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Places to go in the LLV region

Provided by the Locust Lake Village Recreation Committee
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Waterparks

Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark
1 Great Wolf Avenue
Scotrun, Pa. 18355
570-688-9896
Greatwolf.com/poconos

Camelbeach Mountain Outdoor Waterpark
309 Resort Drive
Tannersville, Pa. 18372
570-629-1662
Camelbeach.com

Camelback Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark
193 Resort Drive
Tannersville, Pa. 18372
855-515-1283
Camelbackresort.com

Kalahari Indoor Waterpark
250 Kalahari Blvd.
Pocono Manor, Pa. 18349
570-580-6000
Kalahariresorts.com/Pennsylvania

Whitewater Challengers
Raft the Lehigh River or bike the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail
288 N. Stagecoach Road
Weatherly, Pa. 18255
800-443-8554
Whitewaterchallengers.com

Horseback Riding: Trail Rides or Lessons

Paradise Riding Stables
1619 Route 611
Mt. Pocono, Pa.
570-839-8340
Instagram: @Poconohorses
Facebook: Paradise Riding Stables

Mountain Creek Riding Stables
6190 Paradise Valley Road
Cresco, Pa.
570-839-8725
Mtcreekstable.com

The Ranch at Pocono Manor
391 Manor Drive
Pocono Manor, Pa.
570-839-6237
Poconomanor.com/stables

National Museum of Industrial History

A Smithsonian Institution affiliate that connects America’s industrial past with innovations of today, and based in a century-old facility on the site of the famous Bethlehem Steel works. Complete with interactive displays and 200 artifacts that cannot be seen elsewhere—first made, longest operating or last produced. Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

602 East Second Street
Bethlehem, Pa. 18015
610-694-6644
Info@NMIH.org

Eckley Miners Village

Known as “a village frozen in time,” Eckley, founded in 1854, is testament to life in a coal mining or company town in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The town’s original miner dwellings, churches, doctor’s office and company store provide a historic glimpse of how miners and their families lived and helped to fuel the Industrial Revolution in America. The movie “The Molly Maguires” was filmed here and in Jim Thorpe, Pa.

Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
One-and-a-half hour guided tours available.
2 Eckley Road
Weatherly, Pa. 18255
570-636-2070
Eckleyminersvillage.com

Paradise Fishing Preserve

Two ponds, one stocked with trout the other with bass, make up the preserve. The preserve has everything you need “to reel ‘em in”: Pole rental, worms, hooks, buckets and a gutting station. Picnic tables, snacks, and refreshments are also available.

Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
123 Hatchery Drive
Cresco, Pa. 18326
570-629-0422
paradisetrout.com

Tannersville Cranberry Bog Preserve

This unique bog ecosystem is the southernmost low elevation boreal bog along the eastern seaboard that inspires wonder among students, educators, scientists, nature lovers and photographers. Calla lilies, gold thread, carnivorous sundew and pitcher plants, native orchids, bog rosemary, Labrador tea and shrubs such as leather leaf, sheep laurel and swamp azalea are among the many plants in the bog. Black bear, river otter, bobcat, beavers, porcupines, minks, wild turkey, snowshoe hares and a host of birds call the bog home. Regularly scheduled walks are conducted by the Monroe County Environmental Education Center. Public access is permitted on the North Wood and Fern Ridge trails. Operated by the Nature Conservancy and the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center.

Nature Conservancy
P.O. Box 55 Long Pond Road
Long Pond, Pa. 18344
570-643-7922

Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center
8050 Running Valley Road
Stroudsburg, Pa. 18360
570-629-3061
http://www.mcconservation.org

Pocono Rocks!

A place to literally “climb the wall.” The Boulder Climbing Wall is almost 16 feet high and helps beginners of all ages learn balance and technique, and there are advanced routes for more experienced climbers. Bounce houses offer platforms, slides and obstacle courses. And there’s the Ninja Warrior Course. Refresh in the Little Rock Café.

Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
1428 Pocono Boulevard
Mt. Pocono, Pa. 18344
Poconorocks.com

Coolbaugh Township Historical Society

Wills Mansion & Bicentennial Museum

The museum contains a wealth of diverse local artifact including toys and school materials from the 1930s; a military room recognizing the Tobyhanna Army Depot; and displays on ice harvesting and ice fishing. There’s also a mysterious secret staircase. Annie Mills, a wealthy member of Scranton society, built the mansion as her summer home in the 1920s.

Coolbaugh Township Historical Association
Wills Mansion Museum
5590 Municipal Drive
Tobyhanna, Pa. 18466
570-894-4207
coolbaughtwp.org/historicalsociety

Monroe County Historical Association
Stroud Mansion & Elizabeth D. Walters Library

A center for connecting the county’s past with its present, the association is housed in the 1795 Stroud Mansion, the finest example of Georgian-style architecture in Monroe County. It offers four floors of exhibits portraying the history of the county from the time of Native Americans to today: An authentic colonial-era cellar kitchen, the early 18th Century Stroud Room and Victorian parlor, tools and weapons, antique toys, and a textile collection among other items. The Walters Library contains genealogical materials and local history resources.

Monroe County Historical Association
900 Main Street
Stroudsburg, Pa. 18360
Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
First and third Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
570-421-7703
Monroehistorical.org

Big Pocono State Park

Consists of 1,306 acres of rugged terrain on the summit and slopes of Camelback Mountain, the park features scenic views of three states. Hike 8.5 miles of trails. Most trails have steep grades. South Trail and the North Trail Lower Loop are open to mountain bikes and horses. Indian Trail offers a great vista from the eastern cliffs, visible from I-80 and points in Tannersville and Scotrun. Three picnic areas are on the top of the mountain at an elevation of 2,120 feet above sea level. The Cameltop Restaurant, near the summit of Camelback Mountain is reached by the park road or by taking the ski area’s chair lift.

Big Pocono State Park
Camelback Road
Tannersville, Pa. 18372
570-894-8336
tobyhannasp@pa.gov

Bushkill Falls

“The Niagara of Pennsylvania,” is actually a series of eight waterfalls tucked away in the deep woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Two miles of hiking trails, bridges, and walkways provide easy access to Pennel Falls, the 100-ft. high Main Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Lower Gorge Falls, Laurel Glen Falls, and three unnamed falls. There’s also the Bushkill Falls Mining Co. Maze. Owned since 1904 by the Charles E. Peters Estate, Bushkill Falls covers 300 acres populated by hemlock, pine, oak, maple, beech and birch trees, and is a birders delight.

Hours depend on season, day of week, and weather. Generally from 9 a.m. to close which can be 4, 5, 6, or 7 p.m.

Bushkill Falls
Bushkill Falls Road
Bushkill, Pa. 18324
Visitbushkillfalls.com

Delaware Water Gap

Part of the National Recreation Area of New Jersey and Pennsylvania and operated by the National Park Service, the gap is a 1,000-ft. deep notch cut into the Kittatinny Ridge by the Delaware River. It is nearly a quarter mile wide and a mile wide from one mountain top to another, and is still forming today,  testatment to the power of flowing water. Forty miles of the middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River flow through the area, and 27 miles of the Appalachian Trail stretch across the Kittatinny Ridge. There are 67,000 acres of forested mountains, riverine valleys, fertile floodplains, historic villages, structures, and landscapes from the area’s colonial past. Don’t miss the Old Mine Road, the oldest commercial road in America.

Contact the National Recreation Area of N.J. and Pa.
1978 River Road
Bushkill, Pa. 18324
570-426-2452
nps.gov/dewa/index.htm

Jim Thorpe/Mauch Chunk

Recognized on national media “Best” lists, Jim Thorpe, nestled in the breathtaking Lehigh Gorge, is ranked among the most fun, most beautiful and best adventure towns. In addition to fascinating shops and eateries, there are the ASA Packer Mansion, the Mauch Chunk Railroad Station, the Old Jail, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and the Harry Packer Mansion. Then there is the Mauch Chunk Opera House and Penn’s Peak entertainment venues. The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway operates scenic trains through the Lehigh Gorge on weekends from the Mauch Chunk Station. The Fall Foliage Festival takes place every weekend in October.

Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency
1-888-546=8467
info@Jimthorpe.org

Mt. Airy Casino Resort

Restaurants, top name entertainment, lodging, gaming tables, slots, and a 6,500-yard golf course with every hole modeled after the most legendary holes from championship courses in America make this a destination stop even if it’s only for a cup of coffee at the Starbucks.

312 Woodland Road
Mt. Pocono, Pa. 18344
877-682-4791
mtairycasino.com