Come take a step back in time at the Steamtown National Historic Site. Located in downtown Scranton, PA, it is the only National Park that is completely dedicated to the history of steam railroading. The facility features over 60 acres of world-class museums and original outbuildings just waiting to be explored. Come learn about the fascinating industrial history of America and start planning your next visit. Here are some of our favorite attractions at the Steamtown National Historic Site!
After an exciting day at Steamtown National Historic Site, be sure to check out the other museums and restaurants in the area. Feel free to download our complimentary Vacation Guide for a complete list of area attractions. It’s full of information about the best places to eat and things to do in Pennsylvania!
3 of the Best Things to Do at Steamtown National Historic Site
Explore the Electric City Trolley Museum
Located in a restored 19th-century mill building, the Electric Trolley Museum features several interactive exhibits. You can also learn about the importance of trolley systems in the industrial northeast. This extensive trolley network allowed the original residents of Northeastern PA the opportunity to travel long distances. Today, you can view the vintage Steamtown trolleys, take a scenic tour of the former railroad, or learn more about the area’s history in the on-site theater.
Visit the History Museum
From the earliest days of rails to the 1980’s, you can experience America’s railroad history. Head over to the “Life on the Railroad” exhibit to learn about the engineers and other workers who kept the railroad running. Be sure to stop by the “Railroad Stations” exhibit, where you will discover an authentic steam locomotive, a caboose, and a boxcar. And don’t miss the variety of exhibits that cover all technical aspects of railroading including steam, signals, and architecture.
Take a Train Ride (Seasonally)
The facility also offers a variety of train rides and excursions throughout the year. The Scranton Limited Ride is a popular 30-minute ride within the rail yards. The Steamtown Train Polar Express is also a favorite for locals and visitors alike during the holiday season. They also offer a seasonal Delaware Water Gap Borough Excursion, which is 104 miles round-trip. Make sure to check out the upcoming events at Steamtown National Historic Site and plan to attend!
Attractions Near the Steamtown National Historic Site
After you visit Steamtown, make sure to check out the nearby Everhart Museum in Nay Aug Park. Founded in 1908, this natural history museum showcases a unique collection of art exhibits and zoological displays. Take your time browsing through the galleries, ethnological artifacts, American folk art, and fossils.
Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour
Coal, steel, and railroads played huge roles in the development of early 20th century America. Lackawanna County manufactured all three, leading to a very prosperous time in Northeast Pennsylvania! Today, visitors can take a coal mine adventure 300 feet beneath the ground. As your mine car weaves through the underground tunnels, your guide will explain the history of deep mining. Tours are available from April 1st through November 30th.
Anthracite Heritage Museum
Located in McDade Park in Scranton, The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of coal mining, its related industries, and the immigrant culture of northeastern PA. When you take a guided tour of the facility, you can learn about the lives of people who endured harsh working conditions. You can also view a diverse collection that highlights life in the mines, mills, and factories.
Come Home to the French Manor Inn!
Our area is rich in history – and it’s just waiting to be discovered by you! When planning your trip to the Steamtown National Historic Site, be sure to book your stay at the French Manor Inn. After an exciting day exploring our region, you can relax and unwind in one of our elegant guest rooms or suites. You can expect to start off each morning with a full breakfast to send you on your way. Then, stop by our onsite restaurant and tell us all about your adventures over a delicious meal. Check our availability and book your stay today. We can’t wait to welcome you!