two people hiking, Poconos in May

The Poconos in May is a fantastic place to be. Transitioning from spring to summer, the mountains are full of warmth and beauty. With a plethora of outdoor activities and area events, there are plenty of things to do.

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Here is a snapshot of our favorite things to do in the Poconos in May. Decide which of these activities you will add to your May itinerary.

Exciting May Events

Wine on the River

Lehighton Downtown Initiative hosts an annual Wine on the River event in May. Gathering at Baer Memorial Park, with wineries, food trucks, crafters, and vendors, this fantastic event features 14 wineries. Relax and unwind with a day of sampling various wines, shopping, listening to music, and more. Participants are asked to bring their lawn chairs… and drink, eat, and listen to music.

Tickets range from $15 to $35, including a complimentary wine glass for taste testing and a custom wine check!

Monroe Farmers Market

Experience the freshness of spring at the Monroe Farmers Market. Open each Saturday until noon, this is a producers-only market with the highest quality produce and hand-made products.

Bike Train

Hop on the Bike Train with your bicycle (or rent one) and enjoy a scenic ride through the Poconos. Leaving Jim Thorpe, the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway snakes along the Lehigh River for 25 miles. At the village of White Haven, you will disembark and begin your bike ride at the Lehigh Gorge trailhead.

Bikers pedal at their own pace along the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail back to Jim Thorpe. You will find swimming spots, scenic overlooks, and waterfalls along the way. This unique event happens twice during the Poconos in May.

Poconos Activities for May

Historic Sites

If you are a history and culture enthusiast, there are many historic sites near the Poconos. Dive into the captivating history of the Pocono Mountains with tours to historic sites.

On-the-Water Activities

The Delaware River is a beautiful and popular canoeing, kayaking, and rafting destination. Plenty of options exist if you’re looking for a leisurely float or an adventurous whitewater trip.


Hiking the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in May is the perfect way to explore the Poconos. With over 70,000 acres of land and 28 miles of the Appalachian Trail, there are plenty of trails to traverse.


Take a refreshing dip in Lake Wallenpaupack! A favorite swimming spot in the area is the Palmyra Township Public Beach. On-duty lifeguards, picnic tables, grills, restrooms, and even a snack bar are some amenities you can expect. The beach is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.


May is an excellent time to enjoy a round of golf in the Poconos. Embrace the area’s beauty from the lush fairways of Paupack Hills Golf Course.One of the most visually stunning and challenging golf courses in the area, Paupack Hills is a course that you don’t want to miss!


Pocono Mountain beaches are an excellent way to spend time outdoors. Enjoy easy access to several lakes and recreational areas for beach-like experiences and great water activities during the warmer months.

Whitewater Rafting

If you are visiting the Poconos Mountains in May, consider spending a little time on the water. Embark on a whitewater rafting trip and experience cascading waterfalls, refreshing swimming holes, and the thrill of wild water rapids, surrounded by scenic wilderness and fascinating wildlife.

Poconos Weather in May

The weather in the Poconos begins to transition from spring to early summer in May, offering pleasant conditions for outdoor activities and exploration. May brings milder temperatures to the Pocono region, with daytime highs typically ranging from the mid-60s to low 70s Fahrenheit (around 18-23°C). However, temperatures vary throughout the month, with occasional cooler days and warmer spells.

Visitors can expect moderate rainfall with an average of three to four inches of precipitation during the month. Despite the possibility of rain showers, May also brings plenty of sunny days to the Poconos, allowing ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities and explore the region’s natural beauty.

What to Pack for Your Trip in May

When packing for your trip to the Pocono Mountains in May, it’s essential to be prepared for various weather conditions and outdoor activities. In addition to your normal travel essentials, here’s a suggested May packing list to ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay:


  1. Lightweight and breathable clothing for warm days, including shorts, T-shirts, and tank tops.
  2. Long-sleeved shirts and pants for cooler evenings and protection against insects.
  3. A light jacket or sweater for layering, as temperatures can be cooler, especially in the evenings.
  4. Rain jacket or poncho for unexpected showers.
  5. Comfortable hiking shoes or boots for exploring trails and outdoor activities.
  6. Water-resistant footwear for muddy or wet conditions.
  7. Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen for sun protection during outdoor activities.
  8. Swimsuit for the pool, sauna, or lakes.

Outdoor Gear:

  1. Daypack or backpack for carrying essentials during hikes and outdoor excursions.
  2. Binoculars for birdwatching and wildlife spotting.
  3. Camera or smartphone for capturing scenic views and memorable moments.
  4. Trail map and compass or GPS device for navigation on hiking trails.
  5. Insect repellent to ward off mosquitoes and ticks, especially in wooded areas.

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