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Adventures & Alternatives for the 21+ Crowd

Who Says Getting Old Is No Fun?

Twenty-one is a milestone year. It means finally getting to partake in all the joys of adulthood. Unfortunately, these joys typically include new responsibilities and expectations. But, more importantly, 21 also means new ways to have fun!

Despite the stereotypes, turning 21 isn’t all about going wild. Luckily, Northeastern Pennsylvania has plenty of alternatives. Whether you’re seeking thrills or looking for a more relaxed vibe, you’ll find enough activities to keep you celebrating for the entire year. Of course, for good measure, NEPA’s also got plenty of BYOB spots and laid-back local haunts to wet your whistle.

No matter the pace, NEPA knows how to party. Here are a few unique ways to commemorate joining the adults’ table.

Featured Photo (top) Courtesy of Susquehanna Brewing Co.

21+ Fun in NEPA

  • Take the Leap of a Lifetime

    Feeling brave? There is no better way to welcome adulthood than with a once in a lifetime experience. This skydiving outfitter in Hazle Twp. offers everything an adrenaline junkie can dream of. Strap in and take off with expert divers for a thrill you’ll never forget.

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  • Rides, Food, Games, Repeat

    Who says amusement parks are only for kids? Load up the car and head on out to this award-wining park in Elysburg. Enjoy thrill rides like the legendary Phoenix and Stratosphere, or just binge your way through the park’s incredible food stands.

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  • Hike It Out

    Some people don’t need nightlife to have a good time. The area’s parks make a great substitute. Grab a few friends and hike one of NEPA’s incredible trail systems.

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  • Hit the Road

    Get away for a day. This popular concert venue and museum sits on the grounds of the original Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, N.Y. And it’s only a short trip across the NEPA/N.Y. border. Grab your friends and get some concert tickets, or just go for the good vibes.

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  • Blow off a Little Steam

    Hopefully getting old doesn’t have you too stressed out. But if you’re already feeling the need to decompress, reserve a spot at this ultimate BYOB hangout in Forty Fort. Try your hand at throwing axes, or let loose in their popular Rage Room.

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  • Hit the Casino

    Maybe 21 will be your lucky year. Check out this grown up playground in Wilkes-Barre and place your bets. Learn to play poker, take on the “house” in Blackjack, stop by the horse track, hit the nightclub or get dressed up and enjoy a fancy night out with a fine dining experience.

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  • Catch a Concert

    Nothing says great night out like live music. Keep an eye out for your favorite artist or check out some incredible local talent at some of NEPA’s awesome indoor and outdoor concert venues. Look for national tours, music festivals and more all year long.

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  • Trek the Wine Trail

    Enjoy a classy day out with a tour of NEPA’s finest wineries. Our Wine Trail covers 40 vineyards, wineries, and tasting rooms across the area. Not only will you indulge in some of the best wines in Northeastern Pennsylvania, but you’ll also observe some beautiful scenery.

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  • Traverse the Brewer's Loop

    If you’re looking for something more laid-back, round up some friends and follow the DiscoverNEPA Brewer’s Loop. With 39 publicly-accessible breweries making up the roadmap, you can drink to your heart’s content. You might even find a favorite new beer.

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  • Grab a (boozy) Scoop

    You’re never too old for ice cream. This unique, Downtown Wilkes-Barre stop for the 21+ with a sweet tooth offers up incredible alcohol-infused dessert favorites. From whiskey sundaes to tequila sorbets, end your night with a special treat.

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Article Updated from its Original Version Published on 8/18/2021.

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