Lake Naomi is a lovely 277-acre body of water surrounded by resorts, marinas, and beaches in the middle of the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania. Its pristine waters, natural beauty, and proximity to area parks and attractions make it a popular holiday destination for families. Lake Naomi vacation rentals offer convenient opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Nearby are adventure parks, ski resorts, and preserves where you can view birds and other wildlife. Here are the top things to do with children on and around Lake Naomi.
1. Enjoy Swimming
For a warm, clean swimming experience, check out the three swimming pools at the Lake Naomi Club. Lake Naomi Pool is an Olympic-sized outdoor heated pool with a waterslide, diving boards, and a large adjoining wading pool for young children. The outdoor Timber Trails Pool features a 10-foot-high aquatic climbing wall that all ages will enjoy. The indoor Community Center Pool is open year-round and features lap lanes, a children’s spray park area, and a zero depth entry ramp. Lake Naomi and nearby Pocono Lake and Stillwater Lake also have several pristine sandy beaches where you can swim and play.
2. Go Boating
Motorboats are not allowed on Lake Naomi, preserving its quiet, peaceful ambiance. However, sailing is extremely popular, and every weekend during the sailing season, races and regattas take place on the lake. The Lake Naomi Club offers sailing lessons for adults and children. Canoeing and kayaking are great ways to explore the lakeshore and the four small islands in the middle of the lake.
3. Fish the Waters
The fishing for trout, bass, pickerel, and walleye is excellent at Lake Naomi, Pocono Lake, and Stillwater Lake. Lake Naomi Club holds fishing clinics for kids, a youth fishing derby, and an annual bass tournament. Near the lake is a special trout pond for children and beginners, and Upper Tunkhannock Creek is great for fly fishing. For more fishing opportunities, head for the streams and lakes at nearby Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area and Gouldsboro State Park.
4. Hike the Trails
Near your Lake Naomi vacation rental are numerous hiking trails. Big Pocono State Park is on the sides and summit of Camelback Mountain, and the trails on its north and south slopes offer breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding landscape. The Delaware State Forest has multiple trail systems and miles of paths through forests, meadows, and swamps. The Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary provides easier walking paths, suitable for young children, through fields and hardwood forests.
5. Peddle a Bike
Cycling is a great family-friendly way to navigate the roads and trails around Lake Naomi. Additionally, Big Pocono State Park, the Delaware State Forest, and Gouldsboro State Park all have great mountain bike trails. Of special interest is the 32-mile McDade Recreational Trail in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area, which follows the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River and offers spectacular views of the river and surrounding mountains.
6. Ride a Horse
If you own your own horse, most of the roads and trails in Delaware State Forest and the Conashaugh View Trail in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are open to you. However, if you’re a beginner, you can take guided trail rides at Fernwood Resort at the edge of the national recreation area. The paths lead through pristine forested hills where you can enjoy nature’s beauty.
7. Watch for Birds
The beautiful woods and hills in the Pocono Mountains around Lake Naomi provide habitats for many species of birds, making the area a haven for bird watchers. The Pocono Environmental Education Center and the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center both have trails and family programs dedicated to bird walks and other eco-friendly activities. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area offers Audubon Birding and Wildlife Tours. Birds that you can view include bald eagles, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, wild turkeys, and many species of warblers.
8. Observe Wildlife
Large mammals and other wildlife are common near Lake Naomi, and one of the best places for wildlife observation is the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Along with its trails and waterways, you can spot white-tailed deer, black bears, coyotes, red foxes, and raccoons. Smaller animals that are abundant in the area include beavers, weasels, rabbits, groundhogs, and squirrels. Sometimes you may see otters playing on the river banks or in the water. At twilight, bats come out to forage for insects.
9. Have Thrills at the Adventure Park
Just a few minutes away from your Lake Naomi vacation rental is Camelback Mountain Adventures. This thrilling adventure park features zip lines down forested slopes, a pipeline mountain slide, and the heart-pounding Appalachian Express roller coaster. The Kids Treetop Explorer Course for young children and the Treetops Adventure Course for older kids are fun and exciting courses with rope ladders, swaying bridges, and cargo nets.
10. Check Out the Stock Cars
Near Lake Naomi is the Pocono Raceway, where numerous NASCAR racing events take place throughout the summer. Besides watching exciting races, adults can drive a stock car on the track, while older kids can ride in a stock car driven by a professional. Kids 12 and up can also take part in go-kart races. The outfitter supplies racing suits, helmets, trophies, and training by professional drivers.
11. Ski the Slopes
When the snow falls, the Pocono Mountains around Lake Naomi becomes a haven for winter sports enthusiasts. Camelback Mountain Resort and the Shawnee Mountain Ski Area have multiple slopes for all levels of skiers from beginning through advanced. If you’re completely inexperienced, you can take lessons. Both resorts feature children’s learning programs with special lessons aimed at young skiers.
12. Slide on a Tube
Camelback Mountain Resort has the largest snow tubing park in the United States. It’s 42 lanes take you to thrilling speeds, and the magic carpet escalators take you back to the top for another run. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area also has a snow tubing area. Blue Lightning Tubing at Fernwood Resort has the area’s first all-season tubing park. Its special plastic runs speed your tube down the slope without the need for snow.
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