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Things to do in Allentown:
Civic Theatre of Allentown
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.
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 day and stay there until closing).
The best was the lineups for the rides were short.. I think the most anyone waited for a ride was 20 minutes. If you think that is long, come up to Montreal and go to Laronde for the day where you are lucky if you get to go on 2 rides for the entire day!
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 so close to a school, the clientele is varied. From elderly couples reading the newspaper near the large front windows to high school kids gossiping in the back.
Drinks are priced fairly. Not nearly as high as what you’ll find at Starbucks or Coffee Bean. There is seating inside, but there isn’t a whole lot of room so when the weather is nice tables and chairs are also placed on the wide sidewalk outside. All drinks are also available for take-out so if there is no room you can take it to go.
This area of Allentown is busy but safe. You can feel safe walking around the blocks surrounding Hava Java. This is good since street parking can sometimes be tough to find.
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 inspiration for early roller coasters, as locals flocked to ride the train down an exciting 9 mile route.
Jim Thorpe was born on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma, to an Irish Catholic father and a mother who was half Sac and Fox Indian and half French. Jim Thorpe was raised as a Sac and Fox Indian, but also as a Catholic. At the age of 16, Jim Thorpe enrolled in the Carlisle, PA Indian School and he learned to play football from Pop Warner himself. Jim Thorpe loved to play football and was a spectacular star, but he became even more famous by competing in the 1912 Olympics and winning gold in both the pentathlon and the decathlon. It was reveled that Jim Thorpe had violated the Olympic rules against professional athletes competing, so Thorpe’s medals were stripped, only to be restored in the 1980s. After the Olympics, Jim Thorpe played professional football and baseball until about 1928.
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 you’ll find a lot of pumpkin patches and apple orchards. This one is near mall area on McArthur Blvd so the access is easy for people visitng the area or families living in Allentown.
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!
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 gyros to philly cheesetakes and friend cheesecake (seriously, weird but yummy). Local artists sell their work, jewlery, pottery, and crafts. There are also live bands playing nightly and kids performances during the day.
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 park which stretches across Ott St. into Trexler Park. Just be careful to avoid the local school soccer and cross country teams which practice here in the summer and fall.
Great places to go for picnics on sunny days. Charcoal grills and picnic tables available first come first serve.
Annual Musikfest held on Main Street in Bethlehem! Every August for 10 days, the dates change so check out the site.
Christmas in Bethlehem
Christmas in Bethlehem is magical! You must walk downtown, cobble stone streets, lights and christmas music in the air! They have a Christmas festival here which is wonderful called Christkindlemart. Bethlehem is home to Moravian College therefore the area boasts the Moravian Star, it can be seen everywhere!
.Weather in Allentown:
The climate in Allentown, Pennsylvania is temperate, which means that the city experiences four, distinct season changes. Although it can be visited throughout the year, certain months are more comfortable than others.
On average, the hottest months of the year are July and August, during which time the daily high temperatures will generally hover in the low to mid 80’s. The nighttime temperatures during these months will generally drop to the mid to lower 60’s. Although at first glance these temperatures may seem mild, during much of the year, humidity makes it seem much hotter than the thermometer will read.
The coldest months of the year on average are January and February, during which time the daily high temperatures will only reach the mid to upper 30’s. The nighttime temperatures during these months will generally drop to the mid teens. Winters in Allentown can be fairly harsh, with snowstorms frequently passing through the city.
Allentown is a relatively wet city (on average receiving over 45 inches of precipitation per year), and the chance for rain or snow are good throughout the year. However, May through September is seasonally the wettest time. The National Weather Service has increased its snowfall projections for the Lehigh Valley as a storm tracking off the East Coast will impact the region.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for the region from midnight Monday through 6 a.m. Wednesday. The National Weather Service forecast now is calling for 3-6 inches for most of the area. The winter storm in question is being fueled by a low pressure system undergoing what meteorologists call a ‘bombogenesis.’
The weather service says the term is generally applied to a strong and rapidly intensifying storm system, but this time the impact zone is expected to be the eastern New England area instead of the eastern half of Pennsylvania, meaning the Lehigh Valley will escape the heaviest snow. But it will still be enough to make travel difficult.
Best time to visit:
The best time to visit Allentown is from March to May, when the city thaws from the cold winter and moderate room rates can be found at the hotels. Fall and winter are the coldest and cheapest seasons to visit the City of Brotherly Love. Peak season is the summer when multitudes of tourists swarm sites