- The list below includes 57 free or cheap things to do in or near Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, including 74 different types of inexpensive activities like History Museums, Rafting, Music Venue and Restaurants.
- From Mauch Chunk Lake Park to Glen Onoko Falls, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Jim Thorpe and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Allentown, Hazleton, Tannersville and Kutztown.
The Glen Onoko Falls are the main attraction of the Glen Onoko Falls Trail in the Lehigh Gorge State Park. The hike is approximately 3 hours round trip and requires proper hiking shoes and care while hiking. Parking is available.
People can take a tour of the 1861 Samuel Sloan designed home of railroad magnate and Lehigh University founder Asa Packer. At the Asa Packer Mansion, people can see the only working model of an 1905 Model D Grand Welte Cottage Orchestration known to exist in the United States.
The Jim Thorpe Memorial is a red marble memorial to Jim Thorpe sitting on soil from Thorpe's home Indian reservation, New York's Polo Ground, and the Stockholm Olympic Stadium, and features a quote by Sweden's King Gustav V, and several images of Thorpe participating in various sports.
Visitors can step aboard a 1920s narrow gauge diesel train for a one hour round trip over the Lehigh River Gorge. Passengers can choose between standard coach cars, open air cars, or first class cars aboard the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway.
The Old Jail Museum, built in 1871, was the home of the hanging of the seven Molly Maguires. Right before their hanging deaths, while probably innocent of the charges, one of them placed their hand on the wall, and despite numerous attempts to remove it, the handprint remains today.
Penn's Peak is a popular venue for conferences, trade shows, dances, weddings, concerts and much more. In addition, it also features two bars, a restaurant and a stunning 50-mile panoramic view of northeastern Pennsylvania's Appalachian mountains
Pocono Whitewater offers whitewater rafting trips though Lehigh River Gorge State Park. Some of the trips are on Class II and Class III rivers, others are family trips, and still others are specialty rafting trips, including nighttime trips.
Offering whitewater rafting adventures for beginners and advanced thrill-seekers, Jim Thorpe River Adventures also offers inflatable kayak and mountain bike trips in the Lehigh Gorge State Park with their experienced river guides.