Huge events like Musikfest draw large crowds into Bethlehem, PA, but there’s more to this city than a music festival. If you’re traveling to Lehigh Valley, PA for an event or simply visiting friends and family, make the most of your trip by exploring more of what the area has to offer. Discover these hidden gems in Bethlehem that even some of the locals haven’t found.

Cool Activities

The Steel Beam Interior, shopping tables, light fixtures

The Steel Beam

4210 Fritch Drive, Bethlehem

The Steel Beam provides a gallery-like shopping experience while showcasing authentic, beautifully designed industrial artifacts. Browse the showroom before your scheduled workshop experience, where you can get creative and learn how to make clothing, custom jewelry, soaps and candles, and more!

Casino themed escape room at Captured Lehigh Valley

Captured Lehigh Valley Escape Room

559 Main St #08, Bethlehem

Conquering an escape room is an exciting challenge that the whole family will enjoy. Dare to enter the Haunted Theatre, decode messages in the Mayan Temple, or venture through a deserted island to solve its mysteries. Your group will feel proud to have escaped these rooms and more at Captured Lehigh Valley Escape Room in Bethlehem.

Actors perform at The Pennsylvania Playhouse in Bethlehem

The Pennsylvania Playhouse

390 Illick's Mill Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18017

Attend a fantastic show put on at the historic Pennsylvania Playhouse. Their season is packed with plays and musicals that audiences love. These productions are bursting with local talent, and will bring you to your feet once the curtain closes.

Joyful Experience (Sculpture)

Banana Factory Arts Center

25 W 3rd St #300, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Make your own souvenir to remember your trip to Bethlehem at the Ceramic Studio at Banana Factory Arts Center. Create handcrafted mugs during their date night workshop, bring a group to throw clay on a pottery wheel, or design and fire your own hot glass creation. Expert instructors guide you through these creative experiences that may just become your next hobby.

Eats and Treats

A latte at Lit Coffee Roastery & Bakeshop in Bethlehem, Pa.

Lit Coffee Roastery and Bakeshop

26 E 3rd St, Bethlehem

Whether you’re meeting up with a friend or need a calm place to work, Lit Coffee Roastery and Bakeshop is a great spot, popular among Lehigh University students. With cozy seating, local art displays, and unique coffees and pastries (including gluten free and vegan options), you can work diligently or connect with loved ones.

Interior of Art Cafe in Bethlehem, Pa

Art Cafe

5332, 3610 PA-378, Bethlehem

Want a delicious breakfast or lunch at a great price? Look no further than Art Cafe. This restaurant is owned by Lehigh Valley locals who prove that food is not only an expression of love, but a creative art form. 

Travel Tip: After your meal, drive 4 minutes down the road and spend some time at The Promenade Shops of Saucon Valley for entertainment, shopping, and more!

Spaghetti dish from Fiamma Italian Grill in Bethlehem, PA

Fiamma Italian Grill

2118 Schoenersville Rd, Bethlehem

Stop by Fiamma Italian Grill for authentic Italian cuisine and crafted cocktails. The menu is packed with flavor and dishes that are perfect for dine in or to-go.

Sign and decor at The Bookstore Speakeasy in Bethlehem, PA

Bookstore Speakeasy

336 Adams St, Bethlehem

A truly “hidden” gem that makes for a spectacular night out is Bookstore Speakeasy. Sip on cocktails that transport you back to the Prohibition era while listening to live jazz music.

Burger from LJ's Midnight Munchies in Bethlehem, PA

LJ’s Midnight Munchies

748 E 4th St, Bethlehem

After all the late night fun ends, you may be craving a midnight snack. LJ’s Midnight Munchies is your comfort food heaven. Open 9 p.m.-4 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, these tasty bites will send you to bed happy with a full belly.

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Vegan Treats

1444 Linden St, Bethlehem

Compassion has never tasted more delicious than at Vegan Treats. These cruelty free desserts will satisfy your sweet tooth and have you coming back for more. Your taste buds won’t believe that their decadent cakes, fresh pastries, and even soft serve ice cream are vegan and just as scrumptious.

Taps and Bottles from Five Maidens Cider Company in Bethlehem, PA

Five Maidens Cider Company

327 Polk St., Bethlehem

Enjoy a flight of specialty crafted ciders at Five Maidens. Try an array of fun flavors all made from locally sourced apples and ingredients. This spacious venue often hosts live music and keeps plenty of games around for the whole family to play.

Get Outdoors


Bethlehem SkatePlaza

1325 Steel Ave, Bethlehem

Looking for thrills or new skills? Bring your skateboard, bike, or rollerblades to shred at the state of the art Bethlehem SkatePlaza. Used to host lessons and even extreme sport competitions, this innovative skate park provides an unforgettable rush for riders and spectators.

Two people take in the view at Lehigh lookout on South Mountain in Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University Lookout

Intersection of Lower Sayre Park Rd. & Mountain Dr. N, Bethlehem

Take in the views at Lehigh Lookout, located just minutes away from Lehigh University’s Campus. Stop by at sunset for the perfect photo opportunity, or appreciate the beauty of the city lights at night.

Kids wade into the water alongside at Sand Island park in Bethlehem, PA

Sand Island

134 River St. Bethlehem

This section of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor at Sand Island is great for a midday stroll or a scenic walk with your pup. Walk along the Lehigh River, enjoy the unique views of the SteelStacks™ in the distance, and explore bridges and newfound nature paths among the trees.

There is truly something for everyone in this lovely, historic city. Bring your friends and family to visit Bethlehem, PA to experience these hidden gems and more!

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