Your Guide to the Best Things to Do in Historic Bethlehem, PA

Bethlehem, PA, is a city rich in history and culture. What was once the center of trade and steel production during the Industrial Revolution is now a haven for artists and history buffs. From the Moravians who first established the area to the Lehigh Valley Railroad and Bethlehem Steel Corporation, there are traces of our past in every part of our gorgeous city. Explore Historic Bethlehem, PA, during your stay in Sayre Mansion.

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Explore Historic Bethlehem, PA

Hit Up the Visitor Center

The perfect place to start exploring historic Bethlehem, PA is the Visitor Center. At the Visitor Center, you can gather information about the important historic sites to visit and buy tickets for tours. The Visitor Center is also a great place to start scenic tours. It is within walking distance to the area’s most popular sites.

Explore the Steel Town History

The Bethlehem Steel Corporation has left a legacy within our city. Get to know a bit about the company and the day to day life of a steelworker by going on the “Steelwalkers” Walking Tours. There’s no better way to learn about the common way of life for many of Bethlehem’s past citizens.

Visit Burnside Plantation

Burnside Plantation in Bethlehem, PA, is known as the “farm in the city” and is a wonderful place to go and explore the Moravian farming system. The plantation features several buildings including a farmhouse, two barns, the summer kitchen, and other outbuildings. There are also displays and demonstrations of the way things were made when Moravian farmers and their families inhabited farms like this one. In addition, this destination is home to the Burnside Plantation Blueberry Festival, an annual event you don’t want to miss!

Learn Something New About the Past at a Museum

Because Bethlehem, PA, has such rich history, it only stands to reason that there are several worthwhile museums to visit. One that you should make time for is the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, which has been ranked as the “Best Historic Spot” on Lehigh Valley’s Happening List. The museum illustrates the Moravian way of life and the history of Bethlehem’s earliest residents. Another great museum is the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, where visitors can see displays of furniture, paintings, china, clothing, and silver. The historic site features over three centuries of decorative arts!

Stay at Sayre Mansion

A trip to Historic Bethlehem, PA, isn’t complete without a stay at Sayre Mansion! Our gorgeous mansion has a long history tying back to the Lehigh Valley Railroad. Since 1858, Sayre Mansion has remained in central Bethlehem, with modern organizations and institutions having been built around it. Thus, it’s centrally located, making it easy to tour the town. Inside the mansion, you’ll find exquisitely comfortable guest rooms furnished in a combination of antique and modern decor. These accommodations are one-of-a-kind, with each room being uniquely styled. Check our availability and book your room today! We look forward to having you.