In Northeast Pennsylvania, you’ll find the Poconos Mountains. This beautiful mountain range is surrounded by rivers, lakes, charming towns and fantastic wildlife. It’s a place where you can relax, unwind and soak in the incredible scenery. By taking a bus to the Poconos Mountains, you can actually enjoy that scenery. Rather than worrying about following directions and staring at your car’s GPS, you can make the most of the destination. It’s just a short bus trip from NYC or Eastern PA, and you’ll save money as well as hassle in the process. Take a closer look at some of the amazing things you can experience while in the Poconos in April 2018.
Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (April 12th-15th)
There are several wonderful small towns in the Pocono Mountains, and Jim Thorpe is one of the most charming. One of the best ways to explore Jim Thorpe is at its annual film event. The Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival takes place in the historic Mauch Chunk Opera House. Throughout the weekend of screenings, you can see several movie premiers as well as showings of world-class films. There are movies by local filmmakers as well as international hits. This is a major cultural event in the Poconos, and it draws in artists and enthusiasts from across the East Coast.
Wally Wine Fest (April 14th-15th)
If you’re interested in wines, then there is no better event than the Wally Wine Fest. Held in the Northern Poconos each year, this festival is two days of wine tasting, delicious cuisine and fantastic entertainment. Held at Silver Birches Resort, the Wally Wine Fest features more than 100 domestic and international wines for you to savor. This is a great opportunity to taste new wines and find new favorites. If you fall in love with a special bottle, you can buy wine at the festival or have a case shipped straight to your home address. Taste local specialties, as appetizers are served at the event or enjoy a bigger meal thanks to food vendors right onsite.
Make a Splash at Kalahari Resort (Year-Round)
After a long winter, kids and adults alike are ready to get active and splash around in the water. If a big trip isn’t in the budget or the schedule, a fantastic alternative can be a few days in the Poconos Mountains at Kalahari Resort. At this amazing indoor waterpark, you can get an adrenaline rush on a serious slide or test out your surfing skills on a wave simulator. Whether you’re eager for the fastest slides or you’re more enthused about floating down the lazy river, it’s a delight to be in a bathing suit and in a warm environment. With lots of family-friendly attractions in and out of the water, Kalahari Resort is a clear winner for visitors of all ages.
Ride the Bike Train (April 28th and 29th)
If you enjoy being outdoors, and you want to make the most of your time in the Pocono Mountains, then check out the Bike Train. This scenic train ride takes you 25 miles along the Lehigh Gorge. Then, just hop on your bike and cycle back along the same route, ending at the town of Jim Thorpe. It’s a curving, gentle ride along the river, and you’ll pass countless vantage points and scenic spots worth stopping for a photo. This Bike Train is seasonal, but it opens at the end of April. Many cyclists say that the first few days are best, because you won’t be dealing with the bigger crowds of summer. Kick off the outdoor season with the Bike Train on April 28th and 29th, 2018.
Embrace the Start of Fishing Season (April 14th and Onward)
It’s no secret that the Pocono Mountains are the perfect place to go if you enjoy fishing. You’ll find over 11,000 acres of stocked lakes, not to mention over 100 miles of rivers teeming with fish. Some spots, such as Big Brown Fish and Pay Lakes, don’t even require you to have a fishing license. On April 14th, 2018, fishing season officially begins in the Poconos. You can even rent your gear right at the lakes to make it a hassle-free experience in the great outdoors.
Spending spring in the Pocono Mountains is a fantastic way to celebrate the season. This year, skip the headaches around traffic, parking and tolls and Take the Bus! Martz Trailways make it easy by offering several bus routes that bring you straight to the recreation and scenery of the Pennsylvania Poconos.