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Scranton Pennsylvania was a relatively small coal mining community back when it was established as a city in 1866, today, thanks to its central location, the city is a geographic and cultural center for Lackawanna River Valley. Scranton was initially given the nickname ‘The Electric City’, thanks to Dickson Locomotive Works who introduced the first electric lights in the late 1880s. Scranton is Pennsylvania’s sixth largest city today and is home to some of the country’s most beautiful architecture which is mainly built in Hill and Green Ridge.
Most local residents are big supporters of local sporting clubs, namely in baseball, basketball and ice hockey. Visitors can check their venues out at PNC Field, Mohegan Sun Arena or Union Center at Lackawanna College. When it comes to night entertainment, be ready to have your mind blown by The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. And all you adventure seekers are going to have a thrilling experience when you take the Lackawanna County Coal Mine Tour because the tour takes you 300 feet underground into a deep, dark coal mine.
There are a never ending number of things to do in Scranton, whether you are here on a tour with your family and friends, visiting because of a corporate function or are having a honeymoon in Pennsylvania. To get around comfortably, make full use of US Coachways' convenient bus booking system which will get you the perfect charter bus, coach charter, mini bus, school bus, party bus, sleeper coach, limousine or airport transfer limo anywhere in Pennsylvania, including Scranton, Harrisburg, Eerie, Philadelphia, State College and many other cities all around the nation.
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With some of the state’s best dishes, restaurants, museums, historic landmarks, you can be sure to have a good time with us. From zipping down a lazy river ride to crawling into an old coal mine, here are some of Scranton’s best points of interest.
- Entertainment & Amusement Parks — When it comes to family fun, it would have to be Montage Mountain and their countless rides! The best time to visit the theme park is doubtlessly summer but be ready for a park crowded with excited vacationers from surrounding neighborhoods and city folks looking for time away from city buzz. Features at the park include a wave pool, volleyball court, Ziprider, an entertaining show and easy lazy river ride. There is just so much to do at Montage Mountain especially when there are concerts and festivals. It is surrounded by other attractions like golf course, shopping district, and baseball stadium and movie complex.
- Art & Cultural — Together, creating wonderful music and magical show, The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic brings you unforgettable shows. There are various themed shows you can catch and they are Masterworks Concerts, Pop Series, Holiday Concerts, Crescendo Family Concert and Young People's Concert. The well-maintained Scranton Cultural Center is almost always the first stop for first-timers as the place gives them an overview of what to expect from their visit to this unassuming city. The center organizes regular events all year round so, check their website out before heading over. You will save yourself lots of time during your visit.
- Restaurants & Shopping — There is always time during the tour to get some shopping done and for a quick and convenient spree. Head over to Mall at Steamtown for branded bargains like shoes, clothes, bags, souvenirs, music, toys, electronics, books, jewelry and much more. When you choose to shop at Shoppes At Montage, stop by Montage Mountain Ski Resort, its Performing Arts Center and the famous baseball stadium too.
- Historical Sites & Landmarks — Talk about doing something you don’t get to do on an everyday basis, how about taking a 300 feet trip down below the earth into a coal mine tour together with the Lackawanna County Coal Mine tour operators? If you are in Scranton Pennsylvania between April to November, this is definitely something you might want to check out. The mine was once a workplace for many locals, including children as young as 7 and today, it has been maintained and rendered safe for tourists and visitors. Stop by the museum and gift shop at the end of the tour. Visiting Scranton also means that you will get to visit Steamtown National Historic Site, introducing visitors to a world of steam engines, diesel-powered rail and a little about electric trains. There are also exhibits educating visitors about city’s growth in the 19th century. Want to tour the city in a completely different way? You will find that in The Electric City Trolley Station and Museum. The museum may be a small one but the exhibits are very educational. The highlight would have to be the trolley tour. Stop by Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum which has exhibits about the life and times of workers whose lives revolved around factories, mills and mines. It is an educational, touching visit that is sure to leave visitors with new appreciation for modern life. Other not-to-be-missed museums in Scranton PA are Everhart Museum (huge collection of his work) and Houdini Museum (dedicated to a lifetime of Houdini’s works and famous attempts).
- Parks & Outdoor Activities — Want to take a break from all the walking, touring and busy-ness of city life? Organize a trip for a slow and languid walk around Scranton Lake. This man-made lake has a clearly marked and well-maintained 3 miles worth of walking path around it. On top of being made as a source for drinking water for the residents of Scranton, it was also turned into a tourist attraction because of its beauty. Nay Aug Park has always been very popular with tourists, residents and people from neighboring cities alike. It features countless walking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, 2 Olympic-sized swimming pools and visitors will also get to enjoy some family-friendly rides.
- Other Points of Interest — Structure-wise, University of Scranton has nothing to shout about but it is the warmth you feel coming from the people going through the tours with you, the students and the welcoming community. It is that special, heart-warming charm of a college community that makes it an interesting place to visit. Give it a shot if you have half a day to spare in the city of Scranton PA. If the timing is right, revel in the city’s elaborate St. Patrick’s Day Parade and La Festa Italiana, both held towards the end of the year.
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