Located in Northeast Pennsylvania just west of the Poconos, Lackawanna County is named for the picturesque river which flows through it. The county, including its largest city, Scranton, saw rapid growth at the turn of the 20th century by producing coal during the growth of steel production. This early industrial heritage lent the county a rich multicultural heritage as mining drew immigrants from around the world.
While the area has recently transitioned to a more diverse economy due to the globalization of the steel industry, the county preserves its cultural mix with various heritage festivals as well as outdoor activities. Lackawanna County is part of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area.
More than 2,800 rooms are available throughout the region, ranging from quaint B&Bs to full-amenity hotels. Lackawanna County accommodates a variety of travel options, including back-to-nature adventures, romantic retreats, family getaways and corporate events.
Lackawanna County draws on its rich cultural diversity derived from the predominance of the coal industry. The vital energy represented by these distinct cultures is reflected in the county’s numerous dining options. From fine cuisine to casual family style diners, restaurants offer a variety of ethnic fare, such as Lebanese, Mediterranean, Italian and Irish.
Numerous seafood restaurants take full advantage of the county’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, serving up favorites such as blue crabs, shrimp and a variety of fish.
Situated on the Poconos Plateau cleft by the canoe-shaped Wyoming Valley, Lackawanna County is marked by rolling hills. The rural countryside provides an outdoor paradise, with activities such as canoeing and kayaking; horseback riding; mountain biking; hiking and camping; snow skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing; hunting and fishing; and golf.
Also steeped in history, Lackawanna County features several museums as well as historic landmarks dedicated to its heritage of transportation and industrialization. Top sits include:
Events & Activities
Throughout the year, Lackawanna County hosts a number of events, including culinary and cultural festivals, sporting games and parades. These events take advantage of the county’s true four-season locale, with relatively mild springs, temperately warm summers and cold winters with ample measurable snowfall. Some of the premier seasonal events include:
Daily commercial air service is provided through the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, which located in Avoca, Pennsylvania. As the fifth largest airport in the state, the airport offers daily flights to New York/Newark, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Orlando-Sanford and Tampa/St. Pete-Clearwater. Rental cars are available from Avis, Budget, Hertz, National and Enterprise at the main terminal.
Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau
99 Glenmaura National Boulevard
Moosic, PA 18507
Instagram: @Visit NEPA
Monday, January 23, 2017 by Bryan Hunter