The Woodloch approach to family-friendly recreation is all about spending time together, and there is no formal children's program; so if you are looking to check your kids into a supervised group and leave them for the day, this is not the place for you. But there are plenty of family activities scheduled throughout the day, all of which are well-orchestrated and fun, and the resort is teeming with kids.
The new family-friendly VENTURE program includes an expanded archery course, including evening times; new stand-up paddle boards (starting Memorial Day Weekend 2014); Delaware River white-water kayaking excursions; hot air balloon adventures; challenging forest paint ball course; zip-lining; climbing walls; nature trails; trap shooting; mountain biking; water skiing; and lake kayaking, paddle boats and sail boats. The VENTURE Program is in addition to its year-round activities.
Visiting in Warm Weather
Because of its location on lake Teedyuskung, you'll find dozens of water sports and activities in summer, including boat rides, bumper boating, waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, and swimming. A quaint little sand beach with lounge chairs provides a gathering spot for many of the day's activities, and kids will love the waterslide that dumps swimmers into shallow water. Despite the plethora of more exciting options, kids may simply like hanging out in the kids' pool area, which is a great spot for young ones to splash around. The water is zero-entry and nowhere more than 18 inches deep. Little ones will love the frog waterslide, sprayers and soakers. There is also a small snack stand where you can buy drinks and ice cream, along with two dozen or so tables with umbrellas. In addition to the kids' pool are larger indoor and outdoor pools, a sports complex, go-carts, a shooting range, arts and crafts, a climbing wall, mini golf, batting cages, bicycling, bocce ball, tennis, racquetball and basketball courts, a baseball field, an arcade and several jungle gyms.
Visiting in Cold Weather
The lake freezes over in winter, and a section is cleared for ice skating. Skates can be rented for a small fee at the sports complex. The resort has its own snow-making equipment, and in winter builds two snow tubing hills, a small one, and the Extreme Snow Tube Run, which is located across the street at the baseball field. Also try snowmobiling (for an extra fee) and a horse-drawn hayride. During December and January the hayride takes you along a "Festival of Lights" along the nature trail. Winter activities include a Yule log and walnut hunt, holiday craft show, caroling, and a visit from Santa and Rudolph. Also in the works is a snow-shoeing trail. If you are looking to ski, Big Bear and Elk Mountain are nearby.
Entertainment & Activities
Every Wednesday and Saturday are Theme Nights at Woodloch, when teens (13 and older) and adults gather in the 500-seat Heritage Night Club for a Broadway-style show. On other nights the Night Club hosts swing bands, comedians, magicians and other performances. Nightly entertainment is included only in the Traditional (three-meal a day) package but will be included if you are not on the plan and opt to purchase dinner. Note that children 12 an under are not allowed in the Heritage club; so if you want to see the show you must secure (and pay for) a babysitter for the night, or have one adult stay in the room with the children.
Guests have access to the Lodge at Woodloch, a destination spa. The spa is just up the road from the resort, and offers customized spa treatments. Another draw is Woodloch's 18-hole, par-72 golf course, which takes tee-time reservations up to 20 days in advance for guests at the resort. All levels of play can be accommodated, and peak season rates are $75-$90 for 18 holes.
In addition to the core resort activities, each day there are scheduled events for the whole family, both indoors and out. Events may include family Olympics, bingo, movies, makeovers, cocktail hours and dance classes. There is an indoor toddler room, supervision required. While there are some activities geared toward the youngest travelers (0-2), older children will have many more options, and will probably get the most out of a Woodloch visit.