Scranton may not be the biggest city in the world, or even the biggest city in the state of Pennsylvania, but there are some great things to do in this small city that resides in the middle of the state. From museums to parks to historical sites, Scranton is full of things to do!
1. Montage Mountain Ski Resort
While skiing is a huge activity in the winter months, there are a lot of events that go on during the summertime as well. It’s a lot of fun for kids and families of any size to visit the Montage Mountain Ski Resort any time of the year. It contains PA’s longest snow tubing trails and in the summer they have the Montage Mountain Waterpark, which is located on the ski area grounds. It contains six water attractions including a lazy river, wave pool, and water slides. Dry attractions include batting cages, beach volleyball and mini golf for visitors of all ages. So whether the trip is in the winter or in the summer, Montage Mountain is a great place to visit.
Montage Mountain Ski Resort
Address: 1000 Montage Mountain Rd, Scranton, PA 18507
Website: Montage Mountain Ski Resort
2. Lackawanna Coal Mine
There are quite a few coal mines all over Pennsylvania since at one point in time, coal was a main source energy for a lot of different things. Now though, this particular coal mine is one that people can go through to experience the traumas that coal miners went through and the difficult tasks they faced when working in the dangerous mines. Visitors can even get a real piece of coal to take home from their visit at the Lackawanna coal mine!
Lackawanna Coal Mine
Address: Bald Mountain Road, Scranton, PA 18504
Website: Lackawanna Coal Mine
3. Steamtown National Historic Site
The Scranton Limited on September 18, 2011. Power for the day was Canadian National no. 3254 and coach 613 We caught them rolling alongside Ridge Row in Scranton. NPS Photo, Tim O'Malley.Posted by Steamtown National Historic Site on Sunday, 11 June 2017
This is definitely a place to visit for those who are into different trains and how they work. Steam trains were once the main unit for transportation for people and products as well as a huge help to the industrial world as we now know it. The purpose of the National Historic Site is to further the knowledge of steam trains of the people that know very little about them. It really is a fascinating way to spend a few hours of a nice afternoon.
Steamtown National Historic Site
Address: Lackawanna Ave at Cliff St, Scranton, PA 18503
Website: Steamtown National Historic Site
4. Electric City Trolley Station and Museum
This is another interesting way to spend a few hours. Most kids don’t know that trolleys were the main way to get around different towns, and they are no longer in most cities. Scranton is one of the select few that still has a running trolley that people can take a short ride on. While it doesn’t go all over the city like so many of them used to do, it is still a nice little ride for people to take on a sunny day.
Electric City Trolley Station and Museum
Address: 300 Cliff St, Scranton, PA 18503
5. Everhart Museum
Photograph by Chris DolanPosted by Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art on Sunday, 18 September 2016
Just like many other museums, the Everhart Museum has different exhibits for explorers of all kinds. Unlike other museums though, there are special exhibits that are there for only a short time, then they leave and are very rarely brought back. It’s awesome to be able to experience one of these exhibits as they are never there for a long period of time. It’s so cool to experience fine art, different cultures, and ancient history in a smaller area such as Scranton, PA. Be sure to check the website to see what their special exhibits are before visiting or just go and be surprised!
Address: 1901 Mulberry St, Scranton, PA 18510
Website: Everhart Museum
6. Lahey Family Fun Park
The Lahey Family Fun Park is a great place to take kids of all ages. They have mini golf, arcades, go-carts, and even some batting cages for the kids that want to learn how to hit a baseball! The park opens at 10 in the morning and closes around 11 at night, so families who choose to visit this particular theme park can choose anytime to go. And when the sun does finally set, those kids will more than likely fall asleep on the car ride home from having so much fun.
Lahey Family Fun Park
Address: 500 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Website: The Lahey Family Fun Park
7. Nay Aug Park
A national park and the biggest park in Scranton, PA, it’s also a beautiful place to take a relaxing walk. They have a pool with water slides that is open in the summer for the public to enjoy. The park used to have a zoo and an amusement park, but the amusement park was closed down in 1990 and the zoo was transformed into a natural research center to help raise money for the spaying and neutering of cats and dogs. The new theme park was built next to the Olympic sized pools and while it may be small, it’s a nice place to take the kids for a few hours. The Everhart Museum sits on the grounds next to the park, so everyone will enjoy their day here.
Nay Aug Park
Address: 500 Arthur Ave, Scranton, PA 18505
Website: Nay Aug Park
8. Lackawanna Heritage Valley
Another historical site in Scranton Pennsylvania, the Lackawanna Heritage Valley is another great place to see some steam engine trains. The workers share the history of some of the trains and they give rides now and then as well. There is a really cool playground for the kids to play on too, made of wood but well sanded and decorated to keep their attention. They have shows here as well with different historical stories for every visitor to enjoy. And around the Christmas holiday, Santa comes for a visit on one of the trains to see the kids.
Lackawanna Heritage Valley
Address: 213 S 7th Ave, Scranton, PA 18505
Website: Lackawanna Heritage Valley
9. Houdini Museum
The Houdini Museum is a history museum that shares everything anyone could ever want to know about Houdini and the magic tricks he performed throughout his career. For a short time, he was actually in Scranton, performing his neat tricks for those that wanted to see him perform. In the museum, there is Houdini’s history and there is even a psychic theatre for people to see their futures. This place is another fun one for the kids since there’s all kinds of magical happenings here.
Address: 1433 N Main Ave, Scranton, PA 18508
Facebook: Houdini Museum
10. Ferrone Family Winery
This one is for the adults traveling to Scranton. They allow kids in the building, but it’s nicer to enjoy the many wines they have without the kids. They have over 28 wines to taste test; the fruity wines here are particularly scrumptious. They also have gift baskets and wine making classes, along with beer and wine making supplies so people can make their own products at home if they wish.
Ferrone Family Winery
Address: 400 Spruce St, Scranton, PA 18509
Website: Ferrone Family Winery
Fun is everywhere
Even though Scranton, PA is not a huge area for visitors, it is full of a lot of different things to do. There are plenty of places to visit for those that are with small children, or just on a family trip. Be sure to check out some of these fun places when visiting Scranton, PA!
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