Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Poconos to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.

10 Grey Towers National Historic Landmark
Take a tour of the beautiful mansion and gardens of Gifford Pinchot, the first US Forest Service Chief who also served as PA's Governor for two terms. The home dates back to 1886 and was built by Gifford's father, James Pinchot, a rich merchant from New York. Grey Towers also sponsors on-site programs and conservation programs that advance the vision of Gifford Pinchot. Guests are encouraged to walk the hiking trails on the grounds to further appreciate the area's natural beauty. (570-296-9630)

9 Stourbridge Line Railroad
Relax and enjoy the sights as you ride in one of five vintage passenger cars that steam along the picturesque Laxawaxen River. Step aboard this historic train at the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company's boat basin, and as the train starts to roll view a number of historic structures that include the engine house for the Lackawaxen and Stourbridge railroads and the old stone retaining wall for the D&H canal. This pleasant trip takes you from Honesdale to Hawley and back. (570-253-1960)

8 Asa Packer Mansion Museum
Come tour this lovely Italianate villa that was the mansion of railroad tycoon and philanthropist Asa Packer. The house was designed and constructed by a Philadelphia architect in 1861 and cost the equivalent of $2.3 million to build. The eye-catching roof is crowned with red-ribbed tin and a central cupola. Eighteen rooms and 11,000 square feet comprise this palatial home situated near Pennsylvania's Mount Pisgah and the Switchback Railroad (the state's first). Architectural details such as a wrap-around porch and mahogany wood carvings add character to the home. (570-325-3229)

7 Lake Wallenpaupack
This mammoth lake covers over 5700 acres. It's man-made and was constructed by the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company for the purpose of providing hydroelectric power. With 52 miles of shoreline and 13-1/2 miles in length, the lake makes an ideal destination for enjoying outdoor activities. Six recreation areas offer opportunities for exploring nature, hiking, wildlife viewing, camping, boating, canoeing and water skiing. Vacation homes available for rent line the lake's lovely shores, offering visitors a chance to comfortably stay where they play.

6 Camelback Mountain Resort
Summer or winter, Camelback has activites to suit the whole family. Surfing lessons and a large water park cool things off during warm weather months and well-maintained runs and state-of-the-art snow making machines keep things cool during the winter. Thirty-three trails provide plenty of room for skiers and boarders, with boarders enjoying a lighted terrain park and half-pipe exclusively for their use. Skiers favor "The Nile Mile," a mile-long run purposely built for those whose skills are on the cusp between beginner and intermediate. Giant family tubes make for great memories, and learn-to-ski packages make sure everyone has fun. (570-629-1661, 800-233-8100)

5 Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
A protected national park, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area stands as the largest recreation area in the eastern US, with over 70,000 acres. The park provides an idyllic setting for hiking, camping, fishing, swimming and enjoying nature. The park's borders include land along the Delaware River in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The property features one of the area's most beautiful waterfalls, Dingman's Falls. Be sure to seek out this lovely gem of nature. Guests can also view the historic Millbrook Village that's on site or choose to make a brief stop at one of the multiple environmental education centers. (908-496-4458, 570-426-2451)

4 Big Boulder Ski Area
Calling all winter weather fans, Big Boulder features skiing, snowboarding and tubing. It's fun for everyone, and classes are available for kids and adults alike. Seven chairlifts have the capacity to ferry 9,600 people per hour. Two boarding parks with rails keep boarders happy and 15 open ski runs provide space for skiers to spread out. The tubing area has single and double chutes as well as a family area and five lifts. Trail difficulty breaks down as follows: beginner trails 40%, intermediate trails 35% and advanced trails 25%. Summer activities at Big Boulder include paintball, fly fishing classes and a variety of local festivals. (570-722-0100)

3 Lehigh River Gorge
One of the most popular activities in the Poconos is white water rafting, and there's no better place to enjoy this adventurous activity than on the Lehigh River. Rushing currents and swirling rapids make for the ride of your life and leave you feeling invigorated and able to tackle anything. Between bouts of riding the rapids, rafters can take the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty that surrounds them, including that of the Lehigh River Gorge and State Park. Call Whitewater Rafting Adventures to book your trip, 800-876-0285. (570-443-0400)

2 Bushkill Falls
Known as the "Niagara of Pennsylvania," Bushkill Falls is one of the Pocono's most popular attractions. The area includes eight different waterfalls set amidst the beauty of wooded forests and unspoiled natural beauty, with the Main Falls boasting a 100-foot drop. Guests can hike the labyrinth of trails surrounding the falls or choose to picnic in the shadow of the falls. Paddle boat rides, miniature golf, fishing and other activities are close by. (570-588-6682, 888-628-7454)

1 Pocono Raceway
The sound of roaring engines, the sights of speeding cars and the smell of diesel draw race fans to the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. This racetrack is a 2.5 mile oval super speedway that has fast straight aways and tricky corners, making it one of the most interesting places to watch races in the NEXTEL Cup. It hosts the notable Pocono 500 and the Pennsylvania 500 — in addition to a lengthy list of other races — where guests can attend a variety of events, from practice rounds to qualifying rounds and final runs. (570-646-2300)

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Type: Gardens, Historic Sites, Outdoor Activities
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Type: Great Views, Sightseeing, Uniquely Here
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Type: Outdoor Activities, Water Sports
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Type: Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Activities - Summer, Outdoor Activities - Winter, Skiing, Water Sports
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - ESP
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Type: Great Views, Outdoor Activities, Uniquely Here
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Type: Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Activities - Winter, Skiing
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Type: Outdoor Activities, Parks, Water Sports
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Type: Great Views, Outdoor Activities
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