The 10 Best Things to Do in Allentown, United States

July 27, 2017 Oliva Fomby

Allentown, is the largest of the three Pennsylvania cities that make up the Lehigh Valley. Formerly an industrial hub, Allentown is probably most well known as the subject of the eponymous Billy Joel song. The long history of Allentown has left it with an impressive architectural heritage that includes buildings such as the neo-Roman Art Museum, which contains a reconstructed room designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The city is also home to the Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom amusement park.
Restaurants in Allentown

1. Coca-Cola Park

1050 Iron Pigs Way, Allentown, PA 18109-3513 +1 610-841-7447
Excellent
79%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 562 reviews

Coca-Cola Park

Reviewed By lorraine d - Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Everyone has to come to this stadium for a fun day with the family. There is a really good variety of food and drink that you can purchase. The prices are more than affordable. If you are going to a day game, make sure to put on the suntan lotion. You are very exposed to the sun, that would be the only bad thing I could say about this field. There is a cozy "Beer Garden" where you can have a adult beverage away from the crowd.

2. The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley

2845 Center Valley Pkwy, Center Valley, PA 18034-9031 +1 610-791-9707
Excellent
50%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 98 reviews

The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley

Reviewed By alphorn - New Jersey

Average shops with good prices. If you need to buy some things, shop here if the stores they have carry what you want.

3. SteelStacks

101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1347 +1 610-332-1300
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 529 reviews

SteelStacks

SteelStacks is a ten-acre campus in Bethlehem, PA, dedicated to arts, culture, family events, community celebrations, education and fun. The campus is in the shadow of the blast furnaces of the former Bethlehem Steel plant.

Reviewed By Newsdoc - Malibu, California

We were hoping for an outdoor experience, similar to European Christmas Markets. Instead, everything is located inside heated tents -- which totally detract from the experience. Much of the merchandise was just okay (and the one genuine German products vendor was insanely overpriced), but we did end up finally finding a few things we liked. As for Steelstacks, the owners should be applauded for repurposing the old mill in a very interesting way.

4. America On Wheels Museum

5 N Front St, Allentown, PA 18102-5303 +1 610-432-4200
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 300 reviews

America On Wheels Museum

Reviewed By Liz S - Pennsylvania

My husband and I took our adult children and our grandchildren to America on Wheels Museum during the Christmas school break. What a delightful experience. Everyone was so kind to the children (ages 14 to 6). In addition to the cars, we really enjoyed the multiple train displays. For the largest display, there was a scavenger hunt for the children to find fun objects on the display. When they were done, each received a candy cane and small gift. Smiles all around. Additionally, at 12:30 PM, there was a performance in the 'diner' room. In addition to a guitarist singing songs about different transportation vehicles, there were activities for the children to do. The most favorite was decorating an upside down sugar cone into a Christmas tree. Decorate now; eat later. So, take your children. It's great.

5. Hoover Mason Trestle

711 E 1st St, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1369 +1 610-297-7200
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 115 reviews

Hoover Mason Trestle

Reviewed By duck8to - Montville, New Jersey

In the early twentieth century, Bethlehem Steel was one of the premier steel producers in the country. The George Washington and Golden Gate bridges, the Chrysler and Empire State buildings, Hoover Dam and Rockefeller Center are all testaments to Bethlehem Steel's importance in the steel industry. Today you can experience the Bethlehem Steel Story through either a self-guide or guided tour experience. Both tours begin at the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is a brick building located in the Steel Stacks Complex. The Steel Stacks Complex is adjacent to the Sands Casino. The Visitors Center has a continuous running video about the history of Bethlehem Steel. They also have interactive displays highlighting the history, culture and recreational attractions of the Lehigh Valley. This is also where you can begin your trestle tour. You can take the elevator up to the outdoor trestle or walk up the steel staircase. The self guided tour is free as are the displays and video in the Visitor Center.. There are placards along the 1/4 mile trestle with placards explaining history and steel making. At the end of the route you can walk back or descend to street level via a steel stairway.There are plenty of benches along the route. Additionally, there are great views of the 100 ton fly wheel, huge iron ore cars and immense blast furnaces. Views of St. Michael's Cemetery are also worthwhile .If you decide on the guided tour, check the website for the staring times. The tour costs $15 for adults, $9 for 7-17 year olds. Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center or online at the website. At night, the movie theater is lite up with multicolored lights and creates a splendid image. The theater also offers a movie called "The Rise & Fall of Bethlehem Steel" for a $3 charge.

6. Allentown Farmers Market

1825 Chew St, Allentown, PA 18104-5558 +1 610-432-8425
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 164 reviews

Allentown Farmers Market

Reviewed By Dave C - Alexandria, Virginia

My wife spent some time as a child in Ohio and is quite addicted to Lebanon Sweet Bologna, so I was shocked to see it here, along with a lot of other Amish-type meats and sides. I picked up a bunch of salads and some of the meats, and really wished I had not had such a long drive or I would have bought more. Wonderful looking vegetables, wine, pickles, really a superb place. I only saw a fraction of it as well. Looking forward to going back.

7. Allentown Fish Hatchery

2901 Fish Hatchery Rd, Allentown, PA 18103-9279 +1 610-437-7656
Excellent
50%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 262 reviews

Allentown Fish Hatchery

Reviewed By decon - Maryland

One of the highlights of our trip. Even better than Kalahari Resorts Poconos waterpark part. We went on a rainy day, but still had a fabulous time. The vending machines at the back of the hatchery has 50 cent and $1 fish pellets. Bring one dollar bills or quarters.

The kids had so much fun feeding the trout and so did we.

We even saw a long billed bird fly in and snatch a trout and fly away.

Must visit!

8. PPL Center

701 Hamilton St, At Intersection With 7th St, Allentown, PA 18101-2407 610-224-4625-610-347
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 318 reviews

PPL Center

Reviewed By Karen D - Allentown

I've lived in Allentown my entire life, so I couldn't be happier to have this fantastic venue right in my own backyard. It's small enough to be intimate, but large enough to bring in top-notch entertainment. Parking is easy and excellent restaurants are within walking distance.

9. Allentown Art Museum

31 N 5th St, Allentown, PA 18101-1616 +1 610-432-4333
Excellent
54%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

Allentown Art Museum

Reviewed By Cynthia F - Fair Lawn, New Jersey

We enjoyed the paintings from their permanent collection.

We appreciate fine art and don't care if the artist is or isn't famous. This museum's collections include many interesting works by artists I never heard of.

Small, well-run museum staffed with friendly people.

I usually skip the gift shop but this gift shop, while on the small side, had more interesting offerings than I expected. I bought a silk scarf as a gift.

Accommodating to people with disabilities.

10. Mack Trucks Historical Museum

2402 Lehigh Pkwy S, Allentown, PA 18103-2900 +1 610-351-8999
Excellent
74%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 70 reviews

Mack Trucks Historical Museum

Reviewed By Lovetraveling97 - Washington DC, District of Columbia

This museum is off the beaten path, but it was worth seeing. It is in one of Mack's past manufacturing plant. The tours guides are retired Mack employees. The man who took gave us the tour worked in the accounting department. He was very knowledgeable of the company and the trucks. It is a nice stop if you are passing through Allentown and need a break.

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