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Outdoors
March 13, 2024
Spring is in the Air
Jonathan Davies
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Welcome Back, Sunshine!

Temperatures might take their sweet time warming up around these parts, but once spring shows its first signs in NEPA, we’re ready to get back outside. Sure, we’ve had our fun skiing, snowboarding and tubing, but these sunny days hit different after a long winter.

Not to jinx it, but we think it’s about time to pack away the shovels and sleds and break out the bikes and hiking poles. Get out on the trails as nature comes back to life or pick up a new outdoorsy activity. Whatever your ambitions, we’ve got some fresh inspiration. Check out this round-up of things to do on those spring sneak preview days.

Sunny Day Spring Activities
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Ride a Bike

Trolley Trail

Pedal past densely wooded areas and wetlands as you ride from Old State Road in Clarks Summit to South Turnpike Street in Dalton. The 2.8-mile trail is managed by the Countryside Conservancy.

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Take a Hike

Thomas Darling Preserve

Experience the awakening of a forest ecosystem in springtime at this 2,500-acre preserve in Blakeslee. The 2.2-mile loop will take you through immense spruce forests, wetlands and blossoming meadows.

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Saddle Up

Deer Path Riding Stable

Experience the Poconos on horseback as you venture along well-maintained forest paths. Riders of all experience levels are welcome to hop in the saddle at this popular White Haven riding stable.

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Hit the Green

Sugarloaf Golf Club

Mild temps and clear skies make the perfect conditions to hits some long shots with friends. Get out on the course and wake up those muscles after a long, lazy winter.

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Shop Fresh

South Side Farmers Market

Fill your pantry with the spoils of the season. This year-round Scranton farmers market stocks the freshest produce, meats, baked goods, eggs and so much more.

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Take to the Rails

Steamtown National Historic Site

Experience America’s industrial past at Scranton’s favorite historic site. Rekindle your childhood with a tour through the locomotive history museum and hop on an authentic steam train for a ride through the Electric City.

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Go Off Road

Pocono Outdoor Adventure Tours

Jump in your own UTV and hit the muddy trails at this exhilarating Poconos adventure park. Ride solo, with a friend or pack the family into a four-seater and slosh your way through the mountain terrain.

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Tour a Winery

DiscoverNEPA Wine Trail

Whether you’re breathing in some fresh vineyard air or hanging out in a trendy tasting room, NEPA’s wineries know how to do spring right. Follow our wine trail across the region to visit new hotspots or old favorites.

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Battle in the Woods

Skirmish Paintball

Round up a team and take to the battlefield at this world-famous paintball experience in Albrightsville. The field stretches out over 700 acres, 50 playable maps, and they have all the equipment you need.

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Sip Local Ales

10 Spring Beers

Get to know Northeastern Pennsylvania one craft beer at a time. We got around to a few, beloved NEPA brewhouses to see what’s on tap this season. Check out this list of local spring brews.

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Article Updated from its Original Version Published on 2/23/2020.