A horn sounds every 8 to 10 minutes at Splash Lagoon, a cavernous water park and resort in northern Pennsylvania. The horn is a warning that the park's 48-foot tipping bucket is about to drop 1,000 gallons of water on anyone standing below. The bucket is part of the Tiki Tree House, a 12-level showpiece decked out with all sorts of family-friendly activities, slides, and games.
Elsewhere in the park, you'll find a lazy river lined with local artwork, a children's splash area, and lots of water slides. You can explore it all with the four two-day passes included in this Getaway. You'll also get a 1-night stay at your choice of three hotels: Holiday Inn Express, Residence Inn, and Comfort Inn & Suites. All three are connected to the water park.
Included meals: daily breakfast
Number of slides: nine, including tube and body slides
Newest attraction: Aqua Tumbler, a hollow inflatable ball that spins you around and around
Great for kids: two all-ages whirlpools, a lazy river, and the Tiki Tree House
Eye-popping artwork: hand-painted murals of underwater reefs, an erupting volcano, and a giant shark.
Dry off: in the arcade and laser tag room or on the ropes course—this Getaway includes passes to all three.
Erie, Pennsylvania: Historical Harbor Town
Pennsylvania's only port on the Great Lakes, Erie offers a number of activities and attractions that capitalize on the town's lakeside setting. Seafood restaurants and boat charters line the waterfront; Bicentennial Tower, built in 1995 to commemorate the city's 200th anniversary, stands sentinel at the tip of Dobbins Landing. A few blocks away, you'll find the Erie Maritime Museum and the Flagship Niagara, a reconstructed sailing vessel from the War of 1812.
Across the harbor, Presque Isle State Park beckons to nature lovers with sandy beaches, easy walking trails, and lots of wildlife-watching opportunities. Cooler temperatures and lake-effect snows in the winter months make for prime cross-country skiing, ice skating, and wind skating—ice skating while being pulled by a large kite.
Downtown Erie centers on Perry Square, a two-block park lined with historic homes and buildings, including city hall and the US district courthouse. From here, it's a short walk to the Erie Art Museum, which houses a collection of pottery, sculpture, and photography from all over the world.
What You Get
1-night stay for four in a Holiday Inn Express queen suite, a Residence Inn one-bedroom suite, or a Comfort Inn standard double or king whirpool room
Option 1: $175 to check in Thursday or Sunday (up to a $300 value)
Option 2: $225 to check in Friday or Saturday (up to a $343 value)
Included in all options:
Four two-day water-park passes
Four lazer tag sessions
Four 30-minute treetops climbs
Four aqua tumbler rides
$25 arcade credit
Policies and Fees
Book by: 11/18/13
Travel by: 11/30/13
Blackout dates: Not valid on 10/11, 10/12, 11/8, or 11/9.
Cancellation policy & fees: All cancellations subject to $35 fee; 72hr notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
Taxes: 13% tax not included
Additional fees: $9.99 resort fee per stay not included