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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Framing Fraktur The Free Library of Philadelphia mounts two exhibitions. Quill & Brush: Pennsylvania German Fraktur and Material Culture will feature original fraktur works along with Pennsylvania German artifacts, manuscripts, and ...
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Users of new section of Northern Extension of rail trail enjoy wildlife, Codorus Creek Bullseye! Bald eagle cam nailed by waste, Game Commission says Cox Brewing Company opens nano-brewery in Rheems The Franklin ...
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PHOTOS | Pennsylvania Dutch Gift Haus – Shartlesville, PA
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→ Wooden dioramas showing Pa. German life displayed in Schaefferstown - Lebanon Daily News
→ Gettysburg restores railroad station's historic hues - Evening Sun Spectography used to determine the original colors; owners planning to donate property to Gettysburg National Military Park.
→ Thousands attend Pumpkin Festival at Renfrew Park - Herald Mail Media Seeing the medieval pumpkin launcher is reason enough to attend this yearly festival in Waynesboro.
PHOTOS |Historic Hellam Preserve – York County, PA
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The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania by Gregory D. Huber
For anyone who has ever admired a barn on an old country lane, this is the story of that barn and many others in Southeastern Pennsylvania, or, specifically, "the hearth," ...
→ Allentown's new 'Renaissance' unveiled during grand opening celebration - The Morning Call
Vintage photos from new book, ‘Harrisburg and the Susquehanna River’
→ Vintage photos from new book, 'Harrisburg and the Susquehanna River' - PennLive.com The book was compiled by Eric V. Fasick and features 200 vintage photos from the archives of the Historical Society ...
Waltz Vineyards opens Kitchen Kettle Village wine shop and tasting room - LancasterOnline
→ Susquehanna Riverlands plan aims to attract tourists - The York Daily Record It's good to know that Mark Platts et. al. understand just how much untapped potential exists in the ...
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→ Monster catfish stalking Susquehanna River, monster-stalker tells crowd at Great American Outdoor Show - PennLive.com Will the Susquehanna eventually offer up a 100+ pound Shovelhead Cat to rival the current world ...
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove reopening April 7
After a two-and-a-half-year renovation to the historic former home of American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter John James Audubon, during which the house was closed to the public, it will reopen ...
County Seat Spirits will debut its first batch of gin Friday. Lock Keeper Gin, named as an homage to Easton's canal history, will join the Allentown distillery's lineup of Sand Island ...
Birdsboro’s Daniel Boone Homestead Recreating 18th Century Christmas
→ Homestead Recreating 18th Century Christmas - Pottstown Post Watch out kids because Belsnickel's going to show up! danielboonehomestead.org 12/7: A Homestead Christmas 12-4pm Admission Adult (13+) $6.00, Child (5-12) $4.00. FDBH members free, ...
Disabled, families can now get to South Lookout. Source: Hawk Mountain opens accessible trail to famed birdwatching overlook - LancasterOnline: Local News
→ Cocoa crazy: Spending time in Hershey, Pennsylvania - Philly.com Some ideas for what to do on your next trip to Hershey.  
How Amish Foodways Became Pennsylvania Dutch Country’s Main Attraction
While eateries like the ones mentioned in the article have become incredibly popular it should be noted that truly authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking bears little resemblance to what you'll find at places ...
→ “Days of the Belsnickel” Lunch Tour Pennsylvania at the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum Start with a video, then take a guided tour through the village, decked out Pennsylvania ...
Lisa Minardi curates new Winterthur exhibition ‘A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans and the Art of Everyday Life’
→ UD alumna, doctoral student curates new Winterthur exhibition I'm glad they included this in the article: She notes that, contrary to what many people believe, Pennsylvania Germans lived in urban as ...
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Buggy around Lancaster County
→ Buggy around Lancaster County - Philly.com A few ideas for a fun family trip to Lancaster County.
When The Cause Was Glorious: The Fields Of Gettysburg And The Nature Of Philanthropy
→ When The Cause Was Glorious: The Fields Of Gettysburg And The Nature Of Philanthropy Thoughtful piece on the continuing effect the Battle of Gettysburg has on American society and the ...
→ Easton Heritage Day draws thousands celebrating city's history, resurgence | lehighvalleylive.com
PHOTOS | White Cliffs of Conoy – Lancaster County, PA
On this trip we parked at Koser Park in Bainbridge and walked 1.5 miles south along the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail to find the cliffs. I was told by ...
Clam Jam to return in August to Easton - lehighvalleylive.com Check the website for updates.
→ Discover Lehigh County's log cabins - The Morning Call The tour will feature eight cabins including the oldest log house in Lehigh County: the Zuflucht Haus (Shelter House) in Emmaus, which ...
The 2015 Renaissance Faire began its 13-week season under sunny skies at its Mount Hope estate. The Mount Hope site near Manheim, Pa. features over 90 shows daily on open-air stages ...
Many know that the Appalachian Trail, one of the United State’s most famous hiking paths, starts in Maine and ends in Georgia. But one of it's key points sits in ...
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PHOTOS | Roadside America – Shartlesville, PA
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→ Rare Opportunity to See American Longrifles at the Reading Public Museum - bctv.org From readingpublicmuseum.org Don't miss this rare opportunity to see a remarkable assemblage of more than fifty guns from indisputably ...
→Spas with a difference: weird baths around the world | theguardian.com. One of the spas featured is The Chocolate Spa at Hotel Hershey where you can get all manner of chocolate treatments.
→ Gettysburg battlefield prepares for 151st anniversary. - themorningcall.com Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and a record setting 3.8 million people visited the area. If ...
The Conejohela Flats are one of two spots in Pennsylvania — the other is Presque Isle along Lake Erie — that have been designated key resting and feeding areas for ...
→ Manheim group plans renovation of 18th-century log house - LancasterOnline 18th century log home will be used for period demonstrations, exhibits and special events.
VIDEO | $4 million whitewater playboating park below Holtwood Dam tested, about to open to public
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Lancaster County now has its own viewing of live eagle nest - LancasterOnline What a great idea, and a brilliant way to promote awareness of the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail.
→ Pennsbury Manor prepping for festive Holly Nights celebration - Bucks County Courier Times Experience the enchantment of Pennsbury Manor by candlelight. Enjoy crackling bonfires, carolers, candlelit tours of the Manor ...
→ Dining Guide: Discovering Easton's best-kept breakfast secrets - lehighvalleylive.com
→ Mountain folklore: Blue Rocks near Lenhartsville remains a natural mystery | Reading Eagle The mysterious mile long field of quartzite boulders known as Blue Rocks has been attracting attention for generations.
36 Hours in Gettysburg, Pa.
→ 36 Hours in Gettysburg, Pa. - NYTimes.com.
→ Gettysburg National Military Park's boundary expanded by Congress - The Morning Call  
A rendering of the future river walk section of the Allentown Waterfront development project. Image by thewaterfront.com
→ Allentown Waterfront project progresses, launches new website | lehighvalleylive.com The Allentown Waterfront project will encompass 26 acres and cost $285 million! You can find the revamped website at thewaterfront.com. In addition to ...
* A Fersommling is a Pennsylvania Dutch social event in which food is served, speeches are made, and one or more g'spiel (plays or skits) are performed for entertainment. Pennsylvania German ...
Allegro Winery in Chanceford Township more than doubled the size of its vineyard and is planning a retail push aimed at raising its profile among Pennsylvania wine drinkers. Source: Allegro Winery ...
Brick-end barns are a phenomenon in south central Pennsylvania and nearly unheard of elsewhere. The designs are more than mere fancy; they served the purpose of ventilating the barn's second ...
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Take a look back at what Dorney Park used to look like in these historic pics. Source: Dorney Park historic photos - The Morning Call dorneypark.com
→ Birders watch as migrating fowl fly through Pa - philly.com Click here to see some photos of the Middle Creek migrating Snow Geese.
→ Laff Trakk will be Hersheypark's newest edition, first of its kind in the U.S. - FlipSidePA.com Laff Trakk wil debut in May of 2015.
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PHOTOS | The Turkey Hill Experience – Columbia, PA
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PHOTOS | Wright’s Ferry Mansion – Columbia, PA
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→ Photos: Onlookers flock to view eagles from park - The Evening Sun (Hanover)
→ Haunted Hugh Moore Park coming later this month | lehighvalleylive.com This will be a family oriented Halloween attraction with much to do for children including a ride on the Josiah ...
Vintage Indian motorcycle exhibit to open at Antique Automobile Club of America Museum
→ Indian motorcycle exhibit to open - Lebanon Daily News. The exhibit will run through Oct. 24. The museum is located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive in ...
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→ Photos: Tucker Exhibit at AACA - Lebanon Daily News The new Tucker exhibit will be the first permanent addition to the museum since it opened in  2003. Click here to see ...
→ Pennsylvania Folkways: Artist of the Allemaengel captured Pennsylvania Dutch life | Reading Eagle
The Lehigh Valley Cider and Wine Festival – an on-field event featuring hard cider and wine tastings from local and regional cideries and wineries – makes its debut on Sat., ...
PHOTOS | The Hershey Story – Hershey, PA
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After nearly a decade of work and substantial setbacks, an Underground Railroad museum in York City is poised to partially open in early 2016. Source: York City's Goodridge House poised to ...
→ As Musikfest closes, attendance looks positive - themorningcall.com Extended analysis of attendance at Bethlehem's 2014 Musikfest with numbers. Thanks to cooperative weather this years festival, which featured as many as 500 musical ...
→ State awards $2 million to Midstate military history. Future plans for AHEC include an $8.5 million expansion, which will add 37,000 square feet to the visitor center and will include ...
PHOTOS | Columbia River Park – Columbia, PA
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→ Three new vineyards have vines in the ground in Berks | Reading Eagle Stony Run Valley Vineyards Folino Estate Vineyard & Winery Deerfoot Vineyards and Winery
→ Iconic mural to flank Susquehanna Art Museum | PennLive.com
→ Wolf sanctuary lets visitors see animals in natural setting - LancasterOnline As noted in the article the winter months are perhaps a better time to visit The Speedwell Wolves, as the ...
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→ Talking Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road beginning Saturday - LancasterOnline
PHOTOS | Barns & Farms of Lancaster County, PA
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Sime B. Bertolet, Berks History Center executive director, said the event will be about the influence of Pennsylvania Germans. The conference is open to the public, but reservations are required. Lunch ...
PHOTOS | Ephrata Cloister
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→ Crowd learns to make 'honey wine' during Burnside Plantation demo, tasting | lehighvalleylive.com
Remove the Susquehanna’s Dams and ‘Let the River Run Wild’
→ Let the River Run Wild - NYTimes.com
→ Tour of Saucon Valley barns offers glimpse in farming history - The Morning Call For more information go to sauconvalleyconservancy.org.
PHOTOS | Lake Tobias Wildlife Park – Halifax, PA
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"Before they were the institutions of higher learning that they are now, museums were more for entertainment," said owner Mark Kosh. The museum opens May 10. Source: See Lincoln's last bowel ...
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Caboose ride between Boyertown and Pottstown brings hopes of local railroad tourism
PHOTOS | Pennsylvania Dutch Gift Haus – Shartlesville, PA
Dioramas showing Pa. German life at Gemberling-Rex House
Gettysburg restores railroad station’s historic hues
Thousands attend Pumpkin Festival at Renfrew Park
PHOTOS |Historic Hellam Preserve – York County, PA
The Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania by Gregory D. Huber
Allentown’s new ‘Renaissance’ unveiled during grand opening celebration
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PHOTOS |Boating & Waterskiing on Lake Aldred at Pequea Creek – Lancaster County, PA
Vintage photos from new book, ‘Harrisburg and the Susquehanna River’
Waltz Vineyards opens Kitchen Kettle Village wine shop and tasting room
Susquehanna Riverlands plan aims to attract tourists
Free tour and tasting at Allentown Brew Works
Monster catfish stalking Susquehanna River
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove reopening April 7
County Seat Spirits rolls out very first batch of Lock Keeper Gin
Birdsboro’s Daniel Boone Homestead Recreating 18th Century Christmas
Hawk Mountain opens accessible trail to famed birdwatching overlook
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How Amish Foodways Became Pennsylvania Dutch Country’s Main Attraction
Landis Valley Museum “Days of the Belsnickel” Lunch Tour
Lisa Minardi curates new Winterthur exhibition ‘A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans and the Art of
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Contemporary artists find resonance in old folk tradition
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VIDEO | 37th annual Easton Heritage Day draws thousands
PHOTOS | White Cliffs of Conoy – Lancaster County, PA
2015 Clam Jam to return in August to Easton
Discover Lehigh County’s log cabins by bus with The Hivel Und Dahl Preservation Society
Photos: The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire kicked off its 2015 season Saturday
Off the Beaten Path: Traversing the Trail in Cumberland County
Hit Hersheypark for chocolate, coasters and Bruce Springsteen
PHOTOS | Roadside America – Shartlesville, PA
Rare Opportunity to See American Longrifles at the Reading Public Museum
Spas with a difference: weird baths around the world
Gettysburg battlefield prepares for 151st anniversary
Shorebirds’ use of Lancaster County islands causes feds to reverse order over Safe Harbor Dam
Manheim group plans renovation of 18th-century log house
VIDEO | $4 million whitewater playboating park below Holtwood Dam tested, about to open to
PHOTOS | Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, PA
VIDEO | Laff Trakk Virtual Ride: Get a look at the new Hersheypark coaster
Lancaster County now has its own viewing of live eagle nest
Pennsbury Manor prepping for festive Holly Nights celebration
Dining Guide: Discovering Easton’s best-kept breakfast secrets
Mountain folklore: Blue Rocks near Lenhartsville remains a natural mystery
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Gettysburg National Military Park’s boundary expanded by Congress
Allentown Waterfront project progresses, launches new website
Pennsylvania German Fersommling: “Dee Huffa Karrich Ruh Blotz”
York County’s Allegro Winery expands
VIDEO | Renfrew Museum & Park
Brick-end barns: A Cumberland Valley icon
Monterey Bay Aquarium developer hired for Easton Da Vinci Science City
PHOTOS | Cabela’s Superstore – Hamburg, PA
PHOTOS | Conewago Falls Potholes near Falmouth, PA – Susquehanna River Set II
Strasburg Rail Road offers glimpse of work needed to get its massive locomotives running
Dorney Park historic photos
Annual Snow Goose migration attracts birders to Lebanon County’s Middle Creek Wildlife Area
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Celebrate Pennsylvania Dutch impact across country at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum
Fort Hunter Park to host annual Fort Hunter Day celebration of historical activities, entertainment
PHOTOS | The Turkey Hill Experience – Columbia, PA
PHOTOS | Wright’s Ferry Mansion – Columbia, PA
Photos: Onlookers flock to view webcam eagles from Codorus State Park
Haunted Hugh Moore Park coming later this month
Vintage Indian motorcycle exhibit to open at Antique Automobile Club of America Museum
Covered Bridges of Cumberland County, PA Location Map
VIDEO | OGO Ball at Ski Roundtop
Photos: Tucker Exhibit at Antique Automobile Club of America Museum
Pennsylvania Folkways: Artist of the Allemaengel captured Pennsylvania Dutch life
Lehigh Valley Wine Trail to unveil new cider and wine festival in October 2015
PHOTOS | The Hershey Story – Hershey, PA
VIDEO | York City’s Goodridge House poised to open in 2016 as Underground Railroad museum
As Musikfest closes, attendance looks positive
State awards $2 million to Cumberland County’s U.S. Army Heritage Education Center
PHOTOS | Columbia River Park – Columbia, PA
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Iconic mural to flank Susquehanna Art Museum
Wolf sanctuary lets visitors see animals in natural setting
VIDEO | Talking Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road beginning Saturday June 14, 2014
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Berks History Conference will explore Pennsylvania Dutch roots of county
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Crowd learns to make ‘honey wine’ during Burnside Plantation demo, tasting
Remove the Susquehanna’s Dams and ‘Let the River Run Wild’
Tour of Saucon Valley barns offers glimpse in farming history
PHOTOS | Lake Tobias Wildlife Park – Halifax, PA
See Lincoln’s last bowel movement at the Gettysburg Dime Museum
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The Lehigh Valley’s craft beer scene comes of age
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