The Ultimate Summer Fun Guide: Lake Wallenpaupack Edition

Walk on the Wild Side
Claws ‘N’ Paws Animal Adventure Park recently welcomed a new member into its animal family! Jethro the baby giraffe makes his debut this summer, and his enclosure is the “not-to-be-missed” attraction at the park this year. Because Jethro is still getting used to his surroundings, he may not be on display at all times. However, as he grows accustomed to his enclosure, he will wander outside to meet guests more and more!

Jethro is just one of the over 120 animals who lives at Claws ‘n’ Paws in Hamlin. New residents also include three adorable baby snow leopards that were born on May 5 last year, and now make their home in a mountainous enclosure. Lions, tigers and even a grizzly bear can be seen in their respective homes. For those who want to get even closer to the animals, Claws ‘n’ Paws offers plenty of chances to interact “nose-to-whisker” with some of their safer furry friends. At Keeper Talks, guests can pet alligators and pythons. The petting zoo features a variety of friendly barnyard animals to pet and feed. One of the most popular attractions is the Lory Feeding Exhibit, where the colorful birds will eat right out of visitors’ hands! In the future, the zoo hopes to bring even more animals to the Poconos. “We are always adding new animals to our collection,” says owner Vince Hall.
With a kids “dino dig” area, snack bar and a well-stocked gift shop, this park is perfect for a day of summer fun! Call 570-698-6154.

Spend a Weekend in Hawley
Called “the castle” by local residents, Hawley Silk Mill houses three levels of retail and commercial businesses. The regal restored bluestone factory makes the mill a key attraction in the Hawley region. On the first floor, visitors can stop by Lake Region Fitness and Art on the Edge, as well as the brand-new Mill Market Cafe. The second floor is home to offices, and Lackawanna College is located on the third.

New this year, the Mill Market Bakery welcomes guests with a sweet. The bakery offers variety of artisanal breads, pastries, cakes (specialty and wedding cakes as well). Settlers Hospitality Group operates three unique resorts in Hawley: The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel and Silver Birches Resort. A rustic arts-and-crafts lodge, The Settlers Inn is known for its farm-to-table dining and scenic views of the Lacawaxen River. Nestled along the Paupack High Falls Gorge, Ledges Hotel delivers boutique accommodations and creative cuisine in its small plates restaurant, Those searching for a lakeside getaway will enjoy Silver Birches Waterfront, located on the shore of Lake Wallenpaupack. All of the properties are historic buildings, updated and renovated to best serve visitors.

According to Marketing Director Sarah O’Fee, all four venues are well-known individually for its unique attributes. “All our venues take their history and showcase it through renovations, allowing for modern comfortable touches to the historical beauty,” O’Fee said. The properties are popular during the summertime, so she also advises visiting before Memorial Day or after Labor day to beat the crowds. Call (570) 390-4440.

Satisfy Your Need for Speed
The family-friendly go-kart track is the number one attraction at Costa’s Family Fun Park in Hawley. Large and small carts accommodate children and adults. Its full-sized, fastest carts are perfect for those over the age of 12, medium-sized carts can be driven by riders ages 7-12 and children as young as 3-years-old can ride with a licensed driver in a double kart. About a quarter mile long, the track allows for races of all kinds! The go-karts are just one of many attractions that can fill a day of summer fun.

Costa’s Family Fun Park offers attractions for all ages, including water slides, laser tag and bumper boats. The waterslides are open at the peak of summer from noon to 7 p.m. For sports-loving guests, the park has both baseball and softball batting cages. The ball machines are rented by the half hour and can be set to throw a variety of pitches. Those who love golf can practice their swing on the driving range or try their hand at a round of miniature golf! Other activities include laser tag, bumper boats, a small kids’ playland and arcade games. Costa’s Family Fun Park has been in operation and serving families since 1993. Call 570-226-8585.

Visit the Resort Designed with Families in Mind
The backdrop of pristine Lake Teedyuskung welcomes visitors to Woodloch Pines Resort. In the summertime, boats sail across its tranquil waters, and skaters take to the ice in the winter. After enjoying nature’s beauty on the lake, guests can also take in a different kind of show. Each Wednesday and Saturday, the resort’s Nightclub hosts a Broadway-style show complete with a full orchestra, professional choreography and full costumes. This year’s musical pays tribute to hits including, “Jersey Boys,” “Hamilton” and “Hairspray.”

New resort additions include GiGi’s Coffee Shop featuring made-to-order drinks, freshly baked pastries, sandwiches and wraps. Coffees from Black and Brass, a local roaster, are also served. The new coffee shop is located near the main lobby. Additionally, the Escape Room offers guests a chance to “escape” an adventure setting. Teams of eight to 10 players must solve puzzles and find clues in order to unlock the room’s hidden mysteries.

For over 59 years, the family-owned Woodloch Pines has delivered all-inclusive vacations filled with warm hospitality. The resort’s mission is, “treat all guests as if they were company in their own homes.” The resort is open year-round and features activities including bumper cars, go carts and both indoor and outdoor pools. Sister properties Woodloch Springs—an 18-hole championship golf course—and The Lodge at Woodloch—a luxury destination spa—are within two miles of Woodloch Pines. Marketing and Public Relations Manager Erica Bloch explains that Woodloch builds its vacation experience with families in mind. “Guests leave Woodloch with a renewed sense of connection with their own families,” Bloch said. Call 800-966-3562.

Sit Back, Relax and Stay a While!
Savor apple pie pancakes, corn-bread muffins, flaky waffles with blueberry spread and much more during breakfast at the James Manning House! Every morning, host Warren Heinley whips up culinary delights for guests of the bed-and-breakfast in Bethany. Along with delivering a filling meal, the house serves as a cozy “home away from home.”

Recently, a waterfall and pergola were added to the home’s landscape. Guests can sit outdoors and listen to the gentle flow of the water, or recline around the crackling flames in the rustic chiminea. The bed and breakfast blends antique furnishings with modern amenities. Wideplank floors and original moldings adorn the three guest rooms on the second floor. Guests will also enjoy wireless Internet and private bathrooms. Owners Janet and Warren Heinley love to see visitors relax and leave the stress behind upon visiting the house.

What makes the James Manning House unique? “Our B and B stands out because of the customer service, social warmth and consideration of guest comfort,” says Janet. Its affordable prices and comfortable atmosphere have made it a much-loved feature in the Lake region. Call 570-253-5573.

Check Out Jukebox Classics!
From slot machines to phonographs, Jukebox Classics in Hawley sells a wide variety of classic items. The store’s featured items include “Uncle Remus,” gumball machines, phonographs and a violano-vertuoso.

Standing six feet tall, Uncle Remus was carved and painted 40 years ago. His chest contains a slot machine popular in the 1940s called the Mills 5-Cent Watermelon Bell. Uncle Remus came from a casino in Reno, Nevada and is currently for sale in Jukebox Classics.

Jukebox Classics is also selling a 1-Cent Pulver Gum Machine made around 1940. When a customer places a penny in the machine, the figurine turns and drops a short stick of gum into waiting hands. The store also features a Harley-Davidson Gumball Machine and an classic Cocoa-Cola vending machine.
Musical devices can be found throughout the store. Phonographs are widely available, including a victory model built around 1906. Jukeboxes from throughout the ages play popular tunes. One of the most notable musical pieces is a Mills Violano—Vertuoso. Before jukeboxes were in bars, this automatic violin and piano machine provided music for just 25 cents. Visit

Gather at Keen Lake!
Set back on a private island, the Hermit Island cottage is accessible only by boat. Featuring three cozy bedrooms, the rustic log cabin is the perfect place for a family getaway in the Poconos! This cottage is one of many rentals available at Keen Lake Camping and Cottage Resort in Waymart. Guests may also choose from other seasonal and year-round rental cottages, or bring their own RVs to enjoy a lakeside getaway. At Keen Lake, there are a multitude of opportunities to experience the summer, and co-owner Janet Keen says that the focus of the resort is all about family. At Keen Lake, families gather together to relax and play against a beautiful lakefront backdrop.

Along with comfortable amenities, Keen Lake is home to a children’s garden. Children and their parents are invited to plant, care for and harvest food in the garden, thus bringing the concept of “farm-to-table” dining to life. The resort’s newest attraction is the Corkyl, a round, saucer-shaped boat that is perfect for lakeside fun. Guests can boat with them, play water games and even flip them inside out! Every month, there is also an activities guide developed by Sarah Wood. One such program is called “Once Upon a Time,” an event that brings hundreds of princesses to the area!
The resort began as a family getaway in 1954, and has since expanded into a thriving business that has delivered a family-friendly atmosphere to hundreds of guests. “Our spirit of hospitality sets us apart,” says Keen. “Our guests truly become a part of the family.” Call 570-488-6161

High Times!
Soar above Lake Wallenpaupack! Lighthouse Harbor Marina offers parasailing Monday through Friday from its Silver Birches Resort location. Parasailing is just one of many activities visitors to the marina can enjoy. Located on scenic Lake Wallenpaupack, the marina sells new and pre-owned boats, along with a variety of equipment and accessories. As the largest full-service marina on the lake, it is also home to boat and jet-ski rentals, a water sports store, dock slips and anything else needed for a day on the lake.

The marina has a variety of new and pre-owned Bennington pontoon boats in stock as well as speedboats and sailboats available for purchase. The Freedom Boat Club allows members unlimited use of a variety of boats at an affordable price. If you’re simply looking for a day of fun on the lake, visit Pocono Action Sports on the marina. Boat and jet ski rentals, parasailing and additional watersports services and equipment are available here.

Lighthouse Harbor is a five-star certified dealer through the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). It has been under the same ownership for 23 years. Call 570-857-0220.


A Campground with a View
Enjoy the scenery and serenity of this spacious campground! With both site and rental units available, guests to Valleyview Farm Campground in Waymart can plan their perfect getaway. The family-owned campground is nestled on 80 acres in the Poconos, and has space to roam, relax and spend time with family and friends. Monthly events and activities ensure that visitors are never bored, and the campground is conveniently located near plenty of the region’s popular attractions.

New this year, children will love the colorful train engine and coal car placed near the playground. Guests of all ages can enjoy the swimming pool, fishing pond, hiking trails and fun mini golf course located on site. Large groups looking for a place to gather should check out the Rally Field, a large open space that is perfect for outdoor gatherings. Families and friends are also welcome to gather in the Recreation Hall. All activities are family-friendly.
Spacious RV sites are available on a nightly, weekly and monthly basis. Campers can also pitch tents on secluded sites in the woods. Guests may also rent a homey cabin or mobile home, complete with bedding and kitchen utensils, heat and hot water. Call 570-448-2268.

Sleep In Comfort!
Located just north of Newfoundland since 1988, The Comfort Inn Pocono Lakes Region serves travelers to the Lake Region. All of the guest room furniture was recently upgraded. Guests can also take advantage of the updated Wifi connection and the new elevator. These features, along with Comfort Inn’s commitment to hospitality, have placed it in the top 10 percent of all Comfort Inns worldwide.

The complimentary hot breakfast bar is the perfect way to begin the day before exploring the lake region. After a long day of exploring Northeast PA, guests can retire to their comfortable rooms, or take advantage of the hotel’s game room, exercise room or laundry facilities. The hotel is pet-friendly and 100 percent smoke-free.

According to Hotel Manager Barbara Gilpin, Comfort Inn’s phenomenal staff truly sets this hotel apart from others in the area. Friendly, helpful and courteous, the staff has been delivering a quality Comfort Inn experience. “We offer clean, modern rooms, a great breakfast and we do so with exceptional service,” says Gilpin. “We have been doing it that way for 29 years!” Call 570-689-4148.

Cruise Across the Lake
Paddle Lake Wallenpaupack while getting a full-body workout! Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tours now provides stand-up paddleboard rentals, complete with life jackets and basic training. Paddleboards can be rented for one hour, two hour, half days and full days, so guests can choose which package fits their lakeside schedule. Paddleboard rentals are only one of many recreational services offered. From boat tours to pontoon and kayak rentals, the company offers something to fit every customer’s boating needs.

As the only tour boat company on Lake Wallenpaupack, Scenic Boat Tours has been a favorite among customers for 59 years. It all started in 1962 with a single pontoon boat. The roomy, flat-bottomed boat is perfect to accommodate large groups of travelers, and has remained popular with customers over the years. Along with pontoon rentals, customers can now charter a boat, then sit back and soak in the views of the lake! Boat tours are another way for guests to see what the lake has to offer, and typically run about 50 minutes. For those who own their own boats, there are 40 boat slips located conveniently near the town of Hawley. The slips are the perfect place to watch 4th of July fireworks and the Wally Lake Fest.
Call 570-226-3293.

Generating Lakeside Fun!
Though not an “attraction” in the typical sense, the Brookfield Renewable hydroelectric power plant plays an integral role in the Lake Wallenpaupack community. The plant is powered by water in a 1,280-foot long and 70-foot high dam, which in turn creates the 5,700-acre Lake Wallenpaupack. Thanks to the plant, the region benefits from clean, renewable electricity generation.

Though now known for its recreational activities, Lake Wallenpaupack was built in 1927 for the purpose of generating hydroelectric power. Community Relations Specialist Julie Pelletier explains the generation process–“Water from the bottom of the lake flows into a 14-foot-wide pipe called a flow line. The water travels over three miles through the flow line to the power plant, where it spins two turbines as it rushes past. The turbines spin within each of the two generators to create 44 megawatts of electricity, which is enough power for about 35,000 typical homes. As the water exits the power plant, it flows into the nearby Lackawaxen River.”

The plant plays a role in responding to increases in electrical demand, thus reducing stress on the community’s electric grid. Additionally, the plant has the ability to manage lake levels in support of recreation or flood control, and the lake serves as a flood control resource for the Lackawaxen and Delaware Rivers.