There are few things better than life at the lakeside – and few better places to enjoy it than in the Keystone State. You'll find Pennsylvania packed with places to enjoy a bit of lakeside living, not least in the beautiful Poconos, where the likes of Lake Harmony and Lake Wallenpaupack sit pretty among lush, mountainous landscapes. There's more on the menu, of course, and you can discover some of the top spots for lake vacation rentals right here. Coming up are some of the best destinations to find lake vacation home rentals, along with a few hints about the fabulous things to see and do when you get there.

Lake Harmony, PA, rentals

One of the Poconos' glacial greats, Lake Harmony blends natural beauty with an impressive lineup of amenities. Whether you choose to stay in one of the Lake Harmony rentals that sit at the water's edge or opt for something in town, there's no shortage of entertainment nearby. On the lake itself, that might come courtesy of boating, waterskiing, or fishing, though there's plenty to discover on land too – not least Hickory State Run Park and its National Natural Landmark, the Boulder Field. Then comes all the fun of the H20oooh Indoor Waterpark, Nascar's Pocono Raceway, and in the winter months, the Big Boulder Ski Area.

Arrowhead Lake vacation rentals

Another popular spot for Poconos lake rentals is served up by Arrowhead Lake. Sitting just six miles north of Lake Harmony in the quaint hamlet of Pocono Lake, rentals here lie within a private gated community –the perfect choice for a quiet weekend away. Arrowhead Lake is perhaps best known as an over-50 community, but four beaches, three swimming pools, a medley of sports courts, and a well-equipped teen center make Arrowhead Lake vacation rentals a favorite pick with families too. For hunters, photographers, and wildlife fans, the 25,000-acre State Game Land 127 to the east of the lake is home to black bear, white-tailed deer, and ring-necked pheasants.

Lake Wallenpaupack vacation home rentals

Travelers looking for Poconos lakefront vacation rentals might find themselves relaxing beside the man-made Lake Wallenpaupack. Pennsylvania's third-largest lake boasts more than 50 miles of shoreline, so finding the perfect rental should prove easy. In fact, from fishing cabin rentals to Lake Wallenpaupack house rentals, there are loads to choose from. And when you're all settled in, you'll find the lake a hot spot for kayaking, boating, and scenic patio boat tours. Would-be anglers can rent all the gear needed to catch supper from the visitor center, while winter vacationers can enjoy the annual Ice Tee Golf Tournament and Wally Ice Fest.

Pennsylvania lake vacation rentals at Raystown Lake

Tucked into the Allegheny Mountains, Raystown Lake sits within a two-hour drive of downtown Harrisburg. It's not just convenience that draws a crowd to the state's largest lake, though – this is an area where memories are just waiting to be made. Raystown Lake rentals put you on the doorstep of all manner of activities, amenities, and attractions. Houseboat rentals make it easy for you to soak up the scenery, while Trough Creek State Park's Terrace Mountain Trail runs for almost 30 miles along the eastern shore of the lake, serving up some spectacular scenery of its own. For families, the Wild River Water Park offers a fun day out.

Conneaut Lake vacation home rentals

Sitting around ten miles east of the Pennsylvania-Ohio state line, Conneaut Lake rentals prove a popular choice for those looking for a relaxing vacation. If you've got the kids in tow, that might mean a fun day out at Conneaut Lake Park, a historic amusement park with a wooden roller coaster to match. Golfers can stroll the fairways of the Oakland Beach Golf Course, while foodies will find a parade of restaurants dishing out tasty treats lakeside. And there are some great side trips on offer, too. Pymatuning Deer Park has delighted visitors since the early 1950s with its medley of animals – and it's no more than a 30 minutes' drive from most of the lakefront rentals at Conneaut Lake.