ScrantonUnited States of America

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Learn about the former coal mines and trolley systems of this historic town. Visit the surrounding nature parks and a glorious lake.

Scranton is a charming city in Pennsylvania’s Lackawanna River Valley. A former coal mining community, the area today is packed with museums and historical sites that reflect its industrial past. Picturesque parks, rolling hills and a large lake also surround Scranton.

Take a subterranean tour of the Lackawanna County Coal Mine. In the depths you’ll experience the pitch-black conditions in which miners worked for decades. Learn about the history of the mine and the young children who once worked in these squalid circumstances.

Hike along one of the paths around Scranton Lake alongside trees, flowers and plants. View the water as you take a healthy jog on the walking path. Enjoy a picnic on a grassy knoll with a backdrop of birds, squirrels, chipmunks and other wildlife.

Visit the Electric City Trolley Station and Museum to learn about the history of this transportation system and see antique trolleys. The children’s section has small models of the vehicles. Purchase souvenirs at the gift shop. The main attraction is a ride on a trolley through scenic countryside.

Enjoy the serene ambiance at Nay Aug Park. Find walking trails, picnic benches and children’s playgrounds in this family-friendly area. Kids flock to the waterslide complex and Olympic-sized swimming pools. Follow the long wooden ramp, which is wheelchair-accessible, to the David Wenzel Tree House, where you can enjoy panoramic views of a gorge. The park’s Everhart Museum combines natural history, science and art.

See a theatrical performance at the Scranton Cultural Center. The Gothic and Romanesque building is bathed in purple and blue light in the evening.

Visit Tripp House, the oldest home in Lackawanna County. The white wooden structure dates back to 1771. Scranton’s inception as a city took place in 1866.

Scranton’s weather is usually hot and humid in the summer and cold and snowy during winter. When the snow falls, hit the slopes at Montage Mountain Ski Resort. It has 26 pistes across 140 acres (56.7 hectares) of land.

Top Hotels in Scranton

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Scranton
Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Scranton
3.5 out of 5
138 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton, PA
$110
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in the heart of Scranton, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Mall at Steamtown and University of Scranton. The Commonwealth Medical College and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,508 reviews)

"Beautiful building. Polite staff. Nice facilities within the premises"…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel Scranton
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dickson City/Scranton
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dickson City/Scranton
2 out of 5
232 Main Street, Dickson City, PA
$49
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

Situated in Dickson City, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Marywood University and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Houdini Museum. University of Scranton and The Commonwealth ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,453 reviews)

"I liked that the room was clean upon arrival, check in and out is quick and easy, very affordable, and there is free breakfast. My only complaint is that the walls must be too thin, because i could hear the people in the rooms on both sides of me. The one had a vibrate alarm going off from 6am on, ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dickson City/Scranton
Red Roof Inn Wilkes - Barre Arena
Red Roof Inn Wilkes - Barre Arena
2 out of 5
1035 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA
$43
per night
Feb 27 - Feb 28

Situated in Wilkes-Barre, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Seven Tubs Natural Area and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Mohegan Sun Arena. Wyoming Seminary and Bear Creek ...

3.6/5Good! (1,589 reviews)

"I didnt like the fact that there was no elevator and you had to g9 down and outside to get to the lobby area"…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Red Roof Inn Wilkes - Barre Arena

Popular things to do in Scranton

Steamtown National Historic Site
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Steamtown National Historic Site

4.5/5(87 reviews)

Through interactive museums, workshops and train rides discover the importance of American steam railroad history and the people that made it possible.

Nay Aug Park
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Nay Aug Park

4/5(36 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Nay Aug Park, a lovely green space in Scranton. Attend a sporting event in this family-friendly area.

Top activities in Scranton

Bike Rental in the Poconos
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Bike Rental in the Poconos

$20

• The Expert 29er have the latest advanced technology with state-of-the-art materials and components, including hydraulic disc brakes and long travel front suspensions. • Top-model comfort bikes include a more upright seating position, larger wheel circumference, increased suspension and easy shift gearing.

Whitewater Rafting in the Poconos
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Whitewater Rafting in the Poconos

$89

Join this trip down the Lehigh River in the Poconos on a special whitewater rafting adventure. This trip is intense enough for some true action, yet ideal for those about to hit the rapids for the first time.

Reviews of Scranton

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5 - Excellent 20.670391061452513%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 49.720670391061454%
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3 - Okay 25.139664804469273%
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2 - Disappointing 3.910614525139665%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 28, 2020

Can't wait to go back

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

My favorite !

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 8, 2019

The architecture of the city itself and the surrounding nature is beautiful. However, the lack of late-night dining options was a real bummer. The large, local mall was mostly empty.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 12, 2019

The people were very friendly in Scranton. Beautiful historic buildings, great views

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 2, 2019

We didn’t see much of he area as we came to see a concert at a local bar Levels. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that the Italian fest was happening the same day.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 15, 2019

Scranton has much to offer the tourist. Our family also enjoyed the coal mine tour. We found good opportunities rather limited, but perhaps didn't look hard enough for variety. We loved Steamtown. Enjoyed the Times-Tribune daily newspaper.

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