Set amid gentle hills and beautiful, green countryside, Lehigh Valley, home to Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, offers a diverse array of memorable things to do that will make your vacation here truly memorable. Looking for things to do in the area? Plan your PA vacation around the whole region's attractions:
Make sure to visit the Sands® Bethlehem for everything you’d expect in a luxurious casino setting: slots, live table games, outlet shopping, premier dining and world-class entertainment. If you are a baseball fan, cheer on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, at scenic Coca-Cola Park. If hockey is your sport (coming in 2014), experience a Lehigh Valley Phantoms game, the AHL (American Hockey League) professional minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, at the PPL Center Arena.
Let your imagination come alive at the Crayola Experience™. Stop by for a tour and discover where color comes from. At Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, you'll get your daily dose of screaming and splashing. If you visit in the fall, be sure to attend The Great Allentown Fair to see exciting headliners perform on the grandstand stage, or visit agricultural and livestock exhibits and don’t miss a trip down the fantastic midway.
For those history buffs, the Museum of Indian Culture in Allentown gives you the history of the area's original settlers, the Lenape Indians, and the Liberty Bell Museum tells the story behind the Liberty Bell's famous trip from Philadelphia to Allentown.
Feeling musical? The Martin Guitar Factory offers guided tours detailing the 300 steps involved in making the perfect guitar. Don't miss the ArtsQuest™ Center at SteelStacks™, a unique arts and culture venue built on the former site of Bethlehem Steel that offers musical performances, art exhibits, movies and so much more. Looking to unwind? Find comfort on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail where you'll go on a journey through eight family-owned vineyards and wineries. Following a great wine and a superb meal at any one of our fantastic eateries enjoy a good night’s sleep at any of our upscale hotels, historic inns or charming B&Bs.
p>When a freshly prepared slice of shoofly pie comes calling, will you be there to answer? It's Amish Country, so of course you will. But there's more to this region than delicious homemade sweets. This is where the Old World traditions like carriage rides and haystacks blend with the fun of roller coasters and luxury resorts. Take a look around and go where the country air takes you. Stop by Hunters Valley Wineries for fresh, affordable and tasty wine for all occasions.
Then stock up on some much-needed outdoor accessories at Blue Mountain Outfitters . They're experts on canoes, kayaks and all kinds of paddling accessories. Now that you're stocked on outdoors stuff, learn about one of the country's most famous nature trails at the Appalachian Trail Museum . Visit Kempton's Hawk Mountain and see the world's first refuge for birds of prey.
This is the area Hersheypark and the Hershey Story calls home. So you chocolate lovers may want to prepare your bellies for a day of sweet indulgence. If you're more into four-wheeled eye candy, be sure to check the Carlisle Events collector car show schedule at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, where auto enthusiasts from near and far come to show off their cars, trucks and classics.
And for a different kind of family fun, there's Dutch Wonderland with its winding roller coasters and summertime treats. The Amish Village turns back the clock to the 1800s. They even have an authentic 1840s Amish farmhouse for you to explore and an Amish Crafts shop where you'll find handmade goods.
Then, check out the history of time and timepieces at the National Watch & Clock Museum . After that, make a pit stop at the Vanity Fair Outlets for great deals on your favorite brands. The Harley-Davidson Factory is a great place to see how America's favorite motorcycles are made. Stop by for a tour. Or, walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers at the Civil War Trails . From battlefields to museums and historical interpreters, these guys know how to bring history to life. If you're near Harrisburg, visit the Civil War Museum , the only museum that portrays both sides of the Civil War, or stop by our State Capitol for a tour.
Then, make a stop at Chambersburg's Heritage Center for some history and ghost stories. That'll make for an interesting night's sleep once you reach the bed & breakfast.