Upcoming season filled with contests, races and weatherproof fun

POCONO MOUNTAINS, Pa., June 25, 2015 – Turn off your email, put down your gaming devices and ignore your newsfeed. Summer is here and it’s time to reconnect with your family and friends in the Pocono Mountains (PoconoMountains.com). The long-time favorite driving destination for travelers and outdoor enthusiasts expects a positive upcoming summer season due to the mix new resorts, festivals, competitions and lodging packages.

“On the heels of a long, cold winter, the warmer months will give visitors a chance to get outside and enjoy the sun with a season-long fishing contest, train rides, adventure sports races, festivals, national parks and sports camps,” said Carl Wilgus, president and CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. “Our location is positioned well for a close-to-home, summer destination where families can reconnect by taking on new adventures.”

The region will be celebrating July 4 weekend with fireworks displays and special offers. But the fun will last all summer long.

The Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) will once again host Cast for Cash, a fishing contest on Lake Wallenpaupack. The contest runs through September and participants can win up to $5,000. Lake Wallenpaupack is one location of the thousands of acres of lakes and hundreds of miles of streams perfect for fishing in the Pocono Mountains.

Sports enthusiasts will have two more chances to catch the action at Pocono Raceway this summer. The Pennsylvania 400 will take place on August 2 and IndyCar returns to the Tricky Triangle with the ABC Supply 500 on August 23. The Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 was held at Pocono Raceway on June 7.

Take advantage of the warm sunny days rafting or kayaking on the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers, hiking and biking through one of the region’s state parks or visit the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area as the national park celebrates 50 years this summer. If the clouds roll in, move indoors to one of the region’s hotels, resorts or inns, including four indoor waterpark resorts, where it’s always 84 degrees.

With so much to see and do in the Pocono Mountains this summer, you’ll have no problem disconnecting from your email and reconnecting with family and friends. Share your Pocono Mountains memories by uploading your pictures to Instagram using #TakeONPocono.

To learn more about summer happenings in the Pocono Mountains, visit PoconoMountains.com.

About the Pocono Mountains
With 2,400 square miles encompassing Pennsylvania’s Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, the Pocono Mountains region is home to rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands and 170 miles of winding rivers. Winters offer guests the opportunity to ski, snowboard, snow tube and even snowshoe their way through snowy wonderlands encompassing over 163 ski trails, while summers also cater to the active traveller allowing exploration of 261miles of hiking and biking trails, over 30 golf courses, whitewater rafting, boating, fishing and open access to nine state and two national parks.

Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at PoconoMountains.com or by phone at 800-POCONOS (800-762-6667). Follow @PoconoTourismPR on Twitter to stay current with up-to-date information. Established in 1934, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is a private, non-profit, membership organization. The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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