Staycation Ideas For Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA)


 As people start to plan their summer vacations, some are deciding to skip the beach and plan a Staycation in Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA). 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.

During your staycation, here are some of the programs available for the entire family in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area.

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Lackawanna County Attractions

Lackawanna Coal Mine

Descend slowly into the earth in a mine car as you enter the old Slope #190.  Watch the sky slowly disappear. Soon you’ve reached “the foot”.  Then explore 300 feet beneath the earth through an anthracite coal mine originally opened in 1860.  Accompany a miner in the winding underground gangways and rock tunnel past three different veins of hard coal, past the mule boy and the nipper, past the monkey vein and the dead chute. Listen as he explains the fascinating methods used, and the heroic efforts involved, in deep mining’s history.

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Electric City Trolley Museum

Relive the time of the trolleys at Electric City Trolley Museum and Station, located in a recently restored late 19th century mill building. Through interactrive exhibits and displays – including vintage trolleys, the museum tells the story of the electric traction systems and the impact they had on the development of the Lackawanna Valley. Northeast Pennsylvania and the industrial northeast.

Local Parks

Kids Activities in NEPA

With the summer just weeks away, many families are looking for activities to keep kids busy and out of trouble during the months away from school.  While stretching a buck seems to be harder in the summer with vacations, there are some local activities that are cheap or even free.

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Your kids can play 2 Free Games of Bowling every day via Kids Bowl Free ( This is a deal to organize with other parents, so that kids can meet up with their school friends during the summer. Kids Bowl Free offers kids to bowl 2 games free all summer everyday. There is also an option to purchase a family pass so parents, grandparents and babysitters can participate.
How the program works….

  1. All of the participating bowling centers are listed at Kids Bowl Free
  2. Select a bowling center near you.
  3. Register directly on the bowling center page (The registration is valid only at the bowling center where you register and cannot be used at any other bowling center unless otherwise noted.)
  4. Once you register, you will have the opportunity to purchase the family pass. The Family Pass was created to allow for adult family members to enjoy bowling throughout the summer as well. The Family Pass starts from $24.95 and includes 2 GAMES PER PERSON PER DAY. The Family Pass covers up to 4 adult family members. You may have 1, 2, 3, or 4 adults on the family pass.
  5. There are a bunch of locations throughout PA that participate, in the Scranton area those locations areValley Bowling in Carbondale. South Side Bowl and Idle Hour Bowling in Scranton.

Movie Theater Deals in NEPA

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Everyone enjoys a movie, especially just to cool off on a hot summer day. There are local theaters offering special discounts to select child friendly movies. We have attended these in the past and it’s a great way to break up the week, and especially helpful with staying on a budget.

  • Cinemark Theaters 10 movies for $5 with advance purchase or $1 each at box office. All movies begin at 10 am. Starting June 11, featuring Ice Age.  Cinemark also offers coupons on their site that can be used at any time.

As a mom of three children under 6, I am always looking for discounts on educational activities.

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Did you know that there is a hands on touch museum for kids right in Scranton? Yes, that’s right,Timmy Town Center! Located in the Steamtown Mall, located 2nd floor between Gertrude Hawk & Bon Ton.  Open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sundays 12pm-4pm. Timmy Town allows kids a chance to play dress up, play Pupper Theater, Farmer’s Market, create crafts and is very educational with a “reading center” and Multicultural Exhibits.
The cost is only $3.00 per person and children under 2 are free. You know that I am always looking for the best deal.  Also, consider purchasing an annual family membership for $100, this not only enables you unlimited access to Timmy Town, but also free admission for a minimum of 4 family members to almost 200 ACM museums in the Reciprocal Program network.  Some of the museums close to Scranton are The Hands -on House Children’s Museum of Lancaster, Please Touch Museum in Philly, and The discovery Center in Binghamton. Each of those have an average ticket price of at least $14 per person, so you save with just one visit.

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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.

Water Park Deals in NEPA

It’s that time of year again that families start to map out their summer vacations. With the price of gasoline on the rise and the current economic troubles, many people are opting out of weekly family vacations and spending money on day trips to amusement parks.  It’s always a good idea to plan ahead for any trip, especially when there are tickets involved.

Most parks offer a discount when you purchase a season pass in advance, and that is how you will get the most for your money. Most passes usually equal the cost of about three visits, so if it’s somewhere that you will be visiting more than three times, you may want to look at purchasing a season pass.  Some season passes also offer additional discounts on parking and food, so that is something else to read when deciding on the best possible deal.

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 2014 Daily Rates Opening May 24
Adults-$24.99 | Youth(Below 48”)-$20.99 | Senior(Age 65+)-$16.99 | Age 2 and Under-Summer Membership Rates:

Individual – $99 each and 4 or more passes –  $79 each

Sesame Place starting May 23, 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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Programs for Kids in NEPA
The Lacakwanna County Library System ( offers a summer reading club for kids 6-14, which is also free.  Sign up begins Monday, July 11. There is also a once a week story hour for toddlers and babies. Check with your local library for dates and times.

The Everhart Museum Join the Everhart Explorers for a week-long adventure of exploring the museum’s collection of creepy crawlies!  Students will learn about bats, bugs and other insects through music, art and science-based.

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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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 Zoo’s near Scranton, PA

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

Philadelphia Zoo is just a short 2 hour drive away. Great for day trips with the family.

County Fairs

 Wayne County Fair- $10.00 per person, 24 months and younger are free.
Honesdale PA
August 4-12
Your pay-one-prie admission includes Free Parking, Free rides and most grandstand shows all day.

West End Fair
Gilbert PA
(Monroe County Fair)
August 20- 26

Admission 12 years and older $6.00, Children 11 and under FREE -Free parking, but rides are additional

Harford Fair
Harford PA
(Susquehanna County Fair)
August 21 – 26
Admission 12 years and older $6.00, Children 11 and under FREE -Free parking, but rides are additional

Visit the Pocono’s

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 website 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.

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35 Comments on “Staycation Ideas For Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA)”

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