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Family-Friendly Winter Fun in the Pocono Mountains

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By: Emily Whelan

The Pocono Mountains is the place to be for quality bonding time. From frolicking in the snow to splashing in the pool, a family vacation filled with lasting memories awaits!

Indulge in snow adventures, sweet treats and activities for everyone at our family resorts as you discover the beauty of the Pocono Mountains this winter. Keep reading to find insider tips to maximize the family fun.

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  1. Snow Activities

Break out your warmest coats and best winter boots for an avalanche of snow activities! Whether you prefer cantering down frosty trails on horseback or racing down the slopes while snow tubing, you and your family are guaranteed to love winter outdoor adventure in the Pocono Mountains.

Horseback riding in the Poconos

Skiing and snowboarding are popular pastimes win the area. Ski and snowboard lessons are available for kids, adults and groups! If you’d prefer a more tranquil pace, try snowshoeing (weather permitting!) over the snow-covered landscape. To kick the adrenaline up a notch, book a winter tour on an ATV or UTV rental.

Snowboarding at Blue Mountain Resort in the Poconos

Insider Tip: Guests staying overnight at Skytop Lodge  and Woodloch Resort  can enjoy a variety of outdoor winter activities on-site, including ice skating! Be sure to check with the resort before your stay to confirm current offerings.

  1. Events

Savor the winter season with Pocono Mountains events! From festivals to shows to educational classes, get the family out of the house for a fun outing.

Experience a slice of local winter history at the Tobyhanna Ice Harvest , or join Pocono Environmental Education Center  to learn something new in the Ecozone Discover Room  or during an Eagle Watch .

The Woodloch Resort in the Poconos

Bundle up for WinterFest in Downtown Stroudsburg , Jim Thorpe’s Winter Fest  or Wally Ice Fest  in February. Brave the temperatures during the 10th Annual Polar Plunge  at Mauch Chunk Lake Park , or race to the top of Shawnee Mountain Ski Area  during Bigfoot Showshoe Race Day .

Insider Tip: Feeling hungry? Sample seasonal local fare every Saturday at The Main Street Farmers’ Market at The Cooperage .

Snow Tubing in the Pocono Mountains
  1. Winter Treats

All that excitement and adventure is sure to work up an appetite. Gather round the table and refuel at one of the region’s delicious restaurants. Stop by a deli café to warm up with hot sandwiches and hot chocolate or enjoy some quality time together during a hearty meal at a family restaurant.

Looking for something sweet? Visit a Pocono Mountains bakery and treat yourselves to yummy desserts and pastries. Find speciality cupcake flavors for every taste at Sonia’s Sweet Inspirations and Pocono Dessert Co .

Insider Tip: Resort restaurants like B-Lux Grill & Bar  and Graffiti Pizza  offer delicious fare in a family-friendly atmosphere.

  1. Museums

Take the family back in time to discover the antiquity and arts of the Pocono Mountains at one of our historical attractions and museums. Explore downtown gems and take in the beauty that has brought visitors to this area for generations.

Historical societies live and breathe the rich culture of the region at places like the Columns Museum  in Milford and the Wayne County Historical Society and Museum  in Honesdale.

Insider Tip: For a truly immersive experience, dig deeper into the past by staying at historic resorts like The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort .

  1. Waterparks

Spend some time poolside this winter! Pocono Mountains waterparks provide excitement and relaxation for all members of the family, and the weather is always a guaranteed 84 degrees!

A sleigh ride in the Pocono Mountains at Happy Trails Stables

Water slides, wave pools and aquatic children’s obstacles are just a few attractions your family will discover. Let the indoor adventures begin!

Insider Tip: Book an overnight stay at Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark , Great Wolf Lodge , Kalahari Resorts and Conventions  or Split Rock Resort  to experience waterpark fun free with your trip!

Discover Pocono family resorts with activities, entertainment, and dining all under one roof, plus find ways to save on accommodations with special offers. Looking to plan a family reunion in the Pocono Mountains? Get in touch to tell us about your upcoming group gathering, and we’ll assist with your event planning needs!

WinterFest in downtown Stroudsberg

Don’t forget to check out more winter activities and winter day trip ideas. Stay up-to-date with area snow conditions as you plan your winter family escape to the Pocono Mountains.


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