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Family Itineraries

There are plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do in Northeast PA!

Animals, Trees and Ice

Day One:

Take a scenic drive with the kids on I-84 towards Hamlin, PA the home of Claws 'N' Paws Wild Animal Park.  Spend the day visiting and interacting with 120 different kinds of animals.  Children can hand feed the giraffes just over the fence or walk into the Lory Parrots area and have the birds eat apple chunks out of their hands.  Walk through the petting zoo and dig for fossils in their large Dino Dig area; don’t forget to catch one of the several animal shows throughout the day.   

For some seasonal fun spend the day at Roba’s Family Farm; a nursery that transforms itself into a Harvest Festival and Christmas Tree Farm. Their season begins in September featuring pumpkins ripening under the sun and continues through crisp fall evenings until the moon rises on Halloween.  Fall attractions, activities and special events keep everyone busy for the day. Reserve your own campfire spot to stay warm and use as a gathering place.   

Day Two:

Located in Downtown Wilkes-Barre the Toyota SportsPlex is the official practice rink of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. When the Penguins are not practicing the rink is available for groups and open to families for open skate. Ice skating, hockey, learn to skatelessons are available for most of the year. Check their schedule throughout the year.

Before heading back to your hotel consider stopping at Mohegan Sun Pocono, not necessarily for the gambling but for an array of kid-friendly restaurants including Johnny Rockets, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream or Wolfgang Puck Express. You can also choose to eat at the Timbers Buffet at amazingly reasonable rates. Walk around the outside of the circular casino and browse through such stores as Marshall Rousso, Ruby Blue, Crossing Vineyards Wine and Cheese Shop and MOGO, Mohegan Sun’s own logo gift store.

 

Waves, Water and Boats...

Day One:

The Susquehanna River is a great place to paddle and take in beautiful scenery, fishing, bird watching and even photography. Bald eagles have been spotted. Rent a kayak or canoe from Susquehanna Kayak and Canoe located in Falls, Pennsylvania and head out. The Susquehanna River, predominately flat water paddling with some occasional ripples, doesn’t require a lot of experience and it’s great for younger children. Shuttles are provided to get you back to your car.

Day Two:

Spend the day at the Montage Mountain Wavepool, Alpine Run Waterslide Complex, Cross-Country Canal, Iceberg Alley Luge or take little ones to Polar Bear Pond. Get there early, claim your spot and enjoy the day in the sun while having fun on the many water rides. Don’t forget to try the Zip Rider as you soar over tree tops, ski trails and amazed onlookers at 50 mph.

 

Trails, Farms & Ice Cream

Day One:

Head out to Frances Slocum State Park located in Wyoming, PA.  Plan a day filled with activities available at the park such as boat rentals and fishing on the Frances Slocum Lake.  Hike the 13 miles of trails or the four miles of mountain biking trails.  In season, an outdoor pool is open daily and there are plenty of picnic tables and pavilions available.

Stop at The Lands at Hillside Farms before or after your day at Frances Slocum for a special treat.  Hillside Farms is 412-acre, nonprofit educational dairy farm where children and adults can learn where their food comes from and appreciate the farm to table concept.   Sample some of Hillside’s premium homemade ice cream produced from the milk of the cows who roam free on the farm and who are hormone free. Hillside offers many other diary and organic products.   

Day Two:

Spend the day at Ricketts Glen State Park. Located in Benton, PA.  The Falls Trail in the Park has been voted as Backpacker Magazine’s Peoples Choice Best Hiking Trail. Travel along waterfalls and stop for several photo opportunities. This park also boasts 12.5 miles of horseback riding trails. Lake Jean at Ricketts Glen offers swimming, boating and fishing.

An Evening Option:

If you have any additional energy or if the kids haven’t fallen asleep on the way home add any of these evening activities ; Movies 14 Theatre, Bowling at Chackos, Live Theatre entertainment at the FM Kirby Center or a special event at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

 

Paddles and Bikes

Day One:

Families with children of all ages will enjoy a day on the Lehigh River, a classic class II, III River that gives everyone a thrill. Choose a dam release date and do some whitewater rafting with one of two outfitters: Whitewater Challengers or Pocono Whitewater.   A full day of getting wet, riding the rapids and sometimes swimming guarantees to keep everyone entertained and exhausted by the end of the day. River trips are typically seven to nine miles long with a stop for lunch and action photographs of your trip. 

 

Day Two:

For another day of the outdoors, head back to White Haven and ride your bikes 26 miles to Jim Thorpe on the Lehigh Gorge. Don’t worry if you didn’t bring your bikes, either one of our outfitters can accommodate you.  For a shorter trip try one of these other access points: Tannery, Rockport or Glen Onoko. Pack a picnic lunch and stop anywhere along the trail and relax on the river bank. You may want to bring a fishing pole, take in the views or watch the kayakers and rafters paddle down river. This is a great area for lots of picture taking.
www.poconowhitewater.com
www.whitewaterchallengers.com

 

Miners, Trains and Coal

Day One:

Eckley Miners’ Village, a living history site, is dedicated to the lives of the immigrants who labored in the coal fields.  Tour the museum, company store and a miner’s home.  Special events are scheduled through-out the year including Civil War Encampment, living history demonstrations, Halloween lantern tours and holiday programs.

Not to far away is the Lattimer Massacre Memorial. In 1897 the deaths of 19 men resulted from those who protested the unfair practices of the mining owners and operators. They protested the unsafe working conditions, low wages and ethnic rivalry that contributed to the uneasy state of affairs in the region.

Enjoy lunch at one of Hazleton’s many ethnic restaurants and browse the Downtown shops.

Day Two:

The Lackawanna Coal Mine takes you on a journey 300 feet below ground. Start your adventure by riding a coal car down into the tunnel and listen to a miner tell the tales of the winding underground gangways and rock as you travel past three different veins of hard coal, the mule boy and the nipper and the monkey vein and the dead chute. Listen as he explains the fascinating methods used, and the heroic efforts involved, in deep mining’s history.

After lunch head out to Steamtown National Historic Site and relive the era of steam as the engines come back to life. Feel the heat from the firebox and the ground vibrate under your feet. Hear the bell and whistle. Smell the hot steam and oil. See the one ton drive rods turn the wheels. Hear the chuff-chuff-chuff of the smokestack. The cinders, grease, oil, steam, people and stories of railroading have returned.

Scranton was one of the first cities to have a successful trolley line in 1887. The history of how this mode of transportation changed the dynamics of eastern Pennsylvania can be experienced at the Electric City Trolley Museum on the grounds of Steamtown National Historic Site.

 

Amusement & Water Parks

Day One:

For some food, fun and fantasy head out to Knoebels Amusement Park, a free admission park, only pay for the rides you ride. Impulse is a steel tower coaster that consists of over 2,000 feet of track throughout and the ride will reach speeds of over 55 miles per hour. To begin the ride, the cars will be pulled via a chain lift up a 98-foot vertical hill, creating anticipation for what’s to come. Take your bathing suit for some swimming in their Crystal Pool and water slides. Dry off on one of the several roller coasters, kiddie rides or their famous Haunted Mansion known far and wide as one of the best traditional haunted rides anywhere.

Day Two:

H20ooohh!! Indoor Family Waterpark located at Split Rock Resort is a great place to spend the day when the weather isn’t what you expected.  Equipped with the areas only indoor Flow Rider, the Komodo Dragon, there is enough here for all age groups.  Other rides include Viper, Piranha and Amazon Blast Slides, which drop 4 stories.  Little ones enjoy Jungle Falls and Leapin’ Lizards play area.

 

Day trippin’ your thing?

Here are some out-of-this world ideas to consider with older kids:

Mom and Dad... do you need some high energy activity to break out and show how cool you really are? Are your kids older and need more excitement?

Skirmish, part of Pocono Whitewater, has over 50 Paintball fields on 700 acres. This fast action sport allows parents and their kids to plan a strategy as a team to attack or defend the territory. Minimum age is 10 years old and all levels are welcomed; look for ladies day specials. Guns, masks and ammunition holders are included but you may want to add camouflage coveralls, bandanas or paint bombs for the overall effect. Spend the day running through such fields as The Castle, Tippman City, The Tunnels and the newest one Draxxus Oil. Bring your own lunch or purchase food there. 

Consider hiking the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park.  The Falls Trail is located in the Glens Natural Area comprised of 21 free flowing waterfalls ranging from just over 11 feet to its highest resident waterfall of 94 feet; Ganoga Falls. Falls Trail is 7.2 miles long when doing both the upper and lower sections and is rated as difficult, so make sure your children can handle that type of hike. This trails runs directly alongside the waterfalls, so picture taking is plentiful and the vistas are spectacular. Well worth the effort. Good hiking shoes are strongly recommended. 

Ever had the urge to jump out of a perfectly good airplane?  Is this something on your “bucket list”? Perhaps you need to celebrate a special milestone with your family. Above the Poconos Skydivers located at the Hazleton Airport offers you a thrill of a lifetime.  Take a one day tandem jump that requires no experience. You must be 18 years old and weigh less than 220 lbs. fully clothed. Tape your experience and share it with the entire family when you get back home. 

Lehigh and Susquehanna

Day One:

The Black Diamond Trail is the newest addition to the Luzerne County’s Rails to Trails. Bring your own bike and head up to Mountain Top just seven miles outside Downtown Wilkes-Barre. At the top of the mountain just off Route 309 you will see Route 437. Turn left and continue until you see the new trailhead for the Black Diamond Trail on your left. Ten miles on this trail leads you to White Haven where you will be able to stop for something to eat, snacks and a view of the Lehigh River. If you are ambitious enough continue a few more blocks to the White Haven Shopping Center and hop on the Lehigh Gorge Trail for another 26 miles to Jim Thorpe.

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Take your bike and ride along Route 11 on the Susquehanna Warrior Trail. Riding along traffic but separated by various barriers, the Susquehanna Warrior Trail is 18.5 miles in length from the Garden Drive Inn to the Susquehanna Riverlands.  For shorter trips drive to Shickshinny Park or Union Fish Commission Boat Launch.  Snacks and water can be found be in the town of Shickshinny.

Here are some out-of-this world ideas
to consider with older kids:

Mom and Dad... do you need some high energy activity to break out and show how cool you really are? Are your kids older and need more excitement?

 

Skirmish, part of Pocono Whitewater, has over 50 Paintball fields on 700 acres. This fast action sport allows parents and their kids to plan a strategy as a team to attack or defend the territory. Minimum age is 10 years old and all levels are welcomed; look for ladies day specials. Guns, masks and ammunition holders are included but you may want to add camouflage coveralls, bandanas or paint bombs for the overall effect. Spend the day running through such fields as The Castle, Tippman City, The Tunnels and the newest one Draxxus Oil. Bring your own lunch or purchase food there.

Consider hiking the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen.  The Falls Trail is located in the Glens Natural Area comprised of 22 free flowing waterfalls ranging from just over 11 feet to its highest resident waterfall of 94 feet; Ganoga Falls. Falls Trail is 7.2 miles long when doing both the upper and lower sections and is rated as difficult, so make sure your children can handle that type of hike. This trails runs directly alongside the waterfalls, so picture taking is plentiful and the vistas are spectacular. Well worth the effort. Good hiking shoes are strongly recommended.

Ever had the urge to jump out of a perfectly good airplane?  Is this something on your “bucket list”? Perhaps you need to celebrate a special milestone with your family.  Above the Poconos Skydivers located at the Hazleton Airport offers you a thrill of a lifetime.  Take a one day tandem jump that requires no experience. You must be 18 years old and weigh less than 220 lbs fully clothed. Tape your experience and share it with the entire family when you get back home.

We’ve got Options for…

…the evening!

For the space explorer in the family, head out to the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Friedman Observatory/Telescope to catch a glimpse of the stars, planets and moons. The Observatory is open every Friday night with clear weather conditions.
No reservations are required.

…the ride home!

If you have any additional energy or if the kids haven’t fallen asleep on the way home add any of these evening activities; Movies 14 Theatre, Chacko's Bowling Center, Live Theatre entertainment at the FM Kirby Center or special event at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

…the great outdoors!

No Lions at Frances Slocum State Park but you will see deer, waterfowl, turkey, rabbit and squirrel. Frances Slocum offers year round hiking, mountain biking (for older children) and fishing. In the summer bring your own small motor boat or rent a canoe or paddleboat. Take a dip in their large community pool with two slides. Ice fishing, ice skating and a killer hill for some of the best sledding and tobogganing in the county.