Allentown Travel Guide

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    Rainy day view from the parking lot.
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    Hopewell Farm
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    Old rusty Allentown
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Allentown Things to Do

  • Nearby Jim Thorpe, PA

    The town we know today as Jim Thorpe was founded in 1818 as Mauch Chunk, possibly a local Indian phrase meaning "bear mountain." In its early days, Mauch Chunk thrived on its coal industry, which hauled the coal from the nearby mountains into town via rail. One of the routes, called the Mauch Chunk Switchback Gravity Railroad, is cited as being the...

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  • Catch a show at the Civic Theatre of...

    Catch a show at the Civic Theatre of Allentown. Check out their website for current and upcoming shows. The organization also shows films across the street at 514. Again check out the website for current and upcoming films.

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  • Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

    We decided to spend a family day at Dorney Park after my Mom got group tickets from her work. This park is huge! We barely had enough time to see all the rides and we didn't even get to try the Waterpark this time around. For the price of one admission, you can go to either amusement park, or water park, or both (if you start really early in the...

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  • Cup of Coffee and some Live Music

    Anylise's Hava Java. Mention the little coffee house to any local in Allentown and they'll point you in the direction of great coffee and tea, eclectic atmosphere and a fun experience. I love this place!The location of Hava Java makes it quite artsy. It's across from the local civic theater and walking distance to Muhlenberg College. Despite being...

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  • Strawberry Acres: Apple Picking

    Strawberry Acres is a farm where you can pick your own fruit or buy produce, baked goods and other fresh food items from their food stand. In the summer, the farm offers strawberrys and blueberrys and in the fall apples and pumpkins are available. This is a great family place, with a large playground and a petting zoo. Around the Allentown area...

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  • Liberty Bell Shrine

    The Zion Reformed Church of Crist was built in 1886. From the fall of 1777 to the summer of 1778, it housed the liberty bell. Revolutionary soldiers wanted hide it from the British because they worried the bell would be melted down and used for musket balls. Where to put it where no Englishman would look? Allentown, of course!

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  • May Fair

    Every May the area around Cedar Beach hosts a music and art festival called "May Fair". Up until recently, the fair was free to get in, but now demands an entrance fee (as a result, business has suffered at the fair). If you do cough up the entrance fee and go see the fair, you'll be greeted with a wide variety of foods...from greek salads and...

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  • Cedar Beach & Trexler Park

    Every May the Cedar Beach area of Allentnown holds MayFair, an art and music festival. You now have to pay to get in, but the food, music and local vendors make for a good evening out. During the day there are activities for kids. Cedar Beach is great if you're looking for a place to go for a run. There are are running tracks that go through the...

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  • Annual Musikfest held on Main...

    Annual Musikfest held on Main Street in Bethlehem! Every August for 10 days, the dates change so check out the site. http://www.musikfest.org/Musikfest allows you the opportunity to see all forms or art, music, dancing, pictures, food from many cultures and...lots of beer! It's a grand old time! There is an amazing fireworks display as well!

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Allentown Restaurants

  • Paese Mio Italian Restaurant

    Paese Mio is a small, family owned Italian restaurant just off I-78 a few miles west of Allentown. I was visiting my girlfriend's family, and this restaurant was highly recommended. We got a table in the middle of the busy, chilly restaurant and quickly decided to get pizza. We chose the "quattro gusti" pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese,...

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  • Classy Dining

    The King George Inn was built in 1756 and the area directly behind the restaurant was a drill staging field for soldiers in the Revolutionary War. This Pre-Revolutionary War tavern served not as a way station between Easton and Reading--Philadelphia and the Allegheny Mountains, and also as a town hall, meeting house, and courthouse.In 1976 the King...

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  • Superior Middle Eastern Food!

    This small, unpretentious, family-run restaurant offers EXCELLENT Syrian dishes, made right there by the owners and their sibs. The appetizers alone number over 2 dozen. I've been there many times and have yet to sample everything. Prices are very affordable and its BYO. I've introduced maybe 15 friends to this place, all rank it #1 Middle East...

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  • Best Sushi in Lehigh Valley

    Been in business since 1985, my wife & I have gone ever since, friends go back as well. Run by a friendly husband-wife (sushi chef-hostess) team, its a 1st rate place. Dark & cozy inside. Good sake selection. FRESH fish (not too far to NYC Fulton Fish Market). We've never had a bad meal here in 20+ years, how often can you say that about a sushi...

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  • So-So Sushi

    As the years go by the portions become tinier; pretty soon the plates will be empty! Did the Hibachi Show thing once, ok food-- theatrical stir fry. The sushi/sashimi is a 6 on a 1-10 scale.What can I say? I don't WANT to dis the place, but after having gone about 20 times, since it opened, its sliding downhill. Full bar, anyway. Go for lunch &...

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  • The epitome of "Hit or Miss"

    I've been here about 8 times, w/my wife & sushi-loving pals (We're not into the Hibachi Experience so I cannot speak to that). The sushi/sashimi is consistently inconsistent, in both quality and portion size. When its bad it tates bland, semi-frozen. When its good, its good. The Ikura/uni appetizer, sometimes its almost enough for 2 to share;...

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Allentown Nightlife

  • Stooges

    We wandered into Stooges one night around St. Patrick's Day, looking for a place to hang out, drink some beers, and chat. When we entered Stooges, after getting the 3rd dagree from the bouncer, the small bar was standing-room only, except for the tiny dance area that was dancing-room only. We squeezed up to the bar and ordered a few drinks, then...

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  • Rookies Bar

    Rookies is a quiet, comfortable bar in downtown Allentown. We stopped here one night after a single drink down the street at packed and crazy Stooges bar. Rookies was not too crowded, just maybe 10 customers. We grabbed a table along the wall, and I enjoyed checking out the 80s sports autographs from players like Herschel Walker, Micky Morandini,...

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  • Only looks like a dive bar

    Downtown Allentown is not an area I would usually be quick to recommend people visit after dark. Some areas down there can get a little sketchy. But Cannons is a place to hit up regardless of its location. I walked in there and it immediately felt like a high school reunion - I knew half the population of the bar, and I haven’t lived in Allentown...

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Allentown Transportation

  • PA Turnpike - Northeast Extension

    Today, the 46,730-mile Interstate System includes approximately 2,900 miles of turnpikes. The PA Turnpike stretches 359 miles from Ohio to New Jersey, plus it has spurs totaling 172, mostly the Northeast Extension from the Philly area to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The turnpike in PA includes Interstate 76, Interstate 476, Interstate 276, a chunk of...

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  • Be CAREFUL @ Allentown Bus terminal

    The bus station @ Hamilton Street and American Parkway is, unfortunately, not the safest place in town. This where buses go to/from Newark & JFK airports. Be careful and prudent. I'm a big guy and I've been hassled there more than once while p/u or dropping off friends...

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  • Bieber Bus

    Despite what you may have seen on "The Office," there is no train that runs the length of Eastern Pennsylvania. Actually, public transportation in this region is almost nonexistent. There is, however, a bus company that is quite reliable and fairly priced if you are looking to come or go from Philly, New York or a handful of town surrounding the...

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Allentown Shopping

  • by rockycomfort Written Feb 13, 2009

    The best (ie-selection & prices) thrift store in the Lehigh Valley...Lots of mens/womens clothes, household/kitchen items,etc. And for a good cause! Cash only.

    What to buy: You name it, from new to antique and all in-between

    What to pay: inexpensive

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Allentown Local Customs

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    by Lhenne1 Updated Mar 26, 2007

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    From Thursday to Saturday you will find the Farmer's Market at the Fairgrounds of Allentown packed. From the butcher stands to the produce to the kiffles (an Amish pastry cookie-type snack) the Farmers Market has the freshest food you can find. Aside from the market shopping, though, is the great people you see as you walk around. Locals will come by, grab a seat at one of the lunch counters and gab for hours.

    The best part of the market are the baked goods prepared and sold by the Mennonite families who live nearby. I strongly suggest the kiffles and the Goods potato chips.

    The market is only open on weekends: Thurs 9am-8pm, Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm. No parking worries on any day, the lot is quite large.

    Next to the market area (in the same building) is a small flea market and some dollar store-style shops. Next to the market building is the Roxy, a great spot for ice cream and burgers.

    During August the Fairgrounds host The Great Allentown Fair. Complete with rickety rides, games and wonderfully bad for you fair food. It costs about $5 for adult admission but if you are attending one of the concerts that go on during Fair week you can get into the Fair for free.

    Fair concerts are usually quite good. When I was young I saw Paula Abdul and in recent years the Fair has hosted My Chemical Romance, James Taylor and Gretchen Wilson. Tickets for the concerts are usually low (compared to the big venues in Philadelphia where most shows go) and since the concert arena is large tickets are often still available at the last minute.

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Allentown Warnings and Dangers

  • by rockycomfort Written Feb 12, 2009

    Sadly, the neighbohoods east of about 15th street (as the street #'s get smaller) have deterioriated, as witnessed by daily crime reports (robberies, mostly) in Allentown's Morning Call Newspaper. Be safe/cautious, especially aftyer dark.

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Allentown Off The Beaten Path

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    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 17, 2009

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    OK, a rest area is not my typical idea of a thing to see or do, but... Allentown's PA Turnpike rest area has a cool Farmers Market in the summer that is worth stopping to see if you are passign through. Besides, there is also a restroom, Starbucks, Roy Rogers, Hershey’s Ice Cream, Cinnabon, Fmiglia Restaurant, and a gas station.

    Again, the highlight here is the Farmers Market. It sits in a small pavilion in front of the rest area's main building facing the highway. During my visits they have had a varieties of flowers in the spring, as well as fruits and vegetables.

    This farmers market is Friday from 11am to 8pm, Saturday from 8am to 4pm, and Sunday 11am to 7pm. It is open Open May to November.

    Other Farmers Markets on the PA Turnpike are located at the Valley Forge Service Plaza in Chester County, the Sideling Hill Service Plaza in Fulton County, and the New Stanton Service Plaza in Westmoreland County.


    If you are in Allentown, stop by the Fairgrounds Farmers Market. They have over 60 vendors selling meats, poultry, produce, deli, baked goods, gourmet shops, seafood, candy, snacks, flowers, and prepared foods. This market runs all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

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Allentown Sports & Outdoors

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    by Lhenne1 Written Apr 15, 2007

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    If you're a gymnast (which I'm not, but the reputation of this place precedes it) then you may want to stop by Parkettes in downtown Allentown. The training center boasts past Olympians and Olympic coaches. Periodically the venue hold exhibition tournaments and spectators can purchase tickets.

    Call the center or see the website for times when visitors are allowed to stop in. If you're in the area for an extended period of time or moving there in the future, they offer kid's classes as well as summer camp programs, cheerleading training and some martial arts.

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