Reading Travel Guide

  • Reading
    by curt261
  • Things to Do
    by C5_CHICK
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by C5_CHICK

Reading Things to Do

  • reading is dangerous

    berks county is great but stay out of reading unless you like being shot. reading is one of the most dangerous cities in the country.berks county has beautiful recreation areas.berks count also has very affordable housing.you can still buy a great house for 200.000

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  • Grings Mill

    Gring's Mill is a large park that the Schulkyll River runs through. This park was actually named for my Grandmother's family, who used to own the land until it was taken by eminent domain. It features a gravel bike/walking trail that is about 3 miles long. There is a covered bridge along the way, along with grassy areas and pavilions for picnics or...

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  • The Pagoda

    The Pagoda is a rather unique and interesting destination in the Berks County area. Located overlooking Reading's downtown on a mountain East of the city, it was originally built as a hotel. It never opened, and has become a landmark and point of interest for those passing through. At night, it is lit with red neon lights, which make it appear to...

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  • Maple Grove Raceway

    Its where I waste my firday nights... Its a great track they hold the Super Chevy event there as well as the Lucas Oil...

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  • Reading is famous, naturally,...

    Reading is famous, naturally, for their outlets. The two major outlet centers here in Reading are the VF Factory Outlets and the Reading Outlet Center. There's also the Hiesters Lane outlets, Morgantown Furniture outlets, and then a short drive to the Tanger Outlet Center and Rockvale Square in Lancaster... ahhh, I could go ON...PA has no state tax...

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  • Theres really nothing speical...

    Theres really nothing speical about Reading hate to tell you but like i said The pagoda you can see the whole city its sorta breath taking you can say ummmm the firehouse which is like almost close to the pagoda there both on the so called mt. reall a big big hill.from what i hear its like 610ft or something like that but besides that lots of...

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  • Courtyard Reading Wyomissing

    150 North Park Road, Reading, Pennsylvania, 19610, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Days Inn - Reading

    2299 Lancaster Pike, Reading, PA 19607

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Holiday Inn Express And Suites

    2389 Bernville Rd, Reading, PA 19605

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Reading Restaurants

  • Avoid it!

    My 1st 100% poor review. My wife & I began going here in the 1990's when it opened; since about 2007 its sinking fast. I wouldn't be surprised it it closes. One of a very few places we ever walked out of before ordering. Service? Well, that night there was none. The menu has degenerated from full-blown Maryland-style crab house to very few items...

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  • Cihna meets Japan

    An interesting place, huge inside. Japanese fare incl. cocsistently good sushi/sashimi as well as hibachi tables. The Chinese menu is as comprehesive as about any US Chinese place. Nothing especially stands out, but the food & service are better-than-average. Full bar. Large dining room can get loud w/noisy kids, choose quieter, small tables near...

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  • Darn Good for All-You-Can-Eat Asian

    This is probably the best Asian buffet in Eastern PA; I've been to most of 'em. HUGE selection includes sushi/rolls; raw bar w/oysters & clams; dessert bar (least appealing); and maybe 40 hot entrees. All for under $10.- for lunch. This is not Mott St. NYC quality, but for what it is its very well done. Toss the sushi chef some green & he'll make...

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Reading Nightlife

  • by Readingnigga Written Aug 26, 2002

    Reading is one big Nightlife you'll get a surprise everywhere good but mostly bad surprises but let me tell you nothing will happen to you if you know the safe streets there very few but there indeed some..........

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Reading Transportation

  • by Readingnigga Written Aug 26, 2002

    All the so called attractions are quite close together so i suggest you walk the traffic is not bad at all but some times drivers may come a bit close to you for no good reason but they do that sometimes as a little Welcome to Reading joke lol
    Taking a car is basically the best and lazy way to get around

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Reading Shopping

  • The "Big Box" Outdoor Store

    Located about 20 mins. north of Reading, Cabela's is the #1 tourist attraction in PA, with more "visitors" than the Liberty Bell. Pity. Cabela's has become the hunting/fishing monopoly of the USA, in Hamburg, the local gun shop soon went bust. But they do have a huge inventory of common items for the hunter/fisher. Just don't ask for .22 short...

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  • Great Deals and Stand-Behind Service on...

    This is a locally-owned & run (ie-NOT big-box) store, been around for years. No sales pressure. Better prices than most big places and a crew who cherish good ol' customer satisfaction. We bought a freezer at a super price and later bought a Bosch (German-made=Quality) washer/dryer.

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  • Designers Showcase at Vanity Fair

    My girlfriend and I go to VF all the time. It's in a very nice neighborhood with ample parking. There is a coach outlet, ultra diamond, tommy hilger and a number of other luxury brands that I would never buy if I had to pay full price. If you're in the area, check it out. Treat yourself to 50% off or more

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Reading Local Customs

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    by hooahman Written Dec 30, 2003

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    Not long after I first moved to this area I took a drive on a sunny Spring day. I stopped at Subway for lunch and then pulled over on Skyline Drive to eat. I sat on the stonewall (constructed by CCC workers I think) and chomped on the end of this big, thick sub. I was surprised at how friendly people were as many slowed down to look and wave. I waved right back and kept eating. Only later (several years later!) did I learn that sections of the drive are known for gay cruising. Moral of the story: Do not eat phallic-shaped food on Skyline Drive at lunchtime! Other than that, the view is amazing and you can zip on over to the Pagoda and its gift shop.

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Reading Warnings and Dangers

  • Downtown

    Make sure you lock your car doors. It's okay during the day, or if there is a venue going on at on of the facilities. Otherwise, there are a lot of bums and drunks around, and a less concentrated police presence.

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  • ITS HAUNTED!!!!! lol

    The whole county is haunted If you enjoy that type of thing come to berks county. The author Charles Adams has writen 20-25 books on this subject alone. And since Berks has been here since before the civil war alot of things have happened here. we even have our own Berks County Paranormal Investigation Team lol...So the frighten should be ware......

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  • Puerto Ricans

    Reading is fine these other people are really going over bored Reading is filled with a bunch of fake ass niggas who try to be hard but the ain't If u like the hispanic race this is the place to be if not don't step foot in Reading cuz you will be very unhappy like me. Philly join

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Reading Tourist Traps

  • The Pagoda

    I'd skip a trip to the Pagoda. Its really not the pretty and the museum inside the Pagoda is not interesting enough to justify a trip to the top of Mount Penn. Go during the day and only go if you're interested in local history. Its really not that exciting and there are better views from other mountains. If you're longing for an impressive view....

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  • Tha Pagoda is a trap due to...

    Tha Pagoda is a trap due to the fact theres really nothing to do there lol but the scenery the gift shop is all old stuff like from 1800's and flags with the city on it and stuff but nothing speical...But if you outside theres some romantic stuff i guess you can say

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Reading Off The Beaten Path

  • Honor A Great Man Who Loved Beer

    Frederick Lauer was a man who loved beer. He is credited with being the first person to bring Lager to America. He served as the first President of the United States Brewers Association. He even equipped, at his own expense, his own company of men to fight for the Union cause. In 1885, the citizens of Reading unveiled a bronze statue in Lauer's...

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  • The Anchor Of The USS Maine

    The USS Maine "mysteriously" blew up in Havana Harbor in 1898 killing over 1000 US Navy sailers. This launched the US into the Spanish-American War. Fourteen years later the ship was raised from the harbor and pieces of the wreck were given as mementos to cities across the nation.Reading was given the ship's anchor which originally sat in a...

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  • OK OK OK, you'll hear about...

    OK OK OK, you'll hear about Christmas Village, too, when you come to Reading. But if you're looking for a bonafide, down-home dairy treat, you've got two choices: Way-Har Dairies on Route 183 or the Oley Turnpike Dairy and Petting Zoo on Route 562. (The locals love them both. Just don't expect to keep your waistline in either place.)

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    by Malguy Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Definately go shopping with loads of things to buy at Reading factory outlets..

    Fondest memory: visiting Poconos mountain which was dang good with Cit. gosh the view beautiful

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