Best Time to Visit the Poconos

The best time to visit the Poconos largely depends on your vacation preferences, as each season holds its own unique possibilities. Some say the warmer days of summer is the optimal time to visit. Others say the Poconos’ stunning autumn colors warrant a fall trip and the winter skiing is second-to-none.

Rest assured, no matter the time you visit, this picturesque Pennsylvania destination offers a remarkable range of activities and attractions all year long.

See what each of the four seasons has to offer and find the best time to visit the Poconos below!


Visiting the Poconos in Spring

Poconos golf course at the Shawnee Inn.

Folks visiting the Poconos in spring can expect average temperatures between 40 and 66 degrees. This is the rainiest season in the Poconos area, but only averages 8-11 rain days per month in March, April, and May. 

The mild temperatures make spring an ideal time for golf in the Poconos. On the grounds of The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, the Shawnee Island Course hosts 27 holes with no distractions from the outside world. Play the same Poconos golf course as legends Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Lawson Little, and more! 

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is in the perfect location for a spring Pocono wine tour. Located nearby some of the top Poconos wine tours, like the Blue Ridge Estate Winery, Tolino Vineyards, Renegade Winery, Eagle’s Rest Cellars, and other popular spots, a stay at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort puts you within minutes of the top wine tours in the Poconos


Visiting the Poconos in Summer

Delaware River Raft at Shawnee Inn in the Poconos.


Visiting the Poconos in summer? Expect daytime temperatures in the mid-70s, with cool nights that encourage bringing a cozy blanket to the campfire. In June, July, and August, the Poconos average about 9 rain days per month. 

The Shawnee Inn is the only hiking outfitter in the Poconos that offers group and private guided hikes in the beautiful recreation areas and Appalachian Trail nearby, making it an ideal landing place for a summer hiking trip to the Poconos. Guests at The Shawnee Inn receive complimentary access to daily guided group hikes – check out the inn’s Poconos Hiking page for more information. 

The best way to experience the warm summer weather in the Poconos is out on the water – The Shawnee Inn’s Kayaking and River Trips let you glide through the Delaware River among the area’s exotic flora and fauna. Choose to paddleboard, canoe, or kayak to get your heart pumping, or focus less on rowing and more on relaxing on a Shawnee River Boat Tour pontoon. 

Glamping at Shawnee

Summer is a great time to take advantage of The Shawnee Inn’s riverside Poconos glamping tents, including their brand new stargazing tents that let you watch the night sky from the comfort of your tent. Glamping tents at The Shawnee Inn include personal AC units, high speed internet, electricity to charge your devices, and comfortable queen sized beds to complement the rustic outdoor amenities like firepits, private wooden decks, and s’mores materials.


Visiting the Poconos in Fall

People in beer garden around fire pit

A fall trip to the Poconos treats vacationers to temperatures from the low 70s to mid-40s, and fewer rain days than the other three seasons. Fall foliage is in full swing, lighting up the landscape in shades of orange, red, and gold. 

Enjoy the crisp air on a Pocono Mountains fall foliage hike in the three distinct color zones that give you the chance to see peak fall colors not once, not twice, but THREE different times – check out the fall foliage forecast from The Poconos Mountains Visitor Bureau, updated weekly, for the most recent peak color date estimates. This region boasts 260 unique hiking trails for a range of skill levels.  

Ready to get a true “taste” of the Poconos in fall? Check out The Shawnee Craft Brewery and Taproom! This taproom is dedicated to producing craft brews inspired by the beautiful landscape surrounding the brewery, and even features seasonal brews for every time of year. Complimentary tours are scheduled at the taproom Wednesday through Sunday, with private tours available with advance notice. 


Visiting the Poconos in Winter

Family having fun skiing together on winter day.

If you’re visiting the Poconos in winter, expect temperatures in the low 30s. The snowiest time of year in the Poconos is February, so vacationers seeking fresh powder to ski or board would do well to visit during this time. 

Just three miles from the historic Shawnee Inn, the Shawnee Mountain Ski Area features 23 trails across 125 skiable acres of winter wonderland so you can hit the slopes no matter your skill level. Winter visitors to the Poconos can save big with Weekend Ski and Stay packages from The Shawnee Inn, offering overnight accommodations and a delicious hot breakfast with your all-day lift ticket at the Shawnee Mountain Ski Area.


No matter the season, the Poconos promises a remarkable experience. Find thrills, relaxation, or a perfect balance of the two at The Shawnee Inn. The best time to visit the Poconos varies depending on what you need from your vacation, but one thing stays the same: The Shawnee Inn is the ideal place to stay. See our Pocono resort rooms and plan your trip today!