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Lake-Ariel is a small, historic community located in Wayne County in northeastern Pennsylvania. There is also a lake by the same name that is one of two of the largest natural lakes in the Poconos region. The lake is spring-fed and said to drop 100 feet in the center. Once known as Jonestown for its' first settlers, Lake Ariel was once home to an amusement park and was a major destination for visitors in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At that time, the town was also home to several other thriving businesses. Lake Ariel Park was situated in a grove of giant trees on Route 191 and offered a carousels, miniature train rides, a rollercoaster and a waterslide, pony rides and more. There was also a pavilion for music, dancing and picnics. Big name bands appeared at the pavilion and stands sold hot dogs, soda, beer and popcorn. A beach was located across the road from the park and a "shoot the shoot" where people slide down into the water. The park closed in 1958 after the roller coaster was destroyed in a hurricane. An unusually heavy snow storm two years later crushed the remaining rides and buildings. The old Lake Ariel hotel called The Columbia still stands but is abandoned. It was built in 1880 and was right next to the amusement park.

Surrounding areas: Lake Wallenpaupack, Pennsylvania (8.0 mi), Newfoundland, Pennsylvania (10.7 mi), Angels, Pennsylvania (12.2 mi), Scranton, Pennsylvania (14.8 mi), Big Bass Lake, Pennsylvania (14.9 mi), Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania (15.0 mi), Lords Valley, Pennsylvania (17.6 mi)

Lake Ariel Vacation Rentals

Lake Ariel Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn117 Twin Rocks RdLake Ariel, PA (570) 689-4148
Gresham's Lakeview MotelHC 6Hawley, PA10.5 mi.(570) 226-4621
Settlers Inn LTDFour Main AveHawley, PA10.5 mi.(570) 226-2993
Silver BirchesHC 6 Box 6275Hawley, PA10.5 mi.(570) 226-4388
Fife & Drum Motor Inn100 Ter StHonesdale, PA10.6 mi.(570) 253-1392
Holiday Inn200 Tigue StDunmore, PA11.7 mi.(717) 343-4771
Econo Lodge1027 O'neill HwyDunmore, PA12.2 mi.(570) 348-8782
Economy Lodge1035 O'neill HwyDunmore, PA12.2 mi.(717) 346-6511
Sleep Inn & Suites Dunmore102 Monahan AveDunmore, PA12.4 mi.(570) 961-1116
Fairfield Inn-scranton949 Viewmont DrDickson City, PA13.5 mi.(570) 346-3222
Scranton Residence Inn By Marriott947 Viewmont DrDickson City, PA13.5 mi.(570) 343-5121
Clarion Hotel300 Meadow AveScranton, PA14.5 mi.(570) 344-9811
Comfort Suites44 Montage Mtn RdScranton, PA14.8 mi.(570) 347-1551
Hilton Scranton & Conference Center100 Adams AveScranton, PA14.9 mi.(570) 343-3000
Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel700 Lackawanna AveScranton, PA14.9 mi.(570) 342-8300
Howard Johnson Inn320 Franklin AveScranton, PA15.0 mi.(877) 872-7061
Ramada Plaza Hotel820 Northern BlvdClarks Summit, PA16.0 mi.(570) 586-2730
Hampton Inn890 Northern BlvdClarks Summit, PA16.1 mi.(570) 586-1515
Inn At Nichols Village1101 Northern BlvdClarks Summit, PA16.3 mi.(570) 587-1135
Hampton Inn At Montage22 Montage Mountain RdScranton, PA16.6 mi.(570) 342-7002
Courtyard By Marriott16 Glenmaura National BlvdMoosic, PA16.8 mi.(570) 969-2100
Rodeway Inn4130 Birney AveMoosic, PA18.2 mi.(570) 457-6713
Stone Bridge Inn & RestaurantRR 3 Box 3112Union Dale, PA19.0 mi.(570) 679-9200
Lopsided InnRt 196Tobyhanna, PA19.2 mi.(570) 839-8421
Holiday Inn Express30 Concorde DrPittston, PA22.9 mi.(570) 654-3300
Super 8 Motel - Pittston307 Hwy 315Pittston, PA22.9 mi.(570) 654-3301
Comfort Inn & Suites800 Rt 940Mount Pocono, PA23.0 mi.(570) 839-9282
Super 8 MotelHC 1 Box 115MT Pocono, PA23.2 mi.(570) 839-7728
Best Western Inn At Bleakeslee-PoconoRt 115Blakeslee, PA27.3 mi.(570) 646-6000
Toby Valley LodgeRt 940Blakeslee, PA27.3 mi.(717) 646-4893
Best Western East Mountain Inn2400 E End BlvdWilkes-Barre, PA27.4 mi.(570) 822-1011
Penn Hills ResortRt 447Analomick, PA27.5 mi.(717) 421-6464
Host Inn & Residential Suites860 Kidder StWilkes-Barre, PA27.6 mi.(570) 270-4678
Holiday Inn Wilkes-barre880 Kidder StWilkes-barre, PA27.6 mi.(570) 824-8901
The Chateau Resort & Conference Center300 Camelback RdTannersville, PA27.7 mi.(570) 629-5900
Travelodge497 Kidder StWiles Barre, PA28.1 mi.(570) 823-8881
Hilton Garden Inn242 Highland Park BlvdWilkes-Barre, PA28.8 mi.(570) 820-8595
Days Inn TannersvilleState Rt 715 And Interstate 80Tannersville, PA28.9 mi.(570) 629-1667
Ramada Inn LimitedRt 715Tannersville, PA28.9 mi.(570) 629-4100
Econo Lodge1075 Wilkes Barre TWP BlvdWilkes Barre, PA29.5 mi.(800) 809-0247

Lake Ariel Weather & Climate

Northeast Pennsylvania lies within the humid continental climate zone and has four distinctly marked seasons. Summers are hot and muggy, fall and spring are generally mild, and winters are cold with snow. Snowfall is variable year to year, with some winters bringing only light snow and others bringing several major snowstorms and accumulation. Precipitation is generally spread throughout the year, with thunderstorms possible in spring and summer. Fall is the driest season of the year and has the lowest humidity. Severe weather is possible, although rare, in northeast Pennsylvania, in the form of blizzards in the wintertime and tornadoes in spring and early summer.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 33°F 12°F 3.39 in. -
February 36°F 13°F 2.86 in. -
March 45°F 23°F 3.56 in. -
April 56°F 32°F 4.06 in. -
May 68°F 43°F 4.31 in. -
June 75°F 52°F 4.93 in. -
July 80°F 56°F 3.69 in. -
August 78°F 55°F 3.67 in. -
September 71°F 47°F 4.28 in. -
October 61°F 35°F 3.56 in. -
November 49°F 28°F 4.03 in. -
December 37°F 19°F 3.36 in. -

Lake Ariel Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Wilkes Barre Scranton International airport (AVP) located about 19 miles west of Lake Ariel in Wilkes - Barre / Scranton, Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley International airport (ABE) located approximately 55 miles south of Lake Ariel in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Greater Binghamton Edwin A Link Field (BGM) located roughly 60 miles northwest of Lake Ariel in Binghamton, New York, and finally the Stewart International airport (SWF) located around 66 miles east of Lake Ariel in Newburgh, New York.

Lake Ariel Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Pocono Play ParkBartonsvillePA30.8 mi.
Land Of Make BelieveHopeNJ43.3 mi.
Bushkill ParkEastonPA53.6 mi.
Dorney ParkAllentownPA58.7 mi.
KnoebelsElysburgPA73.3 mi.
Bowcraft Amusement ParkScotch PlainsNJ75.6 mi.
JeepersWest NyackNY76.4 mi.
Water Parks
Carousel Water & Fun ParkBeach LakePA15.8 mi.
Alpine Slide at CamelbackTannersvillePA28.9 mi.
Dorney Park & Whitewater KingdomAllentownPA58.7 mi.
Splash Down ParkFishkillNY77.0 mi.
Zoom Flume Water ParkDurhamNY90.2 mi.
Sesame PlaceLanghornePA91.6 mi.
Water WorldPhoenixvillePA91.7 mi.
Song Mountain Alpine SlideTullyNY100.1 mi.
Mountain CreekVernonNJ109.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Jerry Parker Scranton Municipal Golf CourseLake ArielPA 
Red Maples Golf CourseSouth CanaanPA3.5 mi.
Marjon Golf CourseMoscowPA8.6 mi.
Skyline Public Golf CourseCarbondalePA10.1 mi.
Cricket Hill Golf ClubHawleyPA10.6 mi.
Scottish Glen Golf CourseCrystal LakePA12.7 mi.
Newfoundland Golf CourseSouth SterlingPA13.6 mi.
Panorama Golf CourseForest CityPA14.1 mi.
Summit Hills Golf ClubClarks SummitPA16.5 mi.
Pine Hills Country ClubTaylorPA17.8 mi.
Lakeland Golf ClubFleetvillePA19.4 mi.
Buck Hill Falls Golf ClubBuck Hill FallsPA20.0 mi.
Thornhurst Country ClubThornhurstPA22.1 mi.
Applewood Golf CourseHardingPA23.1 mi.
Mount Pocono Public Golf CourseMount PoconoPA23.1 mi.
Emanon Country ClubFallsPA23.7 mi.
Four Seasons Golf ClubExeterPA24.0 mi.
Lake Lorain Golf ClubPoyntellePA25.4 mi.
Twin Oaks Golf CourseOrangePA27.9 mi.
Evergreen Park Golf CourseAnalominkPA29.4 mi.
Hollenback Golf ClubWilkes-BarrePA29.7 mi.
Ski Areas
TanglewoodTaftonPA10.9 mi.
Elk MountainUnion DalePA19.0 mi.
Mount ToneLake ComoPA27.4 mi.
CamelbackTannersvillePA28.9 mi.
Alpine MountainAnalominkPA29.1 mi.
Shawnee MountainDelawarePA31.8 mi.
Holiday MountainMonticelloNY38.4 mi.
Mount PeterWarwickNY54.8 mi.
CraigmeurNewfoundlandNJ56.7 mi.
Doe MountainMacungiePA65.5 mi.
Belleayre MoutainHighmountNY66.2 mi.
Ski PlattekillRoxburyNY71.1 mi.
Scotch ValleyStamfordNY76.8 mi.
Hunter MountainHunterNY79.7 mi.
Ski WindhamWindhamNY82.8 mi.
Big BirchPattersonNY92.0 mi.
Thunder RidgePattersonNY92.0 mi.
Hidden Valley SkiHidden ValleyPA93.1 mi.
Ski SawmillMorrisPA99.3 mi.
CatamountHillsdaleNY107.9 mi.
State Parks
Archbald Pothole State ParkPA10.3 mi. 
Prompton State ParkPA10.4 mi. 
Promised Land State ParkPA14.1 mi. 
Tobyhanna State ParkPA15.5 mi. 
Gouldsboro State ParkPA17.2 mi. 
Frances Slocum State ParkPA27.4 mi. 
Big Pocono State ParkPA28.7 mi. 
George W Childs State ParkPA29.0 mi. 
Hickory Run State ParkPA33.1 mi. 
High Point State ParkNJ37.7 mi. 
Swartswood State ParkNJ39.5 mi. 
Lehigh Gorge State ParkPA39.5 mi. 
Salt Springs State ParkPA40.0 mi. 
Houdini MuseumScrantonPA14.8 mi.(History)
Pocono Indian MuseumBushkillPA31.8 mi.(History)
Roberson Museum and Science CenterBinghamtonNY52.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Roberson Museum & Science CenterBinghamtonNY52.4 mi.(Art)
Lake Hopatcong Historical MuseumLake HopatcongNJ53.0 mi.(History)
Liberty Hall MuseumUnionNJ59.2 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Ross Park ZooBinghamtonNY52.4 mi.
Bergen County Zoological ParkParamusNJ76.5 mi.
Clyde Peeling's Reptiland Ltd.AllenwoodPA82.3 mi.
Central Park Wildlife CenterNew YorkNY88.0 mi.
Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation ParkBronxNY89.2 mi.
Staten Island ZooStaten IslandNY89.4 mi.
Trevor ZooMillbrookNY90.2 mi.
New York AquariumBrooklynNY92.6 mi.
Prospect Park Wildlife CenterBrooklynNY92.6 mi.
Queens Wildlife CenterFlushingNY94.3 mi.
Philadelphia Zoological GardenPhiladelphiaPA104.4 mi.
ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife ParkHersheyPA104.4 mi.
New Jersey State Aquarium at CamdenCamdenNJ106.5 mi.
Utica ZooUticaNY114.1 mi.
Beardsley Zoological GardensBridgeportCT114.7 mi.
Burnet Park ZooSyracuseNY116.9 mi.
Brandywine ZooWilmingtonDE118.3 mi.

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