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9 Things to Do in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

Ishwari Pamu Nov 29, 2019
Originally known as “Mauch Chunk”, the town adopted the name of the Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe after they decided to bury him in this town. This quaint little mountain town in the Poconos has much to offer to its visitors.

Old Jail Museum

Built in the 19th century, this stone building is well known for the Molly Maguire trials whose final verdict was death by hanging of seven Irish coal miners, some of who, historians claim, were falsely charged.
On one of the cell walls is a hand print of one of the seven Irish men, which despite several attempts to wash it off, still remains. It is believed that the place is haunted. It may be true after all.

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Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway

One of the best railway rides in the world, this diesel run engine railway takes you for a 45-minute scenic tour while you listen to the history and details of the railway.
With soaring mountains and cliffs on one side and the beautiful tranquil waters on the other, it’s an unforgettable experience. Make sure you have your camera on at all times.

Jim Thorpe's Headstone

The first Native American to win an Olympic gold for the US was buried here after his death when his family didn’t want him. That’s how the name to the town changed from Mauch Chunk to Jim Thorpe.
Visit his headstone and learn about the ongoing controversy between his family and the town. They now want him back. Yeah, it’s a whole thing.

Whitewater Rafting

What do the locals do when the temperatures rise during the summer and the brain gets too mushy to work? They go river rafting!
There are different rafting trips you can choose from, based on the level of difficulty. Choose the one that’s right for you!

Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary

A favorite for family outings, it’s an educational center. Hand feed the butterflies and learn a thing or two about these beautiful winged creatures in the Flutterarium. The Sanctuary also houses several species of fishes and frogs.

Sidecar Tourz

How does riding through the Pocono mountains in a vintage BMW sidecar sound? Now, who’d want to miss out on that! Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz offers 1.5-hour and 4-hour guided tours to some of the best places in the town.

Kayaking

Along with rafting, kayaking is another popular river adventure in the town. Just rent a kayak or a canoe and see if you can tackle the river currents.

Asa Packer Mansion

Home to the philanthropist, businessman and the founder of Lehigh University, Asa Packer during the late 1800s, the mansion is now a museum which looks almost exactly as it did when the family resided here.

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Explore the Streets

From eateries, cafes, clothing shops and boutiques to a shop dedicated to jerky, there is no shortage of small businesses here. The town has all kinds of stores you can think of.
Fill your shopping bags with souvenirs and grab a meal at Molly Maguire’s, a favorite among the locals.