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The Poconos' assortment of water parks provide the sense of a tropical escape in all four seasons. There are four water park resorts in the Pocono Mountains region, each offering their own slides and pool, plus a relatively unique atmosphere. For example, Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark boasts a transparent roof, while Kalahari Resorts and Conventions offers African decor. Great Wolf Lodge and Split Rock Resort & Golf Club round out the area's water park offerings.

While advice from past travelers varies depending on which water park you choose to visit, a handful of suggestions apply to all of the parks. First, exercise caution with the on-site eateries, which run the gamut from overly expensive to downright unappetizing, according to past guests. Also, keep an eye on your kids, as many reviewers expressed disappointment with the lifeguards across all four resorts.  Finally, adult guests should take into account what they want to do on vacation, as many of the resorts' amenities appeal to specific age groups and traveler types.

Water park passes are generally included in the cost of a stay at each resort. If you'd prefer to stay at a different hotel or resort, many water parks offer days passes for varying prices. Similarly, each water park's hours vary, but they are generally open from the morning to the early evening. The Pocono Mountains website includes links to all four water parks, where you can find their exact prices and hours.

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#1 Pocono Raceway

Known as the "Tricky Triangle" for its three distinct turns, the Pocono Raceway began welcoming fans in 1968. Nowadays, Pocono Raceway hosts a handful of NASCAR races every summer, while a variety of other car-related experiences are available when races are not taking place. Visitors can ride in or drive a stock car, bring their own car for a spin on the famous track, choose from a selection of exotic cars to take for a test drive and more. 

Past travelers praised the stock car ride-along experience, saying that the G-force going around the track's iconic corners provides an adrenaline rush. The park's clean atmosphere, from the restrooms to the vendors, also impresses most recent visitors. Still, those who are not racing fans expressed disappointment with NASCAR in general, and diehard NASCAR fans couldn't help comparing the Pocono Raceway to its more impressive counterparts.

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