5 Ways to Enjoy a Family-Friendly Jaunt to the Poconos

When you think of the Poconos, a rustic honeymoon may be the first thought that springs to mind. However, this region of northeast Pennsylvania is also a fantastic destination for families seeking a fun outdoor adventure. Discover the following five ways to enjoy a family-friendly jaunt to the Poconos and start planning an unforgettable trip.

Explore Ricketts Glen State Park

This expansive state park spans more than 13,000 acres across three counties, and Ricketts Glen State Park offers activities for every member of the family. Grab your hiking shoes and hit your choice of trails along the Falls Trail System where you’ll find one majestic waterfall after another. Don’t miss Ganoga Falls, the largest of nearly two dozen named waterfalls, and be sure to swing by Lake Jean.

Stop by Tobyhanna and Gouldsboro State Parks

Why stop at one Pennsylvania state park when you can visit two in one day? Tobyhanna State Park and Gouldsboro State Park are adjacent to one another, and each one is known for its respective lake.

Both state parks are great places to rent a boat, kayak, or canoe when you want to take to the water. If you’d rather stay on dry land, both parks offer easy hiking trails ideal for visitors of all ages. Bring a picnic and relax on the shores of Tobyhanna Lake or Gouldsboro Lake.

Discover Claws ‘N’ Paws Wild Animal Park

At Claws ‘N’ Paws Wild Animal Park in Lake Ariel, kids can get an up-close view of their favorite animals. This zoo is home to lambs, goats, tortoises, pythons, alligators, and parrots. Children will also love searching for fossils and prehistoric creatures at the park’s Dino Dig. Check out Poconos hotels close to Lake Ariel so that you’ll have plenty of time to visit this fun spot when you make your Poconos visit a multi-day stay.

Visit Malibu Dude Ranch

For a different type of animal adventure, plan a day at the Malibu Dude Ranch in Milford where you can live like a cowboy in the heart of the Poconos.

Book a Day Ranch Package, and you’ll get two horseback rides on the ranch’s noble steeds, access to the ranch’s rifle range, and use of amenities such as a mini golf course, a volleyball court, a swimming pool, and an arcade room. The ranch is open throughout the year, making this attraction a fun family activity place in any season.

Shop and Play at Country Junction

Country Junction in Lehighton is more than the world’s largest general store. It’s also a family-friendly zone with plenty to entertain everyone. Need to do some shopping? Country Junction has everything from puppies to ponds. Want to hang out with your favorite cuddly animals? Spend an hour or two with alpacas, rabbits, pigs, and more at Country Junction’s free petting zoo. Would you rather challenge the kids on your trip? Head to the Ballistic Battle Zone, and play for an hour or for the day.

No matter what type of family-friendly adventure you’re seeking, you’ll find it in the Poconos. Book your accommodations and start planning your next family vacation to this scenic Pennsylvania destination.