The crisp breeze, sparkling blankets of white snow, and magical ambiance make the winter season one of our favorite times of the year. The best part? Things to do this winter in Hawley will not be in short supply! If you are planning a visit to the Poconos soon, you’ll want to know which activities are worth marking into your calendar. To help you get started, here are just some of our personal favorites.
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The Best Things to Do This Winter in Hawley
1. Ski Big Bear
Can you tame the mountain? Ski Big Bear is preparing for their 2017-2018 season and their trails are better than ever! Whether or not you are a seasoned pro or a beginner, there is a hill that caters to your skill level. Lessons are also offered at the Ski Big Bear Sports School so you may learn to get the most out of your experience.
2. Explore Promised Land State Park
Approximately 3,000 acres in size, Promised Land State Park is a utopia for outdoor winter activities. This season, the 50 miles of hiking trails will be transformed into a winter wonderland. This provides the perfect opportunity for exploration and, of course, irresistible photos. You may also enjoy traditional winter activities such as ice skating, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing!
3. Eagle-Watch With the Delaware Highland Conservancy
Bald eagles are one of the world’s most beautiful and mysterious creatures, and you have the chance to see them in their natural habitat. The Delaware Highland Conservancy is a non-profit organization based in Hawley and Bethel that is dedicated to land protection. Usually held in January and February, the eagle-watching tours transport visitors on a heated bus to some of the area’s most popular viewing locations. Trained guides will also provide in-depth information and answer any questions you may have throughout the tour.
4. Take a Ride on the Stourbridge Line
The Stourbridge Line is a historic railway that delivers some of the most jaw-dropping views in the region. Enhance your experience by boarding one of their Christmas-themed excursions this winter! The Santa Express is great for all families and offers meet and greet opportunities with the jolly man himself! The WinterFest Flyer provides a break from the cold weather aboard a scenic train ride with stunning panoramic views. Santa Claus will also be on board to take pictures with you!
5. Attend Hawley Winterfest
Hawley Winterfest is a local tradition that is sure to inspire your holiday spirit. From December 8th-10th, join us for this fun-filled winter celebration that your whole family will love. Enjoy a romantic wagon ride through town, discover thrills with towed tube rides, or enjoy s’mores with Santa at The Landing! With so much to do, boredom will never be an option.
6. Join a Gym
Even during the winter, staying in shape is extremely important to a healthy and productive lifestyle. That’s why Hawley Silk Mill is proud to be the home to the Lake Region Fitness Center and Mountain Laurel Pilates Studio. Attending a fitness class is a great way to get involved in the community, meet new friends, and try something new!
7. Visit Hawley Silk Mill
Since 1880, Hawley Silk Mill has played a vital role in the community. Today, it stands as a Poconos lifestyle center where visitors and residents alike can shop, gather, eat, exercise, and learn together. Warm up in the cozy Cocoon Coffee House, browse through our variety of unique shops, or catch a live performance at Harmony Presents! We are truly a one-of-a-kind destination that delivers the culture of the Poconos through enjoyable experiences. Learn more about our history and what you’ll find when you visit us this winter!