camelbeach experience with us! Let us know how your family’s experience in the Poconos Mountains was!
Thanks to the Camelbeach Waterpark, CBK Mountain Adventures, and The Chateau Resort for allowing us to experience their facilities. We were not compensated for this post, just given the chance for our family to review.