We are a family owned business that delivers outdoor gear to your choice of destinations. We rent mountain bikes, sit on top kayaks, and paddle boards to the general public for use on Blue Marsh Lake, Tulpehocken Creek, and Schuylkill River.
The Allegheny Aqueduct was built by the Schuylkill Navigation Company in 1824. This “bridge for boats” was needed because the Allegheny Creek could not be incorporated into the canal system. Located adjacent to the aqueduct, the Beidler House was built in 1783 by Conrad Beidler to serve as a home for the operator of the nearby mill.
The Berks County Heritage Center is a historical interpretive complex commemorating important eras of our cultural history. The Gruber Wagon Works, a National Historic Landmark, the C. Howard Hiester Canal Center, Wertz’s Covered Bridge, Melcher’s Grist Mill, Deppen Cemetery, Bicentennial Eagle Memorial, Police and Veteran’s Memorial, Doctor’s Grove, the Distlefink and a salad and herb garden are all encompassed within the Heritage Center.
Explore the beautiful rolling countryside of Berks County and find yourself among acres and acres of vineyards in one of Pennsylvania’s award-winning wine regions. We invite you to visit the 8 family-owned wineries who will welcome you with warm hospitality and tastes of wonderful wines.
The Berks History Center is an educational center that serves to engage and excite our community by interpreting its unique past to understand the present. The Berks History Center has a vast collection of objects, paintings, books and photographs. Included in the library collection are over 15,000 volumes, 523 Fraktur, 345 broadsides, 30,000 photographs,
Blair Vineyards is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Stop by our beautiful vineyard nestled in the hills of Kutztown to explore our wines and local cheese. Feel free to bring a picnic basket and enjoy the views of the Blue Mountains from the tasting pavilion with a bottle of our Pinot Noir or a crisp glass of Chardonnay.
The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles houses dozens of automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles that were manufactured right here in Pennsylvania while the industry was still in its infancy. Prior to that time, the region produced multitudes of horse-drawn vehicles, of which many examples can be found at the Museum.
Historic Brinton Lodge is a nonprofit historic site with an imagination. Unusual architecture, a legendary history, and centuries of visitors have made Brinton Lodge an eccentric and treasured landmark of Berks County. Join us for a variety of offbeat events throughout the year, including holiday and community happenings, theater productions and music shows, history tours and ghost tours, classes and workshops, and more!
Located just off I-78, the massive 250,000-sq.-ft. retail showroom is packed with outdoor equipment and experienced Outfitters who are ready and waiting to help you get the most out of your next adventure. This store was built to not only surround customers with quality outdoor products, but to engage them with lifelike taxidermy and local fish swimming in the aquarium. If shopping the wide selection of outdoor gear works up your appetite, be sure to a snag wild-game sandwich in our restaurant or a sweet treat in our Fudge Shop. And because we love dogs, feel free to give yours some fresh air in our outdoor kennels while you shop.
In addition to being the official winery of Berks County we are also proud to be the official winery of Maple Grove Raceway. We invite you to enjoy the many award-winning wines produced by our small, family-owned winery, where quality is placed before quantity.
Created to preserve and maintain a collection of objects, artifacts, arts, papers, books, photographs, etc. that document and describe the history and culture of African Americans in the New World, with emphasis on our local and regional (Reading, Berks and surrounding counties) African American history and culture, and to create an appropriate environment for exhibition of the collection to foster understanding of the history and culture of Africans in the New World.
One of Reading’s first suburbs, Centre Park is comprised of 840 properties of Victorian and early 20th Century architecture. Annual events include a Christmas House tour, eclectic Flea Markets, an Arts and Antiques Fair, and the Garden Tour, which promote appreciation and preservation of the District.
Offering a magical journey into lands known only to the white tailed deer and great blue heron who call them home, the Colebrookdale Railroad is not to be missed. Connecting Pottstown and Boyertown, this Civil War-era relic invites passengers to explore for themselves a mythical Secret Valley, once the province of pioneers and patriots, now forgotten in time.
The Conrad Weiser Homestead is a Pennsylvania state historic site located in Womelsdorf, Berks County, Pennsylvania which interprets the life of Conrad Weiser. Weiser was an 18th century German immigrant who served as an Indian interpreter and who helped coordinate Pennsylvania’s Indian policy. He played a major role in the history of colonial Pennsylvania. The Conrad Weiser Homestead is located on Rt. 422, within easy driving distance of Philadelphia, Lancaster, Hershey and Harrisburg.
Driebelbis, Griesemers, Kutz, Pleasantville and Wertz covered bridges.
PA’s first Show Cave. Guided underground tours through Pennsylvania’s Greatest Natural Wonder. Discovered in 1871, Crystal Cave has provided enjoyment to tourists every year thereafter. Enjoy your day with nature at Historic Crystal Cave. See stalactities, stalagmites, generous displays of flowstone, and millions of crystals throughout the cave. A naturally air conditioned underground museum.
The Daniel Boone Homestead is a historical site in Birdsboro that tells the story of Daniel Boone’s youth in Pennsylvania’s Oley Valley and illuminates the daily lives of the region’s 18th-century settlers through the eyes of the Boone, Maugridge and DeTurk families who occupied the site. Join us for hands-on activities, living-history demonstrations, historic tours and more. Don’t forget to pack your sneakers to carry you along our hiking trails and a lunch to enjoy in one of our picnic areas!
Once an industrial complex for the fledgling United States of America, today French Creek State Park is an oasis for people and wildlife. Straddling the Schuylkill Highlands, the 7,730-acre park is the largest block of contiguous forest between Washington D.C. and New York City. The forests, lakes, wetlands and fields are a destination for the people of southeast Pennsylvania to hike, fish, camp and bike.
The Dreibelbis farm in Virginville, PA is the second oldest continuously owned family farm in Berks County being founded in 1778 by Jacob B. Dreibelbis, son of the original family immigrant, John Jacob Dreibelbis. The farm has been owned and maintained by the same family for over 250 years. The farm is home to several buildings built in the mid-1800s, as well as an original Native American site.
Tickets are $5 for the historic Strand Theater, a single-screen theater in Hamburg Borough dates back to 1920. The building that houses the theater was built in 1799, and was one of the first properties to be built when the town was laid out. It was Federal style house which was later turned into a restaurant, before being converted to the theater.
The Sanctuary is comprised of 2,600 acres and 8-miles of hiking trails and numerous scenic overlooks. The North Lookout is the location of the “official” hawk migration count in spring and autumn. The Visitor Center consists of exhibits, Wings of Wonder Gallery and bookstore. Visit Hawk Mountain year-round to enjoy hiking, birding, hawkwatching, or being outdoors. Your visit supports our raptor conservation mission.
The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association was organized in 1975 with a mission to promote an understanding and an appreciation for our local heritage by maintaining and instructing in those crafts, skills, and artifacts that represent our heritage. With the acquisition of Historic Joanna Furnace in 1979 and 1980 from Bethlehem Steel , the mission broadened to include preservation, restoration, and maintenance of this 18th & 19th Century iron making community.
Tucked deep in the heart of Pensylvania’s farm country, you’ll discover hex signs, a uniquely American art form and the best-known symbol of the Pennsylvania Dutch. These simple symbols trace their lineage to the area’s German ancestors. Along with their barns, the Pennsylvania Dutch similarly adorned needlework, quilts, tombstones, and more with this “fancy” folk art, which can be found in many shops and scenes along the way.
Hopewell Furnace showcases an early American industrial landscape from natural resource extraction to enlightened conservation. Operating from 1771-1883, Hopewell and other “iron plantations” laid the foundation for the transformation of the United States into an industrial giant. The park’s 848 acres and historic structures illustrate the business, technology and lifestyle of our growing nation.
Jacob Keim’s property, however, has two pre-Revolutionary buildings, built in 1753, and a barn in great condition. The Keim Farmstead is open every day by advance appointment only. Please contact the Trust office at least 14 days in advance of your trip to make an appointment. Whenever possible, please supply 2 alternate appointment dates.
The building is an example of the Huguenot and Germanic influence on the Oley Valley and is a bank house. The Johan DeTurk cabin is open every day by advance appointment only. Please contact the Trust office at least 14 days in advance of your trip to make an appointment. Whenever possible, please supply 2 alternate appointment dates.
Kindred Spirits Farm also uses natural methods to train both horse and rider—focusing on partnership over force.The farm offers trail ride lessons (reservations required) that begin with a short lesson followed by a spectacular trail ride that includes facts about the local wildlife and history, all the while learning about riding and horses.
Now in its 65th year, the Kutztown Folk Festival is the oldest folklife festival in America and a recognized name in the celebration of Pennsylvania Dutch culture. With activities and entertainment for the entire family, this nine-day festival has something for everyone.
Peace signs, tie dyes and bell bottoms, flower rings of baby’s breath and daisies, headbands and halter tops, yellow subs and blue meanies, beads and weeds, 60’s music veiled in smoldering incense and clean, crisp homemade style wines like everyone’s Grandpa used to make…
Our family winery is located on our 90-acre farm in Amityville, PA along the banks of the Manatawny Creek. We have a tasting room in the winery that is open to the public every day where we provide tastings of our wines. A $5 tasting fee is collected to taste up to 8 wines and is refundable with a wine purchase. The wide variety of wine styles ensures everyone will find a wine to suit his or her taste.
Located at the Reading Regional Airport (Spaatz Field) the Mid Atlantic Air Museum was organized to ensure the professional stewardship of a collection that reflects the history of aviation and to enhance the public’s appreciation and understanding of that history. The Museum’s collection emphasizes the Mid-Atlantic region’s unique contribution to flight, but is broad enough to chronicle a general history of aviation, including military aviation.
Located in Birdsboro, PA, Moonlight Winery is owned and operated by Bill and Tracy Smith. Hours are Fri. 4:30 pm – 7 pm Sat/Sun 1 pm to 6 pm.
Morlatton Village represents pieces of an early Swedish Settlement begun in the early 1700’s, when Berks County was still the frontier. Structures constructed slightly later in the 1760’s also comprise the village. During colonial times, area became a center of commerce for the region as a routing center for refined iron from Pennsylvania’s earliest furnaces and for grains from the Oley Valley heading down river to Philadelphia.
Mountain Springs Arena is located in Shartlesville, Pennsylvania. We have a large outdoor Rodeo and Demo Derby arena and an indoor arena with a scheduled venue of events such as Demolition Derbies, Professional Rodeos, Concerts, Barrel Shows, Cow Horse Shows, Reining Horse Shows and more.
Anyone with the last name Stoltzfus, and many many more can trace their ancestry back to Nicholas Stoltzfus, and this home he owned in Berks County, PA. We preserve the Nicholas Stoltzfus house (now a homestead) to document the early struggles of our ancestors and to show their perseverance and faith as they met these struggles. We are caretakers of the homestead.
A living-history farm museum located in the Blue Marsh Lake Recreation Area of Berks County, Pennsylvania. The Old Dry Road Farm Complex includes 200 acres of farm land on which are three farmsteads: the 19th Century Essig Farm, the 18th Century Staudt Farmand the mid-18th Century Dundore-Hottenstein Farm.
Located in Leesport PA, Ozzy’s is the perfect place to make memories with your family and friends, and best of all, there’s something here for every age! Ozzy’s Family Fun Center has plenty of attractions to choose from: Laser Tag, Roller Skating, Inflatable Center, Adventure Challenge, Sports Arena, Rock Climbing, Ropes Course, 30 Hole Miniature Golf, Bumper Boats, Go-Karts, and NEW Video Batting Cages and more.
The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center is an open-air museum dedicated to preserving and promoting the Pennsylvania Dutch or Pennsylvania German culture; including material culture, architecture and language. The site of the PGCHC contains a Georgian-style farmhouse, a decorated Pennsylvania bank barn, 2 log cabins, a one-room schoolhouse, and several outbuildings. Events include, but are not limited to Easter on the Farm, Heemet Fescht, and Christmas on the Farm.
The Pinnacle, the second highest elevation in Berks County, is a very popular hiking destination. Blue Mountain, the mountain where the Pinnacle is located, is criss-crossed with trails.
Pinnacle Ridge is a rustic barn originally built in 1851. You will not find marble tile floors, statues, video displays in the tasting room, and modern buildings designed by architects. What you will find is a small, family owned winery located in the beautiful rolling hills of the Appalachian Mountains.
The museum serves as a permanent facility for the public exhibition and the safe storage of items related to the history of firefighting in Reading and Berks County. The firehouse, located at the southeast corner of South Fifth and Laurel Streets in the Callowhill Historic District, is one of the most important architectural and historic landmarks in the City of Reading and Berks County.
The Pagoda, located atop Mt. Penn is an historical landmark that has served as a shining beacon for Greater Reading for more than 100 years. It is owned, loved and cared for by the city and citizens of Reading, Pennsylvania. Visitors from around the world come to see the Pagoda. This out-of-place and yet extraordinary building has an unforgettable view and is a comforting sight for many, especially the red glow of lights at night.
The Natural Science galleries are filled with collections of insects, birds and dinosaur fossils. Use binoculars to spot birds flying above and see the difference between a juvenile and adult bald eagle. The Ancient Civilizations galleries feature treasures from ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. Highlights include The Museum’s Ptolemaic period (305 – 30 BC) mummy, Nefrina, and her sarcophagus, which was excavated around 1885—a fixture at The Museum since the 1930s. The Latin American Gallery explores Ritual Arts and Sacred Rites. The North American Indian Gallery displays the culturally rich Native American heritage of the Deleware Montagnais, and Inuit tribes. The painting and sculpture galleries include works by Degas, Rodin, Warhol, and masters of the European Renaissance. Additional galleries include Medieval and Contemporary Armor, Oceanic, Asian, and African art.
The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum, located in Hamburg, PA, is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the Reading Railroad. The Museum tells the story of the Reading Railroad, one of the world’s largest corporations, and features vintage railroad cars and locomotives, photographs, documents and artifacts from the Reading Railroad.
Ridgewood Farm is a historic farm complex and national historic district located in Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. It has eight contributing buildings and five contributing structures. They are a two story, vernacular Federal sandstone farmhouse; sandstone Pennsylvania bank barn; sandstone summer kitchen / butcher house; 1 1/2-story, sandstone produce storage building; ground cellar; stone wall; and other outbuildings. Also on the property are the remains of the Schuylkill Canal that operated from 1924 to 1932, and two railroad lines. See also: Moonlight Winery.
Roadside America is an unforgettable panorama of life in rural United States. The exhibit spans more than two hundred years in time. In newspapers and magazines, Roadside America has been acclaimed as the greatest known miniature village—the most unique and detailed masterpiece of its kind in the world. Comprised of not one, but many villages, the display depicts the countryside as it might be seen by a giant so huge that he could see from coast to coast.
The Friends of the Robesonia Furnace was established in 1988 to preserve and disseminate information about the Robesonia area, with an emphasis on the Furnace andthe local iron industry played in the growth of the area. We try to increase public awareness of our rich heritage and present historic information through festivals, lectures, displays and publications. An annual Furnace Festival is held each September featuring great food, entertainment, arts and crafts and walking tours hosted by Lester Breininger Jr.
The Premier Haunted ScreamPark on the East Coast! Looking for some thrills this Halloween season? Come check out the best, Shocktoberfest. Consistently voted among the top in the entire world.
Skates Include In-Line Skates, Skateboards And Scooters. Bikes Include BMX-Style Bikes Only. Action Park includes Quarter Pipes that range in height from 3-5′, Three-sided Pyramid with Curved Rectangular Grind Rail, Double Pump Hump, Grind Box with angled edge, Skate Table (picnic table) with Kicker Ramp, Kinked Rectangular Grind Rail, Straight Round Grind Rail, Kinked Round Grind Rail, 5′ Hip and Spine, and 3 Ledges- 2 with 2″ round coping, 1 with 2″ square coping.
Come out and bike, hike, run or walk along the Union Canal Towpath all year round. Along the trail, which parallels the Tulpehocken Creek and extends from Reber’s Bridge to Stonecliffe in the Berks County Parks System, you can see wildlife such as fish, birds, turtles as well as flowers and trees native to this area. Historic sites along the trail include a restored lock once used on the Union Canal and a beautiful covered bridge. The Berks County Heritage Center is open for tours of the Gruber Wagon Works and C. Howard Canal Center through October.
Welcome to Wanamakers General Store an old-fashioned, family-owned general store in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. We offer everything from groceries and homemade deli items to locally produced crafts and made-in-the-USA toys. Wanamakers is located within minutes of Hawk Mountain Bird Sanctuary and Wannamaker, Kempton & Southern Railroad, which stops at the store on summer weekends.
Established in 1963, the WK&S is located in the scenic village of Kempton, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. We are also known as the “Hawk Mountain Line” because of our proximity to the famous bird sanctuary. Our quiet, rural setting adds to the quaint old-time atmosphere that appeals to families and children of all ages. Join us weekends from May through November for a ride back in time to when railroads were “king.”