Things to Do in the Poconos, PA

For decades the Poconos have been the perfect close-by retreat for many people living in the northeast. Now not only do they offer an escape from the chaos of daily life for people in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, but they are attracting people from around the country too. This is because there's a long list of things to do in the Poconos including skiing, fishing, boating, outlet shopping, and more. From learning to sail to horseback riding, outdoor adventure opportunities are plentiful in the Poconos.

Top Poconos destinations include Albrightsville, Arrowhead Lake, Bushkill, Lake Harmony, Lake Ariel, and more.

poconos white water rafting1. White water rafting

If you've always wanted to hit the river for a white water rafting tour, the Poconos is the perfect place to do so. Choose between gentle floating tours for kids or more serious rafting tours if you're seeking a thrill or two. White water rafting destinations include Black River , Salmon River , Moose River , Hudson River , and more.

2. Fishing

Of all the things to do in the Poconos, one local favorite is fishing. This relaxing activity offers the chance to soak up the peaceful atmosphere that the Poconos is famous for. Options include heading out independently or hiring a guide who can provide all your equipment. Popular Poconos fishing spots include the Lehigh Gorge , Delaware River , and Butternut Spring .

3. Zip lining

For the days when you're seeking adventure, zip lining is a great activity. The chance to soar through the forest canopy on a zip line is one that you won't soon forget. And the best part? There are no skills required for this activity - you just glide along on the zip line.

4. Kayaking

Have you ever stepped foot into a glass bottom kayak? You will have this opportunity in the Poconos. While soaring along you will have the chance to view the rainbow trout and largemouth bass swimming in the rivers below you.

5. Hiking

One of the best family things to do in the Poconos is hiking. Places like Beltsville State Park , Bushkill Falls , and the Delaware State Park offer up lots of scenic trails. Take advantage of the kitchen in your private rental to prepare a picnic and hit the hiking trails with your kids.

poconos mountain biking6. Mountain biking

Another way to hit the trails in the Poconos is on the back of a mountain bike. If you're trying this sport for the first time in the Poconos, you might want to hire a guide who can lead you to trails that are ideal for beginners and kids. Popular mountain biking trails include the Switchback Trail , Mauch Chunk Ridge , and Uranium Road

7. Skiing

Travelers don't stay away from the Poconos in the winter. In fact, the snowy season is one of the best to snuggle up in a cozy vacation rental by the fire. In addition to skiing, favorite winter activities include cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice fishing, and more. Poconos ski resorts include the Alpine Ski and Snow Tubing Center , the Blue Mountain Ski Area , and Camelback Mountain .

8. Outlet shopping

Beyond outdoors activities, one of best Poconos things to do is outlet shopping. There are a number of factory outlets to choose from in the Poconos, including the Crossings Premium Outlets, Country Kettle, Odd-Lot Outlet, and more.

9. Golf

When people think of the Poconos, they might not think of golf. While these mountains are more known for other outdoor activities, golf is also available for those visitors that want to work on their swing. Some of the best courses in the area include Cherry Valley Golf Club , Cliff Park Golf Club , and Evergreen Golf Club .

10. Relax on the beach

After filling your days with activities, you might want to kick back and dig your toes into the sand on a beach by the lake (from Mauch Chunk Lake Park to Beltzville State Park's beach ). During the summer especially, these beaches are perfect for soaking up the sun and relaxing with a good book.

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