By: Emily Whalen
Haven’t made plans of Memorial Day Weekend yet? Pack your bags and head to the Pocono Mountains! We’ve got plenty of events, water recreation and outdoor adventure!
As a time to honor those who have served, Memorial Day Weekend also provides an opportunity to spend time with loved ones and welcome the warmer months and activities that come with them. Browse the itinerary suggestions below for ways to enjoy your holiday weekend.
- Friday: Enjoy Jim Thorpe and the Lehigh Gorge
- Saturday: Experience all the Poconos has to offer
- Sunday: Relax by the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack
- Monday: Take in the beauty of the Pocono Mountains
Friday: Enjoy Jim Thorpe and the Lehigh Gorge
Morning: Ready to whitewater raft? Enjoy 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 fast-paced excursions and family-style trips. Take on the rapids of the Lehigh River as you navigate through the stunning Lehigh Gorge.
Afternoon: Continue to experience the beauty of the Pocono Mountains while horseback riding. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, all skill levels are welcome. Take a mid-afternoon tour with Daisy Field Farm across beautiful green fields and forests.
Evening: After all that fresh air, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite! Visit Molly Maguires Pub and Steakhouse in Downtown Jim Thorpe to enjoy old-world charm and authentic cuisine, then head on to your next outdoor adventure. Broadway Grille & Pub, boasting a new chef and menu, is great for dinner and drinks. When you’re finished eating, soak in the quaint downtown vibes with a stroll through historic Jim Thorpe. Get a preview of the downtown action on our live camera.
Saturday: Experience all the Poconos has to offer
Morning: Suit up for some paintball. A sure-fire way to boost your adrenaline, paintball is an exciting way to enjoy some friendly competition, whether you’re a new player or an old hand. Don’t miss out on the action at Skirmish Paintball and Whitewater Challengers–Paintball, book your reservations today!
Afternoon: Tour the Pocono Mountains like never before. Pocono Slingshot Rentals deliver a 360-degree view from the open-air cockpit of a Polaris Slingshot three-wheeled motorcycle. Dual seats allow driver and passenger to feel the wind through their hair on the open winding roads of the region.
Evening: Try your luck at Mount Airy Casino: choose from over 1,800 slot machines and 80 tables throughout the casino. Looking for the nightlife? Stop into one of the onsite lounges or bars for some relaxation.
When it comes to dining, you’ve got plenty of choices at Mount Airy Casino Resort. Find dishes designed for every palate at Bistecca by IL MULINO, The Buffet at Mount Airy, Guy Fieri’s Mount Pocono Kitchen or Lucky 8.
Sunday: Relax by the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack
Morning: Calling all anglers: May 30, 2021 is a free fishing day in the Pocono Mountains! Most of the time, fishing in Pennsylvania requires a license for locals and visitors alike, but today is one of two days during the season when no license is required!
Enjoy a scenic day on the lake during a guided trip with Ray’s Charter Guide Service, or captain your own vessel while boating on Lake Wallenpaupack with a rental from outfitters like Rubber Duckie Boat Rentals or 1st Klas Marina.
Getting hungry? Head over 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 close to the animals at the Claws ‘N’ Paws Wild Animal Park. Feed the parrots or Jethro the giraffe, visit the petting zoo and see 100 varieties of animals at this “zoo-in-the-woods” experience in Lake Ariel, PA.
Evening: See what all the fuss is about over farm to table dining. Local restaurants like French Manor Inn & Spa and The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park have adopted the culinary movement and are sourcing local and organic ingredients to craft unforgettable signature dishes. TREE Restaurant and Bar and the Cocoon Coffeehouse & Bakery are also perfect for foodies searching for farm fresh flavors.
(Pocono Mountains Blog)