Top Poconos Fun Fall Activities

The Pocono Mountains is infamous for its fall foliage, with over 130 different varieties of shrubs, plants, bushes, and trees, and three color zones. Although the projected date for full fall color in the area is October 17, 2017, the fall activities in and around Poconos vacation resorts are in full swing for weeks longer! Following are some of the best things to do in the Poconos this fall:

  1. You owe it to yourself to experience The Bike Train at least once! Guests are able to take a train ride through stunning landscapes up the Lehigh Gorge for 25 miles, then they can bike back down at their own pace. Whether you’re up for adventure or leisure, the Bike Train offers both. These events are a wonderful way to see some of the most beautiful regions of the Poconos area. You can also hop on a rail car in Lehigh Gorge for a unique experience.
  2. Through the entire month of October each weekend, Jim Thorpe’s famous Fall Foliage Weekends take place, where visitors can enjoy craft vendors, food vendors, live music, children’s activities, and more. Downtown Jim Thorpe is an awesome place to enjoy everything from unique shopping to great food to ghost walks, too.
  3. There’s much to be said for a scenic drive to the No. 9 Mine & Museum in Lansford, and it’s actually one of the most popular fun fall activities that will seem to take you from any of the Poconos resorts to a world away. The mine is the oldest anthracite coal mine in the world that is still continuously operated!
  4. Another popular fall activity in the Pocono Mountains is flying – via a 900-foot zipline, that is! Whitewater Rafting Adventures has exactly that, and it’s more than eight stories high! You can also enlist the services of the company to go whitewater rafting, too, which is also very popular.
  5. Take the Big Day Out adventure while you’re in the area, which includes rafting, biking, and hiking over 20 miles covering the Lehigh River, Glen Onoko, and Rail-Trail galore. Enjoy a free beer in your Big Day Out mug, experience three meals, water and snacks throughout the day, and more – all through one company!

While these are just a small sample of the many activities available during the fall on any given day in the area, you’ll find many others close to the top Poconos resorts that truly offer something for everyone. Be sure to experience as much as you can while you’re here for an unforgettable vacation with memories that will last a lifetime!

What to See During Your Vacation in Poconos

Everyone heads to the Pocono Mountains for the ski slopes and waterslides. But this gorgeous neck of the woods offers so much more off the beaten path. If you’re planning to go off-season or just looking to try something new, take a look at our list of the best things to do and see during your next vacation in Poconos.

Hike to Bushkill Falls

Known as one of the most alluring destinations for hikers and nature-lovers, this scenic hideaway is well worth the trip. Nicknamed “The Niagara of Pennsylvania”, Bushkill Falls is a series of eight waterfalls tucked away in the center of the Poconos. Head to the small town of Bushkill on Route 209 and follow Bushkill Falls Road until you spot the trailhead. Hiking into the mountains isn’t an all-day event. You can get to the falls in less than 30 minutes. Don’t forget your camera as the photo opportunities will be numerous.

Visit the Grey Towers National Historic Site

If you love history and architecture, venture out to the historic Grey Towers, the former home of Gifford Pinchot, first director of the National Forest Service and former governor of Pennsylvania. The property features a massive three-story French chateau-style mansion with an immaculate interior, 102 acres of sprawling forestry and grounds, and stunning landscaping throughout. The staff will be happy to give you a tour as you take in the site’s intoxicating history.

Take a Ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway

Ride through the rolling hills of Glen Onoko on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, an old-fashioned train that takes you on a scenic tour of the area’s many forests, mountains, and waterways. The ride lasts a little over an hour, giving you plenty of time to snap dozens of photos and learn about the railroad’s history. In many ways, it symbolizes the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in America, as brave men ventured into some of the country’s first coal mines to bring power and light to the nation.

Tour the Lago Winery

As one of the region’s signature wineries, Lago has a little something for everyone in your group. In addition to the winery’s magnificent tasting room where you can enjoy some of the finest wine in the mountains, the estate features 140 acres of farmland that sits right on the edge of the Pymatuning Reservoir next to the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. The winery is also home to a high-end restaurant with homegrown ingredients and Italian-inspired dishes.

If you’re looking for a place to stay on your vacation in Poconos, book your stay at the Mountain’s Edge Resort at Camelback Mountain. You can avoid the crowds and soak up the scenery in style.

Top 6 Dining Destinations in the Poconos

From gorgeous mountain scenery, to whitewater rafting down the Delaware, to world-class skiing on the Camelback slopes, when you’re looking for a fun-filled family getaway, there’s no better place than the Pocono mountains. And when it’s time to refuel for more outdoor action, you’ll find a wealth of delicious restaurants and eateries to suit every taste and budget. Here’s a quick list of the culinary delights you’ve just got to try on your next Poconos family vacation:

Hearty Family Fare at Apple Valley Restaurant

Serving visitors to the Poconos since 1966, this Milford, PA staple serves classic American and Tex-Mex specialties in a warm inviting atmosphere surrounded by eight acres of green scenery. Come for the char-grilled burgers and fajitas, and then take a stroll through the seven specialty shops and Koi ponds that dot the property.

Craft-Beer and Games at Barley Creek Brewing Company

Hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, a selection of award-winning house-made ales and lagers, and an outdoor game pavilion that features a regulation size wiffleball field, bocce ball courts, cornhole, and more, Barley Creek Brewing Company is the perfect destination for hungry families and beer-snobs alike.

A-List Dining and Relaxation at the French Manor

Listed as one of “Pennsylvania’s Best Restaurants” by Gourmet Magazine, this charming authentic French restaurant offers world-class cuisine and upscale ambiance. Outdoor terrace seating provides breathtaking views of the Pocono Mountains, and a pampering staff ensures that every meal is a memorable experience. Prices and menus are not so family friendly, but if you’re headed to the mountains for a romantic Poconos vacation, French Manor is the place to be.

Breakfast at Van Gilder’s Jubilee

Although you can’t go wrong with lunch or dinner at the Jubilee, this beloved staple is known as “Breakfast King of the Poconos” for a reason. Family-owned and operated since 1968, the Jubilee serves up hearty portions of breakfast favorites and delightful twists on old standbys, such as the Pulled-Pork Benedict and Cornflake Crusted French Toast. But if you do decide to skip breakfast, make sure you swing by on Saturday night to catch some live music and sample some of their award-winning chicken wings.

Something for Everyone at Bailey’s Rib and Steakhouse

Featuring U.S.D.A. top choice steaks, mouthwatering Angus Beef burgers made from, fall-off-the-bone ribs, pasta, fresh seafood and an extensive children’s menu, Bailey’s is bound to satisfy even the pickiest eater in your family.

Enjoy the Show at Desaki

This Japanese eatery offers delicious meals and family-friendly entertainment in a fun and lively atmosphere. Watch chefs fan the flames as they prepare your meal right before your eyes on the sizzling hibachi grill. And with kid-friendly meals and an extensive sushi menu, Desaki is a feast for the eyes and the stomach.

Check out a few of these hotspots on your next Poconos vacation to Mountain’s Edge Resort. But, don’t stop there! The Pocono Mountain area is home to an endless array of incredible places to eat and drink, so be sure to do a little exploring, and you’re guaranteed to find some culinary treasures of your own.

5 Must-Do Attractions in the Poconos

Want to get away for a fun-filled weekend surrounded by breathtaking scenery? The Poconos is the place to go. Whether you’re searching for rugged outdoor adventures, luxury resort relaxation, kid-friendly family fun, or a romantic retreat with your special someone, you’ll find it all in the Pocono Mountains. And with everything from whitewater rafting, to skiing on the Camelback slopes, this mountain getaway offers something for every season. Here are a few of our favorite sights and attractions:

Bushkill Falls

Offering miles of scenic trails, bridges and walkways, as well as eight separate waterfalls, this 300-acre park is a must-see for lovers of the outdoors. Be sure to visit Main Falls, the largest waterfall in the park, which boasts an impressive 100-foot drop. And then check out the other family-friendly Bushkill Falls attractions, such as paddleboat rides, mini golf, and fishing.

Aquatopia Water Park

This sprawling 125,000sqft Indoor Waterpark (the largest in the northeast) offers just about everything you could imagine for a day (or two, or three) of non-stop fun. From water-slides to massive swimming pools, to FlowRider indoor surfing, and a whole lot more, Aquatopia truly is a waterpark-lover’s fantasy land. And if you prefer to avoid the splash zone, this enormous resort also offers, bars, restaurants and spas, as well as family activities like a huge arcade, laser tag, and a rope-climbing course.

Whitewater Rafting

There is nothing more exhilarating than a ride down the river in the heat of the summer. Offering rides down the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers, thrill-seekers can enjoy challenging adventures down the rapids, complete with waterfalls and rocky passes. Or, if you’re the less adventurous type, you can stick to the calmer sections of the rivers for a relaxing tube ride in the stunning mountain scenery.

Skiing

When looking for great Poconos ski resorts, Camelback Mountain offers a wealth of different resorts for every budget, and endless activities for people of all ages. With family friendly slopes that are perfect for beginners, a selection of trails for more advanced skiers, as well as two terrain parks and two half-pipes, Camelback has something for every thrill-seeker at every skill level. And for non-skiers who still want to have some fun in the snow, Camelback also features a snow-tubing park.

“Switzerland”

Nestled against the foothills of the Poconos sits the town of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, whose mountainous location and charming old-world architecture earned it the nickname “The Switzerland of America.” This historic little borough offers gorgeous scenery and a wide variety of activities for everyone from families on vacation, to couples looking for an inexpensive romantic getaway. From a visit to the opera house, to tastings at the local breweries and wineries, to hiking and whitewater rafting, Jim Thorpe has something for everyone.

So, whether you live in the northeast and are looking for an inexpensive nearby vacation destination, or you’re visiting the region from elsewhere, make sure to book your stay at Mountain’s Edge Poconos resorts. With all the year-round attractions, activities and gorgeous sights available, we’re sure your first visit won’t be your last.