What We Love
- An activity-packed Poconos retreat, including breakfast, dinner and a suite optionThe TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award 2015, as the number-one family hotel in the country
- The incredible range of things to do, from attending a carnival to taking a cooking class
- The adult-oriented offerings, like an 18-hole golf course and access to The Lodge at Woodloch’s spa
Take the kids on a vacation to remember, or simply get back in touch with your own inner child, at the hotel that TripAdvisor voted America’s best and the world’s sixth-best for families. Woodloch Resort is passionately devoted to the spirit of play, offering dozens of activities and adventures for all. Schedules vary from day to day, but all four seasons – because this is a year-round getaway – there’s something fun to keep you busy and make you feel young again.
Archery? Snow tubing? Paintball? Mini golf? These are just four of the ways that you can let loose here, and not even the most unusual ones, either. That honor goes to activities like “Cake Wars,” the massive scavenger hunt, the drum circles and the miniature winter and summer Olympics. You can also partake in an “Amazing Race,” chute down a waterslide, watch a staff theme show, try an 18-hole golf course or choose between bumper cars and bumper boats. You’d hardly even know that all the other Pocono mountains are just outside – or that you’re old enough to attend the adults-only wine tastings.
Good to know
Please note that a resort fee of 15% is payable directly at the hotel. The resort fee includes access to all Woodloch activities, amenities and nightly entertainment.
Rooms and suites
Accommodations at Woodloch are spread among buildings all over the property, featuring varying floor plans, views and décor styles (some are rustic, while others skew more modern). The motel-style Classic Standard rooms occupy a central location near the main lodge and are packed with rustic charm. An accordion door separates the bedroom and living-room area. You’ll have two queen beds in the bedroom, plus two single day beds in the living room. Edgewater suites, which look out over the lake from their private patio or balcony, are split between the Springbook and Mountain Laurel buildings, which offer indoor access to the pool complex. These accommodations offer two queen beds in the bedroom, plus a regular couch and a queen pullout couch in the living room (separated by either a door or pocket door). Some of these suites offer an extra bathroom, while others hold a kitchenette, washer and dryer.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the main dining room, which is frequented by costumed characters that children will love, with many dishes incorporating high-quality, regionally grown ingredients. You’ll have breakfast and dinner included with your stay.À la carte dining is also on offer at several Woodloch-owned or -affiliated restaurants, like the Clubhouse at Woodloch Springs and more formal TREE Restaurant. Lighter bites are available lakeside and poolside, and there’s a country store and market for purchasing to-go snacks or fresh produce.
Woodloch Resort is sisters with the Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure Readers’ Choice destination spa The Lodge at Woodloch. As a guest at the former, you have easy access to the latter, whose exquisite wellness center measures 40,000 square feet. Pick a facial, a body treatment or a hair service at Lotus Salon, and enjoy the cozy fireplaces, soothing waterwalls and adults-only setting. Please note that transportation between the two properties is not provided.
This lakefront TripAdvisor number-one family hotel in America of 2015 didn’t land such a huge honor without coming up with a staggering list of activities, for kids of all ages. You’re in the Poconos, with plenty of forms of outdoor recreation to keep you busy, but the resort has dozens of its own ideas for keeping you busy. In addition to biking, jogging and hiking, you can attend a carnival, participate in a miniature Olympics, enjoy bumper boats in the warmer months, go snow tubing in the colder months and watch an entertaining show with the property’s own staff. If you’re partial to more typically grown-up pastimes, there’s an 18-hole golf course, and perhaps you’ll even get to attend a wine tasting.
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I can't say enough nice things about Woodloch. I have stayed there about a dozen times, with girl frieds, with my husband and with the entire (18 in my crew) family at Southwoods. Perfection. This is what occurs when the owners (Kiesendahl's) are family/owners and are HANDS ON. I love every one of them. Always something to do, and I feel it is the best local "getaway" that provides, lodging, food, entertainment and activities all in one package. A GPS challenge at first try but worth it. I come every year now at least 2 times a year. Love Woodloch.
This resort has everything, great food, great service staff, very friendly owners who attend everyone's needs! The resort is extra clean, the waiters and waitresses are very helpful and accomadating. We had 4 couples in our group and had a ball. The shows are fantastic, Friday night races are loads of fun, always something to do. Children at the resort looked like the were having a wonderful time with all the activities they offered.
My husband and I brought our two children (4 and 1) for a much-needed vacation, and we love that every time we go back to Woodloch, there is always more for our children to do. We went go-karting, snowtubing (yes, even my 1 year old!), swimming, line dancing, karaoking. We watched movies, and spent lots of time at the indoor playground and bumper cars. For the first time, we participated in some sporting events and even won some gold medals :) The food was phenomenal as always. Our room was clean and comfortable (even though there was a fire alarm in the middle of the night, so we were not too excited about bringing our sleeping children out into the freezing cold). It snowed while we were there, and we were impressed by how quickly and thoroughly the roads and sidewalks were plowed and salted. We always look forward to Theme Night, and this time it was "Welcome to the 90s." The performances were incredible - I almost lost my voice singing along to all the songs. The characters at meal times were a hit with my kids.
Shout-outs to special members of the staff who made our stay even more memorable: Connie, Dougie, and Carol who took care of us at meals and were extremely patient with our picky children and complicated orders; Mike (and pretty much everyone at the pool) who made sure that we had a safe and enjoyable time swimming; Katherine and Catie who were amazing with our kids at the Boomer's Kids Club! Thank you for all that you do!
My wife, 1.5 year old toddler and I just arrived home after spending three amazing nights here. This was a somewhat last minute idea- we were looking for a family friendly location within driving distance from Long Island and stumbled across Woodloch. The TripAdvisor reviews were overwhelmingly positive and so we decided to give it a shot, and so glad we did. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming. The food was fantastic and there were so many activities. Our daughter couldn’t get enough of the Woodloch forest. There was a booklet in our house of the history of the founding of the resort and from it I could tell exactly that this amazing hospitality was instilled from day 1. We ate at the main dining hall, and the son of the founder dressed in his crazy pants came to our table to say hello and make sure we were enjoying ourselves. There were two adorable kids dressed in costumes at the entrance of the dining room greeting the guests- I assume these were his grandkids. It’s clear that the family that owns the lodge puts tremendous dedication into the running of the lodge, which keeps people coming back year after year. We can’t wait to return for another visit.
You might remember my review of Woodloch 2012, (“Weirdly Fun, Almost A Phenomena“) it has been viewed thousands of times. Well, we just got back from our annual visit, and I have to update my review. Woodloch is better than ever! My only criticism was corrected: They have upgraded their beds (memory foam toppers), bedding is soft, heaters are quiet, and the PILLOWS are so amazing I bought 2. And, why did it take me 7 years to find the 21 & Over Sports Bar? We skated, went tubing, did skeet shooting, used the hot tub, went for a run on the nature trails, went to the wonderful spa at The Lodge at Woodloch, escaped the Escape Room (FUN!), won the Gingerbread Wars, won $300 in BIngo, got hypnotized, won the horse races, and no, I am not smarter than a 5th Grader. We had a great time, and our family loves this place. And, thank you, Woodloch, for always having a great vegetarian choice or two on every menu. The staff are exceptional, and they have the special sauce.(families are happy here.