I lived in the Wilkes Barre (pronounced Wilkes Berry) area. In fact, I spent much of my adolescence there. One great thing about Wilkes Barre is that it's well stocked with a lot of shopping options. The Wyoming Valley Mall is huge and I spent a lot of time in the Bon Ton. There's a Barnes and Noble nearby, and my mom and I would go there and get coffee, enjoying our books.
Anyone who has relocated to Wilkes Barre to start a family will find lots of options for college, such as Wilkes University and Penn State Wilkes. I went to a few track meets at Wilkes University, and the school has an amazing athletic field. Some of my friends went there and their programs are also great. I don't know a lot about Penn State Wilkes, but joining the Penn State family is never a bad thing to do.
Wilkes Barre has a pretty plentiful downtown. There are lots of bars and shops to peek around in. Certain parts of town are definitely better than others, but safety is important no matter where you are, of course. As far as food, I'll never forget this Thai restaurant my family and I went to. It's called Thai Thai. Their pad Thai with chicken was the very best I've ever had. There's a movie theater right in that area too. We took my grandfather there one time and it was a pretty good day.
As far as attractions go, the biggest one I would have to say is Mohegan Sun. I went there with my grandfather and our family. I wasn't old enough to gamble, but there were plenty of things to do. The food at the casino is great. While my parents and grandfather were on the casino floor, my siblings and I checked out some of the shops.