Saturday, October 16 is the opening night for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. While the puck drops at 6:05 p.m., you may be wondering what to do in Wilkes-Barre before the game. If you are planning to attend our opening night game against Lehigh Valley, here are a few things that you and your family can enjoy in Wilkes-Barre!

#1. Seven Tubs Recreation Area

October weather in NEPA can be hit or miss, but if you find it to be a seasonally warm day, hiking the trails at Seven Tubs Recreation Area is a must-see in Wilkes-Barre!

The 400-acre site is located in Plains Township with its main feature the Wheelbarrow Run. This stream flows through a ravine where a series of large potholes or “tubs” are gouged out of the underlying bedrock.

In addition, there are several hiking trails leading to the Tubs area allowing you to enjoy the nature of Northeast Pennsylvania.

#2. Lodging

Whether you are an out-of-town guest or are looking for a stay-cation, the Wilkes-Barre area offers multiple lodging options. Local accommodations include:

  • Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Wilkes-Barre
  • Hilton Garden Inn Wilkes-Barre
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Fairfield by Marriott

You can check out more hotels under a mile away here. Be sure to check availability as rooms go quickly!

#3. Entertainment After the Game

If you’re looking for a place to play, eat, or be entertained, the Mohegan Sun Pocono Casino has it all! Activities include:

  • Gaming
  • Slots
  • Night Life
  • Comedy Club
  • Dining Options
  • Shopping
  • Hotel and Spa Amenities
  • Live Racing

While you must be 21 years old or over to enter the casino floor, with all of the resort activities, the entire family can enjoy a stay at Mohegan Sun.

*You must be 21 or over to play. Gambling problem? Call 1.800.GAMBLER.

Preparing for Opening Night

There’s so much to see and do in NEPA, and we’re glad you’ll be spending the night with us as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins take on Lehigh Valley. Our opening game will not only mark the start of a new season, but we’ll also be honoring our front line workers.

To learn more about our opening night game and what events we have planned for the upcoming season, visit our website.

Season ticket packages for the Penguins’ upcoming 2021-22 season, including Full Season, 22-game, 12-game, Flexbook and Premium Seating plans, are available by reaching out to the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.