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Split Rock and Lake Harmony

My parents used to hang out here when they were young.  It was a different era for sure but I wanted to come here to see the area and experience some of the same scenery my parents did.

We drove around Lake Harmony and into Split Rock.  I got an immediate feeling when we first went around a corner and I saw Lake Harmony.  It was a peaceful feeling and one that I can’t describe but I felt like my father, who passed away in 2004, was with me on this trip to see where he used to go boating.  We continued around South Lake Drive and I imagined the late 1950s and how this must have been absolutely exotic back then.

My mom and dad at Split Rock Lake Harmony in this vintage 1959 shot showing what is the front of the lodge near the waterfront.

My mom and dad at Split Rock Lake Harmony in this vintage 1959 shot showing what is the front of the lodge near the waterfront.

We continued into the Split Rock Resort and Golf Club which is a gated community that charges a dollar to access the road through it.  Our destination was the H20ooohh! Indoor Water Park.  This being summertime, it could well have been outdoors but we had to see an indoor water park and could only imagine how spectacular it must be when it is cold and snowing outside.

The Komodo Dragon is a really cool flow rider and its really entertaining to watch people give it a shot.

The Komodo Dragon is a really cool flow rider and its really entertaining to watch people give it a shot.

We had no problem parking our RV in the parking lot of the resort.  It is well in the mountains and affords great views.  It is definitely the type of place you’d want to stay if you were doing a trip to see the fall leaves changing colors.  The ambiance throughout the entire area was great.

The main vista as you enter the indoor water park at Split Rock in the Poconos.

The main vista as you enter the indoor water park at Split Rock in the Poconos.

So, having only ever done outdoor water parks, we were curious about this place.  It certainly isn’t like the large Florida water parks – and we certainly didn’t expect it to be.  But we were pleasantly surprised with just how big it is and how relaxing it could be.  It was plenty warm enough to go in and out of the water and there was a snack bar to serve guests a variety of basic snacks and drinks.

One of the pools at the H20ooohh! indoor water park at Split Rock Resort at Lake Harmony in the Poconos.

One of the pools at the H20ooohh! indoor water park at Split Rock Resort at Lake Harmony in the Poconos.

Watching people try their skill at the Komodo Dragon – which is the only indoor flow rider in the state – was a lot of fun.  I never did try it but enjoyed watching others play on it.  All ages gave it a shot and the staff appeared very good at working with each individual to give them a great experience.  It is the type of experience that you want to be sure your bathing suit is well secured though so if you plan on trying it prepare that in advance so there are no accidental wardrobe malfunctions!

The slides at the water park go outside at the indoor water park at Split Rock in the Poconos.

The slides at the water park go outside at the indoor water park at Split Rock in the Poconos.

The attraction also features a wave pool, some hot tubs and some long slides that wind their way in and out of doors which probably are extremely cool to experience in snowy weather.  They were great in the summer.  There’s plenty of splash zones for smaller kids and there were plenty of seats to be able to sit wherever you want.

This historical view of one of the cottages at Lake Harmony at Split Rock was taken in about 1959 and my dad used to spend a lot of time there.  I'd love for someone to identify where it is and what perhaps it looks like today, if it is still there.

This historical view of one of the cottages at Lake Harmony at Split Rock was taken in about 1959 and my dad used to spend a lot of time there. I’d love for someone to identify where it is and what perhaps it looks like today, if it is still there.

In all, it was a great experience and truly is a special attraction in the Poconos.  The area is filled with beauty and it is easy to see why the region has been such a tourist destination for years.  I can’t wait to return some day in the winter and then again in the fall and again in the summer and also in spring.  There is something magical about the Poconos that draws me to it as one of those special places that has a really good feeling.

 

 

 

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