Places to See
Discover Lehigh Valley
Discover Lehigh Valley wants to make sure the whole planet knows about Lehigh Valley. They’ve spent more than 25 years building Lehigh Valley into a bustling leisure and business travel destination while boosting the local economy as the official destination marketing organization for Lehigh and Northampton counties.
ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks
On the site of the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Bethlehem, PA, SteelStacks is a re-imagination of an industrial brownfield that uses the arts to rebuild and revitalize a post- industrial, urban community. SteelStacks is an arts and cultural campus; the heart of the campus is at 1st and Founders Way, at the Air Products Town Square and the ArtsQuest Center.
Located at the base of the old blast furnaces, the campus features numerous different indoor and outdoor venues. Check out concerts, movies, food and entertainment all weekend long at SteelStacks, the site of the Race Expo sponsored by Service Electric.
Bethlehem Visitor Center at the SteelStacks
The Bethlehem Visitor Center, located in the beautifully renovated 1863 Stock House, provides a wealth of information on SteelStacks, Bethlehem, and the Lehigh Valley’s restaurants, hotels, events, and attractions. The Bethlehem Visitor Center includes interactive exhibits, along with helpful staff that will assist you in planning your visit to the region and book tours and activities at SteelStacks. The Bethlehem Visitor Center is open daily from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem
The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem offers the hottest Outlet brand names like Coach, Under Armour, Tommy Hilfiger and more!
Banana Factory is a dynamic cultural arts and education center located on Bethlehem’s historic South Side. Formerly a banana distribution warehouse, the arts center features 63,000-square feet of space that are home to 27 resident artists’ studios, three galleries, the GlassWorks glassblowing studio, Olympus Digital Imaging Center and the Gallery Shoppe.
Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites
Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites interprets three centuries of the history and culture of Bethlehem from its founding as a Moravian community in 1741 to the 21st century. By vividly telling the stories of Bethlehem’s people through well-maintained buildings and sites, rare collections that are available through exhibits and research, and electrifying educational programs, they show the zeal and commitment of Bethlehem’s community in forging our American nation.
Steel Ice Center
The Steel Ice Center is the premier ice skating facility in the Lehigh Valley. The Ice Center has a dynamic mix of programs that will suit the beginning skater to the person seeking the advanced levels of their ice skating sport. Their mission is to provide an excellent skating experience by providing a clean, safe facility with well supported activities through attention to customer service.
Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University
Zoellner Arts Center provides an environment where artists and students of the arts develop and learn; to educate, captivate and inspire performers and audiences by presenting a variety of high-quality performing arts events.
The PPL Center is a Global-Spectrum managed state-of-the-art multipurpose arena opening September 2014 in downtown Allentown, Pa. The arena will seat more than 10,000 for concerts and more than 8,500 for Phantoms professional hockey games. The amenities-packed PPL Center hosts more than 140 events each year, offering something for everyone, including the Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the NHL Philadelphia Flyers, live concerts, family shows, trade shows, figure skating events, youth sports, high school and collegiate events, Disney on Ice, conferences, graduations and many more events.
Da Vinci Science Center
The Da Vinci Science Center is open for exciting possibilities to all curious minds seven days a week. Its colorful and dynamic exhibit floor is packed nearly 10,000 square feet of experiences that highlight the amazing possibilities that science and technology bring to life every day. Exhibits can be enjoyed by people ages 1 and up.
America on Wheels Museum
America on Wheels Transportation Museum on Front Street in Allentown is a fabulous museum with fascinating exhibits of the history of vehicles and transportation in America. It’s education for all ages presented in a most entertaining fashion. And the Hub Cap Café, a 1953 soda fountain and grill, offers wonderful ice cream treats and light snacks after your tour. The guides are all very knowledgeable and provide insights into the many exhibits.
Allentown Art Museum
It’s worth a trip just to see the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed library that is part of the permanent exhibit. Sunday is family day, there are activities for children, and admission is free. The museum has reciprocity with the America on Wheels Museum, so if you join you get free admission to AOW.
Allentown Fish Hatchery
If you go early in the morning, you will be treated to great blue herons scouting around looking for breakfast. The ponds are all covered with netting to discourage them, but they get lucky once in a while. It’s great watching the fish swarm around when you feed them with the food available to purchase. The Fish Hatchery is in the Lehigh Parkway where the first several miles of the marathon course is run. The Lehigh Parkway is a wonderful park with walking and riding trials, disc golf and fishing, tubing, a covered bridge, and numerous places to picnic. 2901 Fish Hatchery Rd, Allentown, PA 18103.
Coca-Cola Park – Home of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
The stadium, located in Allentown, is a great venue to see the Philadelphia Phillies AAA affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Every seat is a good one, and there is a great selection of food. You can walk around the entire park, sit on the lawn in the outfield, or dine in the picnic area in right field. There is always great entertainment between innings. The
park is very family friendly with mascots, food, and a playground in the outfield. Parking is reasonable and usually available nearby. This is a great family choice.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
Enjoy the more than 200 acres with over 100 rides and attractions for guests of all ages! Delight in the thrills of 9 spectacular roller coasters and then afterward, make a splash in the 22 water rides, 2 wave pools, and 2 tubing rivers! Check out Planet Snoopy, where you and the kids can take part in the interactive family playland and enjoy live entertainment. Don’t forget to snap some photos with the world famous Peanuts’ characters while you’re there!
Lehigh Valley Zoo
Located in Schnecksville, Pa., within the scenic 1,100-acre Trexler Nature Preserve, Lehigh Valley Zoo is home to more than 250 animals representing 70 species – from African Penguins to Zebras. The zoo is open year-round, seven days a week. The Zoo hosts more than 100,000 guests annually and offers hundreds of educational programs, camps for all ages and family-friendly events, making it one of the most vibrant educational and cultural institutions in the Greater Lehigh Valley region. The Zoo is operated by the Lehigh Valley Zoological Society, a private nonprofit organization.
Discover your inner artist! This exciting visitor center allows the young, and young at heart, to enjoy hands on arts and crafts projects, while learning all about the Crayola brand that you know and love. You can color, draw, paint, and create your works of art without the need to clean up! While you’re here stop into the Crayola store and add some color to your life with fun and playful Crayola accessories.
State Theatre Center for the Arts
The State Theatre in Easton is a gem from a time gone by. Extensive renovations saved it in the 1990s and recent
upgrades have addressed needed areas of concern. The theatre is beautiful and a great venue for entertainment. The season offers something for everyone and for all ages. It is big-city entertainment in Easton. The Beatles’ Ringo
Starr has come back several times after falling in love with the place. Park in the nearby garage and take the trolley. Easton offers great places to eat on theatre nights.