Our first stop on our tour is the Allentown Art Museum. The Allentown Art Museum was incorporated during the Great Depression and has seen many changes over the years, including a room expansion designed by Frank Loyd Wright as part of a permanent exhibition.
Today the museum offers the community a unique experience of over 200 years of cultural heritage. You can find collections of paintings and sculptures from as far back as the renaissance as well as more modern works through their collection various textile and decorative art pieces
Aside from their art exhibits, the museum also hosts a wide range of programming including artist talks, guided tours and maker stations for children.
Next up, on your left you will see the PPL Center. The PPL Center is home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Allentown’s own professional hockey team in the American Hockey League and proud affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers. Besides hockey, the PPL Center is the host to many big name concerts, shows and performances. Elton John, Kelly Clarkson and Disney on Ice have all performed here!
Before we turn left on 6th Street, look to your right and notice the two red doors on the left side of Zion’s Reformed Church. Through those doors you will find the Liberty Bell Museum. Inside you will find an exact replica of the Liberty Bell - one that you are actually allowed to ring! There are also many exhibits and other educational experiences for all ages.
Complete your drive around the square and turn left on Linden Street again as we head west toward our next stop. Please follow your navigation.
The Allentown Fairgrounds are located to your right and within those grounds you can find the Allentown Farmers Market. This beloved market has been a part of Allentown since the 1950s with the mission to bring quality food to Allentown to help improve the health and welfare of the community.
You'll find everything here from fresh produce and fruit to homemade jams and baked goods. If you are looking for the freshest cut meats or seafood, you can find it here! If you visit in the fall, you’ve got to pick up some pumpkin bagels!
The Farmer’s market runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays making it a great weekend trip that also helps support the community.
Follow your navigation to our next stop which is, believe it or not, a Hot Dog Shop.
On your left you’ll see Allentown's famous Yocco’s. The story goes that in 1922, Theodore Iacocca, uncle of Lehigh Valley native, Lee Iaccoca, otherwise known as “The Father of the Mustang”, opened a small convenience store called “Liberty Grille” in downtown Allentown. One day a beautiful woman came in and asked if Iacocca sold hotdogs. When he said no, she replied “that's too bad” with a wink and left. The next day Iacocca bought a grille and hotdogs and the rest was history.
Since then, Yocco’s has been an Allentown tradition, you really haven’t been here until you get a classic Yocco Hot dog.
On a nice day, you’ve got to head over to Cedar Beach. It’s tucked away in the park area on your right. Cedar beach offers everything you need to have fun in the sun including a state-of-the art playground, basketball and volleyball courts, a swimming pool and multi-use trails.
Cedar beach also hosts events throughout the year, most famously the Allentown ArtsFest that happens the last weekend in September
Coming up on Parkway Blvd you’ll also see the Allentown Rose Gardens. These luscious gardens offer a paved 1.3 mile loop perfect for a stroll or bike ride. Just make sure to stop and smell the roses!
Continue down Parkway Blvd.
Coming up on your right we will pass one of the United States most visited amusement parks, Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom.
Dorney Park offers over 100 rides, shows and attractions for visitors to enjoy. This includes 7 rollercoasters and one the country's best ranked water parks.
A great time to visit is in the fall for their Halloween Haunt. Enjoy a good scare in their scare mazes with themes ranging from evil clowns to blood thirsty vampires! If you’d rather take it easy this Halloween, you can enjoy some live music and drinks from their Halloween themed band, The Pour Haus.
Want to skip the lines, no problem! Dorney Park offers exclusive fast lane passes so you can spend less time waiting and more time having fun.
Next on your left is Allentown's brand new Costco! Costco is a membership wholesale club with hundreds of locations worldwide. This is a great place to stock up on all the essentials with lower prices than regular grocery stores.
Right next door is Whole Foods. Whole Foods is a great place to stop if you’re looking to incorporate more organic and natural foods into your diet.
Whole Foods prides itself on its commitment to sustainable and organic agriculture, making it easier for you to get healthy food on your table.
We will end this tour at The Shelby. The Shelby is a great New American restaurant serving new creative cuisine in a hip atmosphere. You’ve got to visit here for brunch. Enjoy some brioche french toast topped with whipped cheesecake and a pomegranate mimosa. They have plenty of vegan and gluten free options, making this a spot with something for everyone.
That concludes our tour of Allentown, one of the main areas that make up the Lehigh Valley. If Allentown seems like the place for you make sure to contact Shahla Davies at 484-547-8259 or shoot her at email@example.com.
Thanks again for taking a tour with UCPlaces!