Whether you’re exploring history, finding family fun, looking for locally made goods, getting outdoors, hunting ghosts or going for a romantic getaway, Lehigh Valley is the right place to be. Check out these theme‑based trip ideas and then build yourself an unforgettable experience.
Ultimate Youth Excursion
Your campers will love soaking in the Lehigh Valley’s summertime fun.
Experience thrills and chills at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, one of the Northeast’s most popular amusement and water parks. Take an action-packed guided trip down the Lehigh River with Whitewater Rafting Adventures.
Ever wonder how crayons and markers are made? The Crayola Experience™ is a colorful experience for children of all ages.
Martin’s handmade guitars have been shaping the music world for over 170 years. See the entire production process at the Martin Guitar Factory in Nazareth.
If it’s just you and your special someone looking for a nice retreat, you’ll want to start by making your way through a few wineries located on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail. There are nine destinations to choose from, but we would suggest clustering them by location. The family‑owned wineries are all designated as an American Viticultural Area.
Once you have had your share of vino, head to the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. While there, grab a bite to eat and catch a movie inside the state‑of‑the‑art Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema. And yes, as the name suggests, you can take your food and drink into the theater with you. But don’t eat too much, because we have other options for you below. You’ll also want to take a look at the iconic blast furnaces that remain on the former Bethlehem Steel site. They are spectacular.
From there we suggest you try your luck at the Sands® Casino Resort Bethlehem. You’ll enjoy the fast‑paced excitement of table games, slots, a shopping mall and some of the best food around, including three Emeril Lagasse restaurants. Then you can work off that food dancing the night away in one of the resort’s lounges.
Family Friendly in Easton
Bring the kids to The Crayola Experience™ in Easton’s Centre Square and learn how these popular coloring tools are made, check out “Big Blue” – the world’s largest crayon – and take part in more than a dozen hands‑on activities that are sure to keep the kids busy. After getting your free four‑pack of crayons, head to Hugh Moore Park to learn the story of America’s historic towpath canals that shaped the industry along the east coast on a voyage on the Josiah White II.
The Valley’s Temptations
Delight your senses as you indulge in some of Lehigh Valley’s most delicious culinary offerings.
Since 1889 visitors have enjoyed the most modern old-fashioned market in the east. The Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market offers the freshest meats, produce and baked goods year-round. Then make sure to cure your craving! Josh Early Candies offers over 400 varieties of candy that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
A Scholastic Discovery
Show your students how much fun learning can be with an educational adventure through Lehigh Valley.
Experience ancient rock formations as you journey through the underground world of Lost River Caverns, full of stalactites, stalagmites and 52° temperatures year-round. Take a voyage through the Lehigh Canal aboard the Josiah White II, a mule drawn boating experience that teaches about America’s early towpath canals.
Relive Moravian history as you tour the Colonial Industrial Quarter, home to an outstanding concentration of manufacturing trades during the early years of Bethlehem. Some of the buildings that housed these trades are still standing in the Quarter.
Welcome to Christmas City
A little town called Bethlehem was named on December 24, 1741 and is known as the Christmas City. What better place to spend the holiday season?
Step into Bethlehem’s past at the Moravian Museum, where guides in traditional costumes will enlighten and entertain you. You can forget the malls this holiday season and treat yourself to an old fashioned shopping experience on Main Street in Bethlehem.
Crafters, carols and ethnic delicacies can be found at Christkindlmarkt, the largest holiday market on the east coast. You’ll also find Christmas City Village, an open-air Christmas market nestled in the heart of the Historic Shopping District during the holidays. Enjoy a moving musical performance by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, America’s oldest Bach choir.
North Side History Tour
On the north side of the Lehigh River in Bethlehem, you'll find more than three centuries of history within a vibrant downtown culture. Stroll through the Colonial Industrial Quarter to visit the first waterworks in America and the Moravian Book Shop, the oldest continuously run book store in the world. Go north up Church Street for the Moravian Museum and God’s Acre, where signs recount the history of the first settlers in the area.
After the walk, your feet are sure to need a break, so treat yourself to dinner at 1741 on the Terrace inside the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. This historic restaurant, recipient of Open Table’s Diner’s Choice Award and Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, is well‑known for its decadent cuisine and impressive wine list.
Caution: Men at Play
Nothing says brotherly love more than sharing a trip filled with food, sports and a night at the casino.
With award-winning craft beer and food, Allentown Brew Works is the perfect place to indulge in a round of drinks and dining. Hear the crack of a home run at Coca-Cola Park, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, AAA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Feeling the need for speed? Visit Lehigh Valley Grand Prix, an indoor karting facility where you’ll reach speeds up to 45 mph! Wrap it all up with a trip to Sands® Casino Resort Bethlehem, home to over 3,000 slot machines, plenty of table games and seven restaurants/bars.
Arts & Culture of Lehigh Valley
From internationally acclaimed performers to visual riches, the Valley offers a wealth of historic treasures.
Revisit classic Shakespearean stories and contemporary plays at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival each summer at DeSales University. The world-class Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley features 14th – 17th century European paintings, 200 years of American art and international textiles.
From star-studded musical performances to nationally-known comedians, enjoy a night out on the town at State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton. A visit wouldn’t be complete without visiting the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, an incredible year-round entertainment venue set among the iconic Bethlehem Steel furnaces.
A Winter Wonderland in Lehigh Valley
Lehigh Valley is home to ski resorts and plenty winter activities to keep you busy during the colder months.
Bear Creek Mountain Resort is a family-friendly resort featuring skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. You’ll find 21 trails on 86 skiable acres, as well as five tubing lanes and three terrain parks. Enjoy warming up in the beautiful lodge with slope side views of the mountain.
Ski Pennsylvania’s highest vertical at Blue Mountain Ski Area featuring 39 trails, including two glades and 5 terrain parks. Ride the region’s only high-speed, detachable, six-person lift. If you’ve got non-skiers and boarders with you, you’ll still have fun on the 21 snow tubing hills at Blue.
Haunted Lehigh Valley
Lehigh Valley is a centuries‑old area full of history and ghost stories. If you’re looking for haunted, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve partnered with dozens of local businesses where hauntings have been reported and/or investigated.
Perhaps you’re interested in the haunted stories of Native Americans in the area at the Museum of Indian Culture, or spooky tales of miner’s ghosts at the Old Jail Museum and the No. 9 Mine a bit north of Lehigh Valley.
We have six packages to choose from, so plan your trip at LehighValleyHaunt.com depending on where you would like to stay. But don’t say we didn’t warn you … sometimes, the truth is scarier than fiction.
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.
Made in Lehigh Valley
See how one of the most renowned names in acoustic guitars makes its world‑famous instruments at the C.F. Martin Guitar Company in Nazareth. On the factory tour, you get the chance to see every precise step of the guitar‑making process, as your guide tells the history of this iconic music maker.
Although Just Born, Inc. – home of Marshmallow PEEPS, Peanut Chews and other fine confections – doesn’t offer regular tours, get a feel for how its candy is made at the Just Born exhibit inside the Sigal Museum in Easton. This fun and colorful display will certainly leave you craving sweets.
Afterwards, visit the Mack Truck Museum at its new customer center in Allentown. The museum is open to visitors Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discover rare artifacts such as a 1905 bus, old fire engines and even Megatron from Transformers 3.
History buffs will appreciate the historical landmarks throughout the city of Bethlehem. You’ll need your energy, so start with lunch at Looper’s Grill & Bar, which offers a great combination of friendly service, tasty wings and more than 500 “Mar‑Tee‑Nis.”
Once you have had your fill, take the Along the Lehigh River: The Rise & Fall of Bethlehem Steel Tour, conducted daily at 12:45 p.m. at SteelStacks. Learn the history of one of the largest producers of steel in the world as you walk the grounds with your tour guide. Reservations are required, so book them early to guarantee your spot.