With easy access to the Pocono Mountains from both the Philadelphia area and New York City’s metropolitan area, the Pocono Mountains are brimming over with fun activities for all family members. Whether you visit in the spring, summer, fall, or winter, there is something here for everyone.
There are plenty of hotels, bed and breakfasts, camping, vacation home rentals, waterpark resorts, and even Malibu Dude Ranch. Some of the more popular activities include: hiking where you will see beautiful waterfalls, boat tours, museums, or take a train ride. There is plenty of restaurants, shopping, fishing, golfing, and hiking for your enjoyment.
Mohegan Sun Pocono
If you’re looking for a fun way to spend time in Northeast Pennsylvania, then visit Mohegan Sun Pocono. It’s located near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on 400 acres of gently rolling hills. It’s owned by the Mohegan Indian Tribe and is a spectacular hotel spa, gaming, dining, and entertainment destination in the area. Mohegan Sun Pocono is also one of the best hotels in Wilkes-Barre near the Mohegan Sun Arena. Which makes it the perfect hotel for those who will be in the area for an event.
It features a 238-room hotel and a 20,000-foot Convention Center. Reward yourself at the luxurious Sapphire Spa with a massage, manicure, pedicure, facial, and first-class hair and makeup services. There are 18 dining options, including: Johnny Rockets, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Wolfgang Puck Express, and Timbers Buffet. For an extra bonus for entertainment, enjoy live harness horse racing and great local bands on the weekends.
Who doesn’t enjoy a little bit of magic? The Houdini Museum is dedicated to this fabulous magician. You’ll love the history of his life, the memorabilia, and the film. There is also an exhibit guided tour, along with a very entertaining magic show.
It’s filled with everything you’d expect, such as: ducks, doves, and even a rabbit, and a poodle. The audience is encouraged to participate and there is quite a bit of comedy too. It’s a great way for your family to spend a fun filled day, especially if you are near Scranton. Reservations are highly recommended as the shows tend to sell out.
The Marketplace at Steamtown
This is a small shopping mall in Scranton that has gotten national acclaim for being built on what was once part of the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad. It was built on what was left by Conrail in the latter part of the 1970s.
It has two levels, including a food court looking out over the Steamtown National Historic Site. Located in the very heart of Scranton, the mall has a long parking garage and a pedestrian bridge that leads from the food court out to the railyard. This mall has been featured several times on NBC’s sitcom, The Office. Luzerne Community College has a satellite campus included in the mall, along with a large indoor playground and the Iron Horse Movie Bistro.
Knoebels Amusement Park
Knoebels is the largest amusement park in America that offers free admission. Not only does it offer free admission, but there is also free parking, free entertainment, and free picnic facilities. Everyone loves the classic rollercoasters, rides that are very kid-friendly, swimming, camping, and even golfing. Knobels is really a great way to enjoy time with friends and family.
Some of the park’s most-loved attractions include: the bald eagle habitat, a carousel museum, Kozmo’s playground, playland arcade, and mini golf. The park also has several different restaurants and places to shop. Plan to spend at least one full day exploring this amazing amusement park!
There are four main features at Camelback Mountain: CBK Park, Progression Park, Appalachian Express Coaster, and the Dual Zipline. CBK Park is opening a new top to bottom terrain space. With a new jump line, you’ll be able to show off your snowboarding tricks.
With a location just below the Stevenson Lift, the convenience is highly desirable for the park. The Progression Park is where beginner skiers learn the basics. Lessons are available for kids and adults. If you feel you need more instruction, private lessons are also possible.
You absolutely must ride the Appalachian Express Coaster if you enjoy adventure. This 4500 ft. steel-track coaster journeys down the slopes and through the trees of Camelback Mountain. This ride is so popular; buy your tickets in advance. The Dual Zipline is also a thrilling adventure, beginning as high as an eight story building; this 1000 ft. line will have you screaming with excitement. Snow tubing is also a fun experience on the mountain.
There are also several places to eat, such as: Cammello’s Pizza, Big Family Pocono Eatery, and the Waffle Cabin. The Thirsty Camel is where people gather after a day on the slopes for a soda or beer. Live bands also offer entertainment on weekends.