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The Pocono Mountains offer four seasons of endless fun and a tremendous variety of diversions, such as luxurious resorts, fun things to do for the whole family, outdoor adventures, bed and breakfasts and more. The Pocono Mountains is famous for its resorts, natural scenic beauty, 150 lakes including Lake Wallenpaupack, and the quaint, historical towns in the four county area. The Poconos have virtually every imaginable outdoor activity you could imagine, from skiing and golf (miniature and regulation size) to white water rafting and hunting. Aside from the natural attractions that have made the Pocono Mountains so popular, the Pocono area offers endless afternoons of shopping (outlets, antiques, and quaint shops), and evenings of dining and entertainment all just minutes from StillWater Lakes Civic Association.
There are Seven major ski areas all offering alpine skiing, snow boarding and snow tubing in the Pocono Mountains. Three of the slopes are within 20 minutes of SLCA. Camelback Mountain, Jack Frost Ski Area and Big Boulder Park all offer lessons for all ages. Competitive ski and snow board programs are available as well. While the slopes may not be as steep or long as those found in Vermont, what they lack in size they make up in the fact that night skiing is available, extending your opportunity for getting on the mountain.
Avid golfers can play on more than 35 golf courses in the region. Courses range from challenging championship courses to friendly nine hole facilities.
The Pocono Mountains’ proximity to New York City has created a lively arts community. Many artists attracted by the country air, mountains and water call the Poconos home. Galleries dot the area, with many in Stroudsburg and Jim Thorpe. The Area Arts Councils organize shows for local talent as well as artist’s studio tours and classes for painting, drawing, photography and sculpture.
The Shawnee Theater and Pocono Playhouse regularly present Broadway productions. Enjoy shows such as Cabaret, Grease, Hello Dolly as well a children’s theater. The Sherman Theater in East Stroudsburg offers a variety of entertainment including theatrical productions, concerts and community events throughout the year.
Even thought the Poconos are rural, there is still plenty of nightlife. Top Jazz musicians play in a number of places and you’ll find bands from New York City often on the entertainment calendars of several bars and restaurants in the area. You can even find nationally known comedians at the Pocono Brewing Company on weekends hamming it up for two shows nightly. Mount Airy Casino, located less than 15 minutes from SLCA, offers several dining and club venues as well as slots gambling. Local bars and restaurants, including breweries round out the offerings for nightly entertainment.
The Pocono Mountains offers plenty of choices for shopping. You’ll find abundant antiquing, numerous unique shops and boutiques located in quaint towns and The Crossings Premium Outlets (home to over 100 name-brand factory stores).
Whitewater rafting and canoeing/kayaking are favorite pastimes on the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers. The whitewater and canoe outfitters offer daily trips or multiple-day trips. Many also offer mountain biking, Skirmish, outdoor barbeques, group specials and themes.
Pocono Raceway is home to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; Pocono 500 and Pennsylvania 500. The two races during the summer months draw thousands from miles away to view the races. Now you too can experience the trill of driving in a race car on the Pocono course. The StockCar Racing Experience provides a thrilling opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Stock Car on the 2.5 mile Pocono Raceway course.
Water Parks attractions include a Flow Rider for surfing, huge slides, lazy river, wave pool and the Camel Cove family interactive play zone.
Enjoy the beautiful Pocono Mountains’ 2,400 square miles of the outdoors in any season. The Appalachian Trail marks the southern border of the Poconos, and many other trail systems offer waterfalls, spectacular viewing condition and a high concentration of rare plants and animals. Hiking trails in state parks lead to beautiful vistas and waterfalls, or by wetlands bubbling with life or through dark, old growth forests and to uncountable adventures and chances to see wildlife. Some trails are scenic or leisurely, while others offer self-guiding educational or rigorous exercise.
The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) enhances environmental awareness, knowledge, and appreciation through hands-on experience in a natural outdoor classroom. Programs year round for children, teens, families and adults.
The Nature Conservancy, an organization dedicated to preserving and protecting ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people, offers education and guided hiking trips designed to provide hikers with an opportunity to explore some of the Poconos unique habitats.