By Hilary Gunn
One of the best ways to enjoy the freedom and excitement of Pennsylvania’s waterways is with a ride on a jet ski. The world’s original personal watercraft, jet skis allow everyone to channel a world of high-flying excitement, and enjoy top speeds and top thrills. Additionally, jet skis allow for exploration of the small islands and hidden coves of the Keystone State, making them ideal for the intrepid explorers among us. Throw boring aside and check out these fun places in Pennsylvania for jet skiing!
One of Pennsylvania’s most beloved bodies of water, Lake Wallenpaupack, is unsurprisingly one of the best spots in the Keystone State to let loose and make a splash! Fifty-two miles of shoreline makes for plenty of space to try out your tricks, or get your sea legs if you’re newer to the pursuit. Keep the fun going after some time on the lake with on-site recreation, and hundreds of acres of surrounding natural space for endless Pocono playtime. Incredible vistas, fun surroundings, and plenty of water make Lake Wallenpaupack an easy choice.
The Allegheny River represents some of the most ecologically diverse and scenic stretches of water in all of Pennsylvania, qualities that make it practically perfect for a day of jet skiing adventure. Whether you visit tiny islands dotted along the river, or just bask in the exhilaration of a day on the water, a trip down the Allegheny is tough to beat. Beat the stress of the Steel City, or whichever ‘burb you call home, with a carefree day jet skiing on the Allegheny!
As the 13th largest lake in the world, it’s only natural that our Great Lake Erie graces the list of awesome jet ski destinations. Our local wonder is renowned for its maritime history, and today plays host to numerous recreational activities. Explore beautiful Presque Isle State Park, take a swim, spend some time in the sun, or simply take in the beautiful coastline of our truly great lake.
If you’re looking to take in a whole new view of Philadelphia, a jet ski on the Schuylkill is fairly tough to beat. Additionally, as one of the only significant rivers whose entire watershed can be found within the state of Pennsylvania, the Schuylkill is one of our most truly native waterways. Experience the City of Brotherly Love like never before as you navigate the waters of the Schuylkill for a day you’ll always remember.
Created in 1959 to provide local recreation, Pinchot Lake is a jewel in the crown of Pennsylvania’s waterfront crown. The lake is so stunning, in fact, that soon after its construction, a state park was designated surrounding the area. Enjoy Gifford Pinchot State Park, one of the Keystone State’s most incredible resources with a day of fun, sun, and—of course—jet skiing!