Poconos, PA Staycation Ideas 2013





Summer is just around the corner and many families are starting to look at the cost of a vacation, many are opting to save the money on a traditional vacation and spend a few days together as a family having a StayCation. A Staycation is a vacaction in your own city and is becoming more popular with the inflation of prices the past few years. Families are looking for frugal and unique ways to spend time together and a StayCation seems to be the answer.

About the Pocono Mountains

With 2,400 square miles encompassing northeast Pennsylvania’s Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, the Pocono Mountains region is home to rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands and 170 miles of winding rivers. Winters offer guests the opportunity to ski, snowboard, snow tube and even snowshoe their way through snowy wonderlands encompassing over 163 ski trails, while summers also cater to the active traveler allowing exploration of 261 miles of hiking and biking trails, over 35 golf courses, whitewater rafting, boating, fishing and open access to nine state and two national parks.

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Pocono Raceway annually hosts two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series & ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards events, as well as, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, each summer.

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Kayak the Delaware-First and Finest on the Delaware River offering outdoor adventures for all! For pricing and info, please visit our official websitehttp://www.kittatinny.com/ or Call 1-800-Float-KC

Hiking in the Poconos 

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Big Pocono State Park is in Monroe County in northeastern Pennsylvania. The park consists of 1,306 acres of rugged terrain on the summit and slopes of Camelback Mountain.

From the summit, visitors can enjoy a magnificent view of a vast portion of eastern Pennsylvania and portions of New Jersey and New York.

The park closes the day after the end of deer season in December and reopens as conditions permit in the spring. The park is open sunrise to sunset.

Big Pocono State Park facilities are maintained in cooperation with the Camelback Ski Corporation. The trails of Big Pocono State Park are maintained in cooperation with the Pocono Outdoor Club.
Indian Trail offers a great vista from the eastern cliffs, visible from I-80 and points in Tannersville and Scotrun. Visitors may also connect to South Trail midway across the south face section from Parking Lot 3 using the Vista Trail for a shorter loop.

Mountain Biking: Mountain biking is permitted on South Trail and North Trail Lower Loop. Bikes are prohibited on the connecting trails from the parking lots and on Indian and North trails.

Horseback Riding: Horses are permitted on all of the hard surface roads shared by vehicles, and also South Trail and North Trail Lower Loop. Horses are prohibited on Indian and North trails.

Bushkill Falls

The “Niagara of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls is among the Keystone State’s most famous scenic attractions. This unique series of eight waterfalls, nestled deep in the wooded Pocono Mountains, is accessible through an excellent network of hiking trails and bridges which afford fabulous views of the falls and the surrounding forest.

Library Events in Poconos

Summer Reading Program is just around the corner. On Tuesday, May 28th we begin registration for this summer’s program. The theme this year is, “Dig into Reading at Your Library.” Don’t miss out this summer. The program is full of fun and will have many interesting Special Event Programming. For more information, please contact the library by stopping by or calling at (570) 992-7934.

Zoo’s and Animals in the Poconos

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Pocono Snake and Animal Farm
Pocono Snake & Animal Farm is a  perfect “starter zoo” for young kids. Kids can view lizards, lemurs, leopards, wolves, bears, deer, mountain lions, bobcats, monkeys, sloths, fennec foxes, chinchillas, raccoons, macaws, alligators, huge snapping turtles and more. They can also bottle-feed the deer, goats, and pot bellied pigs, or feed the monkeys and pet the rabbits, all in an area they can visit within an hourë­© time.

Claws and Paws– LOCATION: Route 590, four miles East of HAMLIN, in the beautiful POCONO MOUNTAINS of Pennsylvania 30 min drive from Scranton

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Local Sports Teams

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. This is the first season for the RailRides to be in Scranton. Make sure to call for special event info or to get discounted group tickets.
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Another great place to take toddlers is The Crayola Factory in Easton open Sun – Sat 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM.  Children can see how crayons are made, make dozens of crafts, learn about water and boats in the canal museum and just be creative.  Admission is $12 per person and children 23 months and under are free.  You can even pack your own lunch and have a picnic outside or in the bottom floor of the factory.
Family Friendly Parks in Pocono’s

Dorney Park offers a discount when you purchase tickets online rather than at the gate. Adult tickets cost $48.99 at the gate, but only $39.99 when you buy them online.  Kids’ tickets are also discounted online by $5.00, dropping from $29.99 to $24.99.  Through May 28, purchase a sason pass for 3 payments of $34.99.

Hershey Park offers discounts when you purchase tickets at Giant Food Stores. Starting May 1st, Giant Food Stores will be selling tickets for $15 off, plus get a voucher for free parking through June 30th, when you purchase 2 regular admission tickets.

Camel Beach also offers a discount when you purchase tickets online for $30.99 dropping from $36.99 at the gate.  A season pass is $99 or $89 when you purchase 4 or more.

Montage is Back 2013 Daily Rates
Adults-$20.99 | Youth(Below 48”)-$16.99 | Senior(Age 65+)-$16.99 | Age 2 and Under-Free Season Passes are also on sale now for only $75 each, and only $60 each if you purchase 4 or more!

Sesame Place tarting May 22, Sesame Place will be open daily. Guest can visit as often as they like and play all season by purchasing a Season Pass for as low as six monthly payments of $16.17. Offer ends June 30!

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