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Family Fun for Every Season in Lackawanna County

In the northeastern corner of Pennsylvania, Lackawanna County is where city meets country, offering an abundance of family-friendly activities all year long, from the indoors to the great outdoors. You’ll find big-city amenities and attractions in Scranton, while charming small-town life is just minutes away. Explore the area’s rich heritage in one of the many historic sites and museums, outdoor activities in the county’s spectacular state parks and game lands, or arts and entertainment at local galleries and theaters. This is the spot to make family memories, no matter what time of year you’re planning to visit.

Spring

With verdant valleys and blooming wildflowers, springtime is a welcome sight in Lackawanna County. Experience the beauty of the season with a guided horseback ride by Deer Path Riding Stables in White Haven, where you’ll clip-clop your way through the lush forests of the Pocono Mountains.  

Or, take the family out for a classic springtime experience—out to the ballgame. The Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railriders, the Triple A affiliate of the New York Yankees, kicks off their season every April at PNC Field in Moosic.

Summer

Summertime brings brilliant sunny days and plenty of outdoor adventures. Spend the day at Scranton’s Nay Aug Park to hike along nature trails and to take in waterfall views along the way. Let the kids loose on the sprawling playgrounds or play with them as you zoom down the waterslide in one of the Olympic-sized swimming pools.

For even more active pursuits, bring your bicycles for a pedal along the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, a 70-mile multi-purpose trail that curves alongside the scenic Lackawanna River. You’ll get a sense of the local communities as you pass by public parks, important historic sites, and a variety of religious and residential architectural styles.

Fall

Take in glorious fall foliage while enjoying the crisp, cool air when you explore Lackawanna State Park in North Abington Township. Hike or mountain bike along the forested trails, cast a fishing line into the 198-acre Lackawanna Lake, or rent a canoe or kayak to paddle along its glittering waters.

At Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, hop aboard one of the scenic train rides for picturesque views of the colorful countryside. This 52-acre site also showcases restored cabooses, steam locomotives, and informative exhibits about the area’s railroading history.

Winter

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Bring the whole family to ski or snowboard down powdery runs at Scranton’s Montage Mountain, boasting 26 trails ranging from beginner to expert. For families with little ones, zoom down the snow tubing hill, offering the longest and fastest lanes in Pennsylvania. 

For fun activities with teenagers, take your pick from exhilarating challenges at PA Escape Rooms in Dickson City, where you can put your imagination—and problem-solving skills—to the test. From attempting a bank heist to escaping a serial killer’s lair, these thrilling escape games offer plenty of indoor fun.

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