If It’s Free, It’s for Me: Lehigh Valley Family Summer Edition
Summer fun doesn’t have to break the bank, in fact it doesn’t have to cost anything at all. Lehigh Valley is home to a wide variety of family fun that is free to all.
Arts & Culture aren’t the first thing on kids’ minds when it comes to summer vacation, but that doesn’t mean they won’t surprise themselves with a good time. And, museums are a great way to beat the heat. There are also plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy and some world class sports. Here’s a few suggestions:
- Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley offers admission free Sundays year-round, but this summer they’ve gone much bigger, now having the free admission all summer long. And, on Sunday’s from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. the museum features free drop-in workshops for families called Artventures.
- A little bit of history never hurt anyone and Liberty Bell Shrine Museum in Allentown is a wonderful place to see and learn about the story of early America and Allentown. Admittance is free (donations are welcome).
- Martin Guitar Factory Tour in Nazareth is a place where art meets history and there’s music too. While you’re there check out the Martin Museum. Tours are conducted regularly between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- On Easton’s Centre Square from noon to 1 p.m. every Friday in May and June, you can enjoy a free concert as part of Tunes at Noon.
- Easton’s Centre Square is also home to Live in the Square where free concerts are held the last Friday of the month, May through September from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. And, on the second Friday of every month you can enjoy free concerts at Riverside Park as part of Live at Riverside.
- ArtsQuest™ Center at SteelStacks™ has a variety of free, family fun programming including ArtQuest Peas and Qs, concerts Thursday through Sunday, and Wednesday Night family movies on the Levitt Pavilion stage, and even more live music on the Air Products Town Square.
- The Valley Preferred Cycling Center is home to the World Series of Bicycling Friday nights, but Tuesday nights the very same world-class cyclists race under the lights in the Fugi Pro Am Series.
- The Two Rivers Area Birding and Natural History Trail brochure is a tremendous guide to the birds of Northampton County and where to find them.
- The Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge tour is great for the whole family. Take the tour by bike or by car and don’t forget to pack a lunch for a picnic. Take lots of pictures and share them on social media. Your friends will want to come with you next time because everyone loves covered bridges.
- The Trexler Nature Preserve is a beautiful open space to have a picnic as well. It’s picturesque, and it’s along the Covered Bridge Trail near Schlicher’s Covered Bridge.
- Another family favorite, especially during hot summer days are the fountains in PPL Plaza in downtown Allentown. And, on Thursday around noon, free music can be heard as part of the Summer in the City series, while children run through the fountains to cool off.
All of these suggestions are free. Pack a lunch and a cooler and make a day of it. If you’re visiting the Art Museum, Liberty Bell Shrine, or splashing around the fountains in PPL Plaza, take your lunch to the Allentown Arts Park, next to the Baum School of Art and just across the street from the Art Museum, for beautiful greenery in downtown Allentown.
There rest of the list you can picnic where you are. The point is, you don’t have to spend money to have fun. In Lehigh Valley, fun is everywhere, you just have to know where to look.