6 Places in the Lehigh Valley You Must Visit this Summer


Summertime has officially arrived in the Lehigh Valley and now is the perfect time to plan a visit to the Sayre Mansion to discover all the delights the area has to offer. From historical sites, to aquatic adventures and everything in between, there are several places in the Lehigh Valley you must visit this summer.


1. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

There are more than 100 rides, shows and attractions for guests to enjoy including seven roller coasters, the largest collection of kids’ rides in Planet Snoopy™ and one of the country’s best-ranked water parks. Splash around and beat the heat in one of the country’s best-ranked water parks. Get soaked by the tremendous collection of splashes, including 22 drenching water slides, two tubing rivers and two huge wave pools.


2. Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Each summer on the campus of DeSales University in Center Valley, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival presents a season of outstanding theatre. Along with Shakespearean masterworks, the schedule includes other classics and newer plays that are sure to become favorites. This year’s plays include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Charlotte’s Web, How I Learned What I Learned and An Iliad.


3. Wind Creek Bethlehem

Wind Creek Bethlehem is home to a world class casino, restaurants, shopping, and nightclubs, as well as an event center.  If you’re looking for some hot nightlife in Bethlehem, then Wind Creek is the ultimate destination and it’s minutes away from Sayre Mansion.  Making use of the grounds of the old Bethlehem Steel Company factory, Wind Creek is adjacent to the new SteelStacks campus, which is reinvigorating the town’s arts and culture scene. Along with great gaming and dining in the resort, Wind Creek Events Center presents big name musical acts and more.


4. Historic Sites in Bethlehem

Historic Bethlehem

Bethlehem, PA is a town full of culture, charm and history. The legacy of the early Moravian residents lives on in several historical sites and museums in the community. The Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts is housed in three interconnected 1800s homes and features exhibits highlighting decorative and home items spanning three centuries. The Moravian Museum is another spot to check out to get some insight into the town’s history and find out about the lifestyle of our founders.


5. Bethlehem SteelStacks


The former home of the Bethlehem Steel Company, which was founded in 1863, has been turned into a ten-acre campus “dedicated to arts culture, family events, community celebrations, education and fun.” During the summer the SteelStacks play host to many music performances, including several that are part of Musikfest. The SteelStacks campus includes ArtsQuest, Banana Factory, Levitt Pavilion, and Christmas City.


6. Lehigh Valley Wine Trail

Lehigh Valley Wine Trail

The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is the perfect attraction for wine lovers who want to sample the region’s best vintages. The Wine Trail is made up of eight family-owned wineries and vineyards in the designated American Viticultural area of the Lehigh Valley.  In July, check out Wine and Shine in the Lehigh Valley. The event included food and beverage pairings from each of the seven participating venues.


While planning your trip to see these great Lehigh Valley attractions, make sure to book your stay at the Sayre Mansion.  Our location in the heart of Bethlehem combined with our timelessly elegant guest rooms and suites will make your trip one to remember.



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