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Lehigh County: Bursting with Activity

The Lehigh Valley Area is Bursting with Activity

When people think of Lehigh County, it’s hard not to include the entire Lehigh Valley area into the mix. On the eastern side of Pennsylvania, Lehigh County calls Allentown its county seat. It sits about an hour north of Philadelphia and is “the” Allentown that Billy Joel sings about in his famous tune. The name “Lehigh” comes from the Lenape and Delaware Native American tribe word for fork in the river.


Things to Do in Lehigh County

Family outings are offered with a nice variety of events. Whether you want to catch a ball game, go to a festival, or visit a farmer’s market, you’ve got your choice. Looking for a weekend with the girls, or maybe you’re looking for a romantic choice with your partner. Look no further than the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail. Let’s take a closer look at these things below.

Lehigh Valley Wine Trail:

The popular wine trail in Lehigh Valley encompasses eight family-vineyards. They offer a nice selection of tips if you’re new to doing a wine trail. The eight wineries are: Amore, Black River Farms, Blue Mountain, Clover Hill, Franklin Hill, Galen Glen, Tolino, and Vynecrest. A wine trail is a nice full weekend activity. Rather than trying to visit all wineries in one day, which isn’t recommended since you’ll be driving, consider splitting them up between Saturday and Sunday. There are plenty of places you can stay in the area if you’re looking for a weekend getaway.

Whether you prefer a boutique hotel, a well-known chain, or are looking for a B&B or campground, you’ve got a wide selection available. And don’t forget the hotel and casino at Wind Creek Bethlehem (formerly known as The Sands) is just a few steps away. 

If it’s a romantic weekend or a girl’s weekend, don’t forget to include a spa in the mix and stop for a nice massage.

Festivals and Fairgrounds: 

Here are two notable events you may not know about, besides the big Allentown Fair, which brings in a nice mix of artists, especially if you love country music. Another thing worth checking out at the fairgrounds is the farmer’s market which is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. It might be chilly at night during fair season. We can help with that. Why don't you peruse our Lehigh County themed hoodies and sweatshirts.  That'll keep you warm.

Button for 1920 Allentown Fair - Wiki Commons
Button for the 1920 Allentown Fair

The Blues, Brews and Barbecue Festival is a big fan favorite bringing in over 20,000 people. In a three-block radius, you’ll find good music, good eats, and good brew. What more could you want? You’ll find this fun event happening off Hamilton Street each year. 

Another event to check out that offers a nice cultural experience is the Roasting Ears of Corn Festival. This event is the oldest Native American Indian festival in Pennsylvania. It takes place right on the grounds of the Museum of Indian Culture. 

Popular Sports Events:

Hockey: If you’re a Philadelphia Flyer’s fan, you’ll love the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. This AHL (American Hockey League) team plays a fast-paced, heart-stopping series at the PPL center in Allentown. They are a Philadelphia Flyer’s minor league affiliate.

Baseball: The Iron Pigs are the minor league baseball team of their parent team Philadelphia Phillies. They do a lot of nice family events with giveaways worth checking out.

If you prefer the rush of the wind in your hair over the roar of a ball game, don’t forget that Dorney Park is nearby, and has a nice selection of amusements and awesome roller coasters. For hot summer days, there’s also a waterpark to cool off. 

Steel Force Roller Coaster at Dorney Park - 2nd Longest on the East Coast.

Are you a foodie? Here’s something unique. You can check out an olive oil and vinegar tap room! You won’t find this kind of specialty shop everywhere. You’ll be able to check out a vast collection, as well as their array of salts and seasonings, along with gift sets. They are an amazing resource. Don’t miss the Seasons Taproom.

Love outlet shopping? You’ll love the outdoor shopping vibe of this walkable and charming collection of shops, great eats, and even a movie theater nearby. The Promenade Shops of Saucon Valley have brought you back outside. No more stuffy, indoor malls. Today’s shopping experience has a more park-like setting with benches, and plenty of pretty pathways. They even offer dog-friendly shopping! 

Lastly, if you’re in a browsing mood, the Weil Antique Center is a converted warehouse that now features over 150 booths and antique sellers. It’s perfect for a rainy-day activity.

Don’t forget to show your Lehigh County pride and grab a t-shirt or hoodie today, to shout out your love of Lehigh County and all it has to offer.

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