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A Complete Travel Guide for Family Vacation in the Poconos

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If you vividly remember your childhood family trip to a vacation destination, then you certainly know how adventurous and entertaining it is. So, why not relive those moments again and plan your family vacation trip this year? 

This might be an excellent time of the year to plan your long-awaited family trip. There are many family vacation destinations where you can plan your vacation trip, but nothing comes closer to the beautiful Poconos. We bring you some of the most amazing places for a perfect family vacation in the Poconos that will blow your mind. 

So, let’s start and explore the breathtaking places in the Poconos for your next family trip.

Jim Thorpe

A wonderful and historic place, named after one of the most celebrated American Olympians “James Francis Thorpe”. Jim Thorpe is an insanely beautiful place with mountains, lakes, and colorful landscapes and it offers a plethora of recreational activities that one can enjoy with family members. Here are some of the best things to do in Jim Thorpe for families, especially with kids.

  • Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway: This rail trip offers a splendid travel experience through the beautiful landscapes of Jim Thorpe.

  • Old Jail Museum: A must-visit intriguing historical site that offers a glimpse of prisoners of antiquity. 

  • Golf: Golf is a versatile game that can be enjoyed by everyone, and Jim Thorpe is blessed with several beautiful and challenging golf courses.

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Image: HolidayKeepers lake front house

Lake Harmony

Since the 1900s, Lake Harmony is one of the most sought-after vacation destinations in Pennsylvania, and become an adventurer’s paradise. Lake Harmony offers plenty of outdoor as well as indoor activities and it is also home to some of the best lakefront vacation rentals, specially designed for families. Here are some of the best adventure activities for a family.

  • Ski: Winter is the season of thrill in the Poconos and is dotted with several resorts offering a unique ski experience.

  • Fishing: When in Lake Harmony, fishing is something you can’t miss. There are many perfects spot to reel in some native fish species.

  • Hiking: If looking for a great hiking trail, then Lake Harmony is the place you should consider, as it features several stunning hiking trails. 

  • Horseback Riding: Are you ready for some horseback riding lessons? If your answer is yes, then visit Lake Harmony and get hands-on experience in riding horses.

Delaware Water Gap

This 70,000-acre area encompasses Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area, and the National Scenic and Recreational River. This gorgeous vacation destination offers multiple recreational activities for families and kids. Some of them are:-

  • Camping: There are multiple options to select from to experience the best rustic camping under the open sky.

  • National Parks: Delaware Water Gap is nature’s paradise thus, surrounded by several national parks. A great way for your kids to reconnect with nature.

  • Boating: There are many boating facilities in and around Delaware Water Gap. Come and explore the various way of enjoying the water.

White Haven

Located along the Lehigh River, this quaint town offers a beautiful location to spend quality time with family. It offers various options to stay like resorts, vacation homes and luxury mansions. The best family activities to do in White Have are:-

  • Fishing: White Haven host some of the best spots to reel in some serious fishing. Waters around White Haven are stocked with native species like pike, pickerel, large and smallmouth bass, crappies, etc.

  • Water Adventure: White Haven is among the few great places wherein you can enjoy super fun water activities like swimming, boating, etc.

  •  Winter Activities: Visit White Haven to embrace the arrival of winter, during winter White Haven become a hotspot for winter Activities.

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Venture into the beautiful world of Blakeslee. This unincorporated community offers many recreational activities for all age groups. Here is a list of some of the best places to visit in Blakeslee with family.

  • Jack Frost Ski Resort: Located at the heart of Pocono Mountain, Jack Frost Ski Resort is one of the most known resorts to enjoy winter activities.

  • Austin T. Blakeslee: Witness the wonderful view of waterfalls with your loved ones. This 130-acre land is a great place for hiking, biking, and wildlife watching.

  • Golf: A golf course is a good place to start your family trip. Its undemanding physical requirement makes it suitable for everyone.

house on the waterfront in Poconos

Image: HolidayKeepers lake front house


Covered in forests and hills, this quaint township is the best place to witness the mesmerizing fall foliage. So, while preparing the list of places to visit in the Poconos, don’t forget to add Tobyhanna. Below are some of the few lists of family activities you can enjoy on your trip to Tobyhanna.

  • Hiking & Biking: Due to the abundance of natural wonders, Tobyhanna is a great place to hike and bike. The Tobyhanna State Park is a hub of activities like hiking, camping, picnicking, wildlife watching, swimming, etc.

  • Boating: The Tobyhanna Lake is a 170-acre lake offering a top boating destination. Both motorized and non-motorized boats are permitted here. And the lake has close to 60 overnight mooring spaces.

  • Winter activities: Tobyhanna State Park features a 5.1-mile snowmobile trail on Lakeside Trail suitable for cross-country Skiing.

house on the waterfront in Poconos

Image: HolidayKeepers lake front house


Considered one of the safest places in the country, Plains offers great options for a perfect family vacation with plenty of outdoor activities for a fun day out.

  • Arcade Game Rooms: There’s nothing entertaining as playing arcade games with your family member or friends. Visit the Plains and experience the live vibe of an arcade game room.

  • Historic Museums: If you are someone with a taste for history, then visiting historic museums in Plains is a great way to learn about the past of the region.

  • The Strange and Unusual: Want to buy some strange and one-of-a-kind collectible items for your loved ones? If so, then this is a must-visit place. 

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These are our top places to visit in the Poconos and if you are planning an upcoming trip to the Poconos, then consider these places on your bucket list for a perfect family-friendly vacation experience.

Ashley Pugh Written by
Ashley Pugh

Ashley Pugh is one of the Co-Founders of and has been committed to writing family related content since 2008. There isn't much about family attractions that Ashley doesn't know, after visiting hundreds of them worldwide over the last 20 years.

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