The best things to do in the Poconos of Pennsylvania

The Poconos used to be known as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World.” And while some of these historic resorts still exist, the region is now better known for its amazing waterfalls and charming small towns.

The Poconos region is located in the northeastern corner of Pennsylvania and borders both New Jersey and New York along the Delaware River.

The area is dominated by the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area which is the closest thing Pennsylvania has to an actual National Park. The Delaware Water Gap is home to the tallest waterfalls in Pennsylvania, as well as dozens of smaller drops along the many beautiful waterways.

Further afield, charming towns like Stroudsburg, Milford, and Jim Thorpe offer shopping, dining, and historic hotels.

Explore the best things to do in the Poconos by checking out the rest of this page. And, if you want to stay the night, check out the best cabins in the Poconos!

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Things to do in Carbon County, PACarbon County was once a coal mining hub but is now an outdoor destination. The quaint town of Jim Thorpe offers great shopping and historic sites (like the Old Jail Museum), while nearby spots like Hickory Run State Park and Beltzville State Park offer fantastic hiking. The county is also home to several great ski resorts and covered bridges.
Things to do in Monroe County, PAMonroe County is the southern gateway to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and is home to beautiful spots like Marshall’s Falls and Resica Falls. The charming community of Stroudsburg is another great stop.
Things to do in Pike County, PAPike County is the northern gateway to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation and is home to the largest waterfalls in Pennsylvania: Raymondskill Falls and Dingmans Falls. Other popular spots include Bushkill Falls, Milford Knob, and Grey Towers.
Things to do in Wayne County, PAWayne County is located in the northeastern corner of PA. Honesdale, the county seat, is directly along the popular Route 6 and offers several great museums. There are also fun outdoor spots including Shuman Point, Tanners Falls, and Prompton State Park.


Top places to visit in the Poconos

How to Get to Raymondskill FallsRaymondskill Falls – Raymondskill Falls is the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania and is one of the most beautiful spots in the region.
How to Get to Hawk FallsHawk Falls – Hawk Falls in Hickory Run State Park is one of the best waterfalls in the Poconos and only requries a short hike to see.
What to do in Stroudsburg PADowntown Stroudsburg – Stroudsburg is a charming community just south of the Delaware Water Gap with lots of shoppping and places to eat.
Visiting Bushkill FallsBushkill Falls – Bushkill Falls is home to eight beautiful waterfalls including one over 100 feet tall. A great boardwalk leads to them all.
Hiking at Shuman Point Natural AreaShuman Point Natural Area – Shuman Point Natural Area offers great hiking through ruins and along the beautiful shores of Lake Wallenpaupack.


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