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Allentown: Discover a “City Without Limits”

Fun Facts About Allentown

  • More parkland per capita than any other city its size in the United States
  • Nicknamed "Band City USA" because of its four city-supported bands
  • Home to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the American Hockey League Affiliate of the NHL Philadelphia Flyers, at PPL Center and the headquarters of Mack Trucks, Inc. from 1905 - 2009
  • 13 locations listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley features a room designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Founded in 1762 by William Allen, a successful businessman and the former mayor of Philadelphia, and named for him in 1838, Allentown transformed from a small community of Pennsylvania Dutch farmers into a marketing center for local farmers in the 1920s. The tradition still stands today at the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market where farmers and merchants sell everything from produce to baked goods to candy every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Allentown was once a thriving center of the manufacturing industry but shifted its focus with the rise of the service industry. Now, the city is teeming with cultural attractions; its many museums, historic sites, and arts organizations contribute to its renewal. The event scene in Allentown has flourished as well; annually, big events like The Great Allentown Fair and Lights in the Parkway draw crowds from all over the region.

Well-known for its extensive award-winning parks system, Allentown boasts the highest acreage of any American city its size. It is home to The Allentown Band, the oldest civilian concert band in the country. And, from 1777 to 1778, the Liberty Bell was hidden from the British underneath the Zion’s United Church of Christ in what is now downtown Allentown.

Allentown is home to the amusement and water park Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies), Cedar Crest College, and Muhlenberg College.

In recent years, downtown Allentown has seen a massive renaissance. What were once vacant buildings are now bustling storefronts. A brand-new culture is emerging, and we invite you to come be a part of all the exciting changes taking place.

For the foodie, you’ll find plenty of eats. Enjoy upscale American cuisine paired with an impressive selection of whiskies and bourbons at the Hamilton Kitchen & Bar. The chef’s creations can’t be beat at The Dime, located in the Renaissance® Allentown Hotel. Craving Asian / Fusion cuisine? Enjoy an authentic meal at Bay Leaf.

Get your shopping fix at one of the many retailers in the Shops at City Center. You’ll find the latest in fashions at boutiques like assembly88 and Sorrelli Jewelers, and more. Or, grab the freshest flowers at Phoebe Floral Shop & Home Décor.

Enjoy the greenery in the ArtsWalk, a new public space that connects the City Center region of Allentown to the Arts Park at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley. On any given night, you can find people relaxing in the courtyard, taking in a free performance, and enjoying the new vibrancy the city has to offer.

The excitement really takes off on event nights at the PPL Center. Catch a game from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers. Enjoy concerts from some the world’s biggest names, or family favorites like Disney on Ice or Sesame Street Live.

With so much going on, you’ll want to make a weekend of your stay in Allentown. Book a room at the luxurious Renaissance® Allentown Hotel, connected directly to the PPL Center. Here, you’ll find a nod to local favorites with abstract photographs of Crayola crayons adorning the walls. Enjoy breakfast or a happy hour cocktail at the on-site restaurant, The Dime.

And, all of this is just the beginning for Allentown. New storefronts and restaurants are constantly opening in this emerging market. First-class office space is being fully leased before buildings are even finished with construction. State-of-the-art apartments have joined the city’s new skyline.

That Billy Joel song we all know? Those lyrics don’t hold true anymore. Come and experience for yourself all the exciting changes that have been taking place in downtown Allentown.