Let’s Officially Welcome Spring
As NEPA thaws, be ready for those few occasionally warm early spring days.
The old saying for March, “in like a lion, out like a lamb,” doesn’t always hold true in NEPA. In fact, lately winter has been holding on through a good part of April. But we can always be certain that there will be at least a few sporadic warm days throughout the month. And if we plan accordingly, we can make the most of those days whenever they pop up.
We’ve certainly had our share of winter fun, but now we’re ready for a change of scenery. Bring back the green grass and golf clubs. Melt the ice on our favorite fishing holes, and dust off the patio furniture at our favorite restaurants and bars. Longer, warmer days, soul-healing sunshine, dog walks, birds and bees are on the horizon, and we can’t wait. There’s simply nothing more exciting than the first warm, sunny day of the new year. Bring it on.
You’re itching to get back outside. We know. That’s why we’ve rounded up some awesome things to do for that rare taste of spring in March.
Sunny Day Spring Activities
Ride a Bike
This 2.8-mile rail trail in Clarks Summit is managed by the Countryside Conservancy. Pedal past densely wooded areas and wetlands as you ride from Old State Road to South Turnpike Street in Dalton.
Take a Hike
Thomas Darling Preserve
Experience the awakening of a forest ecosystem in springtime at this 2,500-acre preserve in Blakeslee. The 2.2-mile loop will take you through immense spruce forests, wetlands and blossoming meadows.
Deer Path Riding Stable
Riders of all experience levels are welcome to hop in the saddle at this popular White Haven riding stable. Experience the Poconos on horseback as you venture along well-maintained forest paths.
South Side Farmers Market
Fill your pantry with the spoils of the season. This year-round Scranton farmers market stocks the freshest produce, meats, baked goods, eggs and so much more.
Take to the Rails
Steamtown National Historic Site
Tour the fascinating locomotive history museum, hop on an old steam train and take a ride, or rekindle your childhood at Scranton’s favorite historic site. Walk through America’s industrial past with interactive exhibits, informative guides and, of course, trains you can climb on.
Go Off Road
Pocono Outdoor Adventure Tours
Jump in your own UTV and hit the muddy trails at this exhilarating Poconos adventure park. Ride solo, with a friend or pack the family into a four-seater and slosh your way through the mountain terrain.
Tour a Winery
Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Brewery
Breathe the fresh mountain air and taste the award-winning wines from this Pocono gem in Stroudsburg. They also brew beer and distill vodka, brandy and moonshine.
Battle in the Woods
Round up a team and take to the battlefield at this world-famous paintball experience in Albrightsville. The field stretches out over 700 acres, 50 playable maps, and they have all the equipment you need.
Explore the City
Take a walk along this historic city’s streets. Stop by local shops for coffee and treats. Find the little-known gems that only true Scranton natives seem to know about, eat at the hot, new restaurant and grab a drink at the corner pub. And if you’re a true fan of everyone’s favorite Electric City-based sitcom, take the official The Office tour.