The Poconos Mountains are a picturesque destination known for its stunning natural beauty and abundant outdoor activities. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, nature lover, or simply looking for a peaceful retreat, the Poconos offers something for everyone. To make the most of your visit, it’s essential to consider the best time to go, as each season offers a unique experience. This blog will explore the four seasons in the Poconos and highlight the suggested activities and weather conditions for each. For even more ideas for a Poconos trip, get your copy of our FREE Vacation Guide! You’ll discover all the best activities to enjoy while taking in the beauty of the mountains.
Best Time to Visit the Poconos
What to Expect
Low temperatures and snowfall define winter in the Poconos. Expect a range between the upper teens and low thirties. This means packing accordingly is a must! Remember to bring long pants, a winter coat, warm winter boots, a hat, gloves, and a scarf. If you’re not used to colder weather, you may also want to wear thermals to give yourself an extra boost of warmth.
Winter transforms the Poconos into a magical wonderland with snow-covered landscapes and cozy atmospheres. Whether you’re a winter sports fan or prefer indoor activities, the Poconos offers plenty during this season. For skiing enthusiasts, the Pocono Mountains boast several ski resorts with various slopes suitable for all skill levels. Strap on your skis or snowboard and glide down the powdery slopes, feeling the exhilaration of the wintry breeze. If you prefer a more relaxed winter activity, try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing along the scenic trails. The quiet serenity of the snow-covered forests creates a peaceful ambiance that is truly enchanting.
Springtime in the Poconos
What To Expect
As the temperatures warm, an entirely new way to experience the Poconos comes to life! One of the first things to consider is what to bring with you. During springtime, the weather can be different depending on the month. If you’re coming in March, bringing winter clothes is best, as the temperatures stay cold from the mid-20s to the 40s. If you’ll be here in May, temperatures will warm to the low 50s to 70s, so lighter clothing will work perfectly!
Spring is a delightful time to visit the Poconos as nature awakens from winter slumber. The weather starts to warm up, and the landscape comes alive with vibrant colors. Pack some binoculars, as spring is a great time for birdwatching in the area. With numerous hiking trails, you can meander through lush forests and spot various bird species, including common loon, bald eagles, mourning doves, and great-horned owls. Spring is also an ideal time for thrill-seekers to go white-water rafting. The rivers become more challenging as the snow melts, offering an adrenaline-pumping experience. Several outfitters in the Poconos provide guided tours for beginners and experienced rafters.
What To Expect
Summertime is when the Poconos are at the peak of activity! During this time of year, wearing summer outfits is a must! Temperatures typically range from the mid-60s to the upper 70s. We recommend bringing shorts, T-shirts, tennis shoes, swimwear, and a nice outfit if you’re in the mood for an upscale dining experience.
Summer is undoubtedly one of the best times to enjoy the Poconos, with warm and sunny days perfect for outdoor adventures. Take advantage of the pleasant weather and head out to one of the many scenic locations for yoga with a view. Imagine practicing your downward dog or warrior pose against majestic mountains or serene lakes.
In addition to relaxing, there are also lively activities to enjoy. Get out on the water, visit Poconos State Parks, or head to Wilkes-Barre and place your bets at the Mohegan Sun Ponoco! Not only can you play some games at the casino, but they also have horse racing, live music, and a comedy club to enjoy. This is the place to be if you’re in the mood for a night out! If you’re looking for a more relaxing end to your day, enjoy Tuesdays on the Terrace at The French Manor Restaurant. Let the music relax you and unwind before heading to bed.
Fall Foliage and Hiking
What To Expect
Fall in the Poconos is breathtaking! At the beginning of the season in September, the temperatures remain warm in the upper 70s, but by November, they dip back down into the upper 40s and highs and even the mid-20s as lows. So, pack lighter in the early fall and heavier in the late fall. Let’s get out in the foliage!
Fall is a breathtaking season in the Poconos, as the foliage bursts into brilliant shades of red, orange, and gold. Pack your waterproof hiking shoes and explore the numerous trails that wind through the colorful forests. The crisp air and stunning scenery make for an unforgettable hiking experience. Remember to visit some of the local orchards and pumpkin patches during your fall visit. Pick your apples, sip freshly pressed cider, and choose the perfect pumpkin for carving. Many farms also offer hayrides and corn mazes, making it a fun-filled day for the whole family.
Unwind During Every Season at The French Manor Inn & Spa!
No matter what time of year you choose to visit the Poconos, something special awaits you. From birdwatching and white-water rafting in the spring to yoga sessions and outdoor concerts in the summer, from hiking amidst the stunning fall foliage to skiing down pristine slopes in the winter, the Poconos offers a wide range of activities for every season. Here at The French Manor Inn & Spa, we have accommodations that will provide a restful and relaxing retreat. Pair that with our spa and on-site restaurant to prepare for the perfect vacation! No matter when you arrive here in the Poconos, make The French Manor Inn your home away from home.