Boasting more than 120 scenic state parks, 80 ice fishing destinations and countless trails for snowmobiling and snowshoeing, the Happy Traveler can find an unlimited supply of unique outdoor recreation and adventure in Pennsylvania to help savor the snowy glory of winter. Careen down diverse terrain aboard a snow tube, or bundle up on relaxing sleigh ride through the mountains – whatever their pleasure, visitors can pursue their happiness and chase away the winter blues in the Keystone State.
Dog sledding - Laurel Highlands Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
While many winter activities take your breath away, a dog-sledding excursion at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is truly an unforgettable adventure. Take a trip through the magnificent countryside with the resort’s exclusive team of sled dogs, and experience the wintery Laurel Highlands like never before.
Luge - Pocono Mountains Blue Mountain Ski Area
Blue Mountain Ski Area in the Pocono Mountains is home to the only natural East Coast USA Luge track open to the public and the state’s highest vertical. With twists, turns and more than 400,000 cubic feet of snow, you'll feel the wind on your face and your heart race as you plunge down an almost 2,000-foot-long course. Riders can choose to hop on a tube, mini-bobsled or a luge sled.
Iceboating - Pennsylvania Great Lakes Region
Pymatuning Lake and State Park
The cold weather doesn’t bring an end to enjoying Pymatuning Lake and Pymatuning State Park. Visitors are permitted to iceboat anywhere on the lake and can partake in a variety of other cold-weather sports in the area. Jamestown Marina maintains a winter concession where visitors can buy refreshments and rent ice skates or cross-country skis.
Snowshoeing and wind skating - Pennsylvania Great Lakes Region
Presque Isle State Park
Attracting millions of visitors each year, Presque Isle State Park offers beautiful landscapes and the perfect backdrop for a winter adventure. While traveling through the park, discover the impressive ice dunes formed by the combination of lake ice, wave surge and freezing spray. Those feeling especially adventurous can grab a pair of ice skates and enjoy wind skating on the lake.
Sleigh rides - Pocono Mountains
The Inn at Pocono Manor
Visitors have the chance to travel back to a quieter, more peaceful time aboard a horse-drawn carriage at the Pocono Manor Stables. Ride through beautiful, snow-covered paths while enjoying the scenic grounds of The Inn at Pocono Manor, which has welcomed guests for more than 100 years.
Snowcat rides - Laurel Highlands
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Tag along on one of the resort’s groomers for a night ride with remarkable views of the mountain’s slopes. Used to groom the mountains in the late evening and early morning hours, snowcats smooth the terrain and make for perfect skiing conditions. Visitors can also take guided snowshoe and snowmobile tours through the resort’s winter wonderland.
Mountain coaster - Pocono Mountains
Camelback Mountain Resort
Stop by Camelback Mountain Adventures this winter to experience the only mountain coaster in Pennsylvania. The 4,500-foot long, steel-track coaster traverses through the trees and down the steep slopes of Camelback’s mountains. For another adventurous ride, glide through and over the trees 85 feet above the slopes on Camelback’s twin zip lines.
Ice skating - Philadelphia and the Countryside
Blue Cross RiverRink
City dwellers don’t have to travel far to breathe in the refreshing winter air. The Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing offers the perfect outdoor activity close to home. In addition to the rink’s panoramic views of the Philadelphia waterfront and city skyline, it features a heated indoor reception area, food concessions, a game area and a video wall. For first-time skaters or those looking to improve their skills, the RiverRink offers lessons on Sunday mornings during January and February. The rink will open for the 2016-2017 season on Nov. 25, 2016.
Snow tubing - Dutch Country Roads
AvalancheXpress at Heritage Hills Resort
Located at the first-class Heritage Hills Resort in York, AvalancheXpress is central Pennsylvania's premier snow tubing Terrain Park. With multiple downhill runs including "Xtreme," intermediate and family lanes, there's something for everyone at the facility. For added convenience, two powered rope lines tow tubers to the hilltop, and high-intensity, full-flooding lighting illuminates the park after dusk. Guests are also invited to warm up at the resort’s fire pits and indoor bar.
Snowmobiling - Pennsylvania Wilds
When it comes to snowmobiling, McKean County is in the loop. More than 140 miles of trails in the county connect with a total of 360 miles of trails in the Allegheny National Forest, including the beautiful 114-mile Allegheny Snowmobile Loop. A perfect cure for cabin fever, take a ride through the Pennsylvania Wilds and explore the beautiful, rugged scenery this winter.
For outdoor enthusiasts looking to escape the winter blues, there is nothing like walking on a frozen lake, carving a hole and pulling up fish from mysterious depths. Try your hand at catching largemouth bass, yellow perch, crappies and other species at one of Pennsylvania’s beautiful state parks.
Sledding/Tobogganing - Pennsylvania Wilds
Chapman State Park
The 805-acre Chapman State Park includes the 68-acre Chapman Lake on the West Branch of Tionesta Creek and offers an oasis of recreational activities. In the winter, a seven-acre groomed slope on the western side of Chapman State Park is kept lit until 10 p.m. daily. Also on the western side of the park is a warming hut with a wood-burning stove and benches for guests to escape the cold.
Winter Paintball - Pocono Mountains
Skirmish USA - Albrightsville
Open year round, Skirmish USA is a premier 700-acre paintball facility with more than 50 playing fields and a variety of games players can choose from. Challenge your friends, family or co-workers to a game and show off your paintballing skills while trekking through the snowy fields.