The Lehigh Valley Zoo, located in Schnecksville just a 12‑mile drive from downtown Allentown, is considered one of the top family attractions in Lehigh Valley. Focusing on conservation and education, the zoo is home to more than 250 animals representing 70 species from African penguins to zebras. The zoo was voted “Best Family Day Trip” in 2009 and 2010 by the Morning Call Reader’s Choice Awards.
After visiting the animals, take a drive through the Trexler Nature Preserve. The 1,100‑acre preserve is home to roaming herds of buffalo, elk and white‑tailed deer, as well as miles of safe hiking trails, including the – 1.2 mile – Covered Bridge Trail.
Next, treat the family to one of Lehigh Valley’s most popular meals: a hot dog or two (recommended with chili on top!) and some chocolate milk at Yocco’s in Fogelsville. You can get your fill and be friendly to your wallet at the same time.