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How to Celebrate Spring in NEPA

  • 04/06/2018
  • By Sarah
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How to Celebrate Spring in NEPA

Pennsylvania: a place for year-round recreation

Spring has sprung in Northeastern Pennsylvania! And if you’re looking for ways to celebrate warmer weather and sunnier days, you’re in luck—there are plenty of things to do in NEPA during the spring months!

We all know that April showers bring May flowers, but a little rain doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great outdoors. In fact, this is a great time of year to spend your time outside (everyone needs a break from spring cleaning, after all). Pennsylvania summers have hot temperatures. Fall has foliage. Winter has snow. And Spring? Well, Spring can have a little bit of everything, but especially growing grass and budding flowers.

Here are some ways you can enjoy Spring in NEPA:

Explore the Great Outdoors

As the snow and ice melt away, the world reveals so much potential. Sure, there are plenty of ways to explore the outdoors during the winter, but now you can do so with significantly fewer layers.

If you want to lose yourself in nature this season (without truly getting lost), Pennsylvania is home to nearly 200 State and National Parks & Forests. State parks are a great way to enjoy your spring for little-to-no cost, as Pennsylvania state parks do not charge an entrance fee.

slocum park

You can explore 300,000 acres of PA state parks for a number of spring outdoor recreation activities:

  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Fishing – you can find information on the best spring fishing here.
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Biking
  • Bird & Wildlife watching

Beyond Pennsylvania’s state parks, other outdoor recreation activities in NEPA include:

  • Extreme sports & ATVing
  • Horseback riding
  • Water activities
  • And more

You can find more information about PA State Parks here.

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Baseball Season

baseball

Baseball is considered America’s favorite past time for a reason: it has an incredibly rich history, strong tradition, and there’s nothing quite like stadium food (hot dog and cold beer, anyone?). For any sports fan, Spring’s arrival means baseball.

Baseball fans can take in a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders game at PNC Field in Moosic. They are the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. The minor league baseball season starts in spring and runs from April to September. You can find the RailRider’s schedule here.

High school baseball is a spring sport already underway, but it’s never too late to take in a game. Support your community or home town’s athletic program! You can find information on PA high school baseball teams here.

For your child to play Little League, you can find a league near you here.

Amusement Parks

When you no longer feel the need to bundle up to be outside, you might start considering taking the family to one of the nearby amusement parks. Knoebels, located in Elysburg, PA is America’s largest free-admission amusement park. While the park isn’t open daily until June, off-season Saturday and Sunday hours begin April 28th and 29th. You can download the park calendar here. Limited pool hours begin Memorial Day Weekend (weekends only) and daily hours begin June 9th.

For more information, check out this post: Celebrating Another Year of Family Fun with Knoebels!

Lahey Family Fun Park in Clarks Summit offers batting cages, mini golf, go-karts, and other fun activities fit for the whole family. While their summer hours don’t begin until June, they do have limited spring hours.

The brand-new arcade is open year-round! You can find their hours and contact information here.

Dorney Park in nearby Allentown has limited weekend hours beginning Friday, May 4th. They open normal hours beginning in in June. You can find their calendar and hours here.

Winery and Brewery Tours

wineries

Did you know that Pennsylvania is home to more than 200 wineries? This means that there are plenty of places to celebrate your love of wine! Looking for somewhere close to home or your next outing? Use this interactive map from Pennsylvania Wines to find wineries in PA!

NEPA has no shortage of breweries, either! Check out our ongoing series on local breweries to find your next favorite! You can also find additional breweries across Pennsylvania on visitpa.com.

Festivals & more!

NEPA features a wide variety of markets and festivals that kick off in the spring! Be sure to mark your calendars:

The Hello April! Outdoor Art, Craft, and Vintage Market will be held Sunday, April 29 at the 900 Marketplace in Forty Fort. The event, featuring over 70 vendors and food trucks, runs from 10 am until 4 pm. You can also find more information on the Facebook event page here. You can find more information, as well as upcoming shows, at 900marketplace.com.

The third Annual Buy Local Spring Fling event will be held at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple on Saturday, April 7th from 11 am to 4 pm. The event will feature over 70 vendors that span four floors of the Scranton Cultural Center. Admission to the event is $2. You can find more information on the Facebook event page here.

Officially celebrate your love for wine, food, art, and gifts on May 12th at Montage Mountain Resorts’ second annual NEPA Spring Festival! This event will feature twelve PA wineries, live entertainment, unique food, and retail vendors.

The SPCA’s Pet Expo will be held at the Kingston Armory on April 28th and 29th from 10 am to 6 pm. This family- and pet-friendly event will feature local businesses offering products or services for your pets. You can find more information on the Facebook event page here.

And keep your eye out for the Wilkes-Barre Fine Arts Fiesta this summer!

This is just a small fraction of what NEPA has to offer in Spring!

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By Sarah, 04/06/2018 Sarah is a content writer and social media assistant with a BA in literature/creative writing from Wilkes University. When she’s not spending her days at work writing, reading, and drinking coffee, she’s usually at home reading, writing, and drinking coffee. She also devotes a fair amount of time to HGTV, drawing, and doting on her dog. As a creator, Sarah believes in emphasizing personality through design and DIY projects.

Sarah

Sarah is a content writer and social media assistant with a BA in literature/creative writing from Wilkes University. When she’s not spending her days at work writing, reading, and drinking coffee, she’s usually at home reading, writing, and drinking coffee. She also devotes a fair amount of time to HGTV, drawing, and doting on her dog. As a creator, Sarah believes in emphasizing personality through design and DIY projects.

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