50 things everyone in the Lehigh Valley should do

 

We asked readers about places, festivals and more that everyone in the Valley should experience at least once. We were flooded with great ideas. Here are 50, in no particular order…

Source: 50 things everyone in the Lehigh Valley should do – The Morning Call 

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Susquehanna flows with history
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Drawn with Spirit: Pennsylvania German Fraktur at The Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Berks History Conference will explore Pennsylvania Dutch roots of county
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