Money is no excuse to not enjoy life. A fews yrs ago I made my mind up, I am going to stop and smell the roses. There is far to much beauty to see and fun to have right in my neighborhood. I needed to stop using lack of finances as an excuse and start living life. So here it is Free things to do all but maybe your transportation costs of course.
One of my Favorites parks is BLANCHE D. PRICE PARK http://www.tobyhannatownship.org/pricePark.htm
Tobyhanna Township is fortunate to have a beautiful park located in Pocono Pines, off of State Avenue. The park offers picnic areas as well as a well-equipped playground. There are ball fields, basketball courts and tennis courts.
How about another nice Park, one I have visited frequently as a kid and as an adult have brought my own kids too.
Dansbury Park,Day Street, East Stroudsburg, Pa.
A Well maintained Park that Has play equipment for 2-5 and 5-12 as well. ( Pool & Concession Stand are not free)
- Fitness equipment
- Soccer field
- Picnic tables
- Football field
- Basketball Court
- See Saw
- Universal access
- Tennis court
- Safety-rules sign
- Twisty Slid
- Swimming pool
- Baseball field
- Spring-mounted animals
- ,Monkey Bars/Jungle Gym,
If that doesn’t do it for you here is a list of other local parks in the Stroudsburg Area
Jay Albertson Park,This park, locally known as “the duck pond” provides a lovely setting for the Stroud Township Municipal Building. Both of these Township public facilities are located at 1211 North Fifth Street. Parking is available in the parking lots, but not on the streets. The park has playground equipment. The property across the street from the pond on Wallace St. is part of the park and has a gazebo for our Concert in the Park series.
Park visitors are asked to NOT feed the ducks and geese, as this encourages more to stay there than the pond can support. Besides fouling the water qality, it is detrimental to the bird’s health, and their droppings are tracked all over the grass and playground equipment. These are unsanitary conditions for children to play in. A goose produces approx. 1 lb. of droppings per day.
Pinebrook Parklocated off Rt. 191 near Pinebrook Bible Camp, is nestled along Brodhead Creek.is an ideal spot for walking, picnics, fishing, nature watching and possibly tubing. Officially open to the public since the opening day of trout season in 2000, Two entrances, known as the north entrance and the south entrance, are off of Rt. 191 and lead into parking areas for visitors. Walking trails have been cut through the wooded areas. The northern end trails join into the southern end trails by a bridge built over a creek between the sections. There are picnic sites with tables and grills for public enjoyment.
Big Pines Park Big Pines Park is located near the Stroudsburg Middle School off of Cranberry Road, at Brown Road. A secondary entrance is located at Big Pines Lane and Brown Rd. Big Pines is a twentyfive acre park with a soccer/baseball field, parking area and a picnic pavillion with grills, and port-a-potties. Plans for the future include scenic walking trails a rest room, an equipment storage building, and a paved recreational path.
Brodhead Creek Parkis on Rte. 191 north of the Big Wheel Rollerskating Rink. A 34 acre property that older locals may remember as the Titus Swimming Beach. It is part of a proposed greenway and trails system. This property is important for preserving water quality, and creating new recreational opportunities. A pristine stretch of the Brodhead Creek runs through it, which is perfect for observing nature and for fishing. There is a small pond for children under 12 to fish in, and a future access point is planned for handicapped individuals. There are trails and picnic areas with tables and grills, and two pavilions.
Yetter Park is situated off of Stokes Rd. along the Brodhead Creek. It currently has existing walking trails and serves as part of a greenway connecting to East Stroudsburg. Improvements include an improved access, improved trail that is part of the Levee Loop, and parking area. A disc golf course is now open to the public and is located off Stokes Ave. in the vicinity behind the block of the M&S Country Store. The Levee Loop Trail runs through it.
Katz Park -Located at Wedgewood Lake & Heritage Drive, Katz Park contains 7.2 acres including a pond and a walking trail.
Hickory Valley Park- Picnic table, walking path, stream fishing (with license if over age 16)
I love to go hiking so I look for new places to visit all the time here are a few those places for you to explore.
Appalachian Trail -Many residents are unaware that there are 2 township locations to access the Appalachian Trail, which borders the southern end of Stroud Township. One location is Fox Gap, at Tott’s Gap Rd. The other is on Rte. 191 South, below Stroudsburg. Free parking is available.
As you can see there are many different oppurtunities for single, couples and Families to take every day as an oppurtunity to get out their, learn appreciate, enjoy life and make memories.
Have a great time, Live love, and laugh often.
Glen Onoko and the Glen Onoko Falls trail near Jim Thorpe, PA
The Glen Onoko Falls trail near Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania …. waterfalls cascading almost 900 feet in vertical distance down the side of Broad Mountain in the Poconos. If you choose to go see the falls start early as it can take you about 2 hrs to hike in and another 2 hike out so pack properly for the weather and take plaenty of water.
Bear Creek Falls, Luzerne County
Bear Creek Falls is visible from White Haven Road off of route 115.
More awesome events can be found by visiting State parks like Beltzville State Park. The kids and I try to participate in as many of there programs each year they are fun and educational. If you would like more info on their programs please visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us
choose Calendar & the choose Beltzville
I also enjoy a bit of the srtsy life and educational oppurtunities so here a few of those oppurtunities as well.
Free Brewery Tours and Free Beer Tastings, 12:30pm at Barley Creek Brewing Company, Sullivan Trail and Camelback Road in Tannersville. Reservations are not required and brewery tours are followed by free beer tastings. Group tours are also available by appointment. To find out more about this authentic brewpub & restaurant, call 629-9399 or log on to www.barleycreek.com.
Now thru mid-December
– Enjoy the Free Pottery Making Demonstrations at Holley Ross Pottery on Route 191 in LaAnna (between Cresco & Newfoundland). Every Monday through Friday at 11:00am, you can see all the steps involved in making beautiful pottery, from mixing the clay to the finished product! Then browse through the creations in the large factory showroom and go for a comfortable stroll to the lake and forest park. Holley Ross Pottery is open every day, Monday – Saturday from 9:30 to 5:30, and Sundays 1:00 until 5:30. Call (570) 676-3248 for more information or visit their website at
August 12 –
“Come Paint with Me” is a free, non-instructional program of on-site outdoor painting & sketching sessions for adult and student artists. Artists will meet today from 10:00am until 3:00pm to paint at Buttermilk Falls, at the corner of Rt. 209 and Buttermilk Falls Road in Shawnee-on-Delaware. This beautiful site offers cascading waters and more. Artists are encouraged to paint outdoors at their own pace with mediums of their choice. Representing many levels of expertise and variations in style and technique, artists are offered the opportunity to network with others, share a common interest, and socialize over lunch break where informal critique is often included. Registration is not necessary to attend “Come Paint with Me” sessions. Artists are expected to meet at the various locations bringing their own materials. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch. Restrooms will be available. Sessions will be held weather permitting. For directions or more information, call Joan Polishook at (570) 775-6896 or visit
Belvidere Highway in Bangor (adjacent to Riverton Bridge). For more information, call PPL at (570) 253-7076 or (570) 251-6196 or send an email to
www.holleyross.com. www.joanpolishook-art.com. All are welcome to join this free program!
– Head over to Boulder Field at Hickory Run State Park for Boulder Field Basics. A National Natural Landmark and State Park Natural Area, the Hickory Run Boulder Field is the best example of a boulder field in Eastern North America. Meet at the Boulder Field in the State Park at 4:00pm for a brief (15 minute) talk on the history and significance of this geologic wonder. It really is amazing! Allow 20 minutes to drive to Boulder Field from Route 534. This fascinating program is free to the public. For more information, call Hickory Run State Park at (570) 443-0400 or log on to the Pennsylvania State Parks website www.visitpaparks.com. The boulder Field can be visited any day free of charge.
– Promised Land State Park presents “Fireflies, Raccoons and Owls…Oh My!!!” at 7:00pm at the Park Amphitheater (in Auditorium in case of rain). Join Phyllis Terwilliger of the Northeast PA Audubon Society for a 45-minute, interactive presentation on creatures of the night. This free program is perfect for the whole family. For directions and more information, call the Promised Land State Park office at (570) 676-0567 or (570) 676-3428. Visit the website www.visitpaparks.com.
– Join Kathy and Eric Uhler of the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for A Day in the Life of a Wildlife Rehabilitator, from 1:30 to 3:00pm at PPL Corporation’s Martins Creek Environmental Preserve on the shores of the Delaware River in Bangor. Kathy and Eric will share the joys and hard work of caring for wild animals during this heart-warming presentation. Hear some of the stories of the many animals they’ve helped, and get an up-close look at some of the mammals, birds and reptiles they work with. This free program will begin at 1:30 at the Lower Mount Bethel Welcome Center, 7701 Martins Creekemail@example.com. You can also find directions at the website www.pplpreserves.com. The Martins Creek Environmental Preserve, in conjunction with PPL’s Martins Creek and Lower Mount Bethel Energy power plants, offers 215 acres of woodland and meadows for hiking and exploring.
– Families with children ages 8 & older who are new to canoeing are invited to visit Nescopeck State Park today for the FREE Family Paddling Program. This great program will be held from 9:00am to 3:00pm and all equipment will be provided. Participants should bring their own drinking water and lunch. This is a KAZ Passport Event, sponsored by the PA Fish & Boat Commission. The Family Paddling Program is free, however space is limited and registration is required. Nescopeck State Park is located west of White Haven, near Drums. For further details or to register, call the Nescopeck State Park office at (570) 403-2006. Check out the Pennsylvania State Parks website www.visitpaparks.com.
As you can see our area offers many oppurtunities to learn, explore, and enjoy the arts and you don’t always need money to enjoy getting out and having some fun. So go out their and live, love and laugh often there is no better day to make memories that last a life time than today. For more information or future events please visit the sites listed.