The Pocono Region
A New Century: Fresh New Look and Exciting Future
In 2003, the Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts opened in Bushkill to attract world-class caliber artists. Fall of 2005 welcomed Great Wolf Lodge, the northeast's largest indoor waterpark resort with 90,000 square feet of waterslides, a lazy river, an interactive treehouse water fort, a wave pool and 400 rooms. This spurred the onset of planning for Split Rock Resorts' indoor waterpark, H20ooohh!!, which opened in October 2008. The region's first casino resort, Mount Airy Casino Resort, featuring slot-machine gaming greeted additional travelers to the Poconos beginning in October 2007.
Pocono Mountains properties are continuing to invest millions in improvements and renovations including golf courses, resorts, bed and breakfasts, rental properties and timeshares. To attract midweek business to the Pocono Mountains, resorts have also invested in new conference and meeting facilities that will serve the needs of corporations, associations and other groups looking to hold business-related events, meetings and team building experiences.
Golfers can now tee-off at more than 35 courses, including those designed by Robert Trent Jones, AJ Tillinghast and Donald Ross. Resorts began adding on-site spas as well to cater to stressed consumers seeking to be pampered, including the Lodge at Woodloch, an exclusive $35-million destination spa that opened in spring 2006 in the Lake Region of the Pocono Mountains.