If you want to BBQ this Labor Day weekend, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is the place to do it

Delaware Water Gap. The national recreation area was voted by Pennsylvanians as their top pick for Labor Day barbecues.

| 27 Aug 2023 | 04:14

Having a BBQ or picnic on this day has become a time-honored tradition among American families.

It’s not just about sizzling steaks and zesty sides; it’s a flavorful tribute to the nation’s backbone, our hard-working souls.

As we bid “so long” summer’s embrace, these BBQs and picnics represent a quintessential American toast to unity, prosperity, and the simple joys of life. So, why do we gather ‘round the grill every Labor Day? Because nothing says ‘America’ quite like celebrating hard work with a side of smoky goodness!

As summer wanes on Sept. 4th, many families choose to celebrate the last of the warm weather outdoors – but where is the best place to celebrate Labor Day? It’s a question posed to 3,000 families by FamilyDestinationsGuide.com, who polled respondents in each state to find out which location, in their experience, is the best to celebrate a Labor Day meal.

Pennsylvanians’ top pick was Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in East Stroudsburg.

The park’s picturesque river views, lush forests, and diverse outdoor opportunities create a scenic backdrop for a memorable outdoor gathering.

Families can enjoy picnicking in the designated areas, surrounded by the park’s natural beauty, while relishing the tranquil atmosphere. The park’s range of activities, including hiking trails, water sports, and wildlife observation, offer opportunities for pre or post-picnic adventure.

Second place

In second place came Ricketts Glen State Park in Benton. The park’s designated picnic areas, nestled within the natural beauty of Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains, offer an ideal setting for sharing meals and enjoying quality time together. Families can explore the park’s Falls Trail, which leads to a series of mesmerizing waterfalls, providing opportunities for both relaxation and exploration.

Third place

And rounding up the top three was Presque Isle State Park in Erie. The park’s designated picnic areas, set against the beauty of Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes region, offer an ideal spot for sharing meals and enjoying quality time together. Families can engage in a variety of beach activities, from swimming and sandcastle building to birdwatching and nature exploration, ensuring a day filled with both relaxation and outdoor fun.