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Last-Minute Summer Adventures

Sometimes we just aren’t ready to say our goodbyes to warm weather and blue skies…

Yellow school buses start to appear on your morning commute, pumpkin-spice is everywhere, and it gets dark just a little bit earlier. While these might be the telltale signs that summer is coming to an end, there’s still plenty of sunshine left. Take the whole family on one last summer adventure.


Fall might be around the corner, but don’t write summer off just yet.

Get outside for some late-summer sun. There’s no better time to take that family hike you’ve been meaning to go on. Bushkill Falls has eight waterfalls, four hiking trails, a playground, and gift shops. Or pack a picnic and spend the whole day hiking, biking, and kayaking at Lackawanna State Park. Whether the family has been training all summer or its your first visit, challenge the kids to a round of mini-golf.

How about a little day trip? Everyone could benefit from one more ride on the Phoenix at Knoebels Amusement Resort. And beat the last of the summer heat at one of the area’s best waterparks. Have a wild time interacting with exotic animals at Claws “N” Paws Wild Animal Park. In the evening, make the most of the cooler air and snuggle up with snacks at a drive-in movie theatre.

While you might have slurped ice cream all summer long, challenge yourself to visit one new shop before the season ends. Come the end of September, the Bloomsburg Fair is home to all of the unique eats you’ve been dreaming of since last year. And no matter if you’re soaking up the last of summer or celebrating back-to-school season, head to a local winery or brewery and take your drink outside.

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  • Bushkill Falls

    The cool spray coming from the waterfalls will refresh you as you hike through this 300-acre park, called “The Niagara of Pennsylvania.” Make sure to pack sneakers, a few bottles of water, and your camera for the incredible views. After the hike, snack on an ice cream, shop in the gift shop, or take the kids gem mining.

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  • Lackawanna State Park

    Before the leaves begin to change, head to this gorgeous state park and take in the greenery. Take a hike along one of the trails that loop around Lackawanna Lake, or set up a picnic along the shore. No matter if you want to swim, fish, bike, hike, canoe, horseback ride, or just sit back and relax, this peaceful park has something for everyone.

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  • Play a Round of Mini Golf

    Whether you’re looking for a classic course or a new experience like indoor glow golf, NEPA’s got your mini golf needs covered. All you need to do is round up the kids and put your skills to the test. Grab a putter and your favorite brightly colored ball and let a little family competition begin.

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  • Knoebels Amusement Resort

    America’s largest free-admission park is the place to be for unbeatable family fun. They truly have it all: mouthwatering food, classic rides and roller coasters, laser tag, live entertainment, and a waterpark. You can even camp overnight at an RV or tent site, or rent a cabin.

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  • Let Loose at a Waterpark

    Beating the last of the summer heat is serious business. Only splashing in a wave pool, speeding down a slide, or floating along a lazy river can properly cool you down. NEPA has some of the best indoor and outdoor waterparks to deliver exhilarating fun and instant heat-relief.

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  • Claws “N” Paws Wild Animal Park

    Grab the little ones and spend the day checking out exotic animals at Claws “N” Paws. Feed the giraffes, wander the zoo, and pet some baby goats in the petting zoo. The zoo is home to more than 100 different species of birds, mammals, and reptiles.

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  • A Night at a Drive-In Movie Theater

    There’s nothing quite like watching the sun set as you impatiently wait for your movie to start at a drive-in movie theater. Few other activities truly capture the magic of a summer evening like sprawling out on the grass with snacks and blankets to catch the latest summer blockbuster on the big screen. NEPA is lucky enough to have three classic drive-in movie theaters that feature a bit of nostalgia and a bunch of summer fun.

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  • Treat the Family to Ice Cream

    NEPA has so many delicious ice cream shops, parlors, stores, stands, and trucks, you’d have a permanent brain freeze if you attempted to try them all. Make another visit to your favorite frozen treat destination, or test out a new shop that you’ve always wanted to try. A few scoops of ice cream put the finishing touch on a perfect summer day.

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  • Bloomsburg Fair

    More than 300,000 people flock to Bloomsburg each year for the highly anticipated Bloomsburg Fair. Pennsylvania’s largest county fair is home to scores of food vendors, live entertainment, rides, games, animal barns, agricultural displays, and more.

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  • Unwind at a Winery or Brewery

    Tour a facility, visit a tasting room, or sit back and relax with a craft beer. NEPA churns out hand-crafted brews and masterful, locally made wines. Get yourself out on a deck or patio and sip in the sun.

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