Not sure what to do during your weekend in the Poconos? Check out this itinerary for this bustling holiday!
4th of July Fireworks
There is no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend than watching fireworks high in the sky! Head to Lake Harmony this holiday weekend to enjoy celebrations with locals and tourists, yummy barbecued food, picnics in the green grass, and live music around the lake. There are events all weekend long, so you will never be bored during your fun-filled vacation here in this bustling mountain town.
Go for a Morning Walk Before the Celebrations
The best way to start the morning is to go for a nice walk among the beautiful high peaks! You can feel good about yourself later as you enjoy a few hot dogs and pints of beer if you exercised that morning, so get in your 10K steps nice and early in the day! We love the pristine nature around this area in Lake Harmony, offering easy trails, moderate paths, and lung-busting high hikes.
One of the best trails in Lake Harmony is the Boulder Field at Hickory Run State Park. This popular spot is a huge hit among locals and tourists alike for the scrambling and fun trail that you can go on with people of all ages! We love bringing our kids here to play on the rocks and feel like they are scaling a mountain when they are just scrambling on a boulder field in the middle of this 400-foot-wide area. Plus, this is a historical area that was shaped by the last ice age — talk about interesting!
Another cool trail to check out during your stay in Lake Harmony is Hawk Falls in the same park. You can easily spend an entire day in Hickory Run! For a longer hike, try this waterfall hike that is 0.68 miles round trip — the perfect trail for a quick morning run or an easy walk with older adults. We recommend heading up to the outcrop at the top of the waterfall to take great photos at this vantage point.
Interested in something a bit tougher? The Shades of Death Trail is not as daunting as it sounds, but it still offers a 1.89-mile hike and 233-foot gain, which is getting a little more challenging for the beginner hiker. We love the beautiful scenery and ever-changing trees and fauna.
Lastly, expert hikers, trail runners, or backpackers will love the Pinchot Trail! This well-maintained trail in Wilkes Barre, PA, offers nearly 22 miles of trails, dirt paths, beautiful trees, and different looped sections that provide you with more versatility.
Head Out to the Lake
We recommend going out on the aptly named Lake Harmony to do some watersports! Lake Harmony Watersports is a business that offers the perfect amount of professional advice and rental equipment that gives you an adrenaline-filled afternoon in the safest way possible.
Use this reputable company to book water sports tours in the heart of the Poconos. You can choose from wakeboarding, tubing, wake surfing, kneeboarding, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and water skiing. The professionals here make sure that people of all ages and fitness levels are safe the entire time!
Plus, this company is open 7 days a week in the summer season, making it the ideal place to check out for the upcoming holiday weekend.
Grab a Beer!
After a long holiday weekend of hiking and hitting the waves, it might be time to kick back and relax for the fourth of July. We don’t blame you. Luckily for you, there are tons of bars and breweries in the area that provide outdoor seating, cold pints, and good vibes.
We love going to Shenanigans on Lake Harmony Road. This old school and mountain house cabin offers pub grub, dancing, live music, and cheap drinks that will have you coming back every single evening!
Another cool spot for a great drink is Piggy’s on Lakeshore Drive, a bustling and vibrant spot for breakfast and lunch dishes that also offers cocktails, beer, and wine. This classic American breakfast joint is casual and laid-back, making it the ideal spot to grab a cup of coffee in the morning or for an ice-cold beer later in the day.
Lastly, NIck’s Lake House Restaurant is a more upscale eatery that offers unbeatable views right next to Lake Harmony! Head here to grab a specialty cocktail from their full bar. We recommend trying the Pomegranate cocktail with vanilla vodka and pomegranate juice or the Triple Chocolate Martini with chocolate vodka, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, white creme de cacao, and chocolate rum. Yum!Greg Petrillo