What to do and see in Lake Ariel, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 28, 2017 Terina Blouin

Lake Ariel is a village in Lake Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania. It was once the site of an amusement park. The main intersection is dominated by Saint Thomas Moore Roman Catholic Church and the Howe Convenient Market.
Restaurants in Lake Ariel

1. Claws 'N' Paws

1475 Ledgedale Rd, Lake Ariel, PA 18436-5589 +1 570-698-6154
Excellent
41%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 232 reviews

Claws 'N' Paws

Reviewed By ermagertz - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

I greatly enjoyed seeing the animals during my visit, there is a nice variety and a lot to see. However, although I don't have any mobility issues, visitors should know that the terrain is rather uneven and in some areas a little tough to manuever, especially if, like us, you visit when it's been rainy. This did not in any way cause any issue for us to view the animals, but we just had to watch where we were going. Many of us get used to going places that are paved, flat, even and sort of forget ourselves and just tend to get into "forward" mode. This serves as a good reminder to stop, slow down, look around, take in nature, get off your phone, and pay attention to all of your surroundings. You can watch where are going and see all of the animals! I visit a lot of zoos and animal parks and I know how many people miss out on things. However I do want to make sure people are aware so if you don't want to drag a heavy stroller, wagon, or if it might aggravate a hip problem, you know. This is a nice sized place, you will want to allow some time to visit. When we visited there was an animal show which was very good, but check the website for info as it runs seasonally. Coupons are also available on the website and on the brochures. When we visited, their giraffe Jethro was new and they did daily feedings (I believe once per day). Please note that the only animals you can feed are in the petting zoo, so bring change. You cannot feed the other animals on exhibit. There are some nice paintings in the reptile house, and many informational signs on most exhibits. The majority of the park is in the woods so if it is a cool day, you might want to bring a coat or sweatshirt as it was much cooler there, especially in the morning.

2. Sculpted Ice Works Factory Tour & Ice Harvest Museum

311 Purdytown Tpke, Lakeville, PA 18438-4005
Excellent
51%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 48 reviews

Sculpted Ice Works Factory Tour & Ice Harvest Museum

Sculpted Ice Works Factory Tour and Natural Ice Harvest Museum is currently only open for prebooked groups of 20 or more and events. Please visit our website for more information.

Reviewed By JHAllen - ELLINGTON

Both an operating business and tourist attraction located in the north Pocono region highlighting the commercial ice business both past and present.

We went during their "Cabin Fever" event when the "tourist" part of the business is flourishing. Inside a large barn are extensive ice carvings of a variety of characters, a reindeer, lighthouse and a huge dual track ice slide. These were carved from ice they produced on sight. A winery had a booth and was giving out free tastings and there was free hot chocolate. After leaving the barn, you walked down the hill to the office, museum gift shop and production facility.

The museum has a continuous video featuring film from the 20's showing how ice was harvested for the ice boxes in homes of the era as well as pictures and tolls of the era.

In the production facility is where the 300 lb blocks of crystal clear ice are made. They are sold whole to ice sculptors or they can produce full or partial designs using a CNC lath, which is fascinating to watch.

There is food available and on this Saturday a pony ride and petting zoo was set up.

It was enjoyable activity for part of an afternoon.

3. Wayne County Historical Society Museum

810 Main St, Honesdale, PA 18431-1847 +1 570-253-3240
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Wayne County Historical Society Museum

Reviewed By MissionSpirit - Honesdale, Pennsylvania

A real historic gem of museum...from when Maple City was inhabited by the original people, to Washington Irving's visit to Phillip Hone (originally from NYC!). the gravity railroad and barge and canal days come alive in presentations worthy of kids and adults. You don't have to live here to love Honesdale!

4. Rubber Duckie Boat Rentals

Route 507 & 390, Lake Wallenpaupack, Tafton, PA 18464 +1 570-226-3930
Excellent
32%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 25 reviews

Rubber Duckie Boat Rentals

Reviewed By TaylorQuick05 - Hawley, Pennsylvania

My family has rented from here for 3 years now--can't beat the prices and the service! Friendly and inviting office staff and knowledgable dock staff.

5. Ritter's Cider Mill

117 Wimmers Rd, Mt Cobb, PA 18436-3251 +1 570-689-9790
Excellent
80%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Ritter's Cider Mill

Reviewed By Mary S - Southampton, PA

We love this place. Make sure you go to the right one. It is a great place for kids and the cider is yummy. In the early season you can get pear cider. It is good with champagne for a twist on mimosas.

6. Filingo Fly Fishing

16 Filingo Ln, Gouldsboro, PA 18424-7842
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 107 reviews

Filingo Fly Fishing

FilingoFlyFishing is a company based upon teaching people all aspects of the wonderful art of fly fishing. Anglers have the option of creeping through the woods to try and catch beautiful brook trout, or relaxing as they float down the amazing Delaware River system in pursuit of large, wild brown and rainbow trout. There is so much amazing water in the Northeast United States. Lets explore!

Reviewed By Tim H

My day floating down the Delaware river catching trout with Jesse was awesome. Jesse is very knowledgeable about fly fishing, especially about trout! He taught me a ton. I was fairly familiar with reel fishing before this trip but I had never fly fished before....MoreTim, Hey man thanks for the great review and great time on the water! It was great fishing with the two of you, and that rainbow was a total highlight considering you've never fly fished before. Can't wait until next time my friend!

7. Copper Kettle & Eighty Four Country Store

101 Creamery Rd, Greentown, PA 18426-9413 +1 570-252-4222
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 75 reviews

Copper Kettle & Eighty Four Country Store

Eighty Four Country Store, The Largest Country Store in the PA has the Best Cheese Steak and Burgers in PA. Unique souvenirs to remember your beautiful time at Lake Wallenpaupack and the pocono mountains. From key chains, t-shirts, mugs, coasters, pottery, signs, pillows, bags and much more. Kids Country has 1,800 square feet of fun for the Kids with indoor gem mining, checker mats, Oversized Mable run and video games. Check our our new Deli and BBQ in the Greentown store. Come down for the best Cheese Steak and Burgers in PA!

Reviewed By Ryan D - Morgantown, West Virginia

Lots of nick knacks and do dads. Not the largest variety of useful souvenirs, but many tacky t-shirts and county things. The typical supply of knockoff tin signs. But the food was outstanding! Huge portions of fresh food. Strap on your feed bag!!! If you...MoreThanks for the great Feedback! Please tell all your friends.

8. Lacawac Sanctuary

94 Sanctuary Rd, Lake Ariel, PA 18436-6149 +1 570-689-9494
Excellent
73%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Lacawac Sanctuary

The most notable feature of Lacawac Sanctuary is Lake Lacawac - a 52 acre glacial lake preserved in almost pristine condition (totally free from development or encroachment). The Lake was declared a National Natural Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1966. Lacawac features a natural boreal bog, the Wallenpaupack Ledges Natural Area, Partner Ridge, a native plants garden, demonstration forest/deer exclosure plots, and six public hiking trails. At the heart of the Sanctuary is the National Historic Registered “Adirondack Great Camp” complex constructed in 1903 as summer residence and hunting lodge. Lacawac Sanctuary’s mission is Research, Education and Preservation. ​Located in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania and founded in 1966, the aspirations of Lacawac Sanctuary has been to preserve Lake Lacawac, its watershed, the surrounding forest and historic structures; provide a venue for ecological research, scholarly interaction and the training of scientists; provide PreK-12 and collegiate education on environmental and conservation issues; educate all ages and promote healthy living patterns and wellbeing through nature; and preserve historic Lacawac and it's infrastructure.

Reviewed By Deirdre R - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, United States

Tucked off the road near Lake Wallenpaupack. A natural area now preserved. There a two walks that can be done. One goes to Lake Wallenpaupack and the other just around the House built in 1903 and to Lake Lacawac so many interesting things to see and know. There are these huge pipes .....Take the time when you are in the area of Lake Wallenpaupack to stop and take a walk, see the ice house check out the lake. Staff will provide you with a map. They even have a summer camp for children or an event for you!

9. Triple W Riding Stable

291 Beechnut Dr, Honesdale, PA 18431-9565 +1 570-226-2620
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Triple W Riding Stable

Reviewed By Heather O - Toledo, Ohio

My mom and I took a 2 hour tour through the woods. She rode "Image" and I rode "Rebel". We went with another group of 6. Semi rough terrain – lots of rocks and tree roots. Horses stumbled a few times but recovered without anyone falling off or getting injured (we’re rookies). At first I thought our guide was a little rough around the edges but he turned out to be a-ok. Good guy. They tell you to “tip guide as you would in a restaurant.” If you pay with a credit card, it’ll cost you an additional $10. *Note: no pictures or cameras allowed.

10. The Hideout

640 The Hideout, Lake Ariel, PA 18436-9786 +1 650-698-9590
Excellent
65%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

The Hideout

Reviewed By MTDigs - Brooklyn, New York

The Hideout is a Pocono's Community whose homeowners sometimes rent-out their own houses or another property they happen to own.
Amenities that come with a "Legal Rental" are passes that belong to you for the duration of your stay. Some homeowners try to do an end-run around the POA Fees, by renting without registering you with the POA. This short changes you, the renter.
If you get caught at any of the property amenities - Beaches, Pools, Restaurant, Bar, Club-house, Tennis Court, Ski Hill, Gym, etc. - without your own Renter's Pass (and with the pass belonging to the homeowner; even a visitors pass) you will loose all access to this vacation wonderland. It's not worth it for you to rent without your 'landlord' registering you with the POA.
* POA = Property Owners Association

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