Smugglers' Notch, a year round family vacation resort in Vermont's Green Mountains. Snow fun during the wintertime and lots of natural beauty and outdoor adventures in the summer. POOLS & WATER PARK - There are 8 heated pools and 4 waterslides, splash pools and a mountain reservoir. 0*Bring your own towels, unless you are a guest of the resort.
We went on a hot, Sunday so it was crowded but we managed to score 2 chairs at the Mountainside Park. This is the only public access waterpark, the other two parks are for resort guests.
However this one has a pool for everyone. One large water slide, that you ride tubes down. Kids must be 48" tall to use it. One small waterslide with no tubes for tikes 48" and smaller. One adorable baby/toddler play pool that is setup lagoon style with gentle entry slopes, waterfalls, tubes to use to play with and some shade. The last pool is just a plain pool that goes from 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 feet deep. All of the pools were plenty warm in temperature.
The big waterslide is fast at the top, but has a soft, slow landing at the bottom. They do only let one person on at a time. It is very controlled. I felt like my kids were very safe. There were lots of lifeguards everywhere actually doing their job.
Not only do you need to BYO your own towels, but I would suggest BYO snacks and lunch. After paying $82 entry fee for a family of 4 we had to pay another $30 for lunch at the snack bar. The choices were hot dogs, turkey, ham, veggie, chicken caesar salad wraps, or salad plus chips or ice cream. Knowing those were my choices I might have packed a picnic.
The whole place could use a scrub down. It was clean, but still I spied green mold growing in places it shouldn't be :) Bathrooms are only ok. I did see showers, but we didn't use them.
Something to note: Rumrunner's Hideaway is FREE and open to the public. I am told it is a 20 min hike, approx 1/2 mile from the base lodge.