Throughout the fall and into the winter across Pennsylvania’s Poconos region you can find a wealth of premier events, festivals, concerts, and more, all yielding fun-filled adventures for all members of the family. From Sayre and the northern reaches, to Shillington and the charms of nearby Reading, your next visit to the PA Mountains will be impressive.
As you embark on your fall or winter trek through the Poconos, you’ll discover some sterling attractions along the way. Wilkes-Barre is home to the aptly named Wilkes University, ideal for those traveling with high school-aged kids. Check out even more schools in Bethlehem, as it’s home to Lehigh University, DeSales University, and Moravian College. In Tannersville you’ll find unmatched views of the fall foliage when you explore Camelback Mountain.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania
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The Poconos are made of 2,400 square miles of stunning natural, mountainous areas. Within this area you’ll find two national parks, nine state parks, and hundred of acres of forest land. Explore the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area where you will find over 70,000 acres ideal for canoeing, rafting, fishing, picnicking, hiking, and camping. Or take a relaxing canoe trip through rapids and quiet pools down the winding Delaware River.
The Pocono Mountains is the perfect place to combine animals with wildlife adventure. Visit the Claws 'N' Paws Wild Animal Park in Hamlin and you’ll see over 100 varieties of animals. Feed the Lory Parrots or search for dinosaur bones with the little ones in the Dino Dig. Stop by the Country Junction – the world’s largest general store – and check out the free petting zoo, Pappy's Farm. Feel free to feed the alpacas, llamas, ducks, turkeys, peacocks, and chickens.
Located in Palmerton, Blue Mountain is considered the best all-around ski mountain in the Poconos. Just 90 minutes outside of Philadelphia, this ski mountain boasts a 1,082-foot vertical drop from summit to base – the highest in the state. Camelback Mountain, located in Tannersville, is known for its massive snow tubing park. You will also find a huge team of instructors always available for lessons. Bear Creek Mountain is the ideal spot for beginners. Located only 75 minutes outside of Philadelphia in Macungie, the slopes are moderate, and lines are shorter.