A Day at Bushkill Falls: The Niagara of Pennsylvania

Surrounded by the lush forests of the Pocono Mountains, Bushkill Falls in northeastern Pennsylvania is rich with natural beauty. Wooded hiking trails with waterfall views, family-friendly attractions such as boating and mini-golf, and serene experiences such as picnicking by the lakes are just part of the getaway. Spring through fall, bring the whole family to “The Niagara of Pennsylvania” for an unforgettable outdoor adventure. This one-day itinerary will help you make the most of your getaway.

Bushkill Falls

Take in the crisp morning air as you trek one of the four trails, each offering a walk or hike for a variety of ages and mobility levels. Elevated boardwalks and wooden bridges lead the way alongside rushing creeks, and numerous overlooks along the way provide spectacular views of all eight waterfalls. The primary observation deck to see the Main Falls is only a short walking distance, making it ideal for families.

After going on a hike, bring kids and teens to the Bushkill Falls Mining Co. Maze for a competition of speed and skill. This timed competition puts navigational skills and problem solving to the test, and guests with the fastest times can win prizes in monthly drawings.

Kids playing on the playground

After working up an appetite, break for lunch at the Snack Bar, where you can fill up on everything from burgers and pizzas to wraps and pulled-pork sandwiches. Or just bring your own lunch to enjoy in the picnic areas near the fishing pond. Afterward, stop into Sugar Mountain Sweet Shop for ice cream, fudge and chocolate confections.

Sugar Mountain Street Shop

Continue your day with more family fun as you take the kids to go mining for gemstones. Buy a bag of “mining rough” and sift through the bag in the “sluice,” a trough with circulating water. You can uncover little gems and then take your treasures home. 

Gemstone Mining

Enjoy the warmth of the afternoon by getting out on the water in a paddle boat. These two- and four-person boats are perfect for couples and friends looking to explore the Twin Lakes.

For a group activity, put your putt-putt skills to the test with a game of miniature golf on the 18-hole course, which features Bushkill Falls’ replicas throughout the game.

And let the kiddos burn off any extra energy on the children’s playground, where multiple bridges, slides, and climbing features will have them shrieking with delight.

Paddle Boats on the lake

Spend the night to experience all the beauty and relaxation the Pocono Mountains have to offer. Visit the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau to find the perfect place to stay—from boutique hotels to family-friendly resorts.

Buy your tickets to Bushkill Falls in advance for an easy, seamless experience.


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