Scranton Travel Guide

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Scranton Highlights

  • Pro
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    annk says…

     Interesting and informative, not just museum but a working railyard 

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    Rhondaj says…

     long lift lines, not enough seating in lodge 

  • In a nutshell
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     All aboard! See the trains and trolleys in Scranton. 

Scranton Things to Do

  • San Gennaro Feast

    The San Gennaro Feast is an annual festival held in honor of the Saint, San Gennaro. The festival features a wide variety of ethnic food vendors, live national acts hourly on the main stage, amusement rides and game fun for the whole family. Don’t miss out on the best Italian Heritage Celebration this side of Naples!June 4th - June 8th 2014Hours:...

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  • Miniature Memories display

    Mall at Steamtown has a very cool display of model trains and replicas of building around scranton. Trains are going places and carrying all kinds of containers. People are enjoying themselves on an ice skating rink. There is even a group of firefighters trying to extinguish a fire that broke out in a high story building. Although pretty small, the...

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  • Steamtown National Historic Site

    This place is everything having to do with trains.Pull out $10 and pay for entrance and parking to Steamtown. Be sure to pick up a map guide (at the visitor center) that shows all the features of the area.Once in the national site, you have choices to see trains, ride trains, visit the museum, get involved with the current special project and take...

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  • Houdini Museum

    I am a Houdini fan from way back. I wish I could have seen him do his act live but then I would be much older than I am now so I guess I'll have to seetle for his movie films.If you are not into Houdini or the impact he had on the fakes of his time and the future of the business of magic, then you won't care for this place. The building is not...

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  • Electric City Trolley Museum

    The Electric City Trolley Museum is a museum dedicated to trolleys, which were one of the primary modes of transportation in many American cities in the early 1900s. The museum features a number of trolley cars that you can walk into, as well as a number of exhibits about trolleys and their history. It is located in Scranton next to Steamtown, and...

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  • Concert Arena

    Toyota Pavilion on Montage Mountain formally known as Montage Mountain Amphitheater started as a temporary facility located behind the ski lodge on Montage Mountain. In 1999, Lackawanna County built a permanent amphitheater further down the mountain. The new location has reserved seating for 7,000 people covered by the pavilion roof, with room for...

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  • Steamtown National Historic Site

    Steamtown is a museum located in Scranton's old railroad yards. The museum features a number of exhibits about railroads, focusing on steam-powered trains. In addition to the indoor museum, there are a number of trains, locomotives, and railcars on display out in the railyard, a number of which you can climb up into. About every hour or two, there...

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  • Coal Mine Tour

    Ride a coal cart down into an actual (retired) coal mine! The tour cart descends 300 feet into a mine shaft. Great for kids and history buffs, a guided tour provides an idea of what it was like to work in the mines. Bring a jacket, even in the summer. Open April to November, 10:00-4:30.The park, by the way, includes a nice walking path. When you...

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  • Coal-line trains

    Located in downtown Scranton, this train station offers visitors a glimpse at the old coal train lines through a mini-museum and, depending on season, train excursion rides.My personal favorite is the Fall Foliage tour which darts from Carbondale to Scranton with great views of the leaves changing for the season. PLEASE CONTACT THE STATION FOR...

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  • Coal Furnaces

    The giant coal furnaces are located just outside of the downtown near the Univeristy of Scranton.A lovely website detailing the history of coal in Northeastern Pennsylvania can be found here:http://www.rootsweb.com/~palackaw/news/scranton.html

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  • Trolley Museum, other displays.......

    There are sometime seasonal displays such as the decorated Christmas trees each from a different local school. Other areas- Powerhouse or Substation - where electricity is converted from high voltage Alternating Current AC to Direct Current DC. There are control panels with switches and meters.- Display case of badges worn by the operators of the...

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  • Cut A Way Trolley Car

    This display enables visitors to see how a trolley car is assembled and how it runs by entering the trolley and viewing the cut-away floor. One can view the 2 electric motors and air brake equipment. This trolley was double-ended which means it had controls at both ends. At the end of the line where there was no way to turn around the trolley, the...

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Scranton Restaurants

  • Always a Great Breakfast Option

    Bob Evan's is a chain restaurant with locations throughout the U.S (yes, there are some good chain places out there). We were first introduced to Bob Evans several years ago in Ohio and have been fans ever since. During a recent trip to Scranton we were happy to find Bob Evans for a tasty breakfast.The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner....

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  • nummy+cheap=awesome.

    A BYOB restaurant near The Bog. NOT a good idea to bring small children in strollers, as the tables are very close together. (And its not the kind of place one would bring small children too anyway. --- That means you rude parents!!) the food is amazing and i try to eat there at least twice a month. I usually go with one to two people, we share 2...

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  • your money's worth....

    This has sort of a diner atmosphere with booths, tables and counter-stools. The menu is mostly American foods (probably some of them are prepackaged). (see the website below for the full menu list).We stopped in for a quick light lunch. Soup and Salad for me (Chowder and Caesar). My wife got the Crisp Chicken salad bowl. We decided to try a dish of...

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  • Greek Food Festival

    Every June, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, where Washington meets Vine, hold their annual Greek Food Festival.The food ia amazing, made, in many cases, by people who moved here directly from Greece.A cookbook is available, The Greek Gourmet, compiled of church go-er recipes, some of which are used for the festival itself. It costs around...

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  • The Mall at Steamtown

    Food is not available in the park grounds but a ramp was built over the rails to The Mall at Steamtown. The glassed in area is the food court which overlooks the active train yard. It's worth the walk over the train yard even if you're not interested in the mall.

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  • garlic knots ,pizza and oh the cannollis...

    its just a local place that serves great food not hype.its easy on off exit 190 interstate 81.family owned and operated by very nice people.places like this are hard to find. we had garlic knots fresh baked by the owner.his garlic sauce made them.we had a chicken wing pizza with chick breast his own wing sauce and cheeses on a fantastic crust.then...

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Scranton Transportation

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    Scranton Road Signs

    by Easty Written Sep 1, 2002

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    Scranton is accesible by I-81 from Harrisburg/Central New York, I-84 from New England and Hudson Valley areas, 1-380 which connects to I-80 from NYC, Poconos, and New Jersey, I-476 from Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley. It is located 2 hrs. from Philadelphia and New York City.

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Scranton Shopping

  • The Mall at Steamtown

    A ramp was constructed over the tracks to connect Steamtown to the "Mall at Steamtown". Even if you're not interested in shopping it's worth walking the ramp above the active train yard for an overview of the area.

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  • The Mall at Steamtown

    The Mall of Steamtown is a nice shopping center in the center of Scranton. It is anchored by Boscov's Department Store and the Bon Ton Department Store with 50 other shops. Typical Mall Prices

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Scranton Local Customs

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    She won't lose her son!

    by Rhondaj Updated Feb 9, 2003

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    Crazy hats and apparel are favorite ways for families to dress so that their relatives can spot them on the slopes.

    My family prefers walkie-talkies over crazy hats though! Sharing airwaves with other walkie-talkie users can be quite interesting...

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Scranton Warnings and Dangers

  • fairly safe

    Scranton rates as less risky versus an average American city of similar size.There is typically only one murder per year.There are however 30-40 rapes, 70-80 robberies, 90-100 assaults. So violent crime happens here. Non-violent crimes happen more frequently: 500 burglaries, 1700 thefts. But these are typically not against tourists.There are 91 sex...

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  • A working railroad yard

    Even though this is a National Park, it is still an operating railroad yard. Visitors are advised to watch out for moving trains and vehicles. Besides seasonal train excursions offered from Steamtown, the tracks are used daily for passenger and freight trains.

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  • ski lift

    When the ski lift lines get long, a lift worker will manage the lines to help keep order and the lifts full. (putting singles with doubles on a triple lift for example). But the lifts are incredibly SLOW compared to lifts at other nearby ski resorts.

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Scranton What to Pack

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    overcloud for the whole region

    by davecallahan Updated Mar 24, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Scranton tends to be quite a bit more cloudy and defnitely more rainy in the summer months than an average American city (excepting maybe Rochester, NY). Having an umbrella handy in the car and one of those clear plastic wrap-coats tucked in the glove compartment can save you from getting into a surprise shower and ruining your vacation clothes.

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Scranton Off The Beaten Path

  • Renegade Skiers/Boarders

    This is the first ski resort that I've been to here in the Poconos without a lot of orange ski fencing. Other places border their runs. So here, many skiers and boarders cut through to other runs, go in and out of trees, etc. It must be quite fun for renegade skiers. If you're not used to this, it can be quite startling to have someone shooting out...

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  • La Festa Italiana

    La Festa Italiana is an Italian Festival held every Labor Day Weekend in Scranton. It is basically an Italian food, games, and music festival. The festival is held at the Lackawanna County Courthouse located in Downtown Scranton.

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