- Our list of the best things to do in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, features the top 82 nearby activities — including 25 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Jim Thorpe, PA has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Entertainment & Shows, Museums & Galleries, Outdoor Places, and Sports & Fitness.
- The results below include the top 20 things to do within the city of Jim Thorpe, PA , followed by 62 popular activities in nearby cities, including Allentown, Kutztown, Lake Harmony, Hazleton, Tannersville, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg and Albrightsville
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.
When the Mauch Chunk Opera House originally was built in 1881, the Addison Hutton designed building featured a first floor open-air farmer's market, and a second story concert hall. Visitors can see many performances in the building, and its acoustics are still considered outstanding.
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.
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.
Known as the inspiration for Walt Disney's 'Haunted Mansion' ride, visitors can explore an old Victorian mansion at The Harry Packer Mansion Tours. The mansion is filled with artifacts form the era; including furniture, artwork, and fireplaces.
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.