Things To Do In Lehigh Valley
The story of Lehigh Valley is told at Allentown’s Liberty Bell Museum, where America’s symbol of freedom was hidden during the Revolutionary War and now where visitors come for the Pip the Mouse puppet show before Christmas. The region’s tale is told in the towering blast furnaces of Bethlehem’s SteelStacks™, reborn as the backdrop for musical performances and festivals, community celebrations, and art exhibitions. The narrative meanders through Easton’s canals that once served industries like coal, silk, steel and iron, but now transport, guests for dinner cruises on Pennsylvania’s only mule-drawn canal boat. And while a walking tour of downtown Bethlehem offers a deep look into Colonial history, the region as a whole offers far more than just historic sites.
For arts & music lovers
A spot that reflects its past but seamlessly blends the hip with the historic, Lehigh Valley has developed a rich, sustained arts and entertainment scene, especially when it comes to live music. Famous names pack historic theaters, churches, and outdoor pavilions for legendary rockstars, blues artists, country singers, and internationally acclaimed musicians who bridge genres from Afrobeat to Zydeco, all while visitors can tour the factory where Martin Guitars are handcrafted.
For outdoor enthusiasts
Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the same sites from a different perspective, kayaking the Lehigh or Delaware Rivers, hiking miles of trails like the Appalachian or D&L, or pedaling miles of bike trails and quiet country roads.
For the foodies (and libations lovers)
Residents and visitors alike love the farmers markets nearby, especially during harvest times throughout the year to wrap their fingers around strawberries and apples, pumpkins, and vegetables. At the same time, those passionate for another fruit– the grape –enjoy tours and tastings at more than 12 wineries, and hop-lovers taste still another side of the area's award-winning, small-batch breweries that make up the Lehigh Valley Ale Trail.
For history buffs
Lehigh Valley’s historic Moravian Bethlehem, a tentative for World Heritage Designation, draws both U.S. and international visitors with sites demonstrating a unique, historically rich, and culturally significant way of life for over 300 years. Those wanting to explore the history of the former Bethlehem Steel won't want to miss a walk along the Hoover Mason Trestle, an elevated 1/3-mile walkway built along the railway that once hauled iron ore to Bethlehem Steel’s blast furnaces. You can actually touch – and ring – a replica of the Liberty Bell that rests at the Liberty Bell Museum in Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ in Allentown. The site was not only where America’s most famous symbol of freedom was hidden during the Revolutionary War, but it also served as a refuge during Indian raids, a hospital, and a meeting place for the reading of the Declaration of Independence. While these sites form a triple-crown for history lovers, the region offers much more for anyone fascinated by glimpses of the challenges, culture, and quirks of colonial and industrial life.
Frequently Asked Questions About Lehigh Valley
What are some things to do in Allentown?
- Dorney Park
- Allentown Farmers Market
- Miller Symphony Hall
- Allentown Art Museum
- Da Vinci Science Center
What are some things to do in Bethlehem?
- Colonial Industrial Quarter
- Wind Creek Bethlehem
- ArtsQuest™ Center at SteelStacks™
- National Museum of Industrial History
- Captured LV Escape Room
What are some things to do in Easton?
- Crayola Experience
- The Nurture Nature Center
- Karl Stirner Arts Trail
- State Theatre Center for the Arts
- Easton Farmers' Market