When the warmer months roll around, you’ll want to be sure that the kids are kept busy. Lehigh Valley is home to countless sources of fun guaranteed to make your next family getaway a success.
Don your bathing suits and get ready to make a splash at Dutch Springs. Home to the region’s only Aqua Park, the whole family will enjoy a relaxing day on this man-made lake. Lounge waterside to take in some rays, try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding, rent a kayak, or snorkel your way through the water - there are plenty of options! Be sure to take a jump off The Blob and watch your friends go flying into the water.
Step back in time as you enjoy a peaceful ride on the Josiah White II, the state’s only functioning mule-drawn canal boat. At the National Canal Museum, you’ll get a glimpse of the key role that the waterway played in industrial history. During the summer months, Hank and George (the mules) pull the boat down the canal allowing guests to experience a bit of the past. The surrounding Hugh Moore Park provides the perfect backdrop for a family picnic after your ride has come to an end.
Take in scenic views and say hello to penguins, zebras and more - all in one stop! The Lehigh Valley Zoo, located on the lands of the Trexler Nature Preserve, offers an affordable excursion for the family. Stroll through the grounds of the Zoo for a peek at animals ranging from African penguins to zebras. Plan your visit to include activities such as the otter and penguin feedings, each taking place on a daily basis.
But don’t forget your hiking shoes! The Lehigh Valley Zoo is surrounded by acres of protected game land that are primed for exploring. You might even spot some bison and elk along the way. Stop by Schlicher’s Bridge - one of the region’s seven remaining covered bridges - for a family photo op.
Add a dose of thrills to your getaway with a visit to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. Offering access to two parks with one admission ticket, this amusement park fits the bill for thrill-seekers and little ones alike. Dorney Park is home to eight roller coasters that will have you screaming for more. For something a little more easy-going, don’t miss Planet Snoopy. Packed with rides themed around the PEANUTS gang, this section of the park is designed for the little ones.
The balance of thrills and calmer attractions doesn’t end here - don’t miss your chance to cool off at Wildwater Kingdom. Relax in the sunshine as the kids splash around in the wave pool, race down twisting water slides, or kick back in a tube as you tour the lazy river.
When dusk falls, make your way to the Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks for an evening of live music under the stars. Throughout the summer months, ArtsQuest presents free concerts on this outdoor stage, covering a wide range of genres. You’ll find everything from classical music to modern indie rock (the full schedule of performances can be found online). The Levitt Pavilion stage is set in front of the towering blast furnaces of the former Bethlehem Steel plant, offering up a unique backdrop. Pack your lawn chairs or spread a blanket in the grass as you enjoy these top-notch musical acts before calling it a night.
With so much fun happening in Lehigh Valley, you and the family will want to make a weekend of it. From boutique resorts to well-known hotels including the Hyatt Place and Renaissance brands, there are a variety of accommodations available to choose from.