When you think of summer destinations, you’re probably thinking palm trees, sunny beaches, and nights out. While families typically flock to highly populated tourist traps, you can beat a lot of traffic, and have just as much fun with an adventure with Northeast Pennsylvania.

From amusement parks to beautiful landscapes, there is something for everyone. So, if you’re interested in a journey unlike any other, read on to discover five delights of Northeast Pennsylvania for the entire family to enjoy.

1. Knoebels Amusement Resort

Does your family love thrill rides and live entertainment? Then you need to visit Knoebel’s Amusement Resort for free (yes, free!) and have a blast. This amusement park is one of the few parks that offer free admission, free parking, and free picnic areas. As a result, you can save quite a decent amount of money all while sharing thrills and laughs with your loved ones.

Although it is free to enter, you do have to pay for tickets for the rides. Regardless, the prices are still fair, kids can find plenty of rides designed to get their adrenaline pumping. There’s plenty to do for adults, too, with a number of roller coasters and other exciting rides. Ready for a break from the rides? Your entire family can sit in the picnic area and enjoy a tasty meal together.

2. Camelback Resort

A summer classic for Northeast Pennsylvania is a fun day at Camelback Resort. This huge outdoor waterpark boasts slides and other fun water thrills for everyone. They also offer skiing and snowboarding on the scenic mountains that rest around the resort.

For family members who want to relax while their kids have fun in the water, Camelback has a spa designed to pamper and indulge each of their guests. Families can stay at the Camelback Lodge, so they’re just minutes away from all of the fun.

3. Seven Tubs Recreation

For those families who prefer to rough it out in the wild and challenge themselves, you can do no better than visiting Seven Tubs Recreation Park. This area is teeming with wildlife and offers numerous activities that the family can all do together. For those out of the area, stay in one of Wilkes-Barre’s hotels for the night after a long day of exploring nature.

Whether you enjoy fishing, sledding, ice skating, wildlife watching, hunting, mountain biking, skiing, boating, swimming, or hiking, this state park is prepared to introduce quite a few exciting adventures.

Families are also welcome to stay overnight at designated campgrounds. No family vacation is complete without having at least one camping trip together.

You can gather around the campfire at night, eat a few s’mores, and just have a few moments surrounded by the healing properties of nature while you bond and re-connect with one another.

The state park also makes for a great destination for the adventurous couple. There’s no better way to cement your relationship than to rely on one another with a daring hike and roughing it in the wild for a few days.


4. Pocono Mountains

Another exciting adventure that the family can enjoy can be found in the Pocono Mountains. This area of Pennsylvania is full of stunning, natural, beauty. It’s the perfect place to scratch off a few of your bucket list items. Have you ever gone whitewater rafting before?

The Pocono Mountains has a trek just for you to tackle. For those who love exploring the off-beaten track of a thick forest, then you can sign up for a guided tour of an off-road adventure that leads you through spectacular sights of the Pocono Mountains forests.

Maybe you prefer to appreciate the natural world from above. The Pocono Mountains has a zip line tour that lets you see the landscape in a way few get the chance.

5. Harvey’s Lake

And lastly, for those water-lovers out there, you can enjoy renting a summer home on Harvey’s Lake and having all the wonderful adventures that the water provides. Whether you want to jet ski, boat, swim, fish, or just float lazily along the lake, Harvey’s Lake is waiting for you.

It’s also in close proximity to Mohegan Sun Pocono, and plenty of restaurants, so activities are endless. At the end of the day, you can relax at the summer home and watch the moonlight dance across the lake’s surface.

Ready for a Summer in Northeast Pennsylvania?

No matter what adventures your family is into, Northeast Pennsylvania has plenty to offer. From thrilling rides to eye-opening scenery, and even fun water activities; something for everyone.

So, instead of flocking to overly-populated tourist traps for your next vacation, discover this rare gem that can provide lifelong memories for you and your family. Adventure awaits, in Northeast Pennsylvania.