Museums, vibrant attractions and an ever-changing landscape guarantee the satisfaction of you and the minds of your students! There’s also plenty of fun-filled activities including swimming, kayaking, downhill skiing, snow tubing, ice skating and cross-country trails.
Lackawanna County’s Steamtown National Historic Site is the place where visitors from age two to 92 can indulge their passion for everything train related right in downtown Scranton!
The collection of steam locomotives, originally owned by F. Nelson Blount of Vermont, was moved to Scranton in 1984. It existed as a private tourist destination for only a few years before the United States House of Representatives designated the museum a National Historic Site. In 1986, they invested over $66 million into the creation of an interactive museum dedicated to the history of steam and diesel trains in our national story.
Steamtown National Historic Site is a railroad museum located on 62.48 acres of land where the former yards of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western (DL&W) railroad once stood. A visitor center, theatre, technology and history museums combine to create an exciting and vibrant vision for visitors of what the original circular roundhouse and rail yards were like.
Conceived and endowed by local physician and taxidermist, Dr. Isaiah F. Everhart, Northeastern Pennsylvania’s only art and natural history museum sits within one of the city’s largest parks, Nay Aug. Its permanent collections as well as a rotation of gallery shows and community lectures fulfill its founder’s dream.
Pieces include American and regional 19th century paintings, American folk art, and some European work. Over 500 pieces of Egyptian funerary art and 500 pieces of African art contribute to the ethnological artifacts. A unique collection includes cut glass stemware manufactured by a regional glass cutting company, the Dorflinger Glass Works.
Lackawanna County Coal Mine Tour
The Lackawanna County Coal Mine Tour, located next to the Anthracite Heritage Museum, allows visitors to experience an authentic underground mine. No amount of computer generated artistry can match the feeling of descending hundreds of feet below the earth’s surface in the same cars once used to haul miners from sunlight to darkness.
After viewing an introductory film about the mining experience, visitors are led by a tour guide onto the mine car. The slow ride down allows visitors time to adjust to the absence of light and the decrease in temperature. Visitors are cautioned that the mine naturally maintains an average temperature of between 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit so bring a jacket along no matter how hot the day may be. Arriving at the mine floor itself, visitors see the cavernous system of twisting tunnels and paths that made up the daily work environment for the thousands of Northeastern Pennsylvania workers in the “hard coal fields” of the region.
Come sample all four seasons and you’ll be coming back for more.