View new property listings and browse homes in Scranton! Commonly known as The Electric City, Scranton is centrally located and within a 2-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Harrisburg and Syracuse. The Lackawanna County hub offers a variety of cultural and recreational activities for people of all ages to enjoy.
The area’s origins go back to the mid-1800s when the name Scranton was officiated. The arrival of the railroad in 1853 put the city on the map and was an outlet for both the iron and coal industries.
The Electric City is the largest of the former anthracite coal mining communities. It earned its nickname in 1880 when electric lights were used at Dickson Locomotive Works, and was the first in the nation to have streetcars powered exclusively by the city’s electricity.
Today, the city thrives in different ways. The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple has activities throughout the year catered to children and education. Events include a Musical Theatre Revue, ARTS Engage, and The Franklin Institute Science Series have been hosted at the venue. The Pavilion at Montage Mountain also holds several concerts and events each summer. For seasonal activities, Montage Mountain has a both a waterpark and ski slopes. The area is also home to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, the Triple-A baseball team of the New York Yankees.
The Scranton National Historic Site and The Electric City Trolley Museum showcase the area’s history. There is also access to natural history, science, and art at the Everhart Museum where exhibits change every few months.
Scranton residents can enjoy the walking trail at Nay Aug Park and the view of the gorge from the David Wenzel Treehouse. McDade park is a popular recreational area that provides a short scenic hiking trail, tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground and a swimming pool.
The community offers numerous cuisines including Italian, Thai, Japanese, Mexican, and everything in between. There are also places to grab a sandwich or hotdog downtown.