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American Originals

ChrisEThe Crayola Experience™ provides creative fun for everyone with a look at the production of the famous crayons and markers in a four-floor, interactive play zone. C.F. Martin & Co.™ shows visitors every step in the process of making world-famous guitars. Plus, visitors will even have the chance to play rare and custom models in the Pickin’ Parlor. Take a look at some of the country’s most recognizable vehicles at the Mack Trucks Historical Museum, home to both historic and modern models. And, explore the all-new National Museum of Industrial History. Opening in late summer 2016, this Smithsonian-affiliated museum will feature unique artifacts, exhibits, and rotating galleries that sets to tell the story of America’s industrial heritage from the 1800s through present day.

Trails and Tours

Clover-Hill-WineryThe Lehigh Valley Wine Trail offers tours and tastings at nine family-owned vineyards and wineries. If wine isn’t for you, perhaps you’ll find your tastes along the Ale Trail. The Lehigh Valley Ale Trail features eight local breweries, plus three distilleries and a meadery. Cheers! 

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and take in some beautiful scenery. The self-guided Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge Tour combines rural beauty with architectural mastery. The Log Cabin Trail features 22 historic log homes built in the 18th and 19th Centuries.

Take a step back in history with a stroll along the Hoover Mason Trestle. This elevated walkway spans the blast furnaces of the former Bethlehem Steel plant, giving visitors an up-close view of the machinery. Tours are offered through Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites.

Foodie Finds

Easton Centre SquareLet your appetite carry you as you make your way through Lehigh Valley. Visit the Easton Farmers’ Market, the country’s longest, continually running outdoor farmers market. For a slightly different experience, check out the all-new Easton Public Market. Modeled after the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, you’ll find local produce, unique meal offerings, and much more. And, for a year-round farmers market experience, don’t miss out on the Allentown Farmers’ Market.

Holiday Getaways

Bethlehem, known as “Christmas City,” is a site to see during the holidays as the streets come alive with song, shopping and festive cheer. Bethlehem by Night bus tours, walking tours, and horse and carriage rides are offered through Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites. Nearly doubling in size for the 2016 holiday season, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem is a European-style holiday market featuring crafts, ethnic foods and entertainment. 

Family Fun

The Crayola Experience® makes any visit colorful and imaginative. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom is home to the most exciting roller coasters and scream machines the northeast has to offer. The Lehigh Valley Zoo is wildly wonderful with 225 animals, various educational programs, special events, Boo at the Zoo and more! And before you head home, add a dose of education to your fun with a visit to the Da Vinci Science Center.

Musical Excursions

Musikfest is one of America’s largest music festivals, offering over 500 free performances throughout a 10-day period each August. The Allentown Band is America’s oldest civilian band, and has been playing in the Lehigh Valley for more than 150 years. The Bach Festival showcases the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, which was founded in 1898 and became the first choir to perform The Mass in B Minor and The Christmas Oratorio in the United States. C.F. Martin & Co. and Allen Organ round out the perfect musical tour of Lehigh Valley.

Famous First

The Moravian Community in the town of Bethlehem was home to the first girl’s boarding school in the United States that opened on October 19, 1743. The Moravians also built America’s first waterworks system. Ben Franklin later modeled Philadelphia’s system after it. Binney and Smith, the parent company of Crayola, produced the first crayon in Easton, PA in 1903. The first electronic organ was produced by Allen Organ Company in Lehigh Valley.

Bedrooms and Boardrooms of Revolution

The Liberty Bell Museum has a full-size replica of the real bell that was hidden from the British army in Allentown and visitors are encouraged to give it a ring! George and Martha Washington both slept at the 1758 Sun Inn, but not at the same time! The George Taylor House, home of the signer of the Declaration of Independence, gives visitors a glimpse into the living quarters of our country’s founders. The 1753 Bachmann Publick House served as Northampton County’s first courthouse and was the site of Native American treaty signings.

Stay & Save Deals

Exciting Stay & Scream packages prove that visitors don’t have to pay lots of money to have tons of fun at Dorney Park & Wildwater KingdomStay & Ski packages are the perfect winter getaway for the ski fanatics in the family. Stay & Game packages with Sands Bethlehem is the best way to combine overnight fun with free slot credit! And, Stay & Create packages with Crayola Experience™ help you discover the magic of color in Lehigh Valley.

Free and Low Fee Events & Attractions

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