Family-Friendly Lodge with Spa and Indoor Water Park
Spring and summer in New York’s Finger Lakes region mean hiking, fishing, and swimming in the area’s many pristine lakes. At Hope Lake Lodge and Conference Center, you can enjoy the warm weather by ziplining over a canopy of evergreens or riding a coaster down a mountainside at the resort’s Adventure Center. The Adventure Center—as well as its indoor water park—helped Hope Lake Lodge earn a spot on TripAdvisor’s list of the Top 25 Large Hotels & Resorts for Families in the World.
At the onsite Cascades Indoor Waterpark (one-day passes are included with this Getaway), you can hop on tube slides that wind from the water park to outside the building and back before splashing into a crystal-clear pool. There’s also a wave pool that surges with 67,000 gallons of water. At Little Bear Falls, kids can splash on a swing set or pintsize water slide. Later, you can unwind at Waterfalls Spa, where services include hydrotherapy and vichy treatments.
The resort resembles an alpine lodge with a crackling 40-foot-tall stone fireplace and walls made of thick timber. Suites are trimmed with knotted-wood accents and equipped with full kitchens and flat-screen TVs. In the morning, visit the Acorn Grill for farm-fresh eggs, scrumptious cinnamon rolls, and other breakfast fare.
Highlights of Finger Lakes, New York
- What’s in a name? This Upstate region gets its namefrom the 11 long, thin lakes forged here by glaciers thousands of years ago. Morethan 1,000 waterfalls spill down the area’s famous rocky gorges.
- “Ithaca is Gorges”: Ithaca borders thelongest of the Finger Lakes, Cayuga Lake, and offers postcard-worthy views atthe 100-foot-tall Ithaca Falls.
- Higher ed: Ithaca is also home to CornellUniversity, one of New York’s two Ivy League schools.
- From the vineyards: Like many villages, downtownIthaca’s historical buildings house bistros, boutiques, and taverns that servelocal wine from the Cayuga WineTrail.