Your crew might’ve made a splash at Aquatopia this summer, or taken on a mountain or two during ski season; but there’s tons of ghoulish fun to be had at Camelback before winter hits. Camelback Monster Mountain has it all this Halloween.
What to Do
Hit the Mountain Adventure Lodge to suit up in a harness, then walk over to the Lights Out Ziplines ($15/ride), where you can soar along all 1000 feet of a double barrel zip line 85 feet up in total darkness (save for faraway torch light and spooky passersby lurking below). Want to check it out before hitting the skies? Hang by the lodge where you’ll see (and hear!) daredevils zooming back to civilization out of the trees.
Once you’ve braved that high-up flight, follow the torch-lit pathway to The Monster Coaster ($15), the only ride of its kind in the country. Take a four-minute slow ride up the mountain (we were totally wowed by the stars–the sky is super clear in the Poconos!), and keep an eye out for glowing hologram specters along the way.
Once you reach the top, it’s all downhill from there in the best way. But seriously: brace yourself for this one. While it’s awesome that you can control the speed and brakes on this toboggan-like ride, it’s definitely terrifying! You truly can’t see much at all, and the track has some sharp twists and turns that made for a breathtaking–though scream-inducing–trip. Soar down the tracks through the forest in total darkness and say cheese: your pic will be taken, most likely taken mid-scream as our associate editor’s was. If you have little ones, it might be best to share a cart as long as you both fit.
Want to hit the Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark? Stay at the lodge for monster donut decorating, seasonal crafts and the Full Moon Tunes and Boo Bar on weekends.
What to Eat
This fall, the resort is also serving up some major flavor at two restos that opened last year on site: Kartrite Summit House, the highest mountain top eatery in the Poconos (make sure your phone’s charged to snap pics of the killer view), and Berrelli’s, a family-style Italian spot that boasts a ski in-ski out lodge and an impressive wine list.
At Kartrites, you can expect lots of seafood (think lobster mac, seared scallops over roasted tomato risotto and miso-glazed salmon with bok choy), primo steaks (we loved the chimichurri hanger steak with parm fries!), inspired apps (like a perfectly creamy crab bisque with puff pastry crouton) and indulgent desserts (caramel bread pudding and amaretto cookies, anyone?)
At Berrelli’s, think Nonna staples like bruschetta, chicken parm, baked clams and cappellini margherita for dinner, and cannoli and tiramisu for dessert. Treat yourself to a trip downstairs to the wine bar, or a walk to the third-floor bar for a real-deal negroni.
After-dark festivities run on weekends through October 27. Call ahead to reserve launch times for a zipline or coaster ride, and ask about height and weight requirements. Camelback Monster Mountain is located at 243 Resort Drive in Tannersville, PA. Call 570-629-1663 or visit camelbackresort.com for more information.