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Adventure Sports
June 10, 2024
Embark on an Outdoor Adventure This Summer
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Explore Rivers, Mountains, Forests & More in NEPA

This summer, we’re getting our adventure on. Gather up your friends, family, and a bit of courage, because NEPA has plenty of thrilling experiences in store. From classic kayaking and biking to more extreme excursions, you can attempt to conquer them all.

These businesses provide all the gear and guidance you need to get started, so no experience necessary to have a blast. Just come with your sense of adventure and a willingness to face the unknown. Check out this list of outdoor adventures and make this summer an unforgettable one.

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Ride the Rapids

Whitewater Challengers
Weatherly, PA

Prepare for a wild adventure on the Lehigh River with some help from Whitewater Challengers. Dam release weekends fill up fast during the summer months, so be sure to book your excursion early.

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Kayak on the River

Five Mountain Outfitters Co.
Shickshinny, PA

If you prefer a more leisurely pace, spend a day paddling down the Susquehanna. With kayak rentals, gear and shuttle service to the launch site, Five Mountain Outfitters make these river trips a breeze.

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Go Off-Roading

The Lost Trails ATV Adventure Park
Dunmore, PA

With over 2,000 acres to explore, The Lost Trails ATV Adventure Park is not your average off-roading destination. Lost Trails features everything from beginner-level mountain trails and guided tours to challenging mud runs and rock crawls. Bring your own vehicle or borrow a rental.

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Bike the Lehigh Gorge Trail

Pocono Biking
White Haven & Jim Thorpe, PA

Cycle and sightsee on the iconic Lehigh Gorge Trail. From rushing waterfalls to the roaring river, you’ll catch the most stunning views of the surrounding Pocono Mountains on a rental from Pocono Biking. Tackle all 26 miles or take it one section at a time.

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Soar Through the Skies

Endless Mountains Hot Air Balloons
Nicholson, PA

Coast through the clouds with the help of Endless Mountains Hot Air Balloons. They offer both sunrise and sunset excursions over rolling Pennsylvania hills, farmlands and forests. Board one of their six balloons and take in the stunning views.

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Become a Race Car Driver

Pocono Raceway
Blakeslee, PA

Experience a rush of pure adrenaline in a 600-horsepower NASCAR stock car. You can take the wheel yourself or ride along as a passenger at this Stock Car Racing Experience. You’ll reach speeds of up to 160 miles per hour during the ride of a lifetime.

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Join an Epic Paintball Battle

Skirmish Paintball
Albrightsville, PA

You’ll feel like you stepped into a video game when you hit the field at Skirmish Paintball. Skirmish has more than 50 maps and 700 acres of castles, forests, barricades and obstacles to navigate on your path to victory. Be sure to keep an eye out for special events throughout the season.

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Explore the Treetops

Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge
Skytop, PA

Thrill seekers flock to the Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge to get their fill of high-flying fun. The Treetop Adventure Course includes 17 zip lines connected by bridges, ropes and ladders, making for one of the most exciting excursions in the Poconos.

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Hit the Open Road

Pocono Slingshot Rentals
Blakeslee, PA

Ride in style behind the wheel of a Polaris Slingshot. The vehicle is like a cross between sports car and a motorcycle, so you’ll be zooming between the hottest sightseeing spots in NEPA. Hit up Pocono Slingshot Rentals to reserve your ride.

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Saddle Up

Daisy Field Farm
White Haven, PA

Experience the beautiful mountains and forests of White Haven with the help of a new friend. Daisy Field Farm provides the most experienced guides to show off hidden paths and scenic views, as well as wildlife tours. No horseback experience is necessary, so anyone can hop in the saddle and get riding.

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Ride Down PA’s Highest Vertical Drop

Blue Mountain Resort
Palmerton, PA

As things heat up, trade in your skis for wheels and hit the Blue Mountain Bike Park. During the summer, the slopes transform into 28 downhill trails with options for both beginners and experts. They even offer lessons for newbies.

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Take the Leap of a Lifetime

PA Skydive Center, Inc.
Hazle Twp., PA

There are few things more exhilarating than jumping from a perfectly good airplane. For the biggest thrill seekers, skydiving is the ultimate summer adventure and PA Skydive Center is the place to make it happen. Their certified professionals make your jump safe and totally unforgettable.

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Article Updated from its Original Version Published on 7/8/2020.