The warmer months are finally here, which means there’s even more fun to be had in the Pocono Mountains. But spending time with family doesn’t have to mean spending lots of money. There is a ton of fun things to do in the Poconos that are free!
The Pocono Mountains has 2,400 square miles of beautiful greenery and massive lakes and rivers for endless outdoor adventures, not to mention a great selection of tours and events in town. Gather your friends and family and forget about the budget.
The farmers’ markets in the Poconos are a fun and free way for locals and visitors to get out and meet the local farmers and learn about the area. Explore the Main Street Farmers Market at The Cooperage Project and ask the farmers and purveyors questions about their produce and plants. They are so passionate and knowledgeable about their craft that you’ll quickly learn things like how to take care of your plants that aren’t doing well or how to cook a certain vegetable you’ve never heard of.
Calling all girls! Skirmish Paintball is offering free basic paintball field entry to women on select Ladies’ Days for ages 10 and up. Skirmish Paintball the world’s premier paintball facility played on a wooded site with trout streams, waterfalls, natural- and man-made obstacles. This deal includes all-day play, gun and gear rentals and parking. You don’t need any experience to play and the friendly staff can answer any of your questions beforehand. It’s great exercise and a fun way to spend the day, so grab your friends and get ready to smile.
It’s no secret that waterfalls are abundant in the Pocono Mountains; a magical cascade is always nearby, no matter which of the four counties you are located in. Hiking to a waterfall is a rewarding and free adventure; turn it into a full-day family picnic, or a romantic sunset walk with your significant other. While you’re out and about, bring your binoculars and do some bird watching. There are hundreds of native birds in the area to spot.
Keep your eyes open while enjoying the nature trails at the Pocono Environmental Education Center campus or the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary to spot all types of birds from colorful songbirds to raptors including owls and bald eagles. Both are open to the public daily, all-year-long from dawn until dusk. Spring and fall migrations are particularly spectacular. Bring your binoculars!
Plan a visit to one of the many free museums and historical sites throughout the region. Learn about American history at the Upper Mill, an operating, restored water-powered mill that was built in the early 1800’s. Or tour the Zane Grey Museum and learn about the famed western fiction writer’s miraculous life. Open from Memorial Day to October, National Park Service rangers and volunteers will be available to answer questions at both locations.
A bike ride is a wonderful way to explore. Ride through the town or chose one of the hundreds of trails in the area. Follow the route of the whitewater rafters or ride along the former railroad bed that parallels the Lehigh River. You’ll enjoy views of waterfalls throughout the trail and will surely encounter some beautiful wildlife. Grab a bottle of water and some comfy shoes and hit the trail!
What is your favorite free thing to do in the Poconos? Share it with us in the comments.