3:47 min June 05, 2023

Top Things to See & Do in the Pocono Mountains this Summer

Discover the best vacation spots and activities for summer fun in the Pocono Mountains!

The summer season is here in the Pocono Mountains. NASCAR weekend at the Tricky Triangle is in July, plus so many other things to experience including Camelbeach's 25th anniversary and the Big Day Out scheduled throughout the season in the Jim Thorpe area.

The sounds of summer are back from the track to the big splash. Waterparks, outdoor adventure and some time on the farm are just a few faves for the season. Camelbeach is celebrating a quarter century of wet and wild fun.

"We're looking forward to some really big celebrations, some live music, free promo giveaways throughout the summer, big fireworks on the 4th of July, and it's really just memorializing 25 years being here in the Poconos as the largest outdoor water park in PA," said Molly Coneybeer with Camelback Resort.

Camelback has mountain adventures and an indoor waterpark too. Camelbeach will have a great new way to race your friends down the mountain when it opens mid June.

"Rival Racer is brand new for this season eight-track water slide you'll be able to race your buddies down to bottom of slide and see who comes down first, and see who comes down fastest.," added Coneybeer.

Want to combine hiking, biking and rafting? Pocono Whitewater and Pocono Biking invite you to the Big Day Out. Multiple dates this summer where you can pay one price and bike on the D&L Trail, hike to an overlook then hit the rapids for eight miles on the Lehigh River.

"It's a really adventurous awesome day, at the end of it you'll be tired. We celebrate at the end with a bonfire and a beer on us for everyone who completed the Big Day Out," said Sierra Fogal with Pocono Whitewater.

You get lunch, dinner, equipment and trained guides to make sure you have a big experience.

"You leave the cars behind, it's just you, the trail and the river. There's nothing like it," she added.

Speaking of nothing like it: NASCAR at Pocono Raceway. Race weekend is July 21-23 and is sure to get your heart pounding and so much to see and do for families.

"It's the 75th anniversary of NASCAR, 50th anniversary of NASCAR here at Pocono Raceway. 50 years of time, there's families that have been coming here for generations. Not just our fans, some of the drivers," said Ricky Durst with Pocono Raceway.

Right next door to the track is Pocono Organics. One of the largest regenerative organic farms anywhere starting up opportunities to pick your own organic strawberries, flowers and more.

"We're all about educating the community with hands on experiences here at Pocono Organics from classes, to clean food dirty hands educational opportunity for the kids," said Jeanine Hofbauer with Pocono Organics.

Back at the track, new this season a revamped paddock and victory lane making the fan experience that much better.

"With our paddock area it will be more fan friendly. We're putting fans on a platform, they're going to be able to look at pit road, look over the home stretch. Victory lane will be accessible for more people so if your driver wins the trophy - you'll be closer to them part of the action," said Durst.

Explore the Pocono Mountains 225 NASCAR Xfinity Series race is also July 22nd!