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Wilkes-Barre (the last part is variously pronounced "Berry", "Bury", or "Berrah" by locals, and "Barry" or "Barr" by others) is a city in northeastern Pennsylvania, approximately 20 miles southwest of Scranton. The city is named for John Wilkes and Isaac Barre, both of whom were opponents of Royal rule of the colonies in British Parliment. Although the city is named after them, neither one had ever stepped foot on the continent.

Get in[edit]

By Car[edit]

The easiest way to arrive in Wilkes-Barre is via the highway. The following highways connect Wilkes-Barre to other regional cities:

I-476 is tolled from mile 20 to 115.

By Plane[edit]

The city is also about 15 minutes south of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport[2] in Avoca. The airport recently added a new terminal, and operates daily flights to Atlanta, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Charlotte. Rental cars are available from Avis, Budget, Hertz, National, and Alamo at the terminal. Take I-81 south to Exit 170B.

Wilkes-Barre is also within three hours driving distance from Newark Int'l Airport [3] in New Jersey, JFK Int'l Airport [4] and LaGuardia Int'l Airport [5] in New York City, Lehigh Valley Int'l Airport [6] in Allentown, and Philadelphia Int'l Airport [7] in Philadelphia.

By Bus[edit]

There is a Martz Trailways bus station in downtown Wilkes-Barre with regular routes from Philadelphia and New York City.

Get around[edit]

Public transportation is available through busses run by Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA), which also travel to other points throughout Luzerne County, and several local taxi services.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Main Street Square Located at the intersection of Main Street and Market Street, walking distance from the Wilkes-Barre bus stop. 'The Square' often features vendors, festivals, and a fountain. Although overshadowed by the mall, other local businesses and restaurants are beginning to return to the area.
  • FM Kirby Center Located directly on the Main Square in Wilkes-Barre [8] A combination performing arts center, theater, and playhouse, often has internationally recognized comedians, musicians, or films. Check website for listings.
  • Boscov's Department Store Located on S. Main Street. [9] One of the few remaining big-box stores in the area.
  • R/C Movies 14 24 E. Northhampton Street Wilkes Barre, PA 18701 [10]. Located within walking distance from Main Street Square, parking validated for three hours or less.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL hockey, Wachovia Arena, Highland Park Blvd. [11] The Pittsburgh Penguins' minor league hockey affiliate. They play home games from October through April. Check the website for tickets and dates.
  • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees AAA baseball, PNC Field, Moosic, [12]. The highest level minor league affiliate of the New York Yankess. They play home games from April through August. Check website for tickets and dates.
  • Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino, 1280 Highway 315, +1 570 831-2100, [13]. 1,100 slots casino, harness racing track, five restaurants. Open 24/7, with racing M, Tu, F, Sa from 31 Mar. to 17 Nov. Free admission/parking.
  • 7 Tubs Nature Area Bear Creek Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706 off highway 115. Scenic hiking along glacial pools

You can catch an ice hockey game or concert at the Wachovia Arena. Kings College and Wilkes University often feature art exhibits in their libraries. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees AAA baseball team plays 15 minutes north near Montage Mountain, which also features a major concert venue and skiing in the winter.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • The Wyoming Valley Mall is located north of the city, (570) 823-1224, it features JCPenny, The Bon-Ton, Sears, and Macy's, among other stores. [14] Check website for directions and full store directory.
  • The Arena Hub Plaza is located across the street from the Mall. It features a sporting goods store, clothing stores, some restaurants, and a Barnes & Noble book store.

Nearly all of the shops are chain stores located in the mall area outside of downtown. Comic book collectors should check out Gema off Blackman Street, and the Phoenix downtown.

Eat[edit][add listing]

This area is known for its many authentic diner car restaurants; Eddie's Diner, off Route 315, has fries with gravy and is open 24 hours. La Tolteca, near the mall, is popular for Mexican. Garlic Garden and Pete's Place downtown have very reasonably priced Lebanese food, with fish on Fridays for the local Catholic population.

Wilkes-Barre is at the northeast frontier of the Pierogi Belt. Mom & Pops Pierogi on 131 Casey Ave, Wilkes Barre Township [Phone 570-825-9303 Fax 570-825-9304] sells fresh and frozen Ravioli (and pasties) to go; the adjacent Abe's Hot Dogs serves the same pierogi prepared with butter and onion. Jagodzianka Polish Deli at 527 1/2 Scott St has fresh kielbasa and other Eastern European delicacies.

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are quiet a few choices for night life. Main Street in downtown Wilkes-Barre features a few college bars. Uptown, features Arena Bar and Grill and Lucky's Sport House for a more mature atmosphere. Furthermore, there are corner bars all throughout the city, and a few alternative bars. There is karaoke almost every night of the week, often hosted by DJ Scott Stephens.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Woodlands Inn - Ascend Collection by Choice Hotels, 1073 Highway 315, 570-824-9831, [1].  edit

Get out[edit]

Routes through Wilkes-Barre
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