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A Poconos bachelor party is ideal for a crew that loves the great outdoors—and (bonus!) it’s conveniently located just 90 minutes from New York City or Philadelphia. Whether you’re passionate about winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, water activities like whitewater rafting or fishing, or simply enjoying a round of golf, the Pocono Mountains area of Eastern Pennsylvania has much to offer. From adventurous activities to laid-back pursuits, you’re bound to find ample fun and bonding opportunities in the scenic Poconos.

From things to do to where to eat and stay, start planning your Poconos bachelor party with this handy guide.

What to Do

A Poconos bachelor party is ideal no matter what time of year you’re planning on visiting. If you’re planning a trip during the warmer months, there are lots of activities to enjoy. Head to Edge of the Woods Outfitters to rent mountain bikes and take a guided tour on the Joseph McDade Trail. Your crew might also love biking at Blue Mountain Bike Park or nearby at Delaware State Forest.

If you’re feeling even more adventurous, whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River is another popular activity for Poconos bachelor parties. Companies like Jim Thorpe River Adventures, Poconos Whitewater Adventures, and Whitewater Challengers will set you up with everything you need for a fun (and potentially wild!) day on the river. Ziplining is another great activity for thrill-seekers—Camelback Mountain Adventures, Kittatinny Canoes, and Pocono Zip Racer are all companies that specialize in zipline trips. Your group can also enjoy more challenging adventures with Gorilla Grove Treetop Adventures or Pocono TreeVentures.

Groomsmen groups who love golf will find a variety of options in the Poconos with some truly scenic and challenging courses. Cricket Hill Golf Club and Split Rock Golf Club are two of the many courses open to the public.  

The Poconos is also a great destination for winter bachelor parties, especially if your crew loves skiing and snowboarding. Camelback Mountain, Blue Mountain Resort, and Jack Frost Mountain are among the top ski resorts, whether you’re a group of newbies or ready for the double black diamonds.   

After all of this activity, your crew might want to kick back and relax with a beer or glass of vino. Fortunately, the Poconos are home to many top vineyards and breweries, including Franklin Hill Vineyards, Barley Creek Brewing Company, Pocono Brewery Company, and Wallenpaupack Brewing Company, among many others. The Pocono Beverage Trail is a great way to explore the many craft beverages from the area, or hit the Pocono Pub Tour.

For a little nightlife, the Mount Airy Casino is particularly popular for Poconos bachelor parties. With 1,800 slot machines and over 80 tables, there’s lots of ground to cover.

Where to Eat

The aforementioned Barely Creek Brewing Company is a great place to grab a meal after touring the facility, with upgraded pub fare like spicy pickle fries and short rib poutine.

You can also experience a variety of different cuisines during your Poconos bachelor party, from Japanese hibachi at desaki to Mexican at Mi Casa Restaurant to German at Der Jaeger.

If you’re looking for a late-night (or early morning) meal, check out Guy Fieri’s Mt. Pocono Kitchen at Mount Airy Casino, which is open 24 hours. There’s also the popular Compton’s Pancake House, a great breakfast spot featuring 10 different types of pancakes.   

Where to Stay

Camping out during your Poconos bachelor party can be a great bonding experience and super-affordable. Check out Adventurous Campground at Whitewater Challengers, Clayton Park Recreational Area, and Jim Thorpe Camping Resort.

To stay where the action is, book rooms at the Mount Airy Casino Resort. The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is ideal for golfing groups, and Camelback Mountain Resort or Blue Mountain Resort for skiing.