There is so much to do and see in the Lehigh Valley during the summer months. The warmer weather allows visitors to go out and explore all the region has to offer. During your stay at the Sayre Mansion, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a variety of adventures in the Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley. One great place to visit if you want to take on a new challenge is Dutch Springs PA.
Dutch Springs PA is a 50-acre fresh water diving facility and adventure park just north of Bethlehem. The manmade, spring-fed lake has its origins in the 1930s when National Portland Cement Company began manufacturing concrete and mining limestone. This created a quarry which filled with water. While the cement company was still operating this water was continually pumped out, but when the operation shut down the quarry began to fill. In 1980 the land now known as Dutch Springs PA was purchased and made into the freshwater diving facility that still exists today.
Scuba diving may not be something that jumps to mind when you think of Pennsylvania, but Dutch Springs PA attracts scuba divers of all levels to the area to use the freshwater lake. Dutch Springs PA offers a number of scuba diving programs. Diver training and certification programs are available to newer divers. Underwater attractions such as a sunken school bus, trolley, fire truck and a number of aircraft provide points of interest for more experienced divers. The lake also sports a number of fish species including koi, yellow perch, bluegills, trout and largemouth bass. For advanced divers, night diving is available on Saturday nights.
If you want to enjoy the waters of Dutch Springs PA but aren’t quite ready to take the scuba dive, you may be interested in the snorkeling tours the park offers. Or visit the Aqua Park to play on inflatable slides, obstacles and rides. Watercraft rentals are also available on the property, so you can explore the lake and its shores on your own terms. The watercraft available for rental are paddle boats and kayaks among other options.
And if life on the lake isn’t your speed, you can still enjoy Dutch Springs PA. The Sky Challenge area of the park combines a rock climbing wall with a challenging ropes course to test your abilities in an exciting environment. The course measures two stories tall and sure to get your adrenaline pumping. The Sky Challenge is a great team building experience for company retreats as well as families and friends.
When planning your adventures at Dutch Springs PA, don’t forget to book your stay at the Sayre Mansion. Our timeless rooms combine the elegance of the past with the modern conveniences of today, making our Bethlehem bed and breakfast the perfect home away from home. Luxurious amenities combine with historic charm to create an unforgettable experience. And your stay includes a hearty breakfast so you’ll be ready to take on whatever adventures await you! We look forward to seeing you soon!
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