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Nay Aug Park, Scranton

(4.2/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
Nay Aug Park is the largest park in Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States. An amusement park on the site closed in the 1990s, but a small amusement area still operates near the swimming pool complex. The park also houses the Nay Aug Gorge, the Everhart Museum, and two Olympic-sized swimming pools. At one time it also had a zoo.ParkThe gorgeThe Nay Aug Gorge was created at the end of the most recent ice age and is a popular (though dangerous and illegal, violators are slapped with heavy fines) swimming spot. In 2007 the David Wenzel Tree House opened with views overlooking the gorge and surrounding area. The tree house is designed to be fully handicapped accessible, and is the first of its kind in the area. A footbridge with views of Roaring Brook also opened in 2007.The zooThe Zoo at Nay Aug once hosted the famous Tilly the elephant and Joshua the donkey. The zoo closed in 1988, and the newest elephant Toni was shipped to the National Zoo in Washington D.C. in 1989. The zoo at Nay Aug remained closed until summer 2003, when it reopened as the Genesis Wildlife Center. In an article in Time's Magazine, this zoo in 2008 was the 4th worst animal treated (abuse) zoo in America. In 2009 the Zoo once again closed, due to public outcry over conditions, and Lackawanna College announced plans to turn it into a natural research center. These plans fell through, and the Scranton Recreation Authority started plans in 2012 to redevelop it as part of the park, removing cages but preserving the 70-year-old main zoo building. It was announced on August 27, 2014 that the zoo will be leased for $1 per year for the next 5 years by a local non-profit called "Street Cats" to spay and neuter the feral cat population in the city of Scranton.
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  • High peaks and lush verdant foilage grace the lane wandering thru park. Whether you are jogging or on a lunch walk , there is something to see you missed before... Christmas is a great time to take th...  more »
  • My family enjoys the Christmas display every year. My teenage children are even excited for our annual trip to see all the displays. Some of the displays could be updated, so in my opinion, it's not w...  more »
  • We were very disapointed in the whole look and feel of the place. It's like no one takes care of it. I suppose funding is an issue but if it's not kept no one will go back. the pool and slides were fi...  more »
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  • Beautiful Park with great natural beauty. The cliff jumping is a lot of fun, but also walking up the creek and exploring is very nice too.
  • Very nice park with good walking areas. Some areas can be difficult to navigate. Wish there were clearer directions. Needs more safety for divers as some were clearly performing dangerous stunts near the waterfall.
  • Visiting from out of state and found this AMAZING park. The trails were well kept, the treehouse is a must do, and the scenery was beautiful. This attraction is a MUST for any local or visitor. Highly, highly recommend it
  • Pretty kool place for kids. Pools and slides are really nice. Trails are nice as well.. Really LLLLOONNNGH walk from the picnic area to the pool
  • Nice park with great walking trails, scenic views and the Everhart Museum on the premises.