Everything You Need to Know About Winter in the Poconos

The Pocono Mountains region is known for its abundance of outdoor adventure. From hiking in the summer to dog sledding in the winter, there are exciting outdoor activities in every season! Winter is one of our favorite times of the year to explore the outdoors, as it poses some unique conditions that you can’t find during any other season. Winter activities include ice skating atop frozen lakes, ride in a dog-drawn sled, and more. Here’s what you need to experience during winter in the Poconos!  

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, request our Poconos Vacation Guide. This free resource is filled with local insight into the best things to do in the Pocono Mountain region in any season! 

Top 5 Things to Do This Winter in the Poconos 

1. Ice Skating  

The Poconos in the winter poses freezing temperatures and snow, which are the perfect conditions for popular winter activities like ice skating! There are a variety of places to go ice skating in the Poconos. From indoor ice rinks to frozen-over lakes, you can choose your own ice skating adventure in the Poconos. For experienced ice skaters, we recommend skating Sand Spring Lake at Hickory Run State Park. Please keep in mind that the ice thickness is not monitored, so be sure to check the winter weather report before your visit!  

2. Snow Tubing 

Snow tubing in the Poconos is a great family-friendly activity that’s thrilling for visitors of all ages. We recommend Jack Frost and Big Boulder Ski Resort. These ski areas offer two-hour tubing adventures for $25 per rider. Or, visit Camelback Snowtubing for an after-dark snow tubing adventure! 

3. Dog Sledding 

Not many people can say they’ve been dog sledding! This sport is most popular in Alaska, but thanks to our ideal winter conditions, Arctic Paws Dog Sled Tours can bring this experience to the Pocono Mountains region! You can plan a day dog sledding in the Poconos by requesting a tour on the weekend of your visit from mid-December to late-February.  

4. Skiing 

No winter getaway would be complete without Poconos skiing! You can find premier cross-country skiing opportunities at our area’s Poconos ski resorts. Some of our favorite places to ski the snow-covered mountainsides are Big Boulder Park, Blue Mountain Resort, Camelback Mountain, and Shawnee Mountain Ski Area!  

5. Cozy Up at Mountaintop Lodge at Lake Naomi  

Warm up after your outdoor adventure with a stay at Mountaintop Lodge at Lake Naomi. Our property offers accommodations that are equally cozy and convenient. Consider a stay in the Winter Room. This traditional-style room features a queen-size sleigh bed, a small desk, a modest closet, and a private bathroom with a standard-size bathtub and shower.   

Check our availability to start planning your trip during winter in the Poconos!  

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