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Good Places to Go With Kids in Scranton, Pennsylvania

by Maria Magher

You won't be able to find Michael Scott in Scranton, but you can find Poor Richard Pub and other locales featured in the hit TV show "The Office," which was set in Scranton. While the TV tour may not interest young children, you'll also be able to find plenty of things to keep the kids entertained in this former coal mining city. From ski slopes to museums that explore the area's steam engine history, there are plenty of places to go that will appeal to kids of all interests.

Museums

Scranton has a rich history, and there are several museums that are both interesting and educational. At the Steamtown National Historic Site, children can walk through a real steam engine train and learn more about the history of the industry and the technology. Children can learn about the different types of whistles, what life on the railroad was like, and how to practice railroad safety. At the Houdini Museum, kids can learn about the famous magician and enjoy a fun magician show. Magicians Dorothy Dietrich and John Bravo may not be Houdini, but these two magicians have a national reputation.

Parks and Playgrounds

Most kids are happy just with the chance to run around and play and burn off some energy. There are many parks in Scranton that kids will love. Connell Park features a playground, basketball courts, and a dog park for four-legged friends. On hot days, kids can also take a dip in the park's pool. At Tripp Park, younger kids can play on the playground equipment, while older kids can enjoy some time on the tennis courts or the basketball courts. You can also pack a picnic lunch for the whole family to enjoy.

Water Fun

During the hot summer months, plenty of activities are available to cool off and have fun in the water. Scranton's largest park, Nay Aug Park, features two Olympic-sized swimming pools and a water slide complex. Other amenities include walking trails, picnic areas and two playgrounds. A 150-foot-tall tree house overlooks a gorge and waterfalls. A small fee will get you in to the pool and water slide, or you can buy a seasonal pass. For a more high-energy experience, head over to Sno Cove Water Park. Attractions include the eight-lane Pro Racer ride, a six-story Tornado Slide, bumper boats, mega wave pool and more. Younger children can enjoy a smaller pool and play area, and parents can relax on the Lazy River.

Outdoor Activities

When the weather is nice out, or you want to do something a little more active, Scranton offers a number of possibilities. At Montage Mountain, families can enjoy a wide variety of activities, including snow tubing, hiking, zip lining, and more. There is also a water park with slides, volleyball, mini golf and other attractions. The park is open all year and offers both summer and winter activities. At the Lackawanna County Coal Mine, you can take a tour 300 feet underground of an anthracite coal mine that originally opened in 1860. The tour includes information about coal mining, and you will see many different kinds of rocks and coal, as well as mining equipment.

About the Author

Maria Magher has been working as a professional writer since 2001. She has worked as an ESL teacher, a freshman composition teacher and an education reporter, writing for regional newspapers and online publications. She has written about parenting for Pampers and other websites. She has a Master's degree in English and creative writing.

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