Founded in 1980, Dutch Springs in Bethlehem, PA, was an old quarry property that was purchased and converted into one of the largest freshwater scuba diving facilities in the country. Today, this lakeside adventure park offers a wide variety of watersports and has even expanded to include a two-story rock climbing wall, challenging rope course, and camping areas, all of which provide exciting team building experiences for corporations, families, and friends. The next time you’re in the area, be sure to stop by Dutch Springs for a day of fun in the sun in the beautiful Lehigh Valley.
What You’ll See at Dutch Springs in Bethlehem
Just a ten-minute drive from the Sayre Mansion, guests can spend an afternoon on the lake and enjoy swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding, or keep your feet planted on the ground and explore the obstacle course, picnic tables, and gift shop on land. Here are some of our favorite things to do at Dutch Springs.
Snorkeling & Scuba Diving Tours
During the summer months, visitors can take an escorted tour of the freshwater lake at Dutch Springs. This 50-acre lake is filtered by an underground aquifer that seeps through the limestone, providing 20 to 30-foot visibility that’s ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. Below the surface, divers will see an 85-foot long helicopter, a pilot boat, crane, trolley, several airplanes, a tank truck, and more. The lake also sports a number of fish species including koi, yellow perch, bluegills, trout, and largemouth bass. An experienced guide will lead guests on this 90-minute journey, and all of the equipment is provided – you just need to bring a towel! The Dutch Springs scuba tours are determined by the ability of the group, so you can have the most memorable and enjoyable experience possible.
Camping & Land Activities
If you’re not a big fan of the water, there are tons of other activities to enjoy at Dutch Springs. The Sky Challenge area of the park combines a sky-high rock climbing wall and a rope course that will test your abilities and get your heart pumping. Visitors can also spend an evening in a tent or RV at Dutch Springs. On Friday and Saturday nights during May thru October, guests can bring a gas grill or stove and enjoy camping out and relaxing amongst nature. Two heated bathhouses with warm showers are open all night, and the sound of bullfrogs, crickets, and rustling leaves provide the perfect backdrop. Don’t forget to bring some ingredients for s’mores!
Head Back to the Sayre Mansion
Before you start planning your trip to Dutch Springs in Bethlehem, be sure to book your stay in our beautiful Lehigh Valley bed and breakfast. Our spacious and comfortable rooms and suites are the perfect retreat after a day of outdoor recreation or an overnight camping adventure. Plus, you’ll enjoy a hearty and delicious gourmet breakfast each morning so you can fuel up and get ready for the fun day ahead. We can’t wait to hear about your day at Dutch Springs!
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