High above Fort Mackenzie—a four-story waterlogged treehouse that feels like it could be a part of Swiss Family Robinson or _Pirates of the Caribbean_—a 1,000-gallon bucket slowly fills with water. Suddenly, the big bucket topples, drenching those gathered below in a torrent of water. Heated to a balmy 84 degrees, Great Wolf Lodge Pocono Mountains’ indoor water park and its splash-filled attractions draw visitors looking for an aquatic getaway no matter the season. In addition to braving Fort Mackenzie, you can crash into 3-foot waves at Slap Tail Pond and careen down a hairpin turn at Double Barrel Drop.
The gigantic waterpark is merely one of many activities at the hotel's entertainment campus. During the MagiQuest live-action adventure, kids wield magic wands and journey through a kingdom to meet mythical creatures, including a pixie and a dragon. Scooops Kid Spa gives manicures and pedicures to pint-size patrons sitting atop ice-cream-cone stools and banana-split thrones—free ice cream completes each visit.
Guests can use the included resort credit for the onsite activities or to feast at one of many onsite dining options. Up to six vacationers can comfortably sleep in a family suite, which has two queen-size beds and a full-size sleeper sofa. Each unit comes with a private balcony.
Highlights of Scotrun, Pennsylvania
Picturesque setting: Scotrun sits in the mountainous region of eastern Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, which boasts lakes, rivers, and green, forested hillsides.
Scenic day trip:Big Pocono State Park is a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Head here for outdoor adventure and a breathtaking view of Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.
Keep an eye out for wildlife: Deer, coyotes, and wild turkeys roam in the state park's 1,300 acres, which surround Camelback Mountain.
Go shopping: You can browse brand-name clothing at The Crossings Premium Outlets in nearby Tannersville, featuring more than a hundred retailers. At nearby Peddler's Village, vendors set up shop in three old-fashioned red barns to sell vintage toys, handcrafted jewelry, rare coins, and antique furniture.
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What You Get
1-night stay for seven in a KidCabin suite with water-park passes and a $25 resort credit
Option 1: $249 to check in Sunday–Thursday, not valid for Friday or Saturday stays, valid 4/29/14–6/13/14 (up to a $395 value)
Option 2: $309 to check in Friday, not valid for Saturday stays, valid 4/29/14–6/13/14 (up to a $605 value)
2-night stay for six in a Family suite with water-park passes and a $50 resort credit
Option 3: $439 to check in Sunday–Wednesday, not valid for Friday or Saturday stays, valid 4/29/14–6/13/14 (up to a $690 value)
Option 4: $469 to check in Sunday–Wednesday, not valid for Friday or Saturday stays, valid 6/15/14–6/25/14 (up to a $710 value)
Policies and Fees
Book by: 6/13/14 for Options 1–3, 6/25/14 for Option 4
Blackout dates: Not valid 5/11–5/15, 5/23, 5/25, or 6/6
Cancellation policy & fees: All cancellations subject to $30 fee; 72-hour cancellation notice or fee of applicable 1-night's stay up to Groupon price applies
Taxes: 9% tax not included
Additional fees: $19.99 daily resort fee not included