If the weather has had you stuck inside and you’re starting to feel the effects of cabin fever, you’re probably looking for some things to do nearby. If the winter weather is your friend, you can find our suggestions for local winter outdoor recreation here.
But if you’re looking to leave your house only on the stipulation that you stay warm indoors, don’t worry—there are plenty of options, too!
Staying inside doesn’t have to mean you’re sitting around doing nothing. Here are some of the best recreation opportunities you can take advantage of this winter. And bring the whole family, too! These activities are suited for most, if not all, ages.
If you’re looking for a fun place to let off a little energy, Sky Zone in Pittston is perfect for kids and adults alike. You can take classes to get in shape (if that was one of your New Year’s Resolutions), let your 5-year-old (or under) explore jumping at Toddler Time, show off your skills in an ultimate dodgeball tournament, and more!
Address: 195 Enterprise Way, Pittston, Pa 18640.
Waterparks aren’t just for summer. If you’re looking to get away without going the distance, there are several nearby locations offering all the fun of summer waterparks year-round! Note: access to some of these waterparks are included in the cost of staying at the resort.
Kalahari offers the world’s largest indoor waterpark and features tube slides, spas, raft rides, a wave pool, and more! Access to the indoor waterpark is included for registered guests. You can also purchase day passes, although these are limited.
Address: 250 Kalahari Boulevard, Pocono Manor, PA 18346
If 84 degrees is your ideal winter temperature, you’ll be happy at the Great Wolf Lodge. Their indoor water park is included with your stay and features everything from slideboarding and activity pools to waterslides and hot springs.
Address: 1 Great Wolf Dr., Scotrun, PA 18355
If outdoor winter activities aren’t your cup of tea, you can still have some good, warm fun at Camelback—even in the middle of winter. The Aquatopia indoor waterpark offers 13 water slides for all sorts of thrill-seekers and seven different pools for water-lovers of all ages.
Address: 193 Resort Dr., Tannersville, PA 18372
H20ooohh!, located inside the Split Rock Resort, is the home to Pa’s first indoor Flow Rider and offers three four-story water slides, a wave pool, activity pool, jungle play structure, and Leapin’ Lillypads. It has plenty of activities for all ages and is open to both resort guests and the general public.
Address: 428 Moseywood Rd., Lake Harmony, PA 18624
Looking to take your recreation to the next level? Do so literally by experiencing indoor rock climbing! Rock climbing gyms are continually growing in popularity. In fact, the sport will be making its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. If you want to try your hand at climbing, you’re in luck! NEPA has a climbing gym right in Wilkes-Barre and several within an hour’s drive.
WBCG offers day passes, rentals, memberships, and classes so you can practice safe climbing, regardless of your experience or skill level. The gym has plenty of great bouldering features to play on, as well as 80-plus rope routes and more than 15 lead routes. Looking for a group activity or a cool place to host a birthday party? You can have it at Wilkes-Barre Climbing Gym.
Address: 102 S Main St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
About an hour Southwest of Wilkes-Barre is the Milton Rock Gym. This full-service indoor climbing gym offers bouldering, top roping, ben moon wall, instruction, rentals, birthday parties, and more. Annual and monthly memberships are available and walk-ins are also welcome.
Address: 45 South Front St, Milton, PA 17847
If you go about an hour Southeast of Wilkes-Barre, you’ll find another climbing gym in Wind Gap. At the North Summit Climbing Gym, beginners can walk in and receive belay lessons and training from members of their staff. The facility itself has a variety of top-rope, bouldering, and lead climbing features that can appeal to climbers of all experience levels.
Address: 481 Bushkill Plaza Ln, Wind Gap, PA 18091
If you want to workout your brain this winter, put your mind to the test at one of the many local escape rooms. This type of live action entertainment involves players solving a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the game’s objective.
Inside the historic Electric Building in Scranton is Electric City Escape. Here, you are “locked” inside a room where you have to find clues, break codes, and open locks in a series of puzzles within an hour to win. Depending on the room, your party can involve anywhere from 2 to 30 people.
Address: 507 Linden St, Scranton, PA 18503
This interactive, audience-immersive entertainment experience is suitable for individuals, couples, and groups of people looking to be challenged by escape room puzzles. PA Escape Rooms is for people of all ages and skill levels. Recommendations for the number of players vary room-to-room.
Address: 350 Main Street, Dickson City, PA 18519
E5C4PE in Kingston offers adventurous, mind-challenging escape games in multiple rooms with different themes, back stories, and challenges to choose from. Currently, groups with between 2 and 8 people can participate in a game, depending on the room.
Address: 265 Wyoming Ave., Kingston PA 18704
Looking to ice skate indoors? Avoid the outdoor elements by visiting one of the local indoor ice rinks.
This ice rink in Pittston offers classes for a variety of ice activities, including ice hockey, figure skating, and skating in general. The rink is available to host birthday parties, gatherings, and other social events. Public skating is also available on a limited schedule.
Address: 12 Old Boston Rd, Pittston, PA 18640
The Toyota SportsPlex in Wilkes-Barre offers a figure skating program, youth and adult hockey programs, curling, and various camps and clinics throughout the year. Additionally, public skating hours are available. Public skating times are subject to change due to weather conditions, schedule conflicts or special events. You can find the rink calendar on the homepage of their website. Rental skates are available.
Address: 38 Coal St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
Laser tag is great entertainment and perfect for the whole family! If you’re looking for a party idea, corporate event, team building session, or just an outlet to have fun, you can’t really go wrong with laser tag. There are a few options in and around Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Dickson City Laser Tag has an over 4,000 square foot arena dedicated to this high-tech live action game. It is themed as a pirate shipwreck on an uncharted island. Players play under black lights and fog with special effects, laser beams, and music. It’s a family-friendly event and children 7 years and up can participate.
Address: 853 Enterprise St, Dickson City, PA 18519
Besides their indoor paintball facility, LCP also features laser tag for anyone who wants the fun without “the sting.” Children must be at least 6 years old to participate. Luzerne County Paintball offers private groups to host events such as birthday parties, bachelor parties, fundraising events, and more. There is no minimum player limit for parties and up to 10 can play at a time.
Address: 1082 Wyoming Ave, Wyoming, PA 18644
If you’re looking for a day trip, Lehigh Valley Laser Tag in Allentown offers a multi-level, state-of-the-art laser tag arena with fog, glowing barriers, arches, and pathways intensified by black light. The arena can accommodate up to 36 players per session; however, much larger events with upwards of 150 people can be managed.
Address: 874 Marcon Blvd, Allentown, PA 18109
Of course, if you’ve tried all of these options, you can never go wrong with bowling, roller skating, or hitting the gym to burn off some energy!
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