10/21/2011 04:52 pm ET | Updated Nov 30, 2015

Family Vacations In The Poconos: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

Family vacations in the Poconos can be rewarding experiences or absolute disasters -- it all depends on pre-trip homework. To make planning easier, we've done all the preparation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on traveling with children, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Poconos family vacations.

Alpine Mountain Ski and Snow Tubing Center

Alpine Mountain is a family-friendly center perfect for those new to winter sports. The 21 trails offer different degrees of difficulty and plenty of room, so wait time is short. Take advantage of skiing/snow boarding lessons, or have some fun snow tubing.

Address: 2326 Timber Hill Road, Henryville, PA 18332
Phone: 570-595-2150
Hours: Open 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Price: Weekend and holiday rates are $20 a session; weekday rates are $19.

Lehigh River Gorge

The Lehigh River Gorge is 6,107 acres of thick vegetation, rock outcroppings and waterfalls. The steep-walled gorge follows the Lehigh River to the town of Jim Thorpe. Whitewater adventures are the best way to explore this area of the country. The weekend dam releases create exciting rapids.

Address: RR 1 Box 81, White Haven, PA 18661
Phone: 570-443-0400
Hours: Dam release dates are tentatively set mid-May through mid-September. Several licensed, commercial outfitters offer one- and multiple-day excursions. Typically, the day trips last approximately five hours.
Price: Commercial outfitters charge around $58 per person. Prices vary by package and group discount.

The Christmas Factory

It is Christmas year-round at the Christmas Factory. More than 60 decorated trees fill this shop, one of the largest of its kind in the world. Enjoy the winter wonderland and find unique home decor.

Address: 2575 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Phone: 570-223-0717
Hours: Open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Price: Free entrance; shop prices vary

Treetop Adventure Courses

Treetop Adventure Courses offered by CBK Mountain Adventures are exhilarating obstacle courses on the slopes of Camelback Mountain Resort. Guests can enjoy zip lines over and through the trees at 85 feet above the ground as well as suspended bridges. Check out Euro Bungee, which allows you to practice acrobatic skills while secured in a safety harness. Disc golf enthusiasts will be challenged on the nine-hole course among the trees.

Address: 1 Camelback Road, Tannersville, PA 18372
Phone: 570-629-1661
Hours: CBK Mountain Adventures is open from 9 a.m. to 5 and 7 p.m. weekends in the spring and fall and from 9 a.m. to 7 and 8 p.m. daily in the summer.
Price: A full-adventure course pass for ages 6 and older is $49 per person. Single or dual zip line tickets are $15 to $20, and disc golf and Euro Bungee passes are $5.

Pocono Indian Museum

Learn about Delaware Native Americans at this rich historical museum. The Pocono Indian Museum outlines the history of man in Northeastern Pennsylvania all the way from 10,500 B.C. to the time the Europeans settled the area. It also explores the shockingly short amount of time it took for the Delaware people to be virtually eliminated.

Address: Route 209, Bushkill, PA 18324
Phone: 570-588-9338
Hours: Open 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily during the summer.
Price: Museum admission is free. The store carries moccasins for the whole family starting at around $25, as well as a wide variety of Native American items.

Claws 'n' Paws Wild Animal Park

Experience wildlife in a new way at this zoo-in-the-woods park. Claws "n" Paws visitors can get a close-up look at more than 120 species of wild animals. The petting zoo includes an area where guests can feed giraffes and parrots. Dino dig adventures are fun for young children who are obsessed with these massive beasts.

Address: 1475 Ledgedale Road, Lake Ariel, PA 18436
Phone: 570-698-6154
Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily May 1 through mid-October.
Price: General admission, $14.95; ages 2 through 11, $10.95; seniors 65 and older, $13.95; age 1 and younger, free

Camelbeach Waterpark

Camelbeach Waterpark is full of family fun. The FlowRider is the ultimate surfing ride, and the Blue Nile adventure river is perfect for all ages. A mini golf course, bumper boats and 22 waterslides will keep everyone busy.

Address: 1 Camelback Road, Tannersville, PA 18372
Phone: 570-629-1661
Hours: Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. late May through early September.
Price: General admission, $36.99 ($34.99 online); seniors 65 and older and children less than 48 inches tall, $24.99; age two and younger, free

What's your favorite vacation spot in the Poconos?


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