Scranton is the sixth-largest city in the state of Pennsylvania, as well as the home of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Company from the television show, The Office. However, this city, the largest in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area, has a lot of real things going for it as well. Although the list of both attractions in the city, for both tourists and locals, is long, these top four help define the city.
1) The Historic Scranton Iron Furnaces, 159 Cedar Avenue, Scranton, PA 18504
The Scranton Iron Furnaces aren’t far from the Steamtown National Historic Site, making it possible to visit both in the same day. The Scranton Iron Furnaces were in operation from 1840 up through 1900, and were formerly known as the Scranton, Grant and Company and the Lackawanna Iron and Steel Company. The plant itself was taken down when the company moved to New York, but left the furnaces themselves behind. Now the area is home to the Anthracite Coal Museum, an accompanying gift shop, an archival library and a number of reoccurring special events.
2) The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, 195 Hannover Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
Although the headquarters for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic are located in Wilkes-Barre, the orchestra performs at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, as well as the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre. The Philharmonic plays everything from pop to classical music, and has a number youth programs and events. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic has the distinction of being the only professional orchestra of its kind in the area.
3) Steamtown National Historic Site, 4 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503
The Steamtown National Historic Site is owned by the National Parks Service. The site is centered around F. Nelson Blount’s collection of steam locomotives, and antique passenger and freight cars. The Historic Site consists of 40 acres of a historic railroad yard, including a series of train tracks where visitors can go for a ride on either a steam or diesel locomotive-powered train. There are also a history museum and a technology museum to explore, as well as guided and unguided tours of the train locomotives and cars collection, and numerous special events that take place throughout the year.
4) Montage Mountain Ski Resort and Waterpark, 1000 Montage Mountain Rd, Scranton, PA 18507
Montage Mountain Ski Resort is located in Scranton, right off of Interstate 81. This convenient location gives locals and visitors a chance to ski, snowboard, or snowtube down the mountainside. They have a number of equipment rentals available – everything from skis to boots and snowboards, as well as differing levels of ski lessons. More advanced local skiers can join their Weekend Mountain Ski Team program. In the summertime, Montage Mountain turns into a waterpark, complete with a wavepool and a waterslide.
There are plenty of thing to do in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Some local attractions include things like historical sites and an outdoor ski resort and waterpark. The city is also home to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. No matter what interests you, you will find something to do in this region of Northeastern Pennsylvania!