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Pennsylvania Poconos-Not just for Honeymooners

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A July 2004 trip to Poconos by SuzetteML

Bushkill Falls Photo, Poconos, Pennsylvania More Photos
Quote: Although the Poconos are known for their champagne, Jacuzzis, and honeymooner hideaways, we found it to be very family friendly! Read about all the cool things we did in the Poconos with our crew!

Shawnee - River Village II

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Hotel | "Shawnee on the Delaware"

Shawnee - River Village II Photo, Shawnee-On-Delaware, Pennsylvania
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Best Things Nearby:Bushkill Falls, outlet shopping, The Christmas FactoryBest Things About the Resort:It was quiet,and had terrific service. Located very close to Rte 80, making it easy to get around the state. The resort was clean and looked to have been recently updated. Our unit had a great big table in the kitchen that suited our family wonderfully. We did not use any of the resort's amenities, nor did we participate in resort planned activities, but they had many.Resort Experience:We were quite leery of this resort, as we had always traded for Gold Crown resorts in the past. We were very pleased with all that this resort offered. At first, I must sa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 22, 2004

Shawnee - River Village II
Route 209
Shawnee-On-Delaware 18356

Muller's Family Restaurant

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Restaurant

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This was a diner that we stopped in for a nice sit-down breakfast on our way home. Although the server wasn't rude, she wasn't the friendliest waitress I've ever encountered. The atmosphere was a diner as we expected, complete with counter and swiveling stools. The decor hasn't been updated in awhile. Obviously Penn. doesn't have a no-smoking law for restaurants, yet, and you need to walk through the smoking section to get to the non-smoking section. The ladies’ restroom was dingy, and very cramped. My first thought was there was no way that this bathroom was big enough to accommodate a wheelchair, even though no one in my family uses one regularly. My daughter did ne...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 18, 2004

Muller's Family Restaurant
5138 Milford Road
Poconos, Pennsylvania

Dansbury Depot

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Restaurant | "The Dansbury Depot"

Dansbury Depot Photo, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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The Dansbury Depot is an original 1864 train station converted into a restaurant. It has a charming, cozy, Americana atmosphere. There are model trains running on overhead tracks in all the rooms, a little gift shop at the hostess stand, and a substantial bar. Our food server, Tim, was great! He was extremely friendly and outgoing and helpful. It happened to be my daughter's 16th birthday, and he did a fantastic job of bringing her dessert out with the candle; I mention this because my daughter had just left to go to the ladies’ room as Tim was bringing out the dessert! He managed to hide it and round up the singing waiters/waitresses once more for a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday" and they e...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2004

Dansbury Depot
50 Crystal Street
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
(570) 476-0500

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Technically, this was not a restaurant, but a store selling cheesecakes. We LOVE cheesecake, so we thought we'd stop in on our way back to the resort for a quick bite. They sold cheesecakes from a display case like a bakery, by the cake or slice. Prices were about $32US for a whole cake and slices were $4US. They were very tasty, but nothing out of the ordinary, and not much on variety when we visited. I think they had maybe 6 kinds of regular and some sugar-free offerings as well. I was disappointed that there weren't more flavors. If you are in the area and cheesecake is your thing, I would recommend stopping in, but if you had to make a special trip to go there, I wouldn't suggest it, you co...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 18, 2004

Pocono Cheesecake Factory
HC1 Box 95, Route 611
Swiftwater
(570) 839-6844

Bushkill Falls

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Attraction

Bushkill Falls Photo, Poconos, Pennsylvania
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Bushkill Falls was very easy to locate off Rte 209N and has ample free parking. We were quite impressed by the number of activities that were available beside the hiking and sightseeing. A family of any size could have a nice long day here. We had brought a picnic lunch to take on the trail, but no food or drink (except water) is allowed on the trails. This wasn’t a problem as they provide many different picnic areas including pavilions and groves with open grills, all were clean and inviting. The entrance fee was quite reasonable, $36 for three adults and two children and that gained you entrance into the wildlife exhibit and then onto the trails. There are four trails in all. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2004

Bushkill Falls
Bushkill Falls Road / Rt 209
Poconos, Pennsylvania

The Crayola Factory

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Attraction

The Crayola Factory Photo, Easton, Pennsylvania
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WOW! This place was sooo cool! And I'm not even a kid! The whole family had a blast creating all kinds of fun stuff with Crayola products. They show you how crayons, markers, paint and chalk are made, then let you play with it! You get three coins with your admission that you can redeem in vending machines for a magic marker, a pack of 4 crayons or a small pack of Model Magic. There are all kinds of different displays for all the mediums that Crayola produces. We went into one room that you could make a summer journal using bubble wrap and paint, then you dry it in a special drying oven and add your black construction paper middle pages. The black was used because you then decorated you...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 18, 2004

The Crayola Factory
30 Centre Square-Two Rivers Landing
Easton, Pennsylvania 18042
(610) 515-8000

Crystal Cave Park

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Attraction | "Crystal Cave"

Crystal Cave Park Photo, Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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Our first full day in the Poconos found us setting out for a new adventure. Weeks before our trip, we had surfed the web for all kinds of adventures near our resort, and came across the Crystal Cave. It was one of the more interesting sights that we thought to explore. Having never been inside a cave before, we had no idea what to expect. It turned out to be a great little place to take the family, we were very pleased. We first stopped for a bite to eat at the little Penna, a Dutch restaurant on the grounds. It was fast-food counter service with booths and tables and the food was tasty, though expensive. Too bad we didn’t realize that Crystal Cave has a picnic park, we could have made a nice...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2004

Crystal Cave Park
963 Crystal Cave Rd
Kutztown, Pennsylvania 19530
(610) 683-6765

Whitewater Rafting Adventures

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Attraction

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WOW! What an adventure! If you are in the Lehigh River Valley, or close to it, and have a spirit of adventure, you have got to go rafting with Whitewater Rafting Adventures! They were the best. We have three girls, ages 16, 11, and 8 and they just loved the day that we spent on the Lehigh River, just outside of Jim Thorpe, PA. They provide a guide both in the front of the rafts and another behind, but you paddle yourselves down the river and through the rapids. We’ve been on a rafting trip before, but had a guide in the raft with us. This time we had to get around using our own ingenuity. It was so much fun! The guide gave lots of great safety tips and maneuvering advi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 22, 2004

Whitewater Rafting Adventures
Po Box 65
Nesquehoning, PA 18240

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This large Christmas outlet is a must see for any seasonal buff! We found many items of interest with which to deck the halls. From garlands, to villages, to hand-blown glass ornaments, everything you would expect from a Christmas shop, and more.

They also carry Halloween villages, and many, many other everyday gift items that I haven't seen elsewhere. Their prices were ok, but not sky high as one might expect from a tourist type store.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 22, 2004

The Christmas Factory
Broad Street (exit 309 Off I-80)
Poconos, Pennsylvania 18327
(570) 223-0717