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.
2. Listen to live (free) music nights.
Jam all summer long at the impressive selection of outdoor concerts, from downtown twilight concerts to picnic in the park presentations. Count on the Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series most Saturdays & Sundays through Sept. for sounds boosting from the historic Blast Furnaces. Experience Rock the Walk every Thursday at ArtsWalk Pocket Park, Tunes at Twilight in Historic Downtown Bethlehem; or check out Live at the Falls on Thursday nights at Scott Park; head to the patio at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley on select Saturdays.
3. Dine al fresco.
Choose a restaurant outside of your regular go-tos.
4. Explore a new park or trail.
5. Find a new art gallery.
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.
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.
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.