As the warmth of the summer sun comes to the Pocono Mountains, the region comes alive with tons of festivals, events, and outdoor adventures just waiting to be explored. Whether you’re seeking family-friendly fun, adrenaline-pumping thrills, or leisurely pursuits, the Poconos offer something for everyone to enjoy. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll take you on a journey through the best of summer in the Poconos, highlighting festivals, events, and activities that are perfect for your family or large group. 

Festivals and Events

  1. Pocono Raceway Events: Start your summer with a bang at Pocono Raceway, home to exciting NASCAR races and thrilling events. Race fans from all over the nation flock to the track in July for the NASCAR Xfinity and Cup Series race at the “Tricky Triangle”. The MUDGIRL event will take place on June 1- 2, 2024, the Pocono Autocross will be happening on June 2, 2024, the MPACT Motorsports Festival rolls in on August 17, 2024 and the Tough Mudder event drops in on September 28- 29, 2024.  Plus, the Elements Music & Arts Festival will be held just outside the Pocono Raceway on August 9-11, 2024, and is one of the most eclectic “car camping” festivals in the Northeast. 
  2. 4th of July Celebrations: Join in the patriotic festivities with fireworks displays, parades, and family-friendly activities across the Pocono region. From Lake Harmony’s annual fireworks show to Camelback Resorts Independence Day Celebration, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate America’s birthday in style.
  3. Lehigh RiverFest: Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting and river adventures at Lehigh RiverFest in Jim Thorpe. Put on annually by Whitewater Challengers, you can join guided rafting trips, kayak demos, and river clean-up events while enjoying live music, food vendors, and family-friendly activities.

Outdoor Adventures

  1. Hiking and Biking: Lace up your hiking boots or hop on a mountain bike to explore the scenic trails of the Pocono Mountains. From easy nature walks to challenging summit hikes and downhill mountain bike trails, there’s something for every skill level and interest. Don’t miss the scenic vistas and waterfalls of Ricketts Glen State Park, Bushkill FallsThe Niagara of Pennsylvania or the serene beauty of Hickory Run State Park near Lake Harmony.
  2. Water Sports: Cool off on hot summer days with a refreshing dip in the pristine lakes and rivers of the Poconos. Lake Harmony Watersports and Yeti Watersports  offer kayak rentals, paddleboards, boats, water skiing, tubing or canoeing.  You can explore the crystal-clear waters of Lake Harmony or take a leisurely float down the Delaware River. You’ll also find some amazing whitewater opportunities in the Poconos!  
  3. Fishing: Cast your line into the abundant waters of the Pocono Mountains and reel in a big catch. With numerous lakes, rivers, and streams teeming with trout, bass, and other game fish, the Poconos offer endless opportunities for fishing enthusiasts of all ages.  Check out Captain Joe’s Fishing on Lake Harmony, where you can book a guided fishing trip! You will need a PA Fishing License, if you are 16 years of age or older, except on Pennsylvania’s Fish for FREE Days, which are May 27, 2024 and July 4, 2024.
  4. Golfing: Tee off at one of the Pocono region’s championship golf courses and enjoy a round of golf amidst stunning scenery and challenging fairways. With courses like Split Rock Golf Club, Jack Frost National Golf Club, Mount Airy Casino Resort Golf Club 

and Skytop Lodge Golf Club near Lake Harmony, golfers of all skill levels will find their perfect game. Check out our recent Golfer’s Guide for even more information. 

Family Fun

  1. Water Parks: Beat the heat with a day of aquatic adventures at one of the Pocono region’s water parks. Splash around in the wave pools, zoom down thrilling water slides, and enjoy fun-filled attractions for the whole family at Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark, Split Rock Hotel’s H2Oooohh! Indoor Waterpark or Kalahari Resorts’ indoor waterpark.
  2. Adventure Parks: Test your skills and conquer obstacles at adventure parks like Camelback Mountain Adventures or Pocono Mountain Zipline at WRA  . Zipline through the treetops, navigate aerial ropes courses, and challenge yourself on thrilling adventure attractions that offer fun for all ages.
  3. Animal Encounters: Get up close and personal with wildlife at local attractions like Claws ‘N’ Paws Wild Animal Park, Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary, or the Lehigh Valley Zoo. Meet exotic animals, enjoy educational exhibits, and participate in interactive experiences that will delight animal lovers of all ages.

Culinary Delights

  1. Farmers Markets: Sample the flavors of the Pocono region at local farmers markets, like Pocono Farmstand Nursery  and Monroe Farmers Market,where you’ll find fresh produce, artisanal goods, and homemade treats. Stock up on locally grown fruits and vegetables, artisan cheeses, baked goods, and more at markets like the Lehighton Farmers Market.
  2. Dining Al Fresco: Dine under the stars and savor the flavors of summer at outdoor restaurants and cafes throughout the Poconos. Whether you’re craving lakeside dining at Nick’s Lake House, Boulder View Tavern or waterfront views at Split Rock Resort, there’s no shortage of scenic spots to enjoy a delicious meal in the great outdoors.
  3. Food and Wine Festivals: Indulge your palate at food and wine festivals showcasing the best of the Pocono region’s culinary scene. Sample gourmet dishes, sip fine wines, and enjoy live music and entertainment at events like the Montage Mountain Spring Winefest on May 11, 2024, the Kalahari Food & (Not Just) Wine Festival on May 19, 2024, Wally Wine Fest from May 31, 2024- June 2, 2024, Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Wine & Food Festival from June 22-23, 2024, and the Mountain Beer and Wine Festival at Penn’s Peak on July 20-21, 2024.

From thrilling festivals and outdoor adventures to mouthwatering culinary delights, summer in the Poconos offers endless opportunities for fun and relaxation. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping thrills, family-friendly activities, or leisurely pursuits, the Pocono Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for creating cherished memories with your large group or family. And when it’s time to pick out that perfect home base for your summer fun, consider Pocono Mountain Rentals.  We’ve earned a reputation of building big homes in the Poconos for 25 years, helping families and large groups forge unforgettable memories.