Counting down the days to spring break? No classes means it's time for fun! Whether you're looking for day trip ideas or planning a longer getaway, the Pocono Mountains is full of things to do.
1. Reconnect with Nature
Head to our national, state and local parks to enjoy the fresh air and search for the first signs of spring. The Pocono Mountains region boasts many miles of hiking trails to wander with beautiful natural wonders to discover.
In Lehigh Gorge State Park, you'll find Buttermilk Falls and Luke's Falls, as well as a 24-mile stretch of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor rail trail perfect for biking. With 70,000 acres to explore along the Delaware River, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area has a wide variety of mountain paths for both casual climbers and seasoned trekkers.
2. Relax by the Pool
If your ideal spring break involves playing in the waves or sipping a tropical drink at the pool bar, a stay at one of the enormous indoor waterpark resorts in the Poconos won't disappoint. From flow rider surfing to four-story-high water slides, it's always beach weather at Camelback Lodge, Great Wolf Lodge, Kalahari Resort and Split Rock Resort. As well as plenty of splash space, all four resorts offer families exciting activities and delicious restaurants to try right on-site.
3. Take on a Challenge
Add a little friendly competition to your spring break vacation! See who can scale the cliffs first at Pocono Rocks. The indoor family recreation center in Mount Pocono also features bounce houses for kids and a ninja warrior course for all ages. For a more cerebral challenge, take your group to one of the Poconos' escape rooms like Klues Escape Room in Stroudsburg. Choose from four themes in the Pocono Moonshiner, Mad Scientist, Curse of the Pharaoh and Mad Hatter rooms.
4. Discover Global Flavors
Take your taste buds on a trip around the world! Diners will find restaurants with exciting international cuisine throughout the Poconos. Journey to the land of leprechauns, Guinness and potatoes at Siamsa Irish Pub. The flavors of India, China and Thailand shine at Spice Route. On the menu at Inti Cuisine are dishes dreamed up by Peruvian chefs. Always wanted to try hibachi dining? Get ready for dinner and a culinary show at desaki.
5. Step Back in Time
Did you know the Poconos is home to the birthplace of the American Railroad? In 1829, the first steam locomotive to run on US commercial tracks arrived in the town of Honesdale. Visitors can climb aboard to experience railway history firsthand with a Saturday excursion on the The Stourbridge Line or Lehigh Gorge Railway.
From music to art, Poconos museums highlight the many facets of the area's rich history. A self-guided walking tour is a great way to learn more about our charming small towns including Stroudsburg, Jim Thorpe, Milford and Hawley.
6. Shop Our Small Towns
Before you leave the Poconos, be sure to pick up a spring break souvenir from local shops. Charming boutiques line the picturesque streets of our downtown areas, and you never know what treasures await in local art galleries and antique stores. It's easy to spend an entire afternoon browsing Country Junction World's Largest Store, which has everything from an ice cream parlor to a petting zoo.
With a wealth of natural beauty plus indoor and outdoor adventure for all ages, the Pocono Mountains is an ideal place to take advantage of the time off school to watch the new season arrive. Discover beautiful places to stay in the region to give yourself time for more fun, and don't forget to take a look at our events and special offers to maximize your Poconos spring break potential.