Take a deep breath and relax – or go on wild adventures – in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, where forested peaks, lakes, rivers and valleys are abundant. Everything from waterfalls to river beaches to ski runs are available to visitors, and fun is abundant during every season of the year.
Here are some things to do and places to visit in the Poconos:
Hit the Slopes
Enjoy skiing? The Poconos has more than 160 ski trails for those who like to downhill ski as well as snowboard, snow tube, cross-country ski, toboggan and snowshoe. Top spots include Big Boulder Ski Area and Adventure Center at Skytop, and some of the venues have lakes for ice skating or ice fishing.
Are you more of a warm-weather person? The Poconos has more than 250 miles of hiking and biking trails along with nine state parks and two national parks. Many opportunities are available for boating and fishing excursions, and the Poconos has 35 golf courses.
Both kids and adults can have a blast at indoor and outdoor waterparks in the region. Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark offers 37 rides, slides and attractions, while H2Oooohh Indoor Waterpark at Split Rock Resort & Golf Club has a wave pool, tubing slides and Tiki bar. Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor waterpark open to the public for groups of 20 or more.
Let the river be your playground when whitewater rafting along Lehigh River Gorge in Jim Thorpe, PA. Jim Thorpe River Adventures books exciting excursions aboard rafts or inflatable kayaks, while Lander’s River Trips provides rafting, canoeing and kayaking excitement on the Delaware River.