Sunshine and blue skies are the preferred weather at the lake, but sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas. There’s no reason to let storm clouds spoil the fun. Check out these top 10 rainy day activities in Hawley to make the most of your Lake Wallenpaupack vacation no matter the forecast. Most are a short drive from Silver Birches and appeal to a variety of interests and age levels. Don’t forget to download our Free Vacation Guide to make it easer to get around the area.
1. Costa’s Family Fun Park
Light up those gray days with a game of laser tag at Costa’s Family Fun Park. Up to 20 people can play in the indoor arena, which features fog machines, black lights and glow-in-the-dark décor. Players are outfitted with a battle vest and phaser gun. Points are scored when hitting the target on your opponent’s vest. Laser tag is recommended for children over the age of 6.
2. Wallenpaupack Bowling
Have a ball at Wallenpaupack Bowling Center. Choose a lane and enjoy open bowling sessions or try cosmic bowling for a fun spin on a vintage pastime. The family fun center also has an arcade, pool tables and an indoor golf simulator.
3. Board Games
Roll the dice or shuffle the deck. Find a cozy spot in the sunroom here at the resort and get reacquainted with the classics. Choose from the selection of challenging board games in the study and enjoy some fun and games in view of the lake.
4. Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center
Take a deep dive into the history and establishment of Lake Wallenpaupack. Water from the 5,700-acre lake powers a hydroelectric plant providing clean, renewable energy. Visit the Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center for displays about hydroelectric generation, history of the area and creation of the lake. There’s also an auditorium, science laboratory, resource library, glass museum and Native American artifacts.
5. Dorflinger Factory Museum
See another side of the Lake Region. In the mid-1800s, the village of White Mills was an industrial hub creating the finest cut glass in the world. Dorflinger Factory Museum is a regional industrial heritage museum, which tells that story. Tour the restored cutting shop and factory office building. Exhibits detail the glass-making process and history of the company. A short distance away, the Dorflinger Glass Museum displays the largest collection of Dorflinger Glass in the world inside the former home of company founder Christian Dorflinger.
6. Wake Zone
Play a round of golf, kick the soccer ball or nail a slapshot at the Wake Zone Indoor Golf and Tap Room. Book one of the simulators and don’t let the rain keep you from all the fun. Interactive games on the big screen include golf, soccer, hockey, frisbee, bowling, dodge ball and a shooting gallery.
7. Hawley Silk Mill
Shop your heart out. Hawley Silk Mill is a unique destination for multiple rainy day activities in Hawley. The former silk factory was repurposed into a vibrant lifestyle center offering a collection of shops, an art gallery and fitness center. Guests at Silver Birches enjoy complimentary access to the equipment and activities at Lake Region Fitness. Stop in to Cocoon Coffeehouse and Bakery in the shadow of the Silk Mill for hot drinks, smoothies, gourmet pastries, sandwiches and local foods.
8. Ritz Company Playhouse
Take in a show at Ritz Company Playhouse. Enjoy comedies, musicals and dramatic plays on stage in this former movie house every summer. The community theatre also performs popular Christmas and Valentine shows.
9. Moka Origins Factory Tour
Go behind the scenes at one of the few bean to bar chocolate makers in the United States. Moka Origins Factory Store and Café in Honesdale are open daily. Free tours and tastings are offered every Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The 45-minute tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at the artisanal chocolate and coffee making process. Visitors can follow along from roasting and grinding to tempering, molding and packaging.
10. The Art Factory of White Mills
Brush up on your skills or gain appreciation for the talents of local artists. The Art Factory of White Mills features works from over 60 artists in a variety of mediums including stained glass, photography, sculptures, custom-created jewelry and artisan crafts. Check out the calendar for the roster of classes and workshops offered regularly.
Make Yourself at Home
While there are plenty of rainy day activities in Hawley, you can also opt to stay still and enjoy the view. Many accommodations at Silver Birches offer rambling porches, balconies and picture windows with spectacular water views. There’s something to be said for watching Mother Nature at work, whether it’s seeing the rain drops splash into the lake or witnessing the fog roll across the water. Moments like this are meant to be savored. Don’t wait to get away, check availability and book your lake vacation today.