Rest and relax at a hotel near Scranton International Airport, after a day of exploring, and having fun at some of the great attractions around Scranton.
Montage Mountain in Scranton is a theme park that is open summer and winter, with activities and rides for the whole family. The Water Park includes a wavepool, a waterslide complex and an 8-lane water luge for friendly competitions. There’s also a zip ride with a lift. You can float gently along a canal in an inner tube or take yoga and meditation classes. Small children will love the Polar Bear Pond, which has water slides, fountains and other activities. Montage Mountain has a Water Babies program for children two and under that opens early in the day, before the rest of the park is open.
In the winter, Montage Mountain devotes its slopes to skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. There are 10 snow tube trails, each 800 feet long, accessed by a lift. Montage Mountain maintains a mini-tubing lane for children. Fire pits keep the family warm and the marshmallows toasting between rides.
F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre has a year-round schedule of live entertainment. The Kirby Center is an historical art deco monument that opened in 1938 with a showing of the film “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” starring Tyrone Power. Modern audiences come to see everything from ballet to a cattle auction. Touring musicians include Kenny Rogers, Elvis Costello, Japanese native drummers, the NEPA Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rascals and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In other words, there’s something for everybody. Children’s matinees feature nationally popular educational entertainment based on science experiments, literary adventures and musicals.
Lackawanna Historical Society
The Lackawanna Historical Society occupies the Caitlin House, built in Tudor Revival style in 1912. Furnished in period style, the museum illustrates local history. Scranton was a major center of anthracite coal mining for 100 years. A coal executive’s office in the Caitlin House contains a dictaphone and an early typewriter. The Erie-Lackawanna Railroad brought wealth, power and high society to the area. Scranton had the earliest electric-powered streetcars, giving it the title “The Electric City.”
Houdini Tour & Magic Show
The Houdini Tour & Magic Show is the brainchild of magicians Bravo the Great and Dorothy Dietrich. Children of all ages will thrill to the live magic show that recreates some of Houdini’s most famous illusions. The tour includes a narrative of Houdini’s life, rare film footage of the magician at work and memorabilia of Houdini’s life and times. The Houdini Tour & Magic Show is housed in a 150-year-old building built during Scranton’s railroad days.
Train and Rail Museum
The National Park Service maintains a National Historic Site in Scranton devoted to the history of the steam locomotive. Steamtown includes a working railroad yard and roundhouse. The park has a Historical Museum devoted to train lore and a Technology Museum that explains how steam engines work. The whole family can hop aboard a passenger train pulled by a steam or diesel locomotive. Park rangers offer Junior Ranger programs for children ages 6-8 and 9-12. The rangers also give tours of the locomotive repair shops. Steamtown is a great place for the railroad photography buff.