As summer fades and cooler, crisper air makes its way into the Pocono Mountains, it’s time to start thinking about your next getaway. If you’re worried that the snow-covered mountains will put a damper on your vacation, push your fears aside. There are plenty of amazing things to do in the Poconos in winter that make it one of the most sought-after, cold-weather destinations in the entire country. Before your trip, don’t forget to pack our free Vacation Guide! Full of all of the area’s best restaurants, attractions, and seasonal events, our guide is the only way to ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the Poconos’ best spots!
Here Are the Best Things to Do in the Poconos in Winter
1. Snow Tubing
If you’ve never been snow tubing in the Poconos, you are missing out on the experience of a lifetime! There are many fantastic places to go snow tubing, but one of the best is Camelback Mountain. With 42 lightning-fast lanes, it is the biggest snow tubing park in the entire country. If you would like to take the fun to a whole new level, you can even try galactic snow tubing! When the sun sets, race your friends down the mountainside under millions of sparkling LED lights. Make sure to view our winter specials to learn how to save on your tickets to this awesome ski resort.
2. Skiing and Snowboarding
The skiing thrill of your life awaits you in the Poconos. Fast lifts, powder-fresh snow, and pristine trails make it the ideal destination for any skiing or snowboarding excursion. There are too many Poconos ski resorts to count, but a few of our favorites are Shawnee Mountain, Camelback Mountain, and Blue Mountain. Whether you would like to take it slow on the bunny hill or brave the double black diamond, there is something for everyone! It’s by far one of the best things to do in the Poconos in winter.
3. Mohegan Sun Pocono
After you hit the slopes, come visit Mohegan Sun Pocono for endless indoor fun! The 82,000-square-foot casino offers the best Poconos activities for adults. Test your luck at the casino, or enjoy shopping, dining, live entertainment, and more. There is also a spacious Convention Center for concerts and special events. Make sure to check it out the next time you are visiting the area! It’s one of the best things to do in Eastern PA.
4. Snowmobiling Adventures
If you really want to get your heart racing, you must go snowmobiling at Hickory Run State Park. You can tread through miles and miles of winding, snow-covered trails. Promised Land State Park is another great destination for snowmobiling. You’ll find over 20 miles of impeccably groomed trails and endless amount of fun!
5. Ice Skating
There are so many amazing places to go ice skating in the Poconos, from indoor and outdoor rinks to frozen streams and ponds. Some of our favorite places to go ice skating outdoors are Tobyhanna State Park, Gouldsboro State Park, and Promised Land State Park. Take to the ice at your own risk as the thickness is not monitored!
As soon as you lay eyes on our sparkling white peaks, you’ll know: the Poconos are a magical place. One of the best ways to explore our beautiful region is on snowshoes! At The French Manor, we offer complimentary snowshoeing for our guests. Traverse through miles of groomed trails at a nearby state park, or explore our beautiful on-site trails. This is a great way to spend a romantic evening outdoors. Stroll through our wintery landscape with your special someone. Then, warm up with a candlelit dinner for two! It’s one of the best things to do in the Poconos for couples.
7. Holiday Events
No matter what time of year you visit, there is always something fun going on in our area! In the wintertime, you can attend holiday festivals, Christmas celebrations, winter concerts, and more. Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride at Hawley Winterfest, do your holiday shopping at Jim Thorpe’s Olde Time Christmas, or watch a Penguins hockey game. If you are searching for some of the best entertainment in the area, make sure to catch the latest concert at Penn’s Peak. Then, join us for one of the best New Year’s Eve parties in the Poconos!
8. Winter Day Trips
The Poconos are in a perfect location to allow you to explore the rest of Pennsylvania. Explore the mountains via a scenic drive or take the short two-hour drive and spend an afternoon in New York City. There are so many things to do in The Poconos this winter that there’s no way you will run out of ideas when planning your trip!
9. Visit a Pocono Brewery
Pennsylvania is home to close to 300 breweries! If you’re a fan of delicious, craft brews, then this is the right place for you. Grab your friends and put your drinking cap on, Susquehanna Brewing Company offers an excellent place to stay warm this winter. With weekly events, fantastic beer, and tasty food, this is a can’t-miss spot!
10. Relax at La Spa Forêt
Take some time to relax and revitalize your spirit on your next Pocono getaway. The La Spa Forêt is a beautiful day spa that is located right on the grounds of our Enchanting stone chateau. Enjoy 20-mile views of the wintery landscape from the comfort of our Inn or embrace the warmth of a hot-stone massage as it cures your body of any cold-weather ills.
Book Your Winter Getaway at French Manor Inn & Spa!
Escape the cold and experience the majesty of The French Manor Inn and Spa on your next getaway to The Poconos. With luxurious accommodations, world-class amenities, and a lovely day spa, our Inn offers an experience that you won’t find anywhere else in the area. Everything from our specialty couples massages to our elegant dining room is built to offer our guests an unforgettable stay.
For example, the Turret Suite is a gorgeous room that features artful decoration, a king-size bed, and a private fireplace. Explore our La Spa Forêt packages and start planning your getaway today. The beauty of the Poconos in the winter is something that you simply have to see for yourself!