Money is tight for all of us these days, so I wanted to share a list I recently put together of Lehigh Valley attractions and events that are either free or cost less than $5 per person. 

Museums & Galleries: • Liberty Bell Shrine Museum (pictured) – no fee, but donations are appreciated - see a replica of the original bell, which was hidden from the British in the basement of this church. • Allentown Art Museum – Admission to the facility’s main galleries is free on Sundays; however, a $5 fee is charged for admission to the special exhibit area. • Banana Factory – Admission is free to watch a glass-blowing demonstration, tour the galleries and 23 artists’ studios, and visit the gift shop selling handmade art. Lehigh Valley Wine Trail – Visit all nine of the family-owned and operated wineries in the region; some wineries may charge a nominal fee for tastings. C.F Martin Guitar Company – Free one-hour factory tours are offered from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (a small fee is charged for groups of 10 or more). After the tour, check out the 1833 gift shop, Pickin’ Parlor and company museum.

The Outdoors • Go for a walk in the Allentown Parks System, which includes Trexler Park, Lehigh Parkway or Cedar Beach Park. Or take a hike in Jacobsburg State Park or along the Monocacy Creek in Bethlehem. • Request a free brochure (Lehigh Valley Cycling Maps) for places to ride your bike. • Fish along the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers as well as at numerous creeks and streams that traverse the region. This is just a start - I've got more to share. Check back next Friday for the rest of my list!