Poconos and Beyond: Summer Activities in AP

Check Out All the Things to Do in the Great Outdoors of Pennsylvania This Summer

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — As the weather warms up and schools start to go out, you’ll soon be looking for activities to keep the kids and yourself busy.

From amusement parks to museums, Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania has it all and you can find it here.

Theme parks

  • hershey park – Located in Hershey, you’ll find this chocolate oasis with something for everyone. The park offers 15 roller coasters, an 11-acre water park, and even a zoo. Step out of the park and you’ll find a beautiful downtown area with plenty of restaurants and shops.
  • Knoebels Leisure Resort – Nestled in Elysburg are 150 acres of pure family fun. Knoebels has something for everyone with 6 roller coasters, kiddie rides, shopping and dining. Of course, Knoebels also has campgrounds, cabins and even a bed and breakfast.
  • Costa Family Amusement Park – A day at Costa’s, that’s for sure. Costa offers go-karts, water slides, mini-golf, laser tag and more.
  • Dorney Park – Located just off the turnpike in Allentown, you will find 60 rides, shows, attractions, an area designed especially for children.

Water parks

  • Camelback Mountain Water Park – Rated as one of the largest water parks in PA, located in the Poconos, has 37 rides, slides and attractions. And if the weather doesn’t permit an outdoor water park, there’s also an indoor water park called Aquatopia.
  • The walk in Hershey – Offering 16 water rides and attractions, this water world nestled in Chocolate World is a perfect way to beat the heat on a hot summer day.
  • wild water kingdom – In Allentown is one of the highest rated water parks in the country. Wildwater Kingdom has over 36 water slides and a cool funhouse. Also located here is the Aquablast, a multi-person raft ride, which is one of the longest elevated water slides in the world.
  • Kalahari Resort – A massive 150-acre resort nestled in the Poconos is where you can find the Kalahari. Kalahari offers 24 slides and rides for people of all ages. And if you’re looking to make a weekend of it, the water park is included in your stay.

If camping tickles your fancy, we have a list of private and public campgrounds in pennsylvania. There are a range of other activities to occupy children and parents during the day. Consider Pocono Whitewater Adventures Big Day. This is a 20 mile trip consisting of hiking, biking and rafting located in Jim Thorpe.

If heights are your thing, you can try swinging through the beautiful Pocono Mountains at Camelback Mountain Adventures with Adventures in the trees. However, if you prefer, you can also jump out of a plane with Sky’s The Limit Skydiving Center. As you descend, you’ll be sure to admire the Pocono Mountains and even the Manhattan skyline.

But if you prefer to stay on the ground, make it worth it with a Stock car racing experience at Pocono Raceway. You’ll be strapped in a 600 horsepower NASCAR-style car and have the chance to go up to 160 mph around the 2.5-mile circuit. If a NASCAR experience is a bit too intense, visit Camelback and take a spin on the mountain coaster. Or try a Pocono Slingshot Rental for a ride at your own pace.

If water is more your speed, you can try paddleboarding at several places in the Poconos. For a more adventurous trip, try the Stay on the Delaware River. This is a seven day canoe/kayak trip on the Delaware River where you will paddle all day and camp all night.

For an extra adrenaline rush, head to Skirmish and have a paintball battle. This site offers something for every level of paintball player.

No matter how you choose to spend your summer, whether in the water or on the sidewalk, if you’re summering in the Poconos, NEPA, or Central PA, you can’t go wrong.

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