Family-Friendly Lodge with Ziplining, Spa, and Indoor Water Park
Spring and summer in New York’s Finger Lakes region mean hiking, fishing, and swimming at one of the area’s many pristine lakes. At Hope Lake Lodge and Conference Center, you can enjoy the warm weather by heading to one of the nearby lakes, ziplining over a canopy of evergreens, or riding an alpine 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 Cascades Indoor Waterpark, you can hop on one of two tube slides that wind from inside the water park to the hotel, and then back in the park again before splashing into a crystal-clear pool. There’s also a wave pool that undulates 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 the service menu includes naturally infused 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 are 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.
Finger Lakes, New York: Rolling Vineyards, Deep Gorges, and More than 1,000 Waterfalls
Upstate New York's Finger Lakes region is known for its long, thin lakes and more than 1,000 waterfalls that cut through the area's famous rocky gorges. About 25 miles west of the resort is Ithaca, which borders the longest of the Finger Lakes, Cayuga Lake, and is home to Ithaca Falls. At more than 100 feet high, the falls cascade down a terraced cliff.
Ithaca is home to Cornell University. Like many of the villages in the area, Ithaca has a walkable downtown filled with bistros, boutiques, and taverns housed in historical buildings.