Take advantage of everything the Poconos has to offer this winter season! Whether you prefer the indoors or out, the region boasts abundant activities enjoyed in any experience. 

Snow activities, events and entertainment dominate the month of January in the Poconos. With so many happenings to choose from, elect to try them all! Check out these ten activities you can experience during your winter trip in the Pocono Mountains.


For Leisure Seekers:

1. Indoor Waterparks

Beat the winter chill, and escape to an indoor waterpark! Where the weather is always guaranteed, warm up in 84-degrees. Create your own waterpark adventure, and conquer the waterslides, brave the wave pool or relax by the cabanas.

Home to America’s largest indoor waterpark, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions boasts a 220,000 square foot enclosed paradise. H2Oooohh! Indoor Waterpark at Split Rock Resort & Golf Club features three four-story slides and Flow Rider to get your adrenaline pumping. Want to experience more fun? Splash and stay with lodging accommodations at our indoor waterparks!


2. Cool Events

No pun intended, well maybe a little, but you don’t want to miss these awesome events! From rail jam demo days to weekly winery dinners, Pocono Mountains’ events can be enjoyed both inside and out.

Starting January 5, 2018, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area offers a month-long opportunity to try something new with Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month. Acquire a new skill on the mountain, and even participate in their World’s Largest Ski Lesson! Sherman Winter Craftfest is back for its second year, and is bringing the crafts. With over 70 vendors and free admission, be sure to check out this chill happening on January 13, 2018!


3. Wineries

Wineries are a must when visiting the Poconos. Aromatic hints and distinguished tastes are immediately recognizable as you enter each establishment. Come see for yourself!

Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyards and Mountain View Vineyard Winery & Brewery offer tastings seven days a week. Interested in trying more than one? Take a trip on Pocono Wine Tours, and taste all of the Pocono Mountains’ wineries!


4. Entertainment

Here in the Poconos, we love our entertainment. Whether you’re interested in a nighttime performance or a live theater show, we’ve got just the treat for you.

Visit the Casino Theatre Entertainment Center for their “dinner and a movie” experience, and watch the latest movies with a bite to eat from their malt shop and restaurant. Want to get in on the action? Drop into open mic night at The Cooperage Project January 10, 2018 at 7 p.m. and test your skills!


5. Paintball

Suit up for paintball! With or without snow, you can enjoy a game on the battlefield. Team up with family and friends or challenge strangers in an activity that will surely keep you warm this winter.

Skirmish Paintball, the world’s premier paintball facility, offers winter events and specials in addition to an unforgettable experience. 


For Snow Lovers:

6. Skiing/Snowboarding 

It’s time to gear up for skiing and snowboarding! Since the 1940’s, the Poconos has been a top destination for snow sports. With six major ski areas and over 185 trails, skiers and snowboarders can delight in what the mountain has to offer. No equipment? No problem! Our ski areas offer gear rentals, so you can get right on the slopes. Stop by The Loft for rental equipment, too. 

Snow sport enthusiasts can enjoy trails from easy to extreme, and even some of the best terrain parks on the East Coast, according to TransWorld Snowboarding. Both Big Boulder Ski Area and Jack Frost Mountain boast sensational terrain parks; Jack Frost even has two!


7. Dog sledding

Exclusive to the Poconos, dog sledding is one activity you can’t pass up while visiting. Although contingent on the snow, dog sledding provides an exhilarating, scenic encounter of the great outdoors.

Lead a team of Siberian huskies with Arctic Paws Dog Sled Tours. Mush along the snow-covered trails and see the beauty of the region up close and personal. A friendly heads-up; online reservations are required, so be sure to make one before embarking on your adventure.


8. Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is a fantastic, firsthand experience of winter in the Pocono Mountains. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, snowmobiling can be enjoyed by everyone. Just be sure to bundle up!

Explore the trails and landscapes of the region. Conditions permitting, tour groomed trails with guided trips at Malibu Dude Ranch. If there is no snow, no sweat! Head over to Pocono Outdoor Adventure Tours and experience off-road tours with utility-terrain vehicles (UTV).


9. Ice Skating

Put your grace and agility to the test with ice skating. Pocono Mountains ice skating is perfect for all skill levels either indoors or out. The Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge has a covered outdoor rink, and provides ice skate rentals.

If you prefer outdoor skating, visit some of our state parks’ lakes. Parks like Gouldsboro, Hickory Run and Tobyhanna offer unmonitored ice skating. The lake ice must be at least four inches thick before skating, so be sure to use your best judgment and be safe!


10. Snowshoeing

Another way to witness the undisturbed beauty of the Pocono Mountains is by snowshoeing. Journey throughout the snow-covered woodlands, and discover the peace and serenity of the region.

Weather permitting, Manor Sports at Pocono Manor offers on-site tours and equipment rentals. The Delaware State Forest allows ungroomed snowshoeing in the Bruce Lake Natural Area. Promised Land State Park permits snowshoeing throughout the entire park.

Want to experience more this winter in the Pocono Mountains? Check out our ski and snow activities as well as ski offers when planning your trip. For real time reports, be sure to check snow conditions at our six ski areas.

Save on a January stay with special offers. Discover things to do and events during your stay in the Pocono Mountains.