The Pocono Mountains is the place to be for quality bonding time. From frolicking in the snow to splashing in the pool, a family vacation filled with lasting memories awaits!

Indulge in snow adventures, sweet treats, and activities for everyone at our family resorts as you discover the beauty of the Pocono Mountains this winter. Keep reading to find insider tips to maximize the family fun.

Snow Activities

1. Snow Activities

Break out your warmest coats and best winter boots for an avalanche of snow activities! Whether you prefer cantering down frosty trails on horseback or racing down the slopes while snow tubing, you and your family are guaranteed to love winter outdoor adventure in the Pocono Mountains.

Skiing and snowboarding are popular pastimes win the area. Ski and snowboard lessons are available for kids, adults and groups! If you'd prefer a more tranquil pace, try snowshoeing (weather permitting!) over the snow-covered landscape. To kick the adrenaline up a notch, book a winter tour on an ATV or UTV rental.

Insider Tip: Guests staying overnight at Skytop Lodge and Woodloch Resort can enjoy a variety of outdoor winter activities on-site, including ice skating! Be sure to check with the resort before your stay to confirm current offerings.

Exciting Events

2. Exciting Events

Savor the winter season with Pocono Mountains events! From festivals to shows to educational classes, get the family out of the house for a fun outing.

Experience a slice of local winter history at the Tobyhanna Ice Harvest, or join Pocono Environmental Education Center to learn something new in the Ecozone Discovery Room or during an Eagle Watch.

Bundle up for WinterFest in Downtown Stroudsburg, Jim Thorpe's Winter Fest or Wally Ice Fest in February. Brave the temperatures during the Annual Polar Plunge at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, or race to the top of Shawnee Mountain Ski Area during Bigfoot Showshoe Race Day.

Insider Tip: Feeling hungry? Warm up as you sample local cooking at the Milford Mac 'N Cheese & Chili Contest or enjoy a regal meal and experience Skytop Lunch with the Princesses.

Winter Treats

3. Winter Treats

All that excitement and adventure is sure to work up an appetite. Gather round the table and refuel at one of the region’s delicious restaurants. Stop by a café like The Cure Cafe in Stroudsburg or Camp Umpy's Bagels & Stuff in Honesdale to warm up with hot sandwiches and hot chocolate or enjoy some quality time together during a hearty meal at a family restaurant like Apple Valley Restaurant in Milford or Murphy's Loft in Blakeslee.

Looking for something sweet? Visit a Pocono Mountains bakery and treat yourselves to yummy desserts and pastries. Find speciality cupcake flavors for every taste at Sonia's Sweet Inspirations and Pocono Dessert Co. Swing by the Stroudsmoor Bakery & Café for adorably decorated and perfectly seasonal sugar cookies or create a personalized donut masterpiece at Duck Donuts of Bartonsville.

Insider Tip: Resort restaurants like B-Lux Grill & Bar and Graffiti Pizza at Camelback Lodge offer delicious fare in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Indoor Fun

4. Indoor Fun

Want to get out of the cold for a bit? There are plenty of indoor family fun parks where little ones can work off energy inside. Bouncing and laughing are great Poconos toddler activities in winter! Poconos Rocks! has bounce houses, a ninja warrior course, a boulder climbing wall, and an on-site cafe.

Insider Tip: Looking for something a little more laid back? Enjoy a cozy winter day indoors and introduce the younger generation to classic video games at The Arcade Era or classic board games at Jokers Are Wild Game Cafe.


5. Museums

Take the family back in time to discover the antiquity and arts of the Pocono Mountains at one of our historical attractions and museums. Explore downtown gems and take in the beauty that has brought visitors to this area for generations.

Historical societies live and breathe the rich culture of the region at places like the Columns Museum in Milford and the Wayne County Historical Society and Museum in Honesdale. Bundle up to see National Historic Landmarks like the Roebling Aqueduct Bridge or the grounds of Grey Towers National Historic Landmark.

Insider Tip: For a truly immersive experience, dig deeper into the past by staying at historic resorts like The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort.


6. Waterparks

Spend some time poolside this winter! Pocono Mountains waterparks provide excitement and relaxation for all members of the family, and the weather is always a guaranteed 84 degrees!

Water slides, wave pools, dump buckets, and aquatic obstacles are just a few attractions your family will discover. Let the indoor adventures begin!

Insider Tip: Book an overnight stay at Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, Great Wolf Lodge, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions or Split Rock Resort to experience waterpark fun free with your trip!

Discover Pocono family resorts with activities, entertainment, and dining all under one roof, plus find ways to save on accommodations with special offers. Looking to plan a family reunion in the Pocono Mountains? Get in touch to tell us about your upcoming group gathering, and we’ll assist with your event planning needs!

Don’t forget to check out more winter things to do, ski and snow activities and winter day trip ideas. Stay up-to-date with area snow conditions as you plan your winter family escape to the Pocono Mountains.