Start 2024 off on the right foot: January is the perfect time to get away to the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania! Just a short drive away from New York and Philadelphia, the region offers an abundance of wonderful winter experiences, from snow activities to indoor fun.

Take to the ski slopes, lace up your skates and glide across a frozen lake, warm up with hearty and delicious fare from unique local restaurants, and so much more: there are lots of fun things to do during the month of January in the Poconos. Check out these ten activities to try during your winter trip in the new year.


1. Skiing

It’s time to gear up and hit the ski slopes! The Poconos has been a top destination for snow sports since the 1940s. With six major ski areas and over 155 trails, this is the perfect place to enjoy a day of skiing, whether you're brand new or a downhill expert. Local mountains offer equipment rentals and first-time lessons for all ages. Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain is a great place to learn the ropes, from putting on your ski boots to boarding the chairlift. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area offers ski programs for kids as well as developmental classes for adults. Whether your group wants to learn skiing or snowboarding, everybody can learn together during a Family & Friends Beginner Lesson at Camelback Mountain.


2. Snowboarding

Snowboarders will find some of the best terrain parks on the East Coast in the Pocono Mountains. Big Boulder Ski Area and Jack Frost Mountain both boast sensational terrain parks; 50% of Boulder's mountain encompasses park features, recently reconfigured to allow for better progression, especially for beginner and intermediate guests. Riders can enjoy five terrain parks at Blue Mountain Resort, including 22 jumps and rails at the Dreamweaver Park.

Snow Tubing

3. Snow Tubing

Perfect for first timers and thrill seekers alike, snow tubing is an activity the entire family can enjoy together. Check out the new enhancements to the snow tubing park at Big Boulder Ski Area or visit the largest snow tubing park in the country at Blue Mountain Resort, home to three magic carpet lifts to whisk you to the top of the hill and over 50 lanes to fly down, plus after-dark sonic tubing. The 42 lanes at Camelback Mountain were recently voted the #1 snow tubing destination in the country in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards; they glow in neon after sunset for an out-of-this world galactic snow tubing experience.

Ice Skating

4. Ice Skating

Whether you like to carve up the ice in hockey blades or you need a toe pick to gracefully execute turns and jumps, the natural beauty of the Poconos is an idyllic backdrop for ice skating. When the temperature drops and the lakes freeze over, state parks including Gouldsboro, Tobyhanna, Hickory Run and Promised Land are open for outdoor, unmonitored ice skating. The lake ice must be at least four inches thick before skating, so be sure to use your best judgment and stay safe!


5. Snowshoeing

Another way to witness the undisturbed pastoral beauty of the Pocono Mountains is by snowshoeing. Journey through pristine and serene snow-covered woodlands. The Delaware State Forest allows non-groomed snowshoeing in the Bruce Lake Natural Area. Promised Land State Park permits snowshoeing on all trails throughout the entire park. Get in touch with local outfitter Naturfi for snowshoe rentals and guided tours!

Winter Paintball

6. Winter Paintball

Suit up for paintball! With or without snow, winter is a great time to enjoy a game on the many different battlefields at Skirmish Paintball. Team up with family and friends or challenge other players in an activity that is sure to get the adrenaline running and warm you up on a chilly day. The Paintball Asylum in Tannersville is another great place for winter paintball with Woodsball, Speedball, Airlift and Gel Blasters.

Ethnic Dining

7. Ethnic Dining

The new year is the perfect time to branch out and discover new flavors! Explore ethnic dining in the Poconos: discover Polish breads and pastries at Bella Artisan Bakery, feast on Greek and Mediterranean specialties at Cedars Grill, sample traditional Mexican street taco flavors at EZ Taqueria, warm up with Ecuadorian dishes at Bluefoot Cuisine or experience a Hibachi show at desaki.

Small Town Shopping

8. Small Town Shopping

Treat yourself to a new year's gift or two while shopping in the Pocono Mountains! Our small towns are filled with character and charm and one-of-a-kind specialty shops and boutiques. Hunt for treasures in the downtown districts in Milford, Honesdale, Stroudsburg or Jim Thorpe, search for deals at the Pocono Premium Outlets, and don't forget to stop in a cafe or coffee shop for a pick-me-up!

Indoor Family Fun Parks

9. Indoor Family Fun Parks

Fight the winter blues: gather your friends and family for an outing to a local family fun park! Try the ninja warrior course and boulder climbing wall at Pocono Rocks. Take a spin around the track at S&S Speedways - Indoor Go-Karts or travel to the past to play your favorite classic games at The Arcade Era.

Indoor Waterparks

10. Indoor Waterparks

The weather is always a guaranteed tropical 84 degrees at indoor waterpark resorts in the Poconos! Conquer the slides, brave the wave pool or relax by the cabanas. Home to America’s largest indoor waterparks, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions boasts a 220,000 square foot enclosed paradise. H2Oooohh! Indoor Waterpark at Split Rock Resort features three four-story slides and a Flow Rider to get your adrenaline pumping, while the recent multi-million expansion at Great Wolf Lodge added seven new slides to their already-impressive roster of slides, pools, play areas and dump buckets. After a day on the slopes, spend some time on the slides at Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark. Book a day pass, or stay overnight to try all the aquatic adventures these resorts have to offer.

Experience the magic of winter in the Pocono Mountains! Check out our ski and snow activities as well as ski specials when planning your trip. For real-time updates, be sure to check snow conditions at our six ski areas. Save on a January stay with special offers and browse more things to do during your stay.