20 Best Things to Do in Scranton, PA

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Usually known for being the home base of the popular TV show The Office, Scranton, Pennsylvania is home to many tourist attractions.

Whether you're looking to take a solo hike through the wild, have an adventure with your gang, or go on a tour with the whole family, there's much to do in this city.

Interested to know more about this place?

Here's a list of the best things to do in Scranton, Pennsylvania:

Hike, Swim, Chill at Nay Aug Falls

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Take in the beautiful sights of Nay Aug Park while hiking through the trails running along the western slope.

The 22-feet high Nay Aug Falls is the destination most hikers set as aim.

There are two looking platforms on each bank, built to facilitate better access to the scenic view of the majestic fall.

Top view of Nay Aug Falls
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Relax in Nay Aug Park's Swimming Pools

While jumping off a cliff to the depths of waterfalls may seem cool in movies, it's risky and not permitted in real life.

If you wish to relax, taking a dip in the swimming pools of Nay Aug Park is a better, safer idea.

The pools are Olympic-sized and even offer water slides.

Enjoy the view from David Wenzel Tree House, built by Forever Young Inc. in 2007.

The treehouse is a one-of-a-kind attraction in the park, providing a view of the surrounding forest.

It is also handicapped-accessible.

Learn History at the Everhart Museum

Exterior of Everhart Museum in Scranton
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Built in 1908, the Everhart Museum was named after Civil War veteran Dr. Isaiah Fawkes Everhart, the first financer and a substantial provider of its expansive natural history collection.

The museum was initially dedicated to displaying a collection of native birds and wildlife specimens, but as the varieties of themes in their collections grew, so changed the museum's focus.

At the start, the museum's collection only included Oceanic, Japanese, and African art.

It was later granted a generous assortment of American art in 1940.

Visit the Anthracite Heritage Museum

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This is not only a museum to educate you about the coal mining industries, but it is also a place to rediscover the tale of European immigrants to Northeastern Pennsylvania in search of work in the textile and mining industries.

Listen to the story of the Anthracite people.

There are displays of moments in the daily lives of the people that built the town on the back of the mining industry while going through hardships themselves.


Witness the Scranton Iron Furnaces

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There are four blast furnaces that are remainders of the historical iron industry age of America.

One of the blast furnaces at the Scranton Iron Furnaces
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The furnaces teach visitors how significant Scranton's coal mining industry is to the national economy.

The view inside one of Scranton Iron Furnaces
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Jog around the Trails of Lake Scranton

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Looking for a place to have your morning jog without worrying about bikers and crowded places?

The walking trail around Lake Scranton is the perfect pick.

It's a 3.57-mile loop trail, secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city and yet with moderate foot traffic of walkers and joggers.

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It takes around 10 minutes to get there from the city area, and parking is free.

Swimming in the lake and biking on the trails is strictly prohibited; it's a place to walk and jog in peace while taking in the beautiful sights of the area only.

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Feel the Classic Vibe at Steamtown National Historic Site

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Technology may keep advancing, but classics will always be classics.

There may be bullet trains aplenty nowadays, but there's something about the idea of steam engine trains that draws tourists to the Steamtown National Historic Site.

The "Scranton Limited" short train rides are the site's most famous attraction.

Steam trains at Steamtown National Historic Site
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The passage takes you by the Lackawanna River and past Radisson (Lackawanna Station Hotel), briefly takes a stop a the University of Scranton, and comes back to the boarding area at Steamtown National Historic Site.

It's usually a-30 minute round trip.

A caboose is a rear end of the train, usually reserved for its crew members.

Steam locomotive at Steamtown National Historic Site
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With the "Caboose experience," visitors can ride in the caboose and feel like a part of the crew in the past.

It's an inclusive part of the "Scranton Limited" ticket.

This site, in its essence, is a documentation of the US train history, with the use of steam engine trains rides and exhibitions.

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Take a Trip to the Past at the Electric City Trolley Museum

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Train enthusiasts visiting Scranton should head to the Electric City Trolley Museum.

Electric City Trolley Museum's station
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Enjoy the exciting ride connecting Steamtown National Historic Site to a trolley restoration facility in Moosic.

The trip offers a long tunnel ride, making you feel as if you've just glimpsed a part of life in the 1920s.

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The museum has a gallery where visitors can watch the ongoing repairs on trolleys and interurbans.

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Be Amazed at the Houdini Museum

Get to know the wondrous life and times of Harry Houdini, check out some of his authentic artifacts, and watch spellbinding magical events at the Houdini Museum!

The museum is managed by the world-famous "First Lady of Magic" Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brooks.

It's one of the places with the most positive feedback by visitors, for its beautiful display of various information related to Harry Houdini's life by talented hosts and outstanding magic shows.

Try Out the Best Places to Eat and Drink in Scranton

Head to Savory Maza to enjoy Lebanese specialties an authentic dining experience.

Check out the Seafood of Cooper's Seafood House, an excellent place to get quality seafood and enjoy eating and drinking on the patio.

If you want to check out a Mediterranean restaurant, The Gardens is the perfect choice.

With Modern Middle Eastern and Mediterranean recipes and outdoor seating, it's a great place to grab a quick bite.

Have your fill of craft beer of Backyard Ale and be amazed by their quality.

House Scranton, a premier craft beer hub, has an outdoor patio and various dining options available.

It's a good place to hang out with your gang.

For a romantic evening with your partner, enjoy the fine dining experience at Posh.

Reservations are recommended.

Check Out Archbald Pothole State Park

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Found accidentally by miners in 1884 while blasting the area to expand a mining tunnel, Archbald Pothole State Park is now known as the world's largest glacial pothole.

It's 38 feet deep and 42 feet wide.

It was formed by the subsiding glacier meltwater swirl during the Ice Age.

Before the mining accident, it was undiscovered and untouched for about 10,000 years.

Meet Marine Wildlife at Electric City Aquarium & Reptile Den

If you think HD images and videos are awe-inspiring, you'll be impressed by exotic species of fish swimming under the sparkling blue waters and reptiles lurking in their artificial habitat.

Electric City Aquarium offers an interactive educational walk-through experience, introducing you to majestic stingrays, intimidating sharks, camouflaging octopuses, and other aquatic animals.

You can also take an informative tour of their reptile den, where you'll learn fun facts about many different types of amphibians.

Along with reptiles of all sizes, including lizards, tortoises, snakes, and crocodilians, you might even get to see some critters that aren't your average reptiles.

If you go on a self-guided tour, the expert keepers will share facts about each specific species and its important places in the ecosystem.

Enjoy Live Entertainment at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple

Exterior of Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple
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Once called the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral, the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple is a cultural center and performing arts theater on Washington Avenue.

A National Register of Historic Places, the Cultural Center is a hub for learning and creativity, things of interest to many people in the community, young and old alike.

This building was designed by architect Raymond Hood, Harry V. K. Henderson, and Godley & Fouilhoux, and inside it is the Scranton Cultural Center.

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An exciting breakthrough in combining elements of the Romanesque, Gothic, and Richardsonian Romanesque architecture with contemporary Art Deco influences makes The Masonic Temple an aesthetic masterpiece.

Like a cultural smorgasbord, the Cultural Center offers the most flavorful of theater, musicals, opera, foreign films, art exhibits, and dance performances.

If you're looking for comedy, it's a cozy spot to grab a few laughs.

Various well-known personalities in the contemporary music business such as Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, N Sync, Alice Cooper, Breaking Benjamin, and Maroon 5 have made legendary performances in this theater.

Night lights of Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple
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Situated in the heart of Scranton's historic restoration district, Beacon Specialized Living proudly presents ArtWorks Gallery & Studio.

This vibrant venue provides the community with an opportunity to explore creativity and serve as an inspiring space for artists and people with disabilities of all levels of ability.

This open-plan studio features a multipurpose room that embraces difference, providing a welcoming place for everyone in their journey of artistic self-discovery.

Artworks Gallery & Studio is one of the most popular events to experience during First Friday in downtown Scranton.

An emerging trend in the art industry is the concept of a "Community Art Walk."

With first Fridays in Scranton, galleries and other local businesses will participate by inviting artists to set up displays of their original artwork to give patrons a chance to see more variety than they would at one company.

Other Things to Do Nearby

Take a Side Trip to Knoebels Amusement Park

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If you're already in the city and actively trying to find fun things to do, then why not take a short side trip to Knoebels Amusement Park?

It's located in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, approximately an hour and a half away from Scranton.

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Knoebels claims to be the biggest free entry-fee amusement park in America.

It's a perfect classical getaway to enjoy rollercoasters, swimming, and picnicking with your family on the weekend.

The main attractions of the amusement park are the laser tag maze, mini-golf course, XD theater, and bald eagle habitats.

Water splash of Knoebels Amusement Park's pool
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If your family is in the mood for some splish-splashing fun, there are also water slides of varying kinds and a kiddie pool area for small children.

In case you're planning to spend your whole weekend at the amusement park,  there are many choices available, such as the Knoebels Park Campground, Lake Glory Campground, cozy log cabins (single cabin for up to six people), and other places ranging from budget to luxury stays.

A thrilling ride in Knoebels Amusement Park
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Go on a Short Trip to Ricketts Glen State Park

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Just a 57-minute ride away from Scranton is one of the top tourist attractions of Pennsylvania: Ricketts Glen State Park.

This state park is known for its 22 waterfalls, the most notable being the 94-foot Ganoga Falls.

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There are hiking trails of varying difficulty and family-friendly activities aplenty in the park.

It's a great place for a weekend trip with your family.

A wooden bridge in Ricketts Glen State Park
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Fishing, hunting, and swimming are allowed for all in this park.

There are also log cabins and campsites for those who would like to spend the night here.

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Admire the Beauty of Nature at Bushkill Falls

Beautiful Bushkill Falls on a sunny day
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Bushkill Falls is located high up in the Poco Mountains and is a little over an hour away from Scranton.

With a spectacular series of eight waterfalls and long winding forest hiking trails, wooden bridges, and gushing rivers, it's one of the best tourist attractions of entire Pennsylvania.

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The hiking trails vary in difficulty, so make sure to pack all the necessary hiking gear (mainly appropriate hiking shoes) and a first aid kit.

The waterfalls can be viewed from closer up through the wooden bridges constructed over the rivers.

Be sure to check out the tallest waterfall, which has an impressive height of 100 feet.

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There are options for fishing, paddle boats over the river, a playground for children, and specified picnic areas.

It can get crowded past 11 am, so you may want to plan an early trip and buy your tickets online to avoid the long lines.

Rushing waters of Bushkill Falls
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Have Fun Times at Camelbeach Mountain Outdoor Waterpark

Located in the Pocono Mountains, about 45 minutes away from Scranton, Camelbeach Mountain Outdoor Waterpark claims to be the biggest waterpark in Pennsylvania.

With more than 37 rides, slides, and family-friendly attractions, it's an excellent place to check out if you're looking for things to do around Scranton.

While taking a break from the waterpark, you can enjoy nearby attractions that offer ski and snow activities, casinos, fishing, boating, restaurants, adventure parks, and many more.

Admire Nature at Choke Creek Falls

Picturesque view of the Choke Creek Falls
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If you love hiking and witnessing natural hidden gems, taking a short hike to Choke creek falls should be on your list of things to do in Scranton.

Located in the Thornhurst Tract of the Pinchot State Forest, the waterfall is 20 feet tall and similarly wide with two drops.

It attracts non-resident visitors and resident hikers alike.

Seek the Hidden Rattlesnake Falls

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Travelers, especially lovers of nature, often enjoy exploring forests and waterfalls on their travels.

If it's a hidden gem, then all the better.

Rattlesnake Falls is about 20 high and carves out a gorge below.

Scenic view of Hidden Rattlesnake Falls
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The whole area is picturesque and best for solo hikers looking for some quiet and seclusion in the heart of nature.

This hidden waterfall is located in the Pinchot forest nearby the Nestbitt Reservoir.

Final Thoughts

Pennsylvania is a state like no other, and Scranton is a special gem tucked away.

Whether you're from the area or coming from out of town on business or pleasure with friends or family, there are tons to do for any traveler.

Reference this list for tips on how to make your trip one to remember!