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30 Things People Love about The Poconos

The top 30 reasons why the Poconos are a must-visit destination.

  1. Experience the beauty of the Poconos all year round with endless outdoor activities such as hiking, boating, and snowboarding [1].
  2. Get up close and personal with nature through hands-on experiences with the Pocono Environmental Education Center [2].
  3. Embrace the unpredictable weather and wear shorts and mittens on the same day [1].
  4. Looking for something to do after a long day of outdoor fun with locally crafted beer and wine at wineries and breweries such as Barley Creek Brewing Company and Franklin Hill Vineyards [1].
  5. Summer begins with the opening of drive-ins where you can enjoy your favorite ice cream [1].
  6. Get to know the local geography with unique directions like “up the mountain,” which refers to areas within the Pocono Plateau, such as Cresco and Mountainhome [1].
  7. Cool off in the summer at Beltzville State Park, which offers sandy beaches, swimming, and fishing [1].
  8. Stay active in the winter with ice fishing and boating at Beltzville State Park [1].
  9. Cheer on the Yankees and the Giants due to their proximity to the Poconos [1].
  10. Enjoy fresh fruit and veggies from the Pocono Farmstand farmers market and nursery, which also has a petting zoo for the kids [1].
  11. Feel like family at local restaurants such as Van Gilder’s Jubilee Restaurant and Robert Christian’s Restaurant [1].
  12. Experience over 80% of Pennsylvania’s resorts 
  13. School starts after Labor Day, but the influx of tourists creates job opportunities for local businesses [1].
  14. Hit the slopes at some of the best ski trails in the country, such as Camelback Ski Area and Blue.
  15. The Mysterious Cold Air Cave: This little treasure is hard to find, but many locals know how to navigate the Poconos. Visitors can put their hands on the entrance to a cave to feel a breeze.
  16. Hiking in the Poconos is one of the most popular pastimes.
  17. Casino Theatre Entertainment Center: This vintage-style entertainment center has a fun malt shop vibe and a too toasty. It’s a great place to visit for family-friendly entertainment.
  18. Mount Airy Casino Resort: For those who love to gamble, Mount Airy Casino Resort 
  19. The Lack of Suburban Areas: The Poconos is full of stunning state, federal, and local parklands and wetlands terrain that’s hard to build on. Therefore, there are few suburban areas, 
  20. The Lack of Suburban Areas: The Poconos is full of stunning state, federal, and local parklands and wetlands terrain that’s hard to build on. Therefore, there are few suburban areas, 
  21. White-Tailed Deer: Pocono families often see an abundance of deer and turkey, not to mention an occasional bear.
  22. Pocono Raceway: The Pocono Raceway, Known as the tricky triangle, has a design unlike any other in the USAThe three corners of the speedway are so sharp it’s almost a complete triangle.
  23. Pop Culture Loves the Poconos: The Poconos always seem to pop up on TV and in movies. Fan favorite “Boy Meets World” often took trips to the Poconos.
  24. The Crossings Premium Outlets: The Crossings Premium Outlets offer significant markdowns on major retail brands, including American Eagle and Banana Republic. Locals know that the weekdays are the best days to avoid tourist crowds.
  25. Outdoor Space: The Poconos includes not one or two but seven state parks, six designated natural areas, seventeen state-designated game areas, and the Delaware Water Gap National Park. If outdoorsy people aren’t in the Poconos, they’re in the wrong place.
  26. Grey Towers National Historic Site: The Grey Towers National Historic Site is the home of Gifford Pinchot, the first director of the United States Forest Service. The site now carries on its legacy of conservation and offers jaw-dropping views.
  27. ESU Pride: East Stroudsburg is home to the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania or ESU. The Warriors are crucial workers in the Poconos community, and locals flock to Warriors games.
  28. Downtown Stroudsburg: With more than 30 restaurants, 30 specialty shops, nine art galleries, and a theater, the lively Downtown Stroudsburg is the hub of activity for ESU students and Pocono locals.
  29. Flea Markets: The Pocono Bazaar Marketplace and Blue Ridge Flea Market are local favorites, offering unique finds.
  30. Columcille Megalith Park and Celtic Art Center: This park draws inspiration from an island

30. If you’re a fan of waterfalls, the Poconos region of Pennsylvania is a must-visit destination! A trendy attraction area is Bushkill Falls, which features eight separate waterfalls that are truly awe-inspiring. However, if Bushkill is too crowded, there’s no need to worry: you can head to George W. Childs Recreation Site, home to three more significant waterfalls and several smaller ones. These waterfalls are sure to blow your mind over and over again [2].


Don Jordan


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