If someone says the best things in life aren’t free, head to the Pocono Mountains and enjoy them. We’ve lined up 13 no-cost activities to start experiencing today.
1. Visit the Harrity Covered Bridge in Beltzville State Park. Covered bridges are a statewide spectacle, and you’ll want to see ours. Built in 1841, our bridge welcomes leisurely walks through the past for pedestrians in the park. While at Beltzville, check out the hiking and biking trails, too.
2. Speaking of trails, hike to a waterfall! The Poconos is home to both the tallest and second tallest falls in the state; Raymondskill Falls and Dingmans Falls at Dingmans Falls Visitors Center. Both falls are located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
3. Tour the Zane Grey Museum. Open Memorial Day, enjoy a free, self-guided tour throughout the museum. National Park Service rangers and volunteers are on-site to answer any questions about the famed Western novelist.
4. Take a trip to the farmers’ market. The Main Street Farmers' Market at The Cooperage offers a wide variety of locally grown items from produce and plants to breads and meats. Stop by and browse the market every other Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. until April 6, 2019.
5. Every week in March, the Pocono Arts Council’s gallery is open to the public. Catch a fresh exhibit each month Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m or weekends Noon to 4 p.m. Gallery hours will extend into the spring and summer season.
6. For animal lovers like ourselves, visit a petting zoo! Open seven days a week, the free petting zoo at Country Junction includes alpacas, goats, turkeys, pigs, ducks, rabbits and chickens.
7. See a National Landmark. The Roebling Aqueduct Bridge, the oldest existing wire suspension bridge, is designated as both a National Historic Landmark and National Civil Engineering Landmark. Formed from glacier ice melt, Boulder Field at Hickory Run State Park is recognized as a National Natural Landmark.
8. Bike historic paths in the Pocono Mountains. The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Switchback Railroad Trail and McDade Recreational Trial are among the most notable in the region. Enjoy beautiful scenery along the trails as well.
9. Step out for some free entertainment on Tuesdays this spring. Stop by Blue Mountain Resort from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. to test your trivia skills, or pull up a chair for the Shawnee Community Concert Series from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to hear local musicians.
10. Come view Poconos’ indigenous wildlife while birdwatching. The Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary has miles of nature trails intertwining through diverse habitats open to the public all year from dawn until dusk. Don’t forget your binoculars!
11. Picnic at a park! Open sunrise to sunset, our national, state and local parks are accessible year-round. Pack a lunch, and head to Lehigh Gorge State Park or Tobyhanna State Park to enjoy your food accompanied by the beautiful scenery of the region.
12. Bring the family to experience a no-cost event this spring; take your pick on April 27, 2019. Jim Thorpe Earth Day hosts annual kids’ crafts, free music and much more. Monroe County Earth Day give and take events, children’s’ activities and more. Toast to Milford celebrates community where local businesses offer free tastings of craft beers, wine, cocktails, hot beverages and cuisine.
13. Explore downtown areas whether you’re at an event or passing through. Towns like Jim Thorpe, Milford, Honesdale and Stroudsburg offer rich histories, picturesque splendor and irreplaceable charm in addition to quaint shops and eateries.