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Nay Aug Park, Scranton

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4.2/5 based on 200+ 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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  • Great for couple and families with small kids. Nay Aug has easy and difficult hiking paths with astonishing view and lovely waterfalls with easy access! Well maintenance grounds. Free entrance and eas...  read more »
  • It's a somewhat okay-ish place to be… There's a bridge, but you'll have to climb over some obstacles. There's nothing to special about it except for the treehouse which is pretty much a platform with ...  read more »
  • Worth taking a ride to Scranton to see this nice waterfall and take a walk around the park. Bring your picnic and make sure you walk around. See the bridge and get down to the water. It could use a Bo...  read more »
  • 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
  • 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
  • My friend and I were driving through scranton on our five day roadtrip to Denver when we discovered this little gem. Found a trail to the waterfall where people were cliff jumping. Very cool spot,enjoyed it a lot.
  • This park is interesting and very pretty in places. Some of it has been let go. Could have more benches around the park especially since one could have a lengthy walk around.
  • Its a natural, beautiful setting w.lots to see & do. Flower gardens, to tree houses, to swimming, to walking, to hiking to exploring a natural deep gorge w.a powerful stream running through it.
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