- The list below includes 26 free or cheap things to do in or near Scranton, Pennsylvania, including 43 different types of inexpensive activities like Specialty Museums, Historic Sites, Bowling and Music Venue.
- From University of Scranton to Nay Aug Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Scranton and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Wilkes-Barre and Honesdale.
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A small town within a city, the University of Scranton is a refreshingly slower paced school in the heart of busy Scranton. Students appreciate the ever improving facilities, nightlife, and safe environment that the university provides.
Visitors to Nay Aug Park can climb a treehouse to look at the gorge. They can also use the walking trails, eat a picnic, swim in the two swimming pools, and waterslide complex, and visit the Everhart Museum. The museum features an art collection, an ethnographic collection, and a natural history collection.
At the Lackawanna County Coal Mine, visitors can enter an anthracite coal mine by riding cars into the mine. Once at the bottom, visitors walk about a half mile to learn about coal mining, before riding the cars back to the surface.
Representing the history of the early iron industry in America are the Historic Scranton Iron Furnaces. Situated in a beautiful historic park setting the furnaces are open to the public for viewing and are accessible by trolley or car.
At the Steamtown National Historic Site, visitors can ask questions at the Visitor Center, watch an 18-minute documentary of steam trains in the Theater, visit the Technology Museum and walk along a time line of steam trains at the History Museum. Visitors can also take train rides.
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Scranton was the first Pennsylvania city to have trolleys, and The Electric City Trolley Station and Museum offers photographs and other memorabilia from the trolleys. Visitors can take a trolley ride through the Crown Avenue Tunnel, one of the longest interurban tunnels ever built.
The Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum tells the story of the settlers that came to America from 23 countries to work in the mines and textile factories through exhibits, vehicles, photographs, tools, and archival records. Visitors can also see a coalmine car, a locomotive, and a sculpture depicting a trap…
The magician Houdini's life is covered at the Houdini Museum where visitors can see memorabilia, artifacts, mannequins and films. The museum also has live shows where several of Houdini's most famous tricks are performed.
The Everhart Museum has an extensive collection of taxidermy birds from the local region. The museum also contains art from 12 African nations, mixed media collages from around the world, American paintings and a large collection of Dorflinger glass.
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The Marine Corps League NE Detachment Museum, located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, features over 1,500 artifacts, including dioramas, depicting Marine Corps engagement from the Revolutionary War to now. Entry into the museum is accessed by way of the adjacent Leatherneck Lounge.