Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania is more than just the “little sister” of Scranton. This city of around 40,000 people contains plenty of things to do that appeal to just about everyone. Whether you prefer indoor activities or want to spend time outdoors while the weather is still nice, you are bound to find something on this list to do.
1) Visit the casino at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. If you want to spend some time gambling, then you’re in the right place. The Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs has a number of slot machines (including video poker), table games like blackjack, poker and roulette, and a harness racing track where you can bet on which horse you think will be the fastest. Conveniently located shopping and a number of restaurants offer a place to spend your winnings or drown your sorrows.
2) Check out Seven Tubs Natural Area. Mother Nature is no match for indoor activities, especially when you have these hiking trails, rock formations and wooded land to wander on and through. Named for the seven large “potholes” or tubs that formed when glaciers compressed the earth in this area and retreated around 12,000 years ago, the natural beauty of this outdoor recreation area and park is not easily matched. On top of the hiking trails, Seven Tubs Natural Area also has waterfalls, streams and picnicking areas. Seven Tubs Natural Area is particularly beautiful in the fall when the leaves have changed color.
3) See a sporting event. Between the professional teams, like the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and college teams from the likes of Wilkes University and King’s College, you have your choice of sporting events. The tough part is deciding which one to see first, since some sports run concurrent with each other. No matter, as long as you like college football, semipro baseball or hockey, or even college baseball, softball and others, you are in good shape.
4) Take in a show at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts. Some acts that have previously played here include rock bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, comedians, including Jim Belushi, as well as operas, live theater, and number of other events. The building itself is notable, as it is on the National Register of Historic Places. The building that houses the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts was built in 1937 and is a classic Art Deco design.
5) Visit the Nathan Denison House. One of the oldest structures in the area, the Nathan Denison House was built in 1790. It has been completely renovated back to its original design and structure. The house is now a furnished museum dedicated to showing what life was like back in 18th century Pennsylvania. Guided tours are available.
The range of things to do in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania stretches from natural rock formations to a great theater that boasts of classic performances. You can also gamble on slot machine, table games and horse racing. In fact, there are so many different activities to choose from that you may have a hard time deciding which one to do first.