As autumn slips away into winter, you’ll no doubt hear more talk about the great skiing available in the Poconos. Some people in the area are already checking their bindings and tuning up their skis. But what if skiing isn’t your thing?
Just because you don’t ski doesn’t mean you have to hibernate all winter. There are plenty of great activities waiting for you. Here are just a few.
1. Keep Things Wet and Wild
Often people think of swimming and water fun as a summertime activity. Now you can enjoy a splashing good time all year long at one of three Poconos all-season water parks.
- Great Wolf Lodge is located in Scotrun, PA features and features a massive 84-degree indoor water park with thousands of square feet of family fun that includes jaw-dropping slides for thrill seekers and zero-depth entry playgrounds for the little ones. The rest of the resort also offers a wide variety of great, non-swimming attractions: including MagiQuest®, a live-action adventure game or even an ice-cream-themed manicure in Scooops® Kid Spa. The Northern Lights™ Arcade is packed with a variety of games for every skill level. Click here for more information about all there is to do at Great Wolf Lodge.
- Kalahari Resorts and Conventions is the newest addition to the Kalahari family of authentically African themed water park resorts and convention centers. It’s located in Pocono Manor and It includes a 100,000 sq. ft. Indoor water park that features stand-up surfing or body boarding, the twists and turns of the Anaconda and Swahili Swirl waterslides, relaxing lazy river and indoor/outdoor family hot tub, and tons of activities for little ones as well! Click here to discover more of what Kalahari in the Pocono Mountains has to offer.
- Camelbeach Mountain Water Park is located in Tannersville, PA and is home to the Aquatopia Indoor Water Park. With slides and attractions for all age levels, it’s perfect for the entire family. You’ll find body slides for your courageous kids and tube rides for relaxation. Float lazily on the Lost River or ride the endless waves at the indoor surfing experience. Little ones can splash to their heart’s content in the zero depth entry pool. There are also private cabanas, a swim up bar, and personal food and beverage service. All of this happens in a comfortable 84-degree indoor climate! Click here to explore more of Camelbeach Mountain’s Aquatopia Water Park.
2. Shopping That Won’t Make You Feel Like Dropping
If you’re tired of the same old mall scene, you should check out some of the unique shopping opportunities in the Poconos.
- 84 Country Store, 101 Creamery Rd, Greentown, PA 18426 is the largest country store in Pennsylvania and offers Amish jams, fudge, candles, indoor gem mining and their own “Kids Country” (2,000 square feet just for kids). Visit the antique house with thousands of items.
- Backroads Antiques, 3424 Route 715, Henryville, PA 18332 is a great place if you’re looking for some special antiques. It’s like stepping back in time and finding items ranging from rare to collectible, primitive, furniture, vintage glassware, and everything in between.
- The Christmas Factory, Business Route 209, Marshalls Creek, PA 18335 is a great place to find items to get you in the holiday spirit. In fact, it’s one of the largest and most exciting Christmas shops in the world! It’s a dazzling Christmas wonderland full of savings with over 60 decorated trees.
- Country Junction World's Largest General Store, Route 209, Forest Inn, Lehighton, PA 18235 is the place to find home accessories, foods, candy, house wares, flowers, ice cream, gourmet coffee and Yankee Candles. You can also stop by Sorrenti's Wine Cellar for wine tasting. It’s fun for the whole family. At Pappy's Farm kids can feed animals and pet llamas, sheep, goats, alpacas, geese and chickens.
3. Enjoy an Adult Get-away
Not everything has to revolve around the kids! Sometimes adults need to get away on their own. Here are a couple of options you might want to consider.
- Bushkill Inn & Conference Center, 159 Pocmont Loop, Bushkill, Pa 18324 T: (800) 200-2978 • bushkillinn.com is set on 160 serene, wooded acres in one of the most picturesque areas of the Pocono Mountains. Bushkill Inn and Conference Center is a luxury hotel comprised of well-appointed guest rooms and suites in the main lodge, and secluded cottages and cabins throughout the property that feature oversized-decks for scenic viewing. Enjoy a leisurely walk along winding nature trails or observe abundant wildlife or gaze at a night sky full of stars.
- Mount Airy Casino Resort, 312 Woodland Rd. Mount Pocono, PA 18344, 1-877-682-4791 • www.mountairycasino.com is the place if you’re looking for a exciting weekend for the adults. You can catch a stage show, grab a cocktail at the sophisticated poolside bar or lounge. Check out the casino with its more than 1,700 slot machines and table games. Get in a workout at the fitness center (open 24/7), or pamper yourself in the spa and salon.
4. Take in a Play
The Poconos region has plenty of visual and performing arts for all to enjoy! Take your kids to a family-friendly musical. Or treat yourself to more adults offerings. Choose from classic plays and theatrical events to fine art exhibitions and sales, cultural events abound in the Pocono Mountains.
There are a number of places where you can check out theatrical presentations or catch a concert. Here are just a couple:
- The Shawnee Playhouse has a wide variety of events for the whole family, including productions of The Nutcracker Ballet, A Christmas Peter Pan, and The Hollydaze Kidz Kabaret.
- The Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg has an amazing schedule of musical talents including the likes of Air Supply, Kashmir (a nationally touring Led Zeppelin tribute band), and Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt (and more).
- The Cooperage Project offers all kinds of musical performance (from jazz to bluegrass to chamber music) in a unique environment in Honesdale, PA. There’s much more than music to experience. Click here to see a list of events for the whole family!
5. Hone Up on Your History
The Poconos region has a rich history going back to the natives who lived here before the towns. You can check out some of the history of the area’s first residents at The Pocono Indian Museum in Bushkill.
Many of the towns in the Poconos have also gone through quite an evolution. There's a history of mining, manufacturing, and industry, and railroading. The area offers a number of places to explore a past that's quite different from life in the Poconos today. The No. 9 Mine and Museum has a fun and interesting tour that lets kids (and adults) see an actual coal mine left pretty much the way it was when operations ceased. There is even an intact hoist shaft and also a museum packed full of mining artifacts.
6. Treat Your Taste Buds
There are all kinds of great restaurants in the region. If you want to get away from having the same old thing for dinner every time you go out, this is a great place to explore new options. There are just a few of the fine dining locations you may want to check out.
- S. Encore in Jim Thorpe is a great choice if you’re looking for fine dining (and aren’t afraid to splurge just a little bit). You can enjoy meals in the main dining room or the patio, or you can slip into the Absinthe Bar for a drink.
- The Frogtown Chophouse in Swiftwater is the place to try for great steaks and artisanal cocktails in a setting that dates back to 1808. They offer a broad menu that even includes casual items such as lobster wraps and puller port sandwiches.
The Poconos region is a great place to live and have fun—even if you don’t ski! You just have to know where to look!