Long weekends are a gift, especially in the summer. Who doesn’t enjoy an extra day of sunshine, fresh-air, and family?
If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your time in NEPA, check out these activities!
The Mocanauqa Loop Trails in Shickshinny, PA may be the right hike for you!
Locally referred to as the Moc Loop, the hike is a series of four individual trails totaling about 15 miles. It’s composed of the 2-mile Orange Loop, the 6-mile Brown Loop, the 7-mile Blue Loop, and the 8-mile Green Loop.
The trails stretch along the northern reach of the Penobscot Mountain and trails vary in difficulty. All trails lead to a scenic outlook of the Susquehanna River, surrounding mountains, and local communities. Some areas also feature ruins dating back to the former Glen Alden Coal Corporation’s mining area.
Not much of a hiker but love the fresh air? Consider the short 2-mile Orange Loop, you won’t regret it!
Visit Lackawanna State Park for a night under the stars! The area offers a campground within walking distance of the lake and swimming pool, along with electric hook-ups in the forest.
If you’re an avid camper and one weekend isn’t enough for you, you can stay up to two weeks here! The park also has camping cottages in the Carpentertown Loop. Cottages feature wooden walls and floors, windows, a porch, electric lights, and sleeps five people in bunk beds.
Additionally, adult and youth groups are welcome at three organized group tenting areas that hold up to 160 people. The area has a modern shower along with picnic tables, fire rings, and water hydrants. However, make sure you call ahead and make reservations!
Are you a history buff? Check out the Swetland Homestead in Wyoming this weekend! Built in 1803, the home features rooms such as a Victorian parlor of the 1860s and household objects from an agrarian time. The house shows transformation into an industrialized society. It’s a member of the National Register of Historic Places and hosts special events throughout the year.
Call ahead and reserve your tour of this historical gem today!
Kalahari Resorts offers 220,000 square feet of waterpark fun. The largest indoor waterpark in America has an African Safari theme and rides such as the Anaconda, Swahili Swirl waterslides, and a lazy river. Pools are suitable for all ages and activities for young children are plenty!
If waterslides aren’t your thing, check out outdoor activities at the resort. The Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures Ropes Course has small wooden platforms on various levels connect with fun obstacles. Finish the challenge off with a relaxing ride on the Zip Line and feel the summer breeze!
Visit Pocono Adventures Riding Stable this weekend, right off of the Mt.Pocono exit! The stable offers opportunities to ride for both beginners and professionals. It’s open 365 days a year, and all trips are guided with instructions both before and during the ride. You can ride a horse through the woods, along streams, and through beautiful meadows.
Take advantage of your extra time and get an up-close and personal view of the Poconos!
If you want to do a combination of rides, camping, swimming, and entertainment, consider Knoebels! Known as America’s largest free-admission park, there is something here for the whole family.
The park offers everything from thrill rides to kid rides, and anything in-between. You can also check out one of the museums, the bald eagle habitat, mini golf, or a 4-D show.
If it’s too hot for the outdoor stuff, take a dip Knoebels’ Crystal Pool. You’ll have to pay admission for this one, but cooling off in the refreshing mountain stream water is worth it!
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