It’s true that true all-inclusive resorts are often found dotting the sandy beaches of Mexico and the Caribbean. But you and your family can find all-inclusive (or nearly all-inclusive) experiences in the U.S., specifically in Pennsylvania. From resorts offering tasty breakfast and a range of free activities to those with comprehensive packages that include meals and extra amenities that approximate an all-inclusive family vacation, here are nine great all inclusive family vacations in PA.
Woodloch Pines Resort – Hawley, PA
Since 1958, this family resort in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania has been dishing up family style all-inclusive meals designed to make you feel right at home. Open for all four seasons, an all-inclusive family vacation at Woodloch not only means food, but your activities, too—over 30 of them! The Woodloch Pines Resort Experience Bracelet provides you and your kids access to “home-grown” social events, nightly entertainment ranging from comedy acts to Broadway-style productions, rock climbing, bumper cars, go-karts, and winter fun in snow tubes and on ice skates.
2. Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort – Shawnee on Delaware, PA
A bevy of outdoor activities are included in your family’s stay at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, from 3-mile, two-hour guided hikes for ages 6 and up in the morning to nightly S’mores roasting by the camp fire on the front lawn. On the first Wednesday of each month, your family will be treated to a big band concert for free and of course, the game room will gladly accept your kid’s pocketful of quarters. Book a Bed & Breakfast package to enjoy a delicious meal at this nearly all inclusive resort, located on the Delaware River in the Pocono Mountains.
3. Silver Birches Resort – Hawley, PA
While not an all-inclusive hotel in the traditional sense, this Pocono resort in Hawley, Pennsylvania, offers a unique spin on a dining package. When your family books the Be Social Special at Silver Birches Resort, you get not only a luxurious room, but also a trio of dining vouchers for area restaurants, totaling $250. This allows you to sample the cuisine from family-friendly and family-run restaurants in town. When not out to dinner, enjoy a relaxing family vacation by the lake, with plenty of complimentary activities to please travelers of all ages. There are lawn games, a seasonal pool, shuffleboard and a variety of things to do on and around Lake Wallenpaupack.
4. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – Farmington, PA
Everything from the kids’ activities to dining is a la carte at this stunning resort in western Pennsylvania. But on offer in the chilly months is a Winter Experience Package that could net you up to $500 in resort credit to be used to transform a normal luxury stay into a nearly all-inclusive family vacation in PA. With those funds in your pocket, you can book hours of snow tubing and snowshoeing, and maybe even a dogsledding adventure, in addition to reservations at some of Nemacolin‘s best restaurants.
5. Omni Bedford Springs Resort – Bedford, PA
The All-American Package serves up daily breakfast in either of two restaurants or in bed through room service, plus dinner at any of the Omni Bedford Springs Resort’s three dining spots (with an upcharge for the refined 1796 steakhouse). A family stay at this centrally located Pennsylvania resort, just minutes off the turnpike, also comes inclusive of two pools, one of which was the first indoor pool in the U.S.; dating back to 1905, it’s been restored to its original two-story splendor! There are also a plethora of puzzles, fire pits for S’mores, and complimentary lawn games awaiting your eager family.
6. Nature Inn at Bald Eagle – Howard, PA
A special kind of near-all-inclusive resort awaits your family at Nature Inn at Bald Eagle, ranked the best eco- lodge in America. On a gorgeous lakeside location in central Pennsylvania, smack dab in the midst of Bald Eagle State Park, sits this oasis of the natural world, offering guests a free hot breakfast with an assortment of fresh breads and pastries every morning. Your family will also enjoy complimentary use of communal grills and patios, fire pit and fireplace, and a library of books, DVDs and board games during your stay. As a bonus, considering its stellar location for such activity, inside each guest room are Peterson’s Field Guides and binoculars, encouraging you to immerse yourselves into the world of birding and eagle watching.
7. Bear Creek Mountain Resort – Macungie, PA
Situated in the Lehigh Valley, Bear Creek Mountain Resort offers guests use of equipment to enjoy geocaching, kayaking, paddle boating, tennis and more on the outside of the property, and Ping Pong, board games and a heated pool and hot tub inside. For social butterflies, there is also weekly trivia and karaoke available during ski season, as well as apres ski and live jazz on weekends. Bed-and-breakfast stays including your room and daily morning meal in the resort’s poolside Trail’s End Cafe, making Bear Creek a modern mountain retreat that checks nearly all of the all-inclusive family vacation boxes.
8. Great Wolf Lodge Poconos – Scotrun, PA
Famously included with every Great Wolf Lodge stay is all-day access to the always-84-degree indoor water park, a bevy of fun kids activities for when water play gets tiresome or when they start to shrivel up, story time with characters, and a free theatrical show in the lobby. While meals aren’t included in rates, they’re available onsite, meaning you have a fully self-contained family vacation waiting for you at Great Wolf Lodge. Bonus: Great Wolf Lodge Poconos regularly offers packages and discounts.
9. Kalahari Resort Poconos – Pocono Manor, PA
On offer at this massive African-themed Pocono Mountain resort—one of the best indoor water park resorts in the U.S.—is a Family Safari Package, which will net you a Desert room for four, admission to the indoor water park—America’s largest—a delicious breakfast buffet for your whole family, pizza dinner with fountain drinks for all, a $50 arcade credit, and access to the Kalahari Adventurers Club and all of the kid-friendly activities therein. Kalahari Resort Poconos doesn’t offer an all-inclusive resort experience per se, but when booking the right package, you can approximate an all-inclusive family vacation in PA that will save you time and money, giving you hours of stress-free time to splash away with the kids.
Jeff Bogle lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with his wife, two daughters, and three cats. He is an award-winning photographer and respected travel journalist with bylines on Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, PBS, Esquire and more. Jeff (probably) spends too much time in England watching football and far too many hours plotting his family’s future travel adventures. Find Jeff on his own site, Out With the Kids.
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