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March 18, 2022
Spring Weekend Itinerary -- Scranton

Plan An Easy, Affordable, Food-and-Fun-Filled Day Out in the Electric City

As another NEPA winter makes its exit, we’re gearing up for longer, sunnier days and warmer nights. Spring means we’re heading back outside for energizing hikes, long weekend paddles and maybe a few afternoons on the golf course. And as we transition from slopes to state parks, we’ve got baseball and brewery tours and outdoor dining on the mind.

There are a lot of things to do all over NEPA. And we’re here to make accessing all that fun a little bit easier. Whether you’re gathering up the kids for a family-friendly weekend in the Poconos, or catching up with old friends for a Saturday on the town, the DiscoverNEPA Itinerary Series has you covered. You might be amazed at just how much affordable NEPA fun you can squeeze into a day right here in our own backyard.

We’re starting things off with an easy, affordable, family-friendly day out in one of NEPA’s most recognizable cities. Let’s get out there and see what Scranton has to offer.

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Get your caffeine fix for the big day ahead at this ultra-comfy downtown coffeehouse. Pop in for your favorite coffee creations and light breakfast fare. Add a cup or two of hot chocolate for the kiddos and you’re all set. For a limited time, enjoy a free drip coffee when you mention DiscoverNEPA.

Local Tip: Peanut Butter Balls – get em’ if they have em’!

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Steamtown National Historic Site

Free (Small fee for train rides and excursions)

Explore Scranton’s railroad history. Enjoy guided tours, interactive exhibits, real trains on display and at work in the railyard. Just make sure you head outside for a look at the incredible train turntable and Roundhouse.

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Coney Island Lunch


Stop by Scranton’s oldest restaurant for one of their world-famous Texas-style weiners.  Enjoy an old-school ambiance, baseball memorabilia, and a simple, but delicious menu of sandwiches, soups and desserts. For a limited time, take 10% off when you mention DiscoverNEPA.

Local Tip: Don’t leave without trying Pete’s Rice Pudding.

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Electric City Aquarium & Reptile Den


Get up close and personal with some of nature’s most beloved creatures at this state-of-the-art aquarium in Downtown Scranton. Check out sharks, piranha and tons of colorful tropical fish. And don’t miss the lizards, snakes and crocs in the popular Reptile Den.

Local Tip: After your visit, venture out into the Marketplace at Steamtown for a little shopping.

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BikeScranton – Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority


Cruise along the scenic Lackawanna River Heritage Trail on complimentary bikes provided by Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority. Stop by any of BikeScranton’s 5 locations throughout the city, grab a bike, a helmet, a lock and be on your way.

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Pizza by Pappas


Dinner on the weekend in NEPA is synonymous with pizza. And if you’re in the Electric City, you’ve got to make it to this legendary spot for their famous pan-style pizza. The menu also features sandwiches, soups and a long list of appetizers.

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Manning Farm Dairy


You can’t just head home after all that fun without stopping for some ice cream. End your evening the right way with a visit to this Electric City staple for farm-fresh, homemade ice cream treats, like cones, sundaes and more.

Local Tip: Grab some chocolate milk to go. It’s basically mandatory.

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