Explore Allentown and Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Old Allentown.Explore Allentown’s rich history on a Downtown Walking Tour. Old Allentown, the City’s historic district features Victorian-style homes that have been restored to their past splendor. On your walk, you’ll pass the Old Lehigh County Court House, the Lehigh County Historical Society, its library and museum, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Breinig and Bachman Building, Allentown Symphony Hall, Center Square, Portland Place, The Revolutionary War Plaque, Old Allentown Cemetery, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown Post Office, Allentown City Hall, Albertus Meyers Bridge and many city landmarks.
Allentown Symphony.In its 56th season, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra is the leading symphonic ensemble in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Allentown Symphony performs five concerts each year in Allentown’s historic, 1200-seat Symphony Hall, built in the 1890s. Concerts are offered on Saturdays evenings and Sunday afternoons. In addition, the orchestra performs educational, youth and family concerts, and presents the annual Symphony Ball, the leading annual social event in Lehigh Valley. In March each year, the Allentown Symphony hosts the Schadt String Competition, a national competition for professional violinists, cellists and guitarists. Visit www.allentownsymphony.org. [Top]
Crayola Factory at Two Rivers Landing.Crayola Factory is a fun hands-on discovery center that provides creative and personal development experiences. The Crayola Factory is an interactive family center with live demonstrations on how Crayola Crayons and Markers are made, and a dozen hands-on art activities for children and adults to create momentos of their visit. At the Crayola Factory, you will be immersed in color and creativity. Color, draw and create with the latest Crayola product without the worry of cleanup. Each creative space invites you to play, have fun and explore while learning about Crayola’s history in arts education. Visit www.crayola.com.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom.Experience two family adventure parks with exhilarating rides, attractions and live shows. Dorney Park features mega-coasters like the pulse-pounding Dominator and Steel Force, the first roller coaster in the East to break the 200-foot barrier. With a 205-foot drop, two tunnels, steep banks and speeds reaching 75 mph, this is one of the world’s fastest steel coasters. Enjoy beautiful scenery from the replica steam-powered train, ride the antique 1921 Dentzel carousel, or relax on a swan boat ride. Steer through curves along the Lake Dorney coast in a race-style car at Thunder Creek Speedway, raft through river rapids and cavers on Thunder Canyon, or orbit through the air on Hang Time. Dorney Park's entertainment and glamorous song and dance revues will keep you smiling. Venture over to Wildwater Kingdom’s wet and wild rides, slides and activity areas. Have fun on Aquablast - one of the longest elevated water slides in the world - Lightning Falls - two 70-foot-tall tube water slides with serpentine courses - Runaway River, Lollipop Lagoon, Wave Pool, Tidewater Cove, and two 40-foot Speed Slides. Visit www.dorneypark.com. [Top]
Pocono Raceway.Recognized as one of NASCAR's most competitive raceways, Pocono Raceway features a unique 2.5 mile track with three turns, each with its own degree of banking. Experience action-packed Indy, NASCAR and stock car racing on this super speedway. Don’t miss exciting events, such as the Pocono 500 and the Pennsylvania 500. For the ride of a lifetime, get behind the wheel of a NEXTEL Cup Style Stock Cars and drive the Tri-Oval. At the Bertil Roos Racing School, you can experience the thrill of driving a Formula 2000 racecar around Pocono Raceway’s twisting road courses. The Raceway also features a beautiful Midway with 40' Blue Spruce, 200 picnic tables and gazebos. Visit www.poconoraceway.com.
Lehigh Valley Zoo.Situated on 29 beautiful acres just north of Allentown, the Lehigh Valley Zoo features more than 120 animals, including the Northern River Otter, Arctic Wolf, Red Kangaroo, and has entertained more than 5,000,000 visitors. The Zoo also offers a night time Zoo tour, nature trail hikes, live animal presentations, and fun activities that teach about wildlife. The Zoo’s new Outback Adventure is an exciting Australian-themed exhibit where you can walk among red kangaroos, including two youngsters that were born six months ago! Visit Lorie Landing, where you'll feed a flock of colorful Australian rainbow lorikeets as they perch on your shoulder. Located on the same grounds as the Zoo, the Trexler Nature Preserve is 1,200-acre refuge with magnificent vistas and engaging critters. Visit www.lvzoo.org. [Top]
Crystal Cave State Park.Pennsylvania’s amazing natural wonder, Crystal Cave Park is one of the most popular family attractions in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Pennsylvania’s oldest natural cave - discovered in 1871 - features a dazzling display of shining calcium crystals that were carved exquisitely by nature through the ages. Centuries ago, drops of water emerged from tiny cracks in the ceiling and ran down the wall depositing millions of glistening crystals. Experience the beautiful flowstone formations that resemble white waterfalls on the cave’s walls. Take the 45-minute interpretive tour through spectacular milky white stalacitites, stalagmites, and pillar and dropstone formations. See marvels of stone sculptury, including The Cathedral Chamber, The Prairie Dogs, The Giant’s Tooth, the Ear of the Corn and Tobacco Leaves, the Natural Bridge, The Indian Head, Totem Pole and the Crystal Ballroom. Visit the Rock and Mineral Shop & Museum, selling unusual rocks from around the world and souvenirs. Visit www.crystalcavepa.com.
Lost River Caverns.In Lost River Caverns, nature's underground wonderland, natural formations provide spectacular effects. Found in 1883, the natural limestone cavern features five picturesque cavern chambers that have an abundance of stalactites, stalagmites, and crystal formations along with fluorescent minerals. Moving through the cavern is the Lost River, whose clear waters mysteriously originate from an unknown source and disappear beneath the earth's surface. The cavern began forming within the last 250,000 years as water dissolved the limestone to form unique chambers and passageways. Seepage from rainfall and melting snow still removes minerals from the rock above the caverns, and deposits them on the cave walls creating fascinating formations. Discover this magical land of crystal formations where the Lost River flows. A dazzling array of gems, minerals and crystals can be found. Check out the gift shop’s unique souvenirs. Visit www.lostcave.com. [Top]
Terry Hill Waterpark.Set on 43 acres in Pennsylvania, Terry Hill Waterpark features seven exciting waterslides, and many aquatic attractions and fun activities in a friendly atmosphere. This ultimate waterpark features three swimming pools, 7 exhilarating waterslides, including the Wild River Ride and 3 children's slides, Lazy River Ride, Tarzan Rope, Hand Over Hand Rope, Lilly Pads to Run On, Diving Board, Sliding Board, Kiddie Play Area with Two Child-Size Slides, and an 18-hole miniature golf course. Visit www.terryhill.com.
Bushkill Falls.The "Niagara of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls is one of state’s most scenic attractions and a wonderful spot to experience the splendor of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. Nestled deep in the wooded Poconos, this unique series of eight waterfalls is found through a network of hiking trails and bridges that afford fabulous views of the falls and surrounding forest. Hike over natural trails and pathways to view the towering 100-foot Main Falls and explore the expansive grounds of mountain plants, trees, and flowers. Trails vary in length and difficulty. Walk the 2-mile red trail to see all eight falls. Check out the Pennsylvania Wildlife Exhibit, Native American Exhibit, the Gift Shops, or stop by the Fudge Kitchen for delectable sweets in the Wagon Wheel Pavilion. Fish in Twin Lakes, take a paddle-boat ride, or enjoy a round of miniature golf. Visit www.visitbushkillfalls.com. [Top]
Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology.Da Vinci Science Center promotes learning about science, math, and technology through hands-on problem solving. The Da Vinci Science Center’s demonstration facility in Allentown, PA, contains 200 fun, interactive, hands-on exhibits that stimulate intellectual exploration, and help young people embrace curiosity, like Leonardo, investigate and make connections with the world. Classroom outreach programs bring learning to life for students where they learn every day. The Da Vinci Science Center manages working partnerships with several colleges and universities, corporations, government organizations, and school districts throughout the region. Visit www.davinci-center.org
Dutch Springs.Located in the Lehigh Valley, Dutch Springs is a clear 50-acre lake that offers extreme family adventures above and below the water. Spring-fed from an underground aquifer that filters through limestone, the waters offer excellent visibility for scuba diving and many cool attractions at depths up to 100 feet. Explore underwater platforms, submerged vehicles, aircraft and unusual sites. See interesting fish and aquatic life, including Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Bluegills, Palomino Trout, Koi, Yellow Perch and Goldfish. The Aqua Park provides family fun with attractions such as the Aqua Tower, the Icebergs, the Aqua Jump, the X-Isle, and the Log Roll. You can rent ocean kayaks, aqua cycles, paddleboats, scramblers and other watercraft. Towering higher than two stories tall, the Sky Challenge is a rock-climbing wall with high-ropes course elements that offers pulse-quickening adventures. Party Pavilions are available for outings, parties, and events. Visit www.dutchsprings.com/ [Top]
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.Located along the Appalachian Flyway in east-central Pennsylvania, scenic Hawk Mountain Sanctuary offers an outstanding nature experience with its mountaintop vistas, 8 miles of hiking trails, and the thrilling spectacle of raptor migration. Between August 15 and December 15, an average 25,000 hawks, eagles and falcons pass the Sanctuary's North Lookout and are identified and counted. Hawk Mountain is a leading raptor conservation science, observation, research and education facility that conserves birds of prey worldwide. The eight-mile trail system provides access to Appalachian forestlands and connects to the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail. Visit www.hawkmountain.org.
Agri-Plex Allentown Fairgrounds.Allentown Fairgrounds is home of The Great Allentown Fair - a multi-faceted entertainment extravaganza. Celebrating its 155th year of fun, education and support of farmers, gardeners and homemakers, the annual Great Allentown Fair has been an Allentown tradition and a testament of its rich agricultural roots. Set on the 46-acre fairgrounds in the beautiful west-end, the Fair (August 28 - September 3, 2007) offers diverse entertainment, activities, trade shows, restaurants, competitive exhibits and the famous Fairgrounds Farmers Market. Enjoy tantalizing international cuisine, musical concerts, thrill shows, and the latest gizmos and gadgets Children learn where their food comes from while riding rides, playing games and seeing shows. Visit www.allentownfairpa.org. [Top]
Bear Rock Junction Corn Maze & Hay Ride.Get lost and have the time of your life at Pennsylvania's largest corn maze. Enjoy navigating over 4 miles of Corn Maze, launching apples, bouncing around the Marshmallow Maze, racing Super Trikes, relaxing on a Hayride and searching for prizes in the "Needle-in-a-Haystack" and "Scavenger Hunt" games. There's something for everyone at Bear Rock Junction - from two miniature golf courses to a Farmer's Market which sells fresh pumpkins, cornstalks, hay, and country crafts. After conquering the giant corn maze, warm-up by the fire or roast marshmallows from the s'more kits. Visit www.bearrockjunction.com.
Blue Mountain Ski Area.Pennsylvania’s winter ski and snowboard playground, Blue Mountain features 30 awesome slopes and a variety of trails for powderheads. Burma Road, Lazy Mile and Paradise - a mile long cruising trail - offer novice to intermediate ski adventures. Expert skiers love the 5000 ft. long double black diamond trail, Challenge, or Razor’s Edge, the new 3,000' double black diamond trail with its own automated snowmaking system. Strap on a snowboard for high-speed carving. Take your skills to the half-pipe designed for sick tricks and huge aerial maneuvers and the two redesigned terrain parks. Combined, Terrain Run and Sidewinder Park make one of the longest terrain parks in the Poconos for skiers and riders. Rail slides, tabletops, big jumps, and a quarter-pipe make your descent interesting. Blue Mountain also offers exiting events, including races and demo days. Visit www.skibluemt.com. [Top]
Lehigh Valley Covered Bridges.Experience Lehigh Valley’s history and beauty on a driving tour of the seven covered bridges. Enjoy a romantic weekend as you discover the Valley’s covered bridges, including Bogert's Bridge near Allentown, a delightful setting for a kiss. Artists love to photograph and paint pictures of the bridges, especially in the fall. History buffs appreciate the bridges for their history and tradition. Engineers value them for their sturdy structure and design that have withstood the test of time. As you wind through the countryside, stop by the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail and taste vintages unique to its nine wineries.
Penn’s Peak.Penn's Peak is a cozy concert and entertainment venue and music-themed restaurant atop Jim Thorpe, PA with the hottest performing acts in the country. Experience live entertainment, lunch and dinner shows, breathtaking views, a spacious dance floor, twin bars, a fun restaurant and an open-air deck for summertime revelry. Enjoy a breathtaking overlook of Beltzville Lake and 50-mile panoramic views of northeastern Pennsylvania’s Appalachian mountains. Penn's Peak is the tri-state’s favored venue for concerts, weddings, trade shows, conferences, seminars and events. Roadies Restaurant serves delicious home-style fare, including St. Louis Ribs, live entertainment and moonlight menus. Call (610) 826-9000 visit www.pennspeak.com. [Top]
Lehigh Valley Velodrome.The track cycle capital of the world and an Olympic training facility, the Lehigh Valley Velodrome has been home to bicycle racing in Eastern Pennsylvania since 1975. This season offers exciting cycle races, including national and international competitions and pro meets. In addition to Professional Racing on Friday and Saturday evenings, Future Pro Racing on Tuesday evenings and amateur racing on Saturday afternoons, the Lehigh Valley Velodrome provides public access time for the community. The LV Velodrome holds some of the largest bike swap meets in the US, with vendors selling bike equipment, clothing, parts, posters, nutritional supplements, jewelry, and gear. Visit www.lvvelo.org.
Lehigh Valley Watersports.The Lehigh Valley offers outdoor adventure and sports for the family. The Lehigh and Delaware Rivers offer anglers wonderful opportunities for fly-fishing and trout fishing in Lehigh Valley. During the summer, you can enjoy exhilarating rafting trips down the Lehigh River with Lehigh Rafting Rentals and WhiteWater Challengers. For paddle boating and fishing, Bushkill Falls - featuring eight waterfalls - is an awesome destination. [Top]
Pocono Whitewater. At Pocono Whitewater, you’ll enjoy pure Poconos adventure - from mild to wild rafting and kayaking trips, family trips, scenic rail-trail biking excursions, and adrenaline-filled action in Skirmish paintball games. Captain your own raft on guided, Class II - III river trips through the beautiful Lehigh River Gorge State Park in the Poconos. Experience the ultimate whitewater kayaking on the river or learn how at Pocono Whitewater's Kayak School. The clinic is the perfect place to learn the basics of river running, paddle strokes, and moving around in the river. Visit www.whitewaterrafting.com/
Bear Creek Mountain Resort.Bear Creek Mountain Resort is a first-class ski and recreation area on 330 acres in scenic Berks County, Pennsylvania. From winter skiing, snowboarding, and snowtubing to summertime hiking, biking, fishing and boating, the resort offer year-round fun. Bear Creek Mountain Resort features the region’s best skiing and snowboarding on 86 acres of skiable terrain surrounded by gorgeous mountain views. The mountain offers 21 excellent trails - from a beginner area to Sasquatch, a challenging black diamond trail with a 50% slope. Slide down the ten-lane Snowtube Park, the longest and steepest in the Poconos, or play at the freestyle terrain parks. Bear Creek Park and Cascade Park offer 30 rails and jumps and the longest halfpipe in the region, and the new Grizzly Family Park is a great for beginner freestyle boarding. Bear Creek also offers over 6.5 miles of wooded hiking and mountain biking trails circling the mountain. Visit www.skibearcreek.com [Top]
Pocono Mountains.Thirty miles north of Allentown, the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania offer 2,400 square miles of natural beauty - tall mountains, wooded peaks and valleys with sparkling lakes, rushing rivers, streams, woodlands and spectacular waterfalls. Pennsylvania’s playground - from outdoor adventure to romantic retreats - the Poconos are famous for its resorts, 150 lakes, including the 5600-acre Lake Wallenpaupack and 52 miles of shoreline, 18 waterfalls, 170 river miles, hiking trails, and quaint historic towns. Discover exciting activities like fishing, boating, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, golfing, whitewater rafting, tennis, ATV and dirt biking, mountain biking, skateboarding, water skiing, jetskiing, and winter skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing and ice skating. With 7 state parks, 72,000 acres of state forests, and the 70,000 acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the region is a natural retreat. Bike on beautiful Pocono trails, including the incredible downhill Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail. Venture to the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River or the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Canal Corridor for hiking, biking, and snowmobiling. A hotbed of entertainment, the Poconos boasts water parks, golf courses, shopping, historical highlights, museums, galleries, music festivals, concerts, summer stock theatre, and family play parks and attractions. [Top]
Hershey Park.The #1 amusement park in the Northeast, Hershey Park offers family fun and excitement. HERSHEYPARK features 60 rides and attractions, 10 thrilling roller coasters, including Storm Runner - the world’s first hydraulic launch coaster featuring inversions - 6 drenching water rides, and over two dozen kiddie rides. With live entertainment, games, food, and shopping - from chocolate and outlet shopping to fine jewelry and souvenirs - HERSHEYPARK will delight your family. Hershey attractions include: ZOOAMERICA, the Hershey Museum, Historic Trolley Tours, Hershey Theatre, HERSHEY’S CHOCOLATE WORLD, Hershey Gardens and Shopping. Hershey dazzles with the action of Hershey Bears hockey, spectacular family shows, top name concerts and seasonal events, such as Hershey Park Christmas Candylane. Discover two distinctive 18-hole golf courses at the Hershey Country Club, see over 7,000 roses bloom at Hershey Gardens, enjoy hands-on fun at the whimsical Children’s Garden, and indulge in chocolate spa treatments. Visit www.hersheypa.com.
Dutch Wonderland.Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park offers 48 acres of family fun with over 30 rides, special shows and attractions, such as Discover Lancaster County History Museum, Old Millstream Campground, and The Gift House At Kitchen Kettle Village. Bordered by Old Mill Stream Creek and Amish farmland, Dutch Wonderland is a unique park for families to have fun while sight-seeing, shopping, and enjoying the beauty of Lancaster’s Amish country. The amusement park features 30 fun-filled rides, including 2 kid-friendly coasters, water rides, and a merry-go-round. Experience new interactive attractions like Duke’s Lagoon water play area, The Adventures of the Frog Prince fairytale high dive show, storytime with the Princess of Dutch Wonderland, Wonderland Mini-Golf and many events throughout the season. Visit www.dutchwonderland.com. [Top]
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5630 Tilghman Street, Allentown, PA 18104Phone: 610-530-5545 Fax: 610-530-5546