If you’re looking for a secluded lake-side vacation for a relaxing family getaway, you can’t go wrong with Lake Harmony in Eastern Pennsylvania. While the lake itself offers plenty of kid-friendly entertainment, such as water sports and lake cruises you can also hike through a woodland state park to a waterfall, play a game of mini golf, or even go roller skating. Traveling with kids during the winter? Enjoy some snow tubing or have a blast at an indoor water park. After choosing from beautiful waterfront Lake Harmony vacation rentals, add these 10 family activities to your itinerary.
1. Get Out on the Lake
Dock your boat at the slip of your waterfront Lake Harmony vacation rental, and take it out for an afternoon cruise, which is a favorite activity for kids of all ages. If you’re visiting with older kids or teens, rent a tube, a pair of water skis, or a wakeboard to pull behind the boat for an adrenaline rush. You can also rent kayaks or canoes for a more relaxing excursion. Whatever water activity you choose, stop by Lake Harmony Watersports and Yeti Watersports to pick up your equipment.
2. Explore Hickory Run State Park
Spanning nearly 16,000 acres, this unspoiled park in the Pocono Mountains foothills offers 44 miles of winding woodland hiking trails, a relaxing beach on the shores of Sand Spring Lake, and opportunities for fishing. Pack a picnic from your vacation rental to enjoy on the picnic tables, and let your little ones explore the playground while older kids play a game of disc golf on the 19-hole course. Be sure to check out Boulder Field, a breathtaking expanse of ancient rocks that younger kids love to climb and explore.
3. Enjoy Some Winter Fun at Jack Frost Big Boulder
If you’re visiting Lake Harmony during the winter, visit the slopes at Jack Frost Big Boulder. Older kids are sure to enjoy riding the chairlift to the summit and skiing or snowboarding down the hill. For younger kids ages three and up, don’t miss the snow-tubing days. Ride your tube down one of the groomed tracks before riding the conveyor carpet back to the top to go again.
4. Splash and Play at the Split Rock Resort Indoor Water Park
A great choice in any weather, this water park appeals to kids of all ages with its lazy river, toddler play area, and fun water slides. Kids can float around in the wave pool or climb on floating logs and lily pads while parents kick back in the Lava Springs hot tubs. Be sure to try out all three of the four-story enclosed tube slides to find your favorite for the next round.
5. Burn Off Energy at Big Wheel Skating
Strap on some rollerblades or skates for some old-fashioned fun at this funky roller rink. After a round of skating, play some of the games in the arcade before grabbing a bite of pizza at the snack bar. If you’re visiting Lake Harmony with toddlers, don’t miss the Tiny Tots programs that occur several times a week. Kids six and under can skate, run, and play with plush toys while making some new friends.
6. Marvel at Hawks Falls
Located within Hickory Run State Park, this roaring waterfall is well worth the short, easy walk to get there under a canopy of shade trees. Older kids may enjoy climbing onto the surrounding rocks or snapping photos of the falls. Remember to wear bathing suits and bring a few towels to take a dip in the water while spray from the waterfall splashes onto your back.
7. Take a Lake Harmony Cruise
If you aren’t bringing your own watercraft to dock at your vacation rental, you can still enjoy a relaxing time on the water with a pontoon boat cruise. Sit back and enjoy the scenic views as your captain explores the small lake and talks about the local history. Be sure to call your preferred boat tour company ahead of time as cruise days may be scheduled to change.
8. Check Out the Poconos Farm Market
Stop by this vibrant Amish farmers market to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables for preparing meals at your vacation rental, and enjoy special treats for the whole family such as fresh barbecue, homemade potato chips, home-baked cakes, and some bread and cookies. Kids also enjoy browsing hand-made baskets, birdhouses, figurines, and other fun handcrafts.
9. Enjoy Bumper Cars, Mini Golf, and More
Just a few miles north of Lake Harmony, 940 GolfN’Fun provides endless entertainment for the whole family. Here, you can enjoy a game of mini golf, let your kids feel like they’re flying on the zero-gravity trampoline, and play some games in the arcade. The bumper cars are a big hit with all ages, and older kids are sure to enjoy a thrilling game of paintball. Remember to sit back and enjoy an ice cream cone before heading back to your rental.
10. Grab a Treat at Terra Cottage Cafe and Gifts
This cute cottage boutique and cafe invite visitors with its old-fashioned charm. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast of quiche, eggs benedict or berry-topped French toast within walking distance of Lake Harmony’s shoreline, or get a bowl of frozen yogurt or other treats at Sugar Lillies, a sweet shop within the cafe.
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