Most of the people in our country are working longer hours and having fewer vacations. Working without rest can be problematic for our mental health and overall well-being.  When work becomes too much for you and your work-life balance is off, it’s time to ask yourself, Do I need a vacation? 

If your answer is yes to that question, taking a short trip close to your city will have several advantages for your health. 

So, if you live in Pennsylvania, New York, or New Jersey, why don’t you plan a small getaway with your family for the following week? 

The Poconos are a region of the Allegheny Plateau. The mountains are bounded on the north by Lake Wallenpaupack, west by the Wyoming Valley and the Coal Region, and on the south by the Lehigh Valley, forming a 2,400-square-mile escarpment overlooking the Delaware River and Delaware Water Gap to the east. 

Did you know? The name Poconos originates from the Munsee term Pokawachne, which means “Creek Between Two Hills.”  Much of the Poconos region is part of the Greater New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area.  

Here in the Poconos Mountains, you can fish, hunt, ski, and practice at other sports facilities. The forested hills and valleys have long been a favorite recreation destination, accessible within a two-hour drive to millions of metropolitan area residents.


Summer activities for you 

The Poconos Mountains is a region well known for the diverse activities that it offers to its visitors. From concerts in outside areas to raceways. If you are planning to visit the region next week, below are some of the activities we recommend. 

Lovely concerts 

The Wayne County, Creative Arts Council is excited to announce its summer music program at Central Park in Honesdale. Over seven weeks of biweekly outdoor performances, this 53rd annual festival has a fresh and rather unusual lineup of musicians, with something for virtually every musical taste.  

Enjoy the presentation of a Nashville-based band, a musical throwback with a band that might remind you of your high school years. You also will have the chance to see an Elvis lookalike and prior summer favorites. 

So, if you are in the Poconos the following week, reserve June 21 for The “funky, soulful, and unique” ensemble. The Barn Cats will serve up a bubbling-hot stew of blues and soul music with a New Orleans flair on Monday. 

On Thursday, June 24, the Little Big Band Group, directed by Bruce Dedrick, will perform swinging interpretations of big-band favorites and modern compositions.

If you can’t make it to June 21, no worries. On Monday, June 28, two of the original Poets, Pat and Nick Luongo, will make their WCCAC debut, bringing back the magic. Gino Mercuri, a young, award-winning Elvis Presley tribute performer, will join them for the evening as a bonus.

Big fan of Rally?

If so, perfect, because the 2021 NASCAR Doubleheader will take place at Pocono Raceway on June 25-27. Start your engines for five races over three days, including the “Explore the Pocono Mountains 350” on Sunday, as well as other events and activities for everyone. 

Pocono Raceway is the only NASCAR racetrack of its sort in the United States. Each of the three corners on the circuit offers a unique perspective, keeping drivers and spectators alert. The Worry-Free Weather Guarantee is another reason to adore Pocono Raceway. 

Every event at Pocono Raceway puts family first, featuring kid-friendly activities. All weekend, children ages 12 and under are admitted free to the Grandstand 100 and 200 Levels. At the Raceway, kids can camp for free.

Did you know?  At Pocono, even pets are welcome to join in the fun. Pocono Raceway opened the Bark Park in 2016, making it the first dog park inside a NASCAR circuit. The infield pup park is open to RV and camping visitors and features a fenced-in area with separate enclosures for big and small dogs.

When the sun sets, the Infield Block Party at Pocono Raceway keeps the party going. This enormous celebration, open to camping guests on Friday and Saturday, offers live music, wiffle ball games, kids’ activities, excellent food, beverages, and family fun.


Outdoor exercising 


Bike 142 miles of rail path on the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, a Smithsonian Affiliate. From Jim Thorpe to Washington Crossing, this four-day bike journey is an inn-to-inn stay. Enjoy three award-winning tiny communities in Pennsylvania. From Jim Thorpe’s mountains to Bethlehem’s cobblestone streets and New Hope’s innovative architecture, there’s a lot to see. Each of these towns is a well-known tourist attraction that is as distinct as it is appealing. 

As you can see here in The Poconos Mountains, there’s always something to do and enjoy your family vacation. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the following week. We have events during the year. We will keep you updated with all the information you might need. 


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