Memorial Day weekend activities in Poconos
By: Emily Whalen
Haven’t planned for Memorial Day weekend yet? Pack your bags and head to the Pocono Mountains! We have lots of events, water recreation and outdoor adventures!
In honor of those who have served, Memorial Day weekend also provides an opportunity to spend time with loved ones and welcome the warmer months and the activities that accompany them. Browse the suggested itineraries below to find out how to make the most of your vacation weekend.
- Friday: Enjoy Jim Thorpe and Lehigh Gorge
- Saturday: See what the Poconos have to offer
- Sunday: Relax by Lake Wallenpaupack
- Monday: Admire the beauty of the Pocono Mountains
Friday: Enjoy Jim Thorpe and Lehigh Gorge
Morning: Ready for whitewater rafting? Take advantage of a dam release set for Memorial Day weekend! Outfitters like Whitewater Rafting Adventures, Jim Thorpe River Adventures, Adventure Center at Whitewater Challengers, and Pocono Whitewater Adventures can accommodate both quick tours and family-style trips. Face the rapids of the Lehigh River as you cruise through the beautiful Lehigh Gorge.
Afternoon: Continue to discover the beauty of the Pocono Mountains by going horseback riding. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, all skill levels are welcome. Take a mid-afternoon tour with Daisy Field Farm through beautiful green fields and forests.
Evening: After all the fresh air, you’re sure to have whetted your appetite! Visit Molly Maguires Pub and Steakhouse in downtown Jim Thorpe to enjoy old world charm and authentic cuisine, then set out on your next outdoor adventure. The Broadway Grille & Pub, featuring a new chef and a new menu, is ideal for dinner and drinks. When you’re done eating, soak up the quaint downtown vibe as you stroll through historic Jim Thorpe. Get a glimpse of the downtown action on our live cam.
Saturday: See what the Poconos have to offer
Morning: Dress for paintball. A sure-fire way to boost your adrenaline, paintball is an exciting way to enjoy friendly competition whether you are a new player or an old one. Don’t miss the action at Skirmish Paintball and Whitewater Challengers – Paintball, book your reservations today!
Afternoon: Visit the Pocono Mountains like never before. Pocono Slingshot rentals offer a 360-degree view from the open-air cockpit of a Polaris Slingshot three-wheeled motorcycle. The two seats allow the driver and passenger to feel the wind through their hair on the region’s open winding roads.
Evening: Try your luck at Mount Airy Casino: choose from over 1,800 slot machines and 80 tables throughout the casino. Looking for nightlife? Stop by one of the on-site lounges or bars to relax.
When it comes to dining, you are spoiled for choice at Mount Airy Casino Resort. Find dishes designed for all palates at Bistecca by IL MULINO, The Buffet at Mount Airy, Guy Fieri’s Mount Pocono Kitchen or Lucky 8.
Sunday: Relax by Lake Wallenpaupack
Morning: Calling all anglers: May 30, 2021 is a free day of fishing in the Pocono Mountains! Most of the time, fishing in Pennsylvania requires a permit for locals and visitors alike, but today is one of two days of the season that no permit is required!
Enjoy a scenic day on the lake on a guided excursion with Ray’s Charter Guide Service, or steer your own boat while cruising Lake Wallenpaupack with a rental from outfitters like Rubber Duckie Boat Rentals or 1st Klas Marina.
You are hungry? Head to the Dock on Wallenpaupack or the Boat House Restaurant for waterfront views and scrumptious meals.
Afternoon: Take a walk on the wild side and get up close to the animals at Claws ‘N’ Paws Wildlife Park. Feed the parrots or Jethro the giraffe, visit the petting zoo, and see 100 varieties of animals on this ‘zoo-in-the-woods’ experience in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania.
Evening: See what everyone has to say about farm-to-table meals. Local restaurants like French Manor Inn & Spa and The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park have embraced the culinary movement and source local and organic ingredients to create unforgettable signature dishes. The TREE Restaurant and Bar and the Cocoon Cafe and Bakery are also perfect for foodies looking for farm-fresh flavors.
(Pocono Mountains Blog)