8 of the Best Things to Do in the Poconos in the Summer

As summer quickly approaches, we’ve got our minds on all the fun things to do in the Poconos in the summer! The wooded mountains, forests, and rivers provide ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Plus, the Poconos offers a wide variety of other attractions including water parks, museums, and historic sites. All of it is just waiting to be discovered.

For more info on things to do in the Poconos in the summer, be sure to check out our complimentary Vacation Guide. This downloadable tool is designed to give you an insider’s mind into all the best dining, entertainment, and activities in the local area.


Our Favorite Things to Do in the Poconos in the Summer

With so many things to do in the Poconos in the summer, you may not know where to begin – and the French Manor Inn & Spa is here to help! Here are some of our tips for planning the ultimate summer getaway in the Keystone State.

1. Kayak, Canoe, Raft, or Tube the Delaware River

The clear, scenic Delaware River provides refreshing fun for groups, families, and people of all ages. So why not take a break from the heat of summer with a memorable afternoon relaxing on the river? Tubing the Delaware River provides a relaxing experience. Or, for an adrenaline rush, maybe whitewater rafting is more your speed! Companies like Whitewater Rafting, Kittatinny Adventures, Whitewater Rafting Adventures, and more will take you down the river in a variety of ways!

2. Trot Along a Trail On Horseback

For many, there’s no better way to explore this beautiful region than from atop a saddle. Horseback riding in the Poconos is a favorite pastime for lots of area visitors, and our summer weather is perfect those who want to try it for the first time. There are several stables and ranches nearby where you can take a gorgeous trail ride!

3. Travel the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway

Sitting inside a historic 1917 train car, visitors can enjoy a 70-minute trip on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. You’ll follow the majestic Lehigh River into Lehigh Gorge State Park for spectacular views of cliffs, mountains, waterfalls, and wildlife right outside your window. The railway operates on weekends, holidays, and select weekdays during the summer and also offers several special events throughout the year, including annual leaf-peeping excursions in the fall.

4. Have Some Fun In Wilkes-Barre

For a more urban excursion in the Poconos, Wilkes-Barre is the place to go! This large city has it all, including plenty to do during the warmer months. Head to a sporting event and cheer on a local team, or see a show at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts. The city is also surrounded by state parks, so you can get your fill of stunning Poconos views here as well!

5. Explore the Refreshing Outdoors

Whether you’re interested in hiking, camping, boating, or just hanging out, Pennsylvania state parks will provide the outlet you need! Here are four hiking trails we know you’ll love, with something to challenge everyone. You might also be interested in checking out some of the spectacular mountain waterfalls. If state park camping is what you’re after, there’s no shortage of opportunities there as well. Also, check out what Promised Land State Park, Hickory Run State Park, and the George W. Childs Recreation Area each offer.

6. Head to the Mohegan Sun for a Night Out

The Mohegan Sun is one of the mainstays for adult entertainment in the Poconos. See a show Place your bets at the casino or on a horse race, see a live performance, indulge in great shopping, let loose at the comedy club, and more! Located on 400 acres in Wilkes-Barre, this destination provides nonstop fun day and night!

7. Make a Splash at Kalahari Water Park

A trip to Kalahari Water Park is one of the most popular things to do in the Poconos in the summer. The park features 100,000 square feet with an outdoor pool, whirlpool spas, water slides, a lazy river, and more. Relax and unwind in a private cabana, or cool off in the giant 50,000-gallon wave pool. The park also has a retractable roof, so you can have some wet and wild fun even in the winter!

8. Stay at the French Manor Inn & Spa! Visit the French Manor and stay in the Versailles Room

When planning your next getaway to the Poconos, be sure to book your stay at our beautiful bed and breakfast! With 19 premium guest rooms and luxury accommodations, your vacation will be filled with endless relaxation and pampering. And our incredible chef will be busy preparing a gourmet breakfast each day, so all you have to do is enjoy!

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Our inn is close to all of the best area attractions and features fabulous onsite amenities, including spa services, a fitness room, an award-winning restaurant, an indoor saltwater pool and hot tub, and much more. We can’t wait to see you this summer!

For more information on fun things do in the Poconos in the summer, download our free vacation guide!