Scranton, Pennsylvania Attractions

by Brent Abbott

Scranton is in northeastern Pennsylvania and is the county seat of Lackawanna County. According to the 2006 U.S. Census Bureau figures, Scranton has an estimated population of 72,861 people.

McDade Park

McDade Park (Lackawannacounty.org), a 180-acre park in Scranton, was developed in the 1970s. The park includes a swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court, softball field, picnic areas and hiking trail. The park’s Boundless Playground was added in 2009 and is designed for children with special needs. McDade Park also hosts numerous events, such as fishing derbies and cross-country races.

Steamtown National Historic Site

Trains played an important part in Scranton’s history, and the Steamtown National Historic Site (nps.gov) helps to preserve and share that history. Visitors at Steamtown see and experience restored steam locomotives, train cars, related equipment and train artifacts. Seasonal excursions allow visitors to ride the trains. The museum showcases the history of railroading from its early days.

Houdini Museum

The Houdini Museum (houdini.org) in Scranton is dedicated to the famous magician Harry Houdini. The museum, run by two professional illusionists, includes memorabilia such as posters, photos and personal items from the late magician. Prior to moving to Scranton, the exhibit was located in New York City. In addition to memorabilia, the museum also offers magic shows and other events, such as séances and lectures. The Houdini Museum is open year round -- on weekends -- and has also been featured on several television shows.

Iron Furnaces

The iron industry played an important role in the early years of Scranton and the Scranton Iron Furnaces (anthracitemuseum.org) serves to remind visitors of this important heritage. The company that built the iron furnaces once had the largest production capacity in the nation. The iron furnaces are open year round. The museum’s visitor center has exhibits and a gift shop.

About the Author

Residing in the Midwest, Brent Abbott has been writing since 2007 on subjects including music, health, home improvement and computing. His work has been published on websites such as ReverbNation and Body Sava. Abbott holds a certificate in computer operating as well as an Associate of Arts in liberal arts from North Dakota State College of Science.