10 Things To Do In Scranton, Pa.

10 Things To Do In Scranton, Pa.

From whitewater rafting to exploring a coal mine, there are so many hidden gems just waiting for you to enjoy!
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Scranton, Pennsylvania is filled with so many fun and amazing activities and places! As a sophomore at the University of Scranton I found myself looking for things to do on the weekends, and here is what I found.

1. Nay Aug Park

I have actually been to this park for some leisurely walking/hiking and I am always amazed at its beauty! Its crazy to me that a park as big and beautiful as this one is located in an old city like Scranton. This park has so many activities like hiking, a playground, a tree house and even a waterslide complex!

2. Lackawanna Coal Mine

I haven't yet visited this place; however, it is definitely on my list! It is located in McDade park, and visitors can ride a mine car and travel through the mine. There is also a museum to go along with the mine car experience.

3. Lahey Family Fun Park

This is more for younger kids. However, it's a park for all ages, with go-karts, mini golf and more!

4. Electric City Escape Room

Right in downtown Scranton, Electric City Escape Room can be a fun and challenging activity to do with your friends!

5. Montage Mountain Resort

This can be a fun place in the summer or winter. There is a waterpark, skiing and a ZipRider. They also offer student discounts on certain nights, so it can also be affordable for a college student like myself.

6. Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

This is one stop on a 70-mile multi-purpose trail along the Lackawanna River. There is also a program along this trail called Bike Scranton, which rents out free bikes to ride on the trail.

7. South Side Bowl

Bowling can be a fun activity for anyone! South Side Bowl offers 34 lanes and a snack shop that's perfect for college students.

8. The Lost Trails ATV Adventure

This place is in Dunmore and offers ATV tours that is fun for anyone and everyone. Follow your tour guide on your own ATV through trails in the area! It is more expensive than other activities on this list, however, so make sure this is in your budget.

9. Roba's Family Farm and Roba's Family Orchard

While these are two separate places, they are run by the same people and deserve to be in the same category. At Roba's Family Farm you can go pumpkin picking, explore a corn maze, go on a hay ride and so many other fun activities. At Roba's Family Orchard you can go apple picking! Apple picking is one of my favorite fall activities, so I will definitely visit this place.

10. Pocono Whitewater

This place is great for when it's warm out because it offers whitewater rafting! You and your group of friends can enjoy the warm weather while riding the Lehigh River.

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10 Things You Know To Be True If You Live in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

"Take the B", they said.
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For anyone that is currently living in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and or has lived there, you know it's an *interesting* experience. From the various food joints, to the movie theater, everyone's love/hate relationship with Crazy George, Emmons Avenue, the B/Q trains, the new apartment complex that some people love and others completely despise, and everything in-between, there's no other neighborhood that's just like Sheepshead. You know you're from Sheepshead when:

1. You've either spotted Crazy George somewhere out on the streets or in a random location (usually in Dunkin' Donuts).


Don't get me wrong — it's not funny that he appears to have problems, but it's also not ideal that he goes into various stores harassing the workers. He's a one of a kind human being and I do wish the best for him and/or that he does get some help.

2. When it comes to Brennan and Carr and Roll n Roaster, you either love one of them much more than the other.

As much as I love Brennan and Carr's Gargiulo burger, I'm more of a Roll n Roaster person. Their personal pizza is nice and their fries are to die for -- and yes, I want cheese on that, please.

3. You either love or hate that new apartment complex that's in the works.

You know, this one at 1501 Voorhies Ave.

4. You've become used to the B and Q trains either being delayed, messed up, crowded, and or nonexistent.

"Take the B they said. It's express they said." If I told you how many times the B has gone local, out of service, and or on fire in Brooklyn, then maybe you'd hate it just as much as I do at times. Don't even get me started about how crowded it is - especially during rush hour.

"What about the Q train?" The Q's not much better. It has its times where it goes express in Brooklyn as opposed to local, which doesn't help if you're getting on/off at Neck Road or Avenue U.

5. You either go to UA Sheepshead, another movie theater or don't even bother with movie theaters.

Although going to UA Sheepshead is convenient, their prices are very special for just an average movie theater.

6. You either stick to shopping and dining along Sheepshead Bay Road and or Emmons Avenue or go elsewhere either in the neighborhood, other neighborhoods, or to the city.

While they're both convenient parts of Sheepshead Bay, there are other parts of the neighborhood to go to, such as Nostrand Ave. Sometimes, it's easier to flock to other parts of Brooklyn, but there are times where going to the city is worth the commute.

7. You either shop at Cherry Hill or avoid it completely.

While there are other supermarkets in the neighborhood, Cherry Hill is the only one on Emmons that is open 24/7. Their prices might be high for the neighborhood, but their prices could be much worse.

8. You remember when Sheepshead Bay High School was one school...

...and not an educational complex.

9. You're still low-key bothered about how the neighborhood recovered after Sandy.

I'm not going to say that it was the same after the hurricane. Although it didn't take the longest time to recover, that doesn't mean that damage wasn't done.

10. But regardless of how you may feel, by the end of the day, you're probably still super in love with the neighborhood.

It's an incredibly unique neighborhood. You can take someone out of Sheepshead but you can't take the Sheepshead out of someone.

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25 Things You Know All Too Well If You're From The South

Are you really southern if you don't like BBQ?

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You may think that southern people only care about football. That could possibly be true, but you can't say that unless you've experienced living in the south first hand. There are many other things that make up a "southerner" rather than SEC football and sweet tea. If you've never been to one of the southern states, then you need to plan a trip.

1. You get the death stare if you don't say "yes ma'am or no sir"

2. SEC>NFL

3. You pull over on the highway when you see a funeral procession

4. Unsweet tea is for the Northern Folk

5. You can tell when someone "ain't from around here"

6. Shunnarah

7. There are only 2 seasons: Summer and Football

8. Krispy Kreme and BBQ are a delicacy 

9. You respect your elders.... well, you respect everybody or mama will whoop you

10. Pine trees are everywhere

11. Mosquitoes 

12. Snow shuts down the whole state. Even if its one inch

13. You go to church every Sunday

14. Everything is better with a monogram

15. Tornado warnings mean go outside and look for a funnel cloud. (but really. get to shelter)

16. Weddings are scheduled around football

17. Waffle House

18. Shorts and flip flops are the go to summer outfit (sometimes you can wear them in December!)

19. You say "thank you" when someone holds the door for you

20. And if you don't say "thank you", we will holler out "you're welcome"

21. Calling someone during a bowl game (Iron Bowl) is a sin

22. If you don't say "excuse me" we will holler "well excuse you"

23. Cornbread is a part of every meal

24. There is some sort of farm animal in your yard if they figure out how to escape

25. Almost every food is fried

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