Allentown is known for many things, including its award-winning park system, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs baseball team, and its rich Pennsylvania Dutch history. But just where is Allentown, PA and why should you visit? We have a few suggestions!
Where is Allentown, PA?
First things first. Allentown is located about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia and 90 miles west of New York City, making Allentown a popular destination among business and leisure travelers. The Lehigh Valley International Airport is about three miles northeast of Allentown, which offers direct service from Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago-O’Hare, Charlotte, Philadelphia, and several cities in Florida.
Allentown is part of the Lehigh Valley, named for the Lehigh River that runs through the area. The Lehigh Valley is comprised of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. Allentown is the largest city in the Lehigh Valley and the third largest city in Pennsylvania. This Pennsylvania-New Jersey metropolitan area is growing quickly. With this growth, there are plenty of things to do for every interest and age group, yet it’s still small enough to navigate easily.
A Few of Our Favorite Things to Do and See in Allentown
Like much of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown was once an active manufacturing center but it now offers an array of cultural attractions, museums, entertainment and much more. Here are a few of our favorite things to do and see and Allentown.
Allentown Art Museum
The Allentown Art Museum offers tremendous variety and quality in its exhibitions, educational programs and public events. The museum serves more than 100,000 visitors each year. Its collection of more than 17,000 works of art offers the opportunity to experience nearly 2,000 years of cultural heritage in an accessible, visitor-friendly environment.
Held in late August/early September each year, the Allentown Fair is a fun and educational experience for all ages. The fair was first held in 1852 and continues to have deep roots in the agricultural traditions that it began with.
Allentown is home to an award-winning park system that includes West Park. This beautiful park offers grassy areas, trails, a fountain and a band shell where you can listen to different bands during the Summer Concert Series.
Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market
The Farmers Market is a great place to get local produce and handcrafted goods. Located on the Allentown Fairgrounds, the market features more than 65 merchants. You’ll be sure to find just what you are looking for, whether it’s baked goods, fresh flowers, seafood or produce.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Allentown is also home to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the region’s popular minor league baseball team and the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Named for the steel industry’s prominent place in the region’s history, the team was founded in 1993. The name IronPigs comes from the term “pig iron” which was part of the process of steel production. Check out the IronPigs’ schedule and plan to take in a game at Coca-Cola Park while you’re visiting.
Planning a Visit?
If you’re planning a trip to the area, rest assured you’ll find many great things to do in Allentown. Consider staying nearby in Bethlehem, PA at Sayre Mansion, a quaint bed and breakfast known for its outstanding hospitality, breakfast and charm.
Photo credit: James Benetzky / Downtown Allentown / flickr