So, you’ve been playing endless casino games and watching the races over at Mohegan Sun Pocono Racino but you’re itching to explore the area. Well, you’ve come to the right place, as this article will give you six solid ideas on what to do if you need a break from the gaming and racing.
From a day at the amusement park to a round of golf, shopping, and recreation, you have plenty to get excited about when you venture off to the Pocono Mountains for a little casino gaming.
What are the best activities to immerse yourself in when you want to take a break from gambling in Pennsylvania? Keep reading and you’ll discover ways to keep yourself occupied for a week if you so choose to.
Let’s discover what the surrounding area offers.
1 – Knoebel Amusement Park
Looking for admission into the largest free-admission amusement park in the world? Well, you’ll find it in the Pocono Mountains as Knoebels Amusement Park is it.
Lose yourself in thrilling roller coaster rides, swimming, camping, golfing, you name it.
So what can you expect to find at the park?
Rides fit for the entire family. So if you brought the kids along, there is plenty for them to get excited about while you can turn to the thrilling rides the park offers.
And there are plenty of excellent attractions at the park too, including photography booths, gift shops, a mini-golf course, museums, an XD theater, Lazer Command, and a Bald Eagle Habitat.
If you’re looking for a place to stay outside the casino hotel, you have a plethora of options to choose from here at the park. Whether you’re up for camping or a stay in one of the cottages or the Latorre House Bed & Breakfast, there are options galore to get excited about.
The park offers even more fun attractions in the spring and summer, including a full-sized pool, a kiddie pool, and endless water activities you can enjoy with the entire family or a group of friends.
2 – Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club
Unlock your inner-golf enthusiast at the Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club. Here, you can try your hand at one of Pennsylvania’s award-winning courses and see how you fare on a Championship-level course.
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking forested scenery of the Pocono Mountains, along with its rolling fairways fit to find their way onto a Christmas card in December.
You can play a round of golf on either the front nine, back nine, or if you’re up for it, all 18 holes. Enjoy special discounts at Twilight, on Mondays, or Thursdays (ladies only). And if you’re 60 or older, take advantage of the Senior Discount for either nine or 18 holes.
Ask for rates about group outings. And after you play your round, celebrate in The Emerald Room with a hearty lunch or dinner complete with your choice of cocktail.
3 – Claws N’ Paws Wild Animal Park
Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until October, you’ll love the wooded trails the Claws N’ Paws Wild Animal Park offers.
So, what is this place, exactly?
Think of it as a petting zoo where you can interact with and feed the wildlife taking up residence in the Poconos. Except rather than local or domestic animals, prepare yourself to experience exotic wildlife from all corners of the globe.
You’ll find many animals and species here including giraffes, tigers, parrots, goats, tortoises, deer, and even dinosaurs. Okay, so the latter isn’t exactly alive, but it’s still a cool place to come and see the dino exhibits. And who knows? Perhaps Jurassic Park becomes a reality and we’ll have a live, dino exhibit one day.
This park is the perfect place for kids. So if gaming at Mohegan Sun Pocono is just a sliver of your family vacation, then you’ll get a thrill watching your kids interact with the wildlife at Claws N’ Paws. But hey, this place is fit for all animal enthusiasts.
4 – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
While every modern-day casino out there features the latest and greatest acts in live entertainment, even the Mohegan Sun Pocono Racino can’t bring you top-quality AHL hockey.
But the venue it sold its naming rights to can, so when in season you can take a seat at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza and watch the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins face off with some of the most talented teams in the American Hockey League.
But even if the Baby Penguins aren’t playing or it’s the AHL off-season, there is always world-class live entertainment to look forward to at this venue and it’s happening on a year-round basis.
So if the music and comedy acts at the casino aren’t your type, rest assured you have another option to get excited about. And the best part is, you don’t have to drive far or break the bank to get in on the action.
So if you’re a hockey betting enthusiast or if you’re curious about what the arena’s offering during your stay at Mohegan Sun Pocono Racino, make the trip and see what’s happening.
5 – Seven Tubs Recreation Area
You can place the safe bet that Seven Tubs Recreation Area offers the most mystical scenery in the Poconos whether you’re hiking in the summer or winter.
What caused such great scenery?
Thank the Ice Age, where about 12,000 years ago when our ancestors found themselves stuck in perpetual winter. During that time, glacial meltwater carved a line of sandstone potholes, also known as tubs.
The 537 acres of nature and recreation is the perfect place to embark on a long hike after a few days of land based casino gaming over at Mohegan Sun. But it’s also flourishing with flora, fauna, and wildlife.
You’re looking at 60 types of wildflowers and varying trees that include bear oaks, chestnuts, birch, elms, sycamore, tulip, and maple trees, among others.
The site is an ideal spot for birdwatching, so if it’s a pastime of yours, this is the place to catch wildlife and nature at its finest. Common fauna includes whippoorwill, saw-whet owl, barred owl, eastern towhee, and other interesting species of birds.
Depending on how often you game at Mohegan Sun and take a subsequent hike will dictate what kind of fauna you’ll find in the area, as many of these birds are known to migrate.
Most of the animal life you come across includes deer, long-tailed weasel, red foxes, gray foxes, and the brown bat. Bear sightings occur and yes, they can get aggressive.
So wear that poker face and stay calm if you cross one. But you need not worry too much. Often, the black bear will engage in a mock charge if it hasn’t already looked to avoid confrontation.
6 – Woodlands Inn and Resort
The Woodlands Inn and Resort is yet another fantastic spot if you’re vacationing in the Poconos with the family, which of course means limited time on the casino floor at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Racino.
Here, you’ll find a venue that’s conveniently located to much of what the Pocono Mountains offer, including the Mohegan Sun Arena. That said, you’re also lodging near PNC Field, which houses the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, affiliates to the MLB’s New York Yankees.
And if you’re vacationing in the spring and summer, you’re also near to Montage Mountain Water Park. So if you’re a fan of water-related activities, you’re in luck.
The Woodlands Inn Resort is also a great place to receive high-end spa treatments. So if you want to take care of yourself on your casino trip, rejuvenate your body with facials, massages, body treatments, and more.
Recreational activities at the resort include nightclubs, an outdoor and indoor pool, plus a fitness center.
Oh, and if you need a lift to the casino, take advantage of the complimentary casino shuttle and you’ll find yourself at Mohegan Sun Pocono Racino within minutes.
And when you get back, grab a bite to eat from one of the two dining establishments at the venue. And if you’re too exhausted to join the family for a hearty lunch or dinner, room service has you covered.
So, if you love a conveniently located hotel near one of the state’s most prominent casinos, take advantage of everything Woodlands Resort offers.
The Mohegan Sun Pocono offers just a sliver of activities in the Pocono Mountains. When you’re done gaming for the day or the week, you literally have at least a half-dozen activities to engage in that will keep you in the area for at least a few more days.
And whether you’re a nature lover, a sports enthusiast, or one who finds thrills at amusement parks, you’ll find it hidden deep within the Pocono Mountains.
So, whether you’re flying in solitary, here with a group, or vacationing with the family, prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime. Sure, it’s great to get your casino gaming fix in, but remember it’s only one slice of an extra large pie.
Have you ventured to Mohegan Sun Pocono Racino? If so, did you visit any of the attractions listed here? Tell us about your experiences in the comments section.