A rich sense of community makes this downtown as welcoming as it is wonderful. From fine art and architecture to stunning hillside scenes, there’s so much to admire in Honesdale!
Known as the “Birthplace of the American Railroad,” Honesdale welcomed the first steam locomotive to run on US commercial tracks in 1829. Since then, the town has embraced its old-time charm while welcoming modern amenities into the mix.
Museums and sanctuaries preserve pieces of Honesdale’s history while its historic buildings compliment modern markets, eateries, breweries and boutiques downtown. Experience this eclectic mix of old and new with things to do during a trip to Honesdale. Read our blog for road trip ideas and explore the town of Honesdale in the Poconos.
Take in the view over the town of Honesdale. See all cameras.
Stay close to the action, or get away from it all! Honesdale is home to a variety of accommodations that allow you to enjoy as much or as little activity as you like.
Recreation opportunities abound in Honesdale. Parks, paths and waterways surround the town, creating scenic avenues for hiking, biking, boating, rafting, fishing, bird-watching and other adventures. Northeast Wilderness Experience operates on Main Street, and specializes in outdoor experiences, rentals, and tours.
There are many ways to enjoy a family day in Honesdale. Spend some time in the great outdoors, or visit a museum in town. Honesdale hosts a variety of family-friendly events each year, including music festivals, seasonal celebrations, fairs and train excursions. Speaking of the train, The Stourbridge Line has trips year-round, and highlights holiday and seasonal festivities for everyone to enjoy.
Honesdale is filled with lovely local shops offering items from antiques to sporting goods. Shop at Gather, and discover different shops, eateries, and an inviting garden and patio. The town is also home to many museums, including the Dorflinger Glass Museum and the Wayne County Historical Society, markets like The Cooperage Project and business spaces like The Stourbridge Project.
Whether getting breakfast and coffee at Black & Brass Coffee Roasting Company or ordering tapas with your beer at Here & Now Brewing Company, Honesdale is home to a range of dining destinations. Grab a quick bite during a day downtown or unwind and dine at a family restaurant.
Honesdale truly is a Winter Wonderland. In fact, the town’s snowy scenery was the inspiration for the popular holiday tune of the same name writen by Honesdale native Dick Smith. When the weather turns cold, snowsports like sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular pastimes. The Lackawaxen River is a top destination for eagle-watching, which peaks in January and February.