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Community Profile: Greater Scranton Area

Welcome to the Greater Scranton Area!

The Greater Scranton Area may not actually house The Office’s “Dunder Mifflin”, but it is home to such fine educational institutions as The University of Scranton, Marywood University, Lackawanna College, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, and Johnson College; celebrated sports teams like the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the top minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees, and Electric City Shock SC, a team playing in the National Premier Soccer League; and cultural destinations like the Steamtown National Historic Site, Electric City Trolley Station and Museum, Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, The Everhart Museum, and the Houdini Museum.

Throw in art galleries, parks, shops, and so much more and you’ve got a list of things to see and do in Scranton that could go on and on!

The Greater Scranton Area has much to offer visitors and residents alike. A stroll through the Historic Hill Section will bring you to quiet, tree-lined streets, turn-of-the-20th-century Victorian homes, three major hospitals, two elementary schools, a diverse cross-section of religious institutions, and the city’s largest park—Nay Aug Park.

With two Olympic-sized pools and waterslide complex, a roaring creek with a pedestrian footbridge passing over it, walking trails, picnic areas, a rock-strewn gorge, waterfalls, and two large playgrounds for the kids, Nay Aug Park is the perfect family friendly getaway.

Hiking in Nay Aug Park, Scranton

 

Green Ridge is a proud, historic neighborhood with most homes built before 1940; you’ll find old Victorian, traditional, colonial, and Cape Cod-style single-family homes and a few multifamily dwellings, especially closer to Marywood University.

Neighbors gather to play, relax, and enjoy nature together at Jim Crowley Recreation Site (Crowley Park). Small boutiques and restaurants add to the quaintness of this section of Scranton.

The Rotunda at Marywood University, Scranton

 

Downtown Scranton offers an urban oasis for those who prefer city vibes in renovated apartments or condos. You’ll be in walking distance to great restaurants like Bar Pazzo, cafés like Adezzo, stores like Burlap & Bourbon, and The Marketplace at Steamtown!

Downtown Scranton

 

The Southeastern portion of the city hosts Montage Mountain Resorts, which is both a summer and winter destination! In the summer, visit one the many “fun in the sun” attractions at the water park like the wave pool, Alpine slides, Polar Bear pond, Tundra Tornado, and the Iceberg Alley Luge or the zip rider.

Zip Rider at Montage Mountain Resorts, Moosic

 

Various festivals and events are held on the grounds and concerts with top national artists are just up the road at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain.

In the winter, hit the slopes on diverse terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities. Or, try snowtubing or airboarding on some of the best lanes around. Close by, you also have The Shoppes at Montage and Cinemark 20 for those less inclined toward sports and more inclined to seek out great food, shopping, and entertainment.

To the east of Nay Aug Park and downtown Scranton, you’ll find Lake Scranton. The lake has a wonderful, 3.57-mile paved trail with plenty of free parking. If you get there right around dawn, you may be greeted by families of deer, an owl, or other local wildlife!

Lake Scranton Walking Trail, Scranton

 

Just outside of the city’s neighborhoods, you’ll find the borough of Old Forge, also known by locals as “The Pizza Capital of the World.” Here you’ll find rectangular pizzas that are sold by the “cut”, not the “slice”, and famed restaurants like Revello’s Pizza, Arcaro & Genell Restaurant & Banquet Facility, and Café Rinaldi.

Tray of Revello’s Pizza, Old Forge

 

The community-oriented and friendly Greater Scranton Area awaits your visit, and, hopefully, you’ll stay for good. Scranton has plentiful indoor and outdoor entertainment and activities, fantastic food, wonderful cultural and educational amenities, and access to great, affordable housing.

Come and stay in the Greater Scranton Area!

 

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