Check back on August 10, 2023 when this blog will be updated! Take advantage of the warm weather and long hours of daylight while they last. Treat yourself to an end-of-summer vacation in the Pocono Mountains! The region is only a few hours' drive away from big Northeastern US cities like New York and Philadelphia. Whether you're looking for exciting Labor Day events, fresh-air adventure or charming small town strolls, we've got regional itinerary suggestions to help you have a great Labor Day weekend in the Poconos.
The Pocono region encompasses 2,400 square miles and four counties in Pennsylvania, which means there's a lot to see and do! We've packed one county per day into the itinerary below, but feel free to pick and choose your favorites and take your trip at a more leisurely pace. You could always extend your four-day weekend to take advantage of midweek deals or plan to come again to discover more and experience another season.
Friday: Explore the Small Towns of Carbon County
Morning: Start the day with coffee and pastries from Uncommon Grounds at the Mill, then get ready for a hike or bike ride! The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, also known as the D&L Trail, is just steps away. Adventure Center at Whitewater Challengers offers bike rentals and shuttles. Pedal or pace over the gravel track alongside the Lehigh River.
Uncommon Grounds at the Mill
- 500 Bridge Street
- (484) 632-7452
Visit Uncommon Grounds at the Mill for Pennsylvania-roasted coffee, espressos, teas, baked…
D&L Trail - Biking
- 2750 Hugh Moore Park Road
- (610) 923-3548
Discover the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Explore natural heritage and…
Adventure Center at Whitewater Challengers - Biking
- 288 North Stagecoach Road
- (570) 443-9532
Bring your own bike or rent one for the day. Offering breathtaking views of the river…
Afternoon: Step back in time to experience an authentic coal mine as you journey 1,600 feet into the mountain with No. 9 Mine & Museum in Lansford. Visitors can walk the "mule-way" and examine the original mine shaft, opened in 1855 by the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company. Take advantage of First Fridays in Lansford with Lansford Alive to enjoy discounts at participating local businesses.
No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum
- 9 Dock Street
- (570) 645-7074
The No. 9 Coal mine was opened in 1855, but its origin traces back ten years earlier. The Mine was operated until 1972. At that time, it was the world's longest running anthracite coal mine. Visitors to the mine ride 1,600 feet along rail…
- 10 Edgemont Road
- (570) 645-5711
Lansford Alive is a 501-c3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving Lansford, PA. The mission of Lansford Alive is to revitalize the traditional commercial district of Lansford. The organization's goals are community improvement…
Evening: Take time during your visit to stroll through the picturesque streets of historic Jim Thorpe! Embark on a self-guided Jim Thorpe Walking Tour to tour local sights and beautiful buildings. From Victorian architecture to contemporary culture, pay an evening visit to The Stabin Museum to take in eclectic, environmentally-conscious fine art. When it comes to dinner, there are plenty of delicious eats in town. Enjoy the atmosphere and the eclectic gastropub menu at the Marion Hose Bar or grab some small bites and drinks at Wild Elder Wine and Cider Co. Don't forget to download the Pocono Beverage Trail digital pass for 10% off your food purchase.
Jim Thorpe Walking Tours
- Broadway & Race Streets
- (570) 436-1762
Discover and experience Jim Thorpe. Embark on a guided tour of the Jim Thorpe historic…
The Stabin Museum
- 268 West Broadway
- (570) 325-5588
Showcasing environmentally conscious fine art including oil paintings and prints. The…
Marion Hose Bar
- 16 West Broadway
- (570) 732-1968
Marion Hose Bar is a newly renovated bar in the old historic Marion Hose Co. No. 1…
Wild Elder Wine and Cider Co.
- 76 Broadway
- (570) 732-9933
Located in beautiful, historic Jim Thorpe, Wild Elder is an urban winery specializing in…
When it comes to places to stay, Carbon County and the Jim Thorpe area boast a wide variety of accommodations, from Hotel Switzerland, founded in 1830 and the oldest commercial building operating in Jim Thorpe, to charming bed and breakfasts like The Dolon House or Times House.
From historic hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts, find accommodations in Jim Thorpe, PA.
Saturday: Fun Events in the Heart of Monroe County
Morning: Start your Saturday in Stroudsburg for Labor Day Weekend events galore! The popular Stroudfest will once again take over the sidewalks from 5th to 9th Street with retail, craft, and food vendors plus live music across multiple performance stages. Browse the stalls and pick up something fresh to eat at the Monroe Farmers Market in Courthouse Square. Arts and crafts lovers will want to swing by Artisans on Ann to find makers displaying their photography, pottery, jewelry, soap making, glass work and more. Local galleries will also be putting on the First Saturday Art Walk between 6th and 7th Street.
End the summer with Stroudfest! This free, family-friendly festival brings retail, craft…
Monroe Farmers Market
- Recurring weekly on Saturday
The Monroe Farmers Market has been serving the Stroudsburg community for over 40 years and…
Afternoon: A great way to get outside in Monroe County and experience the beautiful forests and hills in our region - with some extra action and challenge thrown in - is to plan an outing to an adventure park! Test your skills on a treetop ropes course, zip line or rock climbing wall. Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge, Camelback Mountain Adventures, Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures and Pocono TreeVentures all offer fantastic thrills.
Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge
- One Skytop
- (855) 345-7759
Discover an uplifting array of adventures with your friends and family. Soar through…
Camelback Mountain Adventures
- 243 Resort Drive
- (570) 629-1665 ext 3
Your adventure starts here at PA’s biggest outdoor adventure park offering the best views…
Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures
- 250 Kalahari Blvd
- (570) 580-6080 x 21130
Get ready to take your sense of adventure to new heights at Gorilla Grove Treetop…
- 1575 Fairway Villas Boulevard
- (800) 446-0231
Take to the trees at Pocono TreeVentures aerial ropes adventure course! Over 90 elements…
Evening: After all that fresh air, you're sure to have worked up an appetite. Feast on authentic ethnic favorites at diverse local restaurants. Taste the flavors of India at Spice Route or take a culinary journey to Mexico at Los Tres Amigos. Latin flair and Portuguese BBQ are on the menu at Churrasqueria La Morena, while seafood takes center stage at Coco's Fresh Fish Market.
- 3578 Route 611
- (570) 664-8283
Spice Route is a specialty restaurant in the Poconos known for taste, ambiance, and…
Los Tres Amigos
- 5224 Milford Road
- (570) 588-3129
Homestyle Mexican and Spanish food made to order! Some of the selections of the menu…
Churrasqueria La Morena BBQ
- 620 Main Street
- (570) 422-1110
Churrasqueria La Morena BBQ specializes in Portuguese BBQ and seafood dishes. Enjoy…
Coco's Fresh Fish Market
- 730 Milford Road
- (272) 200-2888
Coco's Fresh Fish Market is a pay as you weigh fish market! Offering takeout fresh steamed…
Time for a good night's rest! Whether you'd like to sleep under the stars at a local campground like Mountain Vista Campground or check into a historic hotel like The Penn Stroud, you'll find lots of welcoming lodgings in the area.
Sunday: Experience Lake Wallenpaupack and Wayne County
Morning: Ever tried paddleboarding? Lake Wallenpaupack is the perfect place to find your balance; pick up a paddle board rental at Pocono Action Sports at Lighthouse Habor Marina. If you're looking for a little more action out on the water, enjoy water skiing and jet skiing with The Boat Shop. Don't forget to make reservations by phone or online ahead of time to confirm your rentals.
Pocono Action Sports at Lighthouse Harbor Marina
- 969 Route 507
- (570) 857-0779
Paddle around Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocono Mountains! Pocono Action Sports at Lighthouse Harbor Marina rents stand-up paddleboards and gear for one, two, four and eight-hour sessions. Get a great workout while exploring this 5,700-acre…
The Boat Shop
- 125 Boat Shop Road
- (570) 226-4062
Get ready to create some waves on Lake Wallenpaupack! Stop by the Boat Shop and get set for jet skiing on the lake. The Boat Shop lets you rent wave runners for a few hours or a few days. Equipment and accessories are available in the shop…
Afternoon: No matter what your idea of a fun afternoon out, you'll find options to please all ages in Wayne County. Head to the Greene Dreher Sterling Fair in Newfoundland for rides, games, festival food and more. The Stourbridge Line offers classic train rides between the small towns of Hawley and Honesdale. For something a little more out of the ordinary, try cycling on the railroad (when the trains aren't running!) with Soarin' Eagle Rail Tours.
Greene Dreher Sterling Fair
- Route 191
- (570) 676-4047
Celebrating over 100 years of fun! The Greene Dreher Sterling Fair is an agricultural fair…
The Stourbridge Line
- 812 Main Street
- (570) 470-2697
All aboard The Stourbridge Line! Scenic passenger trains through the Pocono Mountains…
Pennsylvania Rail Bike
- Hawley Train Station
- (570) 229-2147
The Pocono Mountains first and only electric railbiking recreational adventure. Electric…
Evening: Don’t leave the Pocono Mountains without indulging in our farm-to-table dining! Whether growing their own herbs or partnering with nearby farms, local farm-to-table restaurants are committed to sustainability and serve up meals featuring fresh, regional flavors. Handcrafted, signature dishes make for the perfect Sunday evening meal at Native, The Settlers Inn, TREE Restaurant and Bar, or The French Manor Inn & Spa. Be sure to call ahead to make a reservation.
- 560 Main Street
- (570) 647-4933
Native in ingredients and ownership. Enjoy locally sourced produce, house-made pasta…
The Settlers Inn
- 4 Main Avenue
- (570) 226-2993
Winner of OpenTable's Diner's Choice in 2018, The Settlers Inn's innovative menus are…
TREE Restaurant and Bar
- 109 River Birch Lane
- (570) 685-8586
Located at The Lodge at Woodloch, TREE Restaurant and Bar offers a diverse menu that is…
French Manor Inn and Spa
- 50 Huntingdon Drive
- (570) 676-3244
Rated Four Diamond by AAA. Featured in Gourmet Magazine as one of "Pennsylvania's Best…
Book a cozy cottage as your home away from home at Equestrian House. Browse comfortable accommodations in the area around Honesdale.
From secluded retreats to downtown stays, find the accommodation that fits your trip near Honesdale.
Monday: Get Outdoors in Pike County
Morning: Discover peace and refreshment as you soak in the natural beauty of the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River during a canoe or kayak trip. Book a rental or guided trip with Kittatinny Canoes, Lander's River Trips or Northeast Wilderness Experience. Keep an eye out for local wildlife along the shores of this pristine waterway.
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River
- 274 River Rd
- (570) 685-4871
Winding through highlands scenery from Hancock, NY to just north of Matamoras, PA, the…
Kittatinny Canoes - Canoe & Kayak
- (570) 296-5890
Explore the Delaware River by kayak or canoe! Our open cockpit touring kayaks are easy to…
Lander's River Trips
- 5961 State Route 97
- (845) 252-3925
Venture through the Delaware River Valley in a canoe or kayak for the ultimate adventure…
Northeast Wilderness Experience
- 833 Main Street
- (570) 352-3444
However you choose to get outdoors, Northeast Wilderness Experience can help. Offering…
Afternoon: Continue into charming Milford for lunch and some sightseeing. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the historic Waterwheel Cafe, Bakery and Bar and explore the Earthly Treasures shop next door. Check off another Pocono Beverage Trail stop at the atmospheric Jive Bar & Lounge. Once home to Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the US Forest Service, Grey Towers National Historic Landmark is located nearby, with incredible grounds to explore.
Waterwheel Cafe, Bakery & Bar
- 150 Water Street
- (570) 296-2383
Waterwheel Café, Bakery & Bar, established in 1989, is now celebrating more than 33…
- Historic Upper Mill
- (973) 945-6083
Located at the Historic Upper Mill in lovely Milford, Pennsylvania, Earthly Treasures is a…
Jive Bar & Lounge
- 319 Broad Street
- (570) 296-2500
Choose from two different atmospheres for an authentic Milford experience at this local…
Grey Towers National Historic Landmark
- 151 Grey Towers Drive
- (570) 296-9630
Milford's Grey Towers is the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot. Pinchot was a Pennsylvania…
Evening: Before the sun fades, enjoy some fresh mountain air with a hike in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Both Pocono Environmental Education Center and Bushkill Falls feature waterfalls on their trails. If you'd prefer a panoramic view, make your way up to heights of the Cliff Trail. Remember to visit responsibly and leave no trace.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
- River Road
- (570) 426-2452
The valley has known human hand and voice for 10,000 years. Floodplains nourished the…
Pocono Environmental Education Center
- 538 Emery Road
- (570) 828-2319
Learn Naturally! The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is a perfect place for…
- 138 Bushkill Falls Trail
- (570) 588-6682
Embark on an unforgettable waterfall adventure. Bushkill Falls, "The Niagara of…
- Route 209
- (570) 426-2452
The Cliff Trail offers some of the most spectacular overlook views in the recreation area…
Why not stay one last night? Milford offers boutique inns like the Hotel Fauchere or private riverfront cottages like Eagles' Landing on the Delaware.
Whether hanging your hat at a boutique hotel, bed & breakfast or campground, Milford has the perfect option for you.
Choose from a combination of these activities to create your own holiday weekend itinerary! Looking for even more ideas? Browse our calendar of events! Take advantage of our area’s renowned resorts, historic hotels, charming bed and breakfasts and tranquil campgrounds to give yourself more time to explore, and don't forget to sample delicious local dining during your trip. You’ll find plenty of exciting experiences to end the summer right in the Pocono Mountains.