Enjoy Summer Like a Kid Again
The days are long. The nights are warm. Come on out and play.
It’s been a long spring. And, let’s face it. We’re all ready for some kind of classic summer fun. Whether you’re just itching to get out on the trails, or looking forward to hitting your favorite swimming spots, there’s nothing quite like a warm, sunny summer day in Northeastern PA.
Maybe your days are for lounging by the lake. Perhaps you prefer a little off-road action. Either way, you’ll find it all in NEPA. And, when the sun sets, the fun only just begins. Get together for patio drinks, an evening by the fire, or a weekend under the stars. It’s your summer. You’ve earned it, NEPA. Now, go make the most of it.
Summer fun comes in all forms. Relive those seemingly endless, carefree days of your childhood. We’ve created a list of 10 simple tricks to enjoying the perfect NEPA summer.
NEPA’s Summer Must-Do’s
Climb a Tree
Blue Mountain Resort – Palmerton, PA
This year-round adventure resort isn’t just about the slopes. Blue Mountain also features an insane, 4-level, tree-top ropes course. The park also features laser tag, zip lining and so much more.
Catch a Frog
Frances Slocum State Park – Wyoming, PA
Explore the banks of this park’s pristine, 165-acre lake, over 13 miles of trails and wetlands teeming with adorable, slimy amphibians. Bring a bucket for the critters and a camera to capture the memories. Catch and release strongly encouraged.
Unplug in the Woods
Go Camping – All Over NEPA
Ditch the phone. Clear the ground. Gather up some fire wood. Wrestle with the tent for a bit, and claim your own soul-refreshing plot of the great outdoors (for a weekend at least). From swimming to fishing to chillin’ by the campfire, NEPA summers are all about camping.
Get on Your Bikes and Ride!
Lehigh Gorge Trail – White Haven, PA
Pull the old bike out of the garage and reclaim the lost adolescent freedom of a long ride with no particular destination. This riverside, rail trail offers 26 miles of gorgeous Pocono Mountain scenery.
Waste a Day (or two) at the Pool
Ber-Vaughn Park and Pool – Berwick, PA
Spend a day splashing and dunking in the largest community pool in PA. This spacious summer hangout features something for swimmers of all ages. And, if you just want to chill out and work on that tan, there’s plenty of that as well.
Plan the Ultimate Ice Cream Road Trip
NEPA Ice Cream – It’s Everywhere!
Summer is a blanket excuse to eat ice cream pretty much every day. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of shops, stands and old-fashioned parlors all over NEPA. Use our handy list to help you map out the perfect sunny day sojourn of sweets and treats.
Discover NEPA’s Wild Side
Bear Creek Preserve – Bear Creek, PA
Put on your old sneakers, grab a walking stick (any stick will do) and hit the trail in search of our abundant mountain wildlife. From streams loaded with rusty crayfish to copperheads sunning on a dusty road, this pristine preserve has it all. Don’t forget your camera.
South Abington Recreation Park – South Abington Twp., PA
Rekindle that old competitive flame with a friendly game of Wiffle Ball. Get the squad together for some classic kickball, or dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge your way through a nostalgic bout of dodgeball. This spacious community park offers plenty of room for old-school summertime fun.
Catch a Classic Summer Flick
The Mahoning Drive-In Theater – Lehighton, PA
There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh popped popcorn wafting through a warm summer breeze. Now, pair that with some Milk Duds and a classic 35 mm projection system, and you have a truly classic NEPA experience – a night at the drive-in.
Tell a Great Fish Story
Drop a Line – All Over NEPA
There’s so much more to the classic fish tale than just catching a monster bass. You’ve got to set the scene with an unforgettable location. Then, reel in your audience with just the right amount of creative license (lies). It all starts with a trip to one of NEPA’s amazing fishing spots.