Pack your bags, and head to the Pocono Mountains for Memorial Day Weekend! We’ve got plenty of festivals and tours, water recreation and outdoor adventure to go around! 

As a time to honor those who have served, Memorial Day Weekend also provides an opportunity to welcome warmer months, and the activities that come with them. Browse the itinerary suggestions below for ways to enjoy your holiday weekend.

Friday: Enjoy Jim Thorpe and the Lehigh Gorge

Morning: Grab your crew and head out on the battlefield; paintball is sure to get your adrenaline pumping! No experience needed, just the skill for thrills. Visit Skirmish Paintball and the Adventure Center at Whitewater Challengers to suit up.

Paintball Fun in the Pocono Mountains

Afternoon: Challenge the Lehigh River with whitewater rafting this Memorial Day Weekend. Navigate the rapids amongst the serenity of the Lehigh Gorge. Interested in an easier rafting trip? Jim Thorpe River Adventures and Pocono Whitewater Adventures can accommodate both river trips!  

Working up an appetite? Visit Molly Maguires Pub and Steakhouse in Downtown Jim Thorpe for lunch. The old-world charm and authentic cuisine of the pub will leave you satisfied, and ready for your next outdoor adventure.

Evening: Experience the beauty of the Pocono Mountains firsthand while biking. Choose paths varying in difficulty in one of our national, state, and local parks! With bike rentals and shuttle services available, biking is easily accessible.

Not tired yet? Hit the town! Visit Broadway Grille & Pub for some dinner and drinks. Enjoy live music with hip downtown vibes in historic Jim Thorpe.

Hotels in the Pocono Mountains

Saturday: Experience all the Poconos has to offer

Morning: Get your tan at a waterpark! Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark is open for the season! Active military and card-carrying dependents can enjoy free admission this Memorial Day Weekend. Veterans with a valid DD-214 card or active driver’s license with veteran logo are eligible for free admission too.

Waterpark Fun in the Pocono Mountains

Afternoon: Tour the Pocono Mountains like never before. Pocono Slingshot Rentals deliver a 360-degree view from an open-air cockpit. The Polaris Slingshot dual seats allow pairs to feel the wind through their hair on the open road.  

Interested in an afternoon treat? Head to one of our fairs/festivals this Memorial Day Weekend! Grab a bite to eat at the Shawnee Celtic Festival, or enjoy live music at the May Fair at the Monroe Farmers’ Market.

Evening: Can’t go wrong with wineries. Tour the Poconos' local wineries, and taste the flavors exclusive to the region. Visit Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyards, Mountain View Vineyard Winery & Distillery, and Franklin Hill Vineyards for a tasting. Need some hops? Stop by one of our micro-breweries, and grab a bite to eat while you’re at it.

Try your luck at Mount Airy Casino. Choose from over 1,800 slot machines, and 80 tables throughout the casino. Enjoy a live performance by The Commodores this Memorial Day Weekend. Get your groove on at the Gypsies Lounge, or relax at The Glass Bar.

Mount Airy Casino Resort in the Pocono Mountains

Sunday: See the versatility around Lake Wallenpaupack

Morning: Calling all anglers; it’s free fishing day in the Pocono Mountains! Fishing in Pennsylvania usually requires a license for both locals and visitors, but today it doesn’t! Enjoy a day on the lake with guide services like Ray’s Charter Guide Service and Wallenpaupack Guide Service. Waterways, like streams and rivers, are also fair game today.

Sunset Fishing on Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocono Mountains
Photo Credit: Russ Schleipman

Afternoon: Learn about the antiquity of the region on a historical tour. The Wayne County Historical Society & Museum and Dorflinger Glass Museum showcase artifacts and documents from the early 20th century.

Experience the “zoo-in-the-woods” in the Pocono Mountains. Claws 'N' Paws Wild Animal Park has over 100 animals to witness from feathers to fur. A petting area is perfect for kids, and they can even dig for dinosaur bones in the Dino Dig.

Evening: See what all the fuss is about over farm to table dining. Restaurants such as French Manor Inn & Spa, The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park, and Cocoon Coffeehouse & Catering Company have adopted the culinary movement into resourcing local and organic ingredients to craft signature dishes. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Farm to Table Dining in the Pocono Mountains

Monday: Take in the beauty of the Pocono Mountains

Morning: Make sure you bring your sunscreen while boating/sailing! Boat outfitters like The Boat Shop and Pocono Action Sports at Lighthouse Harbor Marina specialize in boat rentals on Lake Wallenpaupack.

Boating on Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocono Mountains

Afternoon: Explore the adventure playground that is the Pocono Mountains on all-terrain vehicles. Journey through 800 acres of wilderness trails and flowing streams on a guided tour at Malibu Dude Ranch. Enjoy conquering the rugged terrain on a fun, yet challenging, ride.

Need a mid-day snack? Head over to The Grille Room at Woodloch Springs to eat with a breathtaking view. Choose from an a la carte menu while overlooking the Championship Pocono Mountains golf course.

Evening: Bask in the beauty of the Poconos on a waterfall hike. Venture through the hiking trails of the forest to catch breathtaking views of our hidden gems. Explore Bushkill Falls to see eight waterfalls intertwined with the trails.

Bushkill Falls in the Pocono Mountains

Be sure to check the weather on your holiday getaway. Mix and match these activities, or create your own weekend adventure!

Want to experience them all? Find a place to stay to catch up on rest before experiencing more. And yes, there is so much more to enjoy! Discover things to do in the Pocono Mountains.

We would like to honor those who have served our great nation. Happy Memorial Day from the Pocono Mountains!