The Lackawanna Coal Mine takes you and your kids 300 feet beneath the earth's surface. You'll learn about the life of a coal miner as you meander through the different corridors of the mine. The tour involves walks about 0.5 miles and is an hour long.
The coal mine tours are very interesting for both the children and adults, unlike a lot of kid friendly activities. My son thought it was "creepy but cool (he was 4 at the time) and wants to go back. If you are looking for a unique place to go, this is great. A couple warnings though- it's kinda cold and a bit damp down there, even in summer, so warm clothes are a must. Also, they have a point where all the lights are turned out, so some kids might find this a bit too scary because you can see nothing at all. But we really enjoyed it.
Coal is a major part of this region’s history. One of the best places to gain an understanding of the life of a coal miner is on the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour at McDade Park in Scranton. Here visitors ride 250 feet down into a real underground coal mine. Former miners and sons of miners tell the story of what a typical workday was like for the men and boys (as young as seven years old!) of the mines. Children who are afraid of the dark should be forewarned, but most children’s favorite part of the tour is when the guide turns out the lights and the group stands in total darkness for a long couple of seconds.
The tour is partially wheelchair accessible, as long as the person can move from a wheelchair to the car. It’s chilly and damp down below (55 degrees year-round), so be sure to bring along a sweatshirt.