Fun doesn’t have to come with a price in Lehigh Valley
Whether touring the C. F. Martin & Co. ® Guitarfactory & museum, visiting the spot where the Liberty Bell was hidden during the American Revolution, or taking in some local music festivals, Lehigh Valley has enough free activities to keep pockets full.
Discover Lehigh Valley, the official Destination Marketing Organization for Lehigh and Northampton counties in eastern Pennsylvania, has compiled a collection of “Free Things to do in Lehigh Valley” that includes art, music, nature, and much more.
“Lehigh Valley is home to many things that families, couples, or individuals can visit without having to spend any money to do so,” said Discover Lehigh Valley President, Michael Stershic. “We want to make sure people know that these options exist to them whether they are visiting the area or live here full-time.”
“Free Things to do in Lehigh Valley”
1. Museums & Galleries
- Liberty Bell Museum, Allentown – The Liberty Bell was hidden from the British in this church on Hamilton Street in Allentown? See a replica of the bell along with many other historical items. Donations appreciated.
- Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley – Want to see incredible art on a budget? Admission to the facility’s main galleries is free on Sundays only. A $5 fee is charged for admission to the special exhibit area.
- The Banana Factory, Bethlehem – The Banana Factory offers the unique experience of visiting the 20 plus artists in their own studios. Visitors can also watch a glass blowing demonstration, tour the galleries and head to the gift shop which sells handmade crafts.
- Mack Trucks Historical Museum, Allentown – This stunning museum is the repository of historical documents and artifacts from Mack’s long and storied history as the leading American truck manufacturer and world-renowned brand name.
- Other free museums include Haines Mill in Allentown; Lock Ridge Park and Furnace Museum in Alburtis; and the John Joseph Henry House and Pennsylvania Longrifle Museum ($5 donation) in Nazareth.
2. Wineries along the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail – Lehigh Valley has very similar parts of France in its soil and climate, resulting in some very choice wine. Visit all nine of the family-owned and operated wineries in the region. Some wineries may charge a nominal fee for tastings.
3. Tour the C.F Martin & Co. ® guitar factory and museum, Nazareth – Martin Guitars are used by some of the most famous former and current musicians in the world and visitors can tour where they are made. The one-hour tours are offered weekly from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. After the tour, check out the 1833 gift shop, Pickin’ Parlor and company museum. A small fee is charged for groups of 10 or more.
4. The Outdoors
- Take a sunny walk in Trexler Park, Lehigh Parkway or Cedar Beach Park, all located in Allentown. Hike in Jacobsburg State Park, or discover nature during a walk along the Monocacy Creek in Bethlehem from Illick’s Mill Road to Sand Island.
- Visit www.BikeLehighValley.com for information on maps, trails, and more!
- Fish along the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers as well as at numerous creeks and streams that traverse the region.
- Visit our free brochures page for even more information.
5. Trails and Tours
- Download a Two Rivers Area Birding and Natural History Trail brochure for places in Northampton County to discover the region’s birds, flora and fauna.
- Download a free Lehigh County Log Cabin Trail brochure to discover its 22 historic log cabins.
- Take a driving tour to visit the Covered Bridges of Lehigh Valley after downloading a free brochure with driving directions that leads past all seven of them.
- Bach at Noon concerts by The Bach Choir of Bethlehem – The second Tuesday of each month in spring and fall at Central Moravian Church in downtown Bethlehem. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
- Tunes at Twilight – Held in Bethlehem’s Sun Inn Courtyard on Thursday evenings in May and June from 6 - 8 p.m.
- Allentown Band at Allentown’s West Park – Bring a folding chair or blanket and listen to a free concert in this picturesque park.
- Musikfest each August and Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival each September, both in downtown Bethlehem are free to attend with most musical performances also free of charge. Food and other activities are not included.
- Heritage Day each July and Garlic Fest each October, both in downtown Easton are free to attend. Food and other activities are not included.
- First Friday on Bethlehem’s Southside, along 3rd and 4th Streets starting at approximately 6 p.m. is a monthly celebration of arts and culture with shops, galleries, live music, in-store specials and refreshments.
About Discover Lehigh Valley
Discover Lehigh Valley is the designated destination marketing organization (DMO) of Lehigh and Northampton counties. Its mission is to promote and develop Lehigh Valley as a leisure and business travel destination. Created in 1984, Discover Lehigh Valley assists in promoting regional tourism, an industry that generates $1.906 billion in annual revenue and accounts for more than 22,000 jobs in Lehigh Valley. For more information on Discover Lehigh Valley and its activities or to request a Lehigh Valley Official Visitors Guide, call (800) MEET-HERE, or visit the official tourism website of Lehigh Valley at DiscoverLehighValley.com.