If you’re looking for a city with rich history, great hiking trails, and one of the best craft breweries in the state, you’re in luck! Just 40 minutes away from Hawley, PA, is the city of Carbondale. This city is a fantastic stop for any visitors interested in taking a day trip during their stay at Ledges Hotel. Discover a couple of our picks for the best things to do in Carbondale, PA!
We’ve listed some great things to do in Carbondale, PA, below, but there’s so much more to uncover in the Delaware Highlands! Download our free Vacation Guide to get a full list of hiking trails, golf courses, museums, and more!
Enjoy These Fun Things to Do in Carbondale, PA
Visit the Carbondale Historical Society and Museum
Carbondale has a fascinating history, from the development of the city to the rise of the coal mining industry. Learn all about this city’s past when you visit the Carbondale Historical Society and Museum! Since it was established in 1974, this organization has been dedicated to preserving and educating the public about the history of Carbondale and the surrounding area. The Carbondale Historical Society and Museum is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays by appointment.
Relax in the sunshine or enjoy a picnic lunch at Merli-Sarnoski Park. This site stretches out over 840 acres and features lake swimming, fishing, and gorgeous views of untouched land. Reserve one of our bikes at Ledges Hotel to take with you to enjoy the 8-mile cross-country mountain bike trail. If you’re visiting during the winter, ice fishing is a popular activity at the park.
Lackawanna River Heritage Trail
Carbondale is located near the famous Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, a 70-mile multi-purpose trail system that follows the Lackawanna River. The section of the trail that is nearest to Carbondale is the Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail. It is named for the first commercially successful railroad to operate in the U.S., which ran from Carbondale to nearby Honesdale. This section of the trail runs for almost 20 miles and is a well-loved spot for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders.
Attend an Event
Pioneer Days celebrate Carbondale’s history and all that this city has to offer. This annual event typically lasts four days and occurs in the middle of August. Pioneer Days usually features train excursions, historical reenactments, and a great block party!
Strap on your running shoes for the much-anticipated Steamtown Marathon! This event serves as one of the qualifiers for the Boston Marathon and Carbondale is the first spectator viewpoint on the route! The marathon is held every year in early October.
On the Way to or from Ledges Hotel
Antler Ridge Winery
On your way to or from Carbondale, stop by one of the best Pocono wineries! One of Antler Ridge Winery’s tasting rooms is located in Waymart, PA. Try any of their award-winning wines, like the incredible popular Red Vixen. If you find something you like and want to visit again, you’re in luck! There’s a tasting room in Hawley as well.
The Cooperage Project
The Cooperage Project, located in Honesdale, is another great place to stop by on the way to Carbondale. There’s always something happening at The Cooperage Project! This organization is hosting life skill demonstrations (like cooking or healthy living), performances, as well as a weekly Farmers Market. Check their calendar before you head out on your day trip to see what fun events you can attend!
Stay at Ledges Hotel
After you’ve enjoyed the wonderful things to do in Carbondale, PA, return to the gorgeous Ledges Hotel for a night in paradise. Ledges Hotel’s contemporary design and sleek, modern decor contrasts the rustic, historic feel of Carbondale’s downtown streets. Ledges Hotel has an incredible selection of accommodations that are sure to fit your needs. From cozy single-bed rooms to larger, multi-story suites, you’ll find the perfect place to relax at Ledges Hotel.
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