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June 14, 2024
The Ultimate Family Bucket List For An Unforgettable Summer
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Sweet summertime adventures in NEPA

Summer is the perfect time for families to explore and have fun making lasting memories together. Crafting a summer bucket list can turn ordinary days into extraordinary adventures. Make the most of this sunny season using our ultimate family-friendly bucket list as inspiration for creating the perfect summer agenda for all ages and interests. Then, get ready for the best summer yet!


30 Summery Bucket List Activities

  1. Go for a Swim: Escape the heat while splashing in the refreshing water. NEPA’s swimming spots appeal to kids of all ages, from tot pools and splash pads to diving boards and water slides.
  2. Attend a Festival: Enjoy live music and entertainment, delicious food, carnival rides, games, and vibrant cultural activities at NEPA’s fairs and festivals.
  3. Pick Your Own: Harvest fresh strawberries and blueberries, creating a hands-on connection to nature with a delicious reward.
  4. Go Mini-Golfing: Tackle fun obstacles and aim for the perfect shot on the mini-golf course during everyone’s  favorite pastime.
  5. Visit a Waterpark: With exhilarating slides, wave pools, and splash zones, NEPA’s waterparks promise endless fun for all ages.
  6. Go Kayaking: Paddling together through scenic waterways and exploring nature up close while kayaking is an unforgettable bonding experience.
  7. Enjoy ALL the Ice Cream: Whether you enjoy a tall waffle cone, a chocolate sundae or the largest milkshake on the menu, make some sweet memories with regular ice cream outings this summer.
  8. Hike a New Trail: Discover new breathtaking landscapes and native wildlife while exploring NEPA walking and hiking trails.
  9. Catch a Baseball Game: Hot dogs, peanuts and the roar of the crowd make for a fun outing enjoying a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders game.
  10. Watch a Drive-In Movie: Families can enjoy a nostalgic, cozy night of cinema under the stars from the comfort of their cars at one of our four drive-in movie theaters.
  11. Go Camping: It’s a chance to unplug, connect with nature, and create cherished memories roasting marshmallows around the fire and stargazing under the open sky at NEPA’s campgrounds.
  12. Hike to a Waterfall: No matter your age, a cascading waterfall is always a site to behold. Find a trail that’s suitable for your whole family and witness its majestic beauty firsthand.
  13. Visit an Amusement Park: From heart-pounding roller coasters to whimsical carousels, carnival games and sweet treats, a day at Knoebels Amusement Resort is a day well spent.
  14. Attend a Concert: Many communities hold free outdoor concerts and are a fun way to expose kids to live music in a relaxed setting.
  15. Go Fishing: From the thrill of catching a fish to the quiet moments spent together by the water, fishing is a mix of excitement and relaxation.
  16. Try Whitewater Rafting: The rush of the water, the laughter, and the occasional splash create an unforgettable experience for families whitewater rafting.
  17. Visit a Museum: Bloomsburg Children’s Museum offer hands-on exhibits filled with activities designed to engage young minds through imaginative play.
  18. Go on a Nature Walk: Find an appropriate trail suitable for each child’s level and explore streams, wildflowers, and wildlife.
  19. Picnic in the Park: Spread out a cozy blanket and enjoy everyone’s favorite snacks while the kids play games and explore nature in a park.
  20. Go on a Family Bike Ride: Whether it’s a leisurely ride or an energetic mountain-biking excursion, family bike rides offer a mix of adventure and exercise.
  21. Visit the Zoo: From majestic lions to playful monkeys, zoos are fantastic for kids to learn about animals and conservation. Plus, many have interactive exhibits and petting zoos that are perfect for young children.
  22. Go Horseback Riding: Saddle up and hit the trails for an unforgettable experience atop of a gentle steed while horseback riding.
  23. Visit an Aquarium: A fascinating place for kids to learn about marine life, Electric City Aquarium & Reptile Den has touch tanks for interacting with sea creatures.
  24. Go Bowling: Bowling is the ultimate family competition where all ages can participate and create lasting memories with each roll of the ball.
  25. Explore a State Park: Discover the magic of nature, from serene lakes to towering forests, wooded walking trails and native wildlife at NEPA’s 18 state parks.
  26. Visit a Farmers’ Market: Enjoy the flavors of our produce and artisanal goods while supporting local farmers, community and sustainability at one of our many area farmers’ markets.
  27. Take a Train Ride: Scenic train rides are a fun way to see new sights and learn all about locomotives.
  28. Visit the Library: Summer storytime sessions at the library are a wonderful way to encourage a love for reading in young children.
  29. Check out a Historic Site: Introduce your kids to history in an engaging way by taking a tour of our local historical sites.
  30. Take a Day Trip: There are tons of nearby museums, parks and attractions within a short drive of NEPA that make for a memorable day trip exploring new sights.


From splashing at waterparks to exploring nature trails, Northeastern Pennsylvania offers an unlimited variety of activities that appeals to all interests. So, gather your family, plan your adventures, and get ready to enjoy your summer in NEPA.