Winter Day Trips
Interested in taking a day trip this winter to the Pocono Mountains? Here are some great day trip ideas!
Less than two hours driving distance from New York City and Philadelphia, the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennyslvania encompasses 2,400 square miles of snowy terrain with more than 185 mountain slopes and trails. Offering outdoor adventure, natural beauty and small town charm, there's plenty of fun to pack into a day trip. Find itinerary ideas and things to do during a day in the winter wonderland of the Poconos.
Discover Carbon County & Jim Thorpe
Morning: Take to the slopes! Pocono skiing and snowboarding are must-try activities in the winter. Get first dibs on the freshly-groomed trails bright and early! Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton opens as early as 8 a.m. on the weekends in late December, and Jack Frost Mountain in White Haven is open at 9 a.m. seven days a week throughout the season. Hit the terrain parks first thing at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at Lake Harmony's Big Boulder Ski Area. Be sure to check for special ski area hours during the holidays.
Worked up an appetite? Refuel with a waterfront view and eclectic food at Lake View Tavern, or head towards Jim Thorpe for a stop at Roadies Restaurant and Bar, offering a spectacular overlook and delicious fare.
Evening: Discover the Victorian charm of Jim Thorpe. Browse quaint shops, unique restaurants and picturesque sights. Attend Jim Thorpe’s Olde Time Christmas, and see the town light up with holiday decorations and festivities. During the first three weekends in December, enjoy caroling and live music, train rides with Santa on the Lehigh Gorge Railway and so much more. Come back during Presidents' Day Weekend, and experience Jim Thorpe Winterfest!
Treat Yourself in the Heart of the Poconos
Afternoon: How does 84 degrees during the winter sound? Look no further than an indoor waterpark! Grab day pass admission, and warm up at America’s largest indoor waterpark, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions. Water slides, wave pools and swim-up bars are just the beginning.
Evening: Bundle up for nighttime snow tubing! Slide down the slopes in the crisp winter air. White Lightning Tubing in East Stroudsburg offers late night tubing sessions from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Nearby Shawnee Mountain Ski Area offers snow tubing seven days a week. For an out-of-this world snow tubing experience with music and an LED light show, head to Camelback Mountain in Tannersville for incredible galactic snow tubing.
Small Town Charm along the Delaware River
Morning: Have you ever seen a waterfall encased in ice? It's a magical sight! Pennsylvania's two tallest waterfalls, Raymondskill Falls and Dingmans Falls, are both located in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Take a refreshing morning hike through the peaceful wintry woods!
Afternoon: Dive into the past, and learn about local history during a museum visit. Open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4. p.m., the Columns Museum in Milford is not only home to the Pike County Historical Society but also houses significant national artifacts like the Lincoln Flag.
Evening: Get in some evening runs skiing or snowboarding at Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain, open until 9 p.m. holidays and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. If you've never tried downhill snow sports before, Ski Big Bear is a great place to book a lesson and get started!
Explore the Original Winter Wonderland
Morning: Over 100 bald eagles migrate to the Pocono Mountains during the winter months each year, and bald eagle watching takes flight December through March. Catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, with heated bus tours departing from the Van Scott Nature Reserve.
Afternoon: Savor the seasonal scenery along the Lackawaxen River during a classic ride on the rails. With heated historic coaches, The Stourbridge Line offers Santa trains and winter excursions perfect for making memories with family and friends.
There's nothing like enjoying a hot beverage on a cold winter day! Let local baristas make you a specialty coffee or chocolate concoction at cafes in Hawley and Honesdale like Cocoon Coffeehouse & Bakery, Black & Brass Coffee Company and Moka Origins.
Evening: Pay a visit to the original "Winter Wonderland" this season! Lyricist Dick Smith wrote the words to the classic tune while dreaming of the pristine landscape around his hometown of Honesdale. There's now a historical marker in front of his boyhood home on Church Street celebrating his legacy. Take a stroll down the glistening snowy lanes to explore local shops and restaurants! Wind up your day with fresh flavors from Native or Here & Now Brewing Company.
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