As a time to honor those who have served, Memorial Day Weekend also provides an opportunity to spend time with loved ones and welcome the warmer months and 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: Ready to whitewater raft? Enjoy a dam release set for Memorial Day Weekend! Outfitters like Whitewater Rafting Adventures, Jim Thorpe River Adventures, Adventure Center at Whitewater Challengers and Pocono Whitewater Adventures can accommodate both fast-paced excursions and family-style trips. Take on the rapids of the Lehigh River as you navigate through the stunning Lehigh Gorge.
Afternoon: Continue to experience the beauty of the Pocono Mountains while horseback riding. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, all skill levels are welcome. Take a mid-afternoon tour with Daisy Field Farm across beautiful green fields and forests.
Evening: After all that fresh air, you're sure to have worked up an appetite! Visit Molly Maguires Pub and Steakhouse in Downtown Jim Thorpe to enjoy old-world charm and authentic cuisine, then head on to your next outdoor adventure. Broadway Grille & Pub, boasting a new chef and menu, is great for dinner and drinks. When you're finished eating, soak in the quaint downtown vibes with a stroll through historic Jim Thorpe. Get a preview of the downtown action on our live camera.
Saturday: Experience all the Poconos has to offer
Morning: Suit up for some paintball. A sure-fire way to boost your adrenaline, paintball is an exciting way to enjoy some friendly competition, whether you're a new player or an old hand. Don’t miss out on the action at Skirmish Paintball and Whitewater Challengers - Paintball, book your reservations today!
Afternoon: Tour the Pocono Mountains like never before. Pocono Slingshot Rentals deliver a 360-degree view from the open-air cockpit of a Polaris Slingshot three-wheeled motorcycle. Dual seats allow driver and passenger to feel the wind through their hair on the open winding roads of the region.
Evening: Try your luck at Mount Airy Casino: choose from over 1,800 slot machines and 80 tables throughout the casino. Looking for the nightlife? Stop into one of the onsite lounges or bars for some relaxation.
When it comes to dining, you've got plenty of choices at Mount Airy Casino Resort. Find dishes designed for every palate at Bistecca by IL MULINO, The Buffet at Mount Airy, Guy Fieri's Mount Pocono Kitchen or Lucky 8.
Sunday: Relax by the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack
Morning: Calling all anglers: May 30, 2021 is a free fishing day in the Pocono Mountains! Most of the time, fishing in Pennsylvania requires a license for locals and visitors alike, but today is one of two days during the season when no license is required!
Enjoy a scenic day on the lake during a guided trip with Ray’s Charter Guide Service, or captain your own vessel while boating on Lake Wallenpaupack with a rental from outfitters like Rubber Duckie Boat Rentals or 1st Klas Marina.
Afternoon: Take a walk on the wild side and get close to the animals at the Claws 'N' Paws Wild Animal Park. Feed the parrots or Jethro the giraffe, visit the petting zoo and see 100 varieties of animals at this "zoo-in-the-woods" experience in Lake Ariel, PA.
Evening: See what all the fuss is about over farm to table dining. Local restaurants like French Manor Inn & Spa and The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park have adopted the culinary movement and are sourcing local and organic ingredients to craft unforgettable signature dishes. TREE Restaurant and Bar and the Cocoon Coffeehouse & Bakery are also perfect for foodies searching for farm fresh flavors.
Monday: Take in the beauty of the Pocono Mountains
Morning: Discover the rich past of the Poconos on a historical tour. The Columns Museum in charming downtown Milford is a 22-room mansion that showcases artifacts and documents from the Pike County Historical Society's early 20th century collection, including the Lincoln Flag. Also in Milford, you'll find Grey Towers National Historic Landmark, once home to the "Father of the American Conservation Movement," Gifford Pinchot. While mansion tours have not yet resumed, the grounds are open to explore.
Afternoon: Take to the trees and zip line with Kittatinny Canoes. Fly 150 feet in the air over Kittatinny's private mountain on one of the largest big zips in the United States. Visitors can even dual zip with a partner while taking in the magnificent bird’s eye view of the Delaware River.
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. End your holiday weekend by exploring the famous "Niagara of Pennsylvania." Bushkill Falls features eight waterfalls connected by tranquil trails open until 7 p.m.
Looking for even more Memorial Day itinerary ideas? Head to one of our festivals and events! From the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport's 25th Annual Community Aviation Day & Fly-In-Drive-In Breakfast to Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm's 33rd Annual Farm Animal Frolic, don't miss these exciting holiday weekend events.
Mix and match these activities to create your own weekend adventure. Use our interactive map to find offerings and happenings throughout the region. Take advantage of special offers on accommodations and find a place to stay to maximize your time in the area. Be sure to check out incredible local dining and shopping during your trip!
As you enjoy the great outdoors, don't forget what the weekend is all about: honoring those who have served our great nation. Happy Memorial Day from the Pocono Mountains!