I’ve lived in this area my entire life—same address and everything—and there are still places and restaurants in the area I haven’t been to.
That says something if you ask me. You won’t run out of things to do here, and if you’ve run out of things to try you’ll surely earn some favorite activties that you won’t tire of any time soon.
If you’re new to the area you might not be sure where to go or what to do. Here are some recommendations—all within driving distance!
A Farmer’s Market is held every Thursday from the end of June through mid-November on the square in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Here, you can grab food from a variety of vendors, shop hand-made items from local sellers, view live entertainment and more.
There are also plenty of seasonal Farmer’s Markets in smaller towns and communities around Wilkes-Barre.
There are a good number of parks to hike and camp in and a number of campgrounds in the area. Frances Slocum State Park offers hiking trails, a swimming pool, picknick areas, seasonal ice skating, boating, fishing, camping, and more!
Ricketts Glen State Park boasts 21 spectacular waterfalls, a lake, a beach with swimming, hiking trails, horseback riding, seasonal ice fishing, and more. With a brand new parking lot, enjoying time at Ricketts Glen is easier than ever before.
Located in Wapwallopen, Moyers Grove Campground is a great place to take the family and get away for a while. Here, you can kayak, play beach volleyball or basketball, play mini golf, take the kids to a playground, and more. There is Bingo on the weekends and even Church service on Sundays.
Council Cup Campground is also located in Wapwallopen and with themed weekends and activities year-round, you’ll have plenty to do while you’re there. Make sure to make time for waterfall swimming, basketball, volleyball, and horseshoes, too!
After you’ve eaten at one of the numerous eateries downtown (more on that below), you might want to see a movie. Movies 14 is part of RC Theaters and has plenty of movies showing throughout the day.
With a special price of $5 for a movie on Tuesday, the option to see D-Box and 3D movies, and special Met Opera showings, this is always a great place to visit in Wilkes-Barre. Theater rentals are also available for parties or office meetings/presentations.
Right in downtown Wilkes-Barre, within walking distance from Wilkes University, there is an air-conditioned rock climbing gym! Wilkes-Barre Rock Climbing Gym Incorporated will train you on safety procedures and they have rentals available if you don’t own your own rock climbing equipment.
Memberships are available on top of climbing day passes and party packages!
Located near King’s College, Chacko’s Family Bowling Center offers bowling leagues, party options, special events, and food. You can hold a fundraiser here to raise money for an organization you care about and you can attend special, themed bowling nights throughout the year.
Another local bowling alley is Stanton Lanes, located on Stanton Street, and they offer also offer parties, leagues, and bowling specials. And they’re just a short drive from downtown.
Where to even begin here. Around the square alone there are dining options from sandwich shops to Thai food. If you venture just a few blocks away there are even more options, but everything falls under just two categories: Pizza and Not Pizza.
If you’re in the mood for pizza, you have a few options: Rodano’s and Franklin’s are side-by-side on the square, owned by the same management, and offer pizza, salads, wings, and more. Januzzi’s Pizza & Subs, right next to Movies 14, is another pizza and wing option, as the square also has Dino’s Pizza Express where you can grab pizza by the slice, homemade cannolis and more!
There are also plenty of non-pizza dining options in and around Wilkes-Barre.
Café Toscana is a beautiful, Italian restaurant located on the square. They offer everything from lighter seafood plates to hearty pasta entrees. If you’re craving Thai food, Thai Thai is located right off the square, too. Not too far from them is an Indian food restaurant called Letts Eat who offers a dynamic menu and a lunch buffet during the week.
Further down Main Street is Pete’s Place, a Middle Eastern restaurant. This family restaurant offers homemade, Lebanese dishes as well as American dishes. Their dessert options—also all homemade—include everything from brownies to baklava.
Just around the corner from Pete’s Place is a newer restaurant to the area: Le Manhattan Bistro. They renovated an old bank building to bring the spirit of a French brasserie to our area. Their food will transport you to Paris in just one bite, and who doesn’t want that every now and then.
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Featured image and Ricketts Glen waterfall image courtesy of Kayleigh DeMace.
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.