School’s soon out for summer recess. ‘Tis the season of road trips, extended hours of daylight, and much too short weekends. We often think of summer as a time to get away on an adventure or two, but who says you have to go far? Often the best adventures aren’t planned in advance. They’re the spontaneous meet-ups on a Sunday afternoon or the times you play tourist-in-your-own-town. And Lehigh Valley is just the place. 

We rounded up some inspiration from locals on how to make the most of the season.

1. Enjoy (free) movies across our parks.

Bring the family, a blanket, and some snacks to watch movies in the park across Lehigh Valley. Schedules coming soon!

2. Listen to live (free) music nights.

From late spring to early fall, enjoy live music outdoors in Lehigh Valley—for free.

3. Dine al fresco.

Choose an outdoor restaurant instead of your regular go-tos.

4. Explore a new park or trail.

Get out there and get some miles in on a new trail.

5. Find a new art gallery.

New to the art scene in Lehigh Valley? Check out everything from museums to smaller galleries, with robust collections and fresh new exhibitions.

6. Head to a local u-pick.

Talk about farm to table! ‘Tis the season for berries, cherries, produce, and more – and it’s a perfect time to try your hand at DIY harvesting.

7. Shop at one of the 15 local farmers’ markets.

Farmers markets in Lehigh Valley are thriving—from Easton to Trexlertown and everywhere in between.

8. Map out your own adult beverage tour.

Gather up a group of friends (including a designated driver) and map out a craft brewery, distillery, or wine tour. 

9. Treasure hunt at antique shops.

Find that perfect antique you didn't know you needed.

10. Sip cocktails at hotel bars & patios.

You’ll need a drink to unwind after the adventures. Hotel bars and patios aren’t only for tourists to relax after exploring but for hosting locals who want to stop in for a touch of local luxury. At the Townley House Hotel’s Bar Bix, history meets timeless vibes. And indoor seating flows right out onto their patio. Rooftop sips can be found at Three Oak Steakhouse or ZEST bar + grille. You’ll also enjoy expansive downtown views from The Dime at the Renaissance Allentown Hotel.

Share your #LehighValleyPA moments on social media @LehighValleyPA for summer adventures.