AllentownUnited States of America

Ride some of the tallest roller coasters in the country, marvel at images of space and see where the Liberty Bell was hidden at this Pennsylvania city.

You may recognize Allentown as the subject of Billy Joel’s eponymous song, an ode to the working class. While Allentown has changed considerably since Joel released the song in 1982, it still has strong links to the blue-collar industries that helped carve its identity.

For a historic perspective on the city, take a walking tour through Old Allentown to view restored Victorian-style homes. Visit Zion’s Reformed Church of Christ to see where American rebels hid the Liberty Bell from the British Army during the Revolutionary War.

Allentown has museums ranging in focus from art to science and many things in between. From hunter-gatherers to the Pennsylvania Dutch, trace the settlers of the area at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum. The Allentown Art Museum displays thousands of pieces of art and frequently hosts events and special exhibits.

Bring the family to the interactive Da Vinci Science Center. One of the most notable exhibits is View Space, which displays NASA’s breathtaking space images. As its name suggests, the new America on Wheels museum provides information about the history of wheeled transportation, from bicycles to race cars.

Enjoy Allentown’s thriving arts scene with a Broadway-style show or independent film at the Civic Theatre. The historic Symphony Hall stages concert series such as Jazz Cabaret and Symphony Hall Pops as well as dance performances and plays.

Find some excitement at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom with some of the tallest and longest roller coasters on the East coast. Afterward, cool off in the attached water park with dozens of slides and pools. For even more thrills, go to Lehigh Valley Grand Prix for go-kart racing that looks and feels like you are driving grand prix race cars.

As Pennsylvania’s third-largest city, Allentown has plenty of attractions to entertain any visitor. It is centrally located just 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Philadelphia and 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of New York City. Visit during the snowy winter season or the heat of summer for a variety of delightful experiences.

Where to stay in Allentown

Allentown showing rides, a city and a festival

Hamilton District

4/5Very Good!(14 area reviews)

While visiting Hamilton District, you might make a stop by sights like PPL Center and Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

Hamilton District
Food galore

Downtown Historic District

4.5/5Wonderful!(27 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Downtown Historic District, Crayola Factory and National Canal Museum are top sights worth seeing.

Downtown Historic District
Some of the most beautiful roses I have ever seen.  Most visit when in the area.

Hamilton Park

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Hamilton Park and surrounding area, you can visit Allentown Fairgrounds and Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom.

Hamilton Park
Allentown showing rides, a city and a festival

St. Paul's Park

While St. Paul's Park might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like PPL Center and Allentown Fairgrounds.

St. Paul's Park

Top Hotels in Allentown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Bear Creek Mountain Resort
Bear Creek Mountain Resort
3.5 out of 5
101 Doe Mountain Lane, Macungie, PA
The price is $107 per night

Located in the mountains, this Macungie resort offering ski-in/ski-out access is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Bear Creek Mountain and within 12 mi (20 km) of Macungie ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (298 reviews)

"We are very greatful and please with Erin the manager, she was very professional and helpful"…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Bear Creek Mountain Resort
Hyatt Place Bethlehem
Hyatt Place Bethlehem
3 out of 5
45 West North Street, Bethlehem, PA
The price is $107 per night

Situated in Bethlehem, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Lehigh University. Historic Hotel Bethlehem ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (989 reviews)

"Amazing stay!! Fantastic hotel, great location- right by downtown shops and restaurants. Clean hotel, friendly staff, amazing hotel front desk workers!! And best of all, they allow pets!!!! We had an amazing stay, highly recommend!!!!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

Hyatt Place Bethlehem
Red Roof Inn Allentown Airport
Red Roof Inn Allentown Airport
2 out of 5
1846 Catasauqua Road, Allentown, PA
The price is $66 per night

Situated in Allentown, this motel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Coca-Cola Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Bethlehem Golf Club. Lehigh University and PPL Center are also ...

3.7/5Good! (987 reviews)

"Ashley the cleaning lady was very kind and helpful 😊"…"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2020

Red Roof Inn Allentown Airport

Popular places to visit in Allentown

Wind Creek Bethlehem
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Wind Creek Bethlehem

4.5/5(420 reviews)

Why not roll the dice by visiting Wind Creek Bethlehem where you can enjoy the entertainment at this popular casino in Bethlehem? Experience the lively festivals and great live music in this quaint area.

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
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Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

4.5/5(136 reviews)

Have a fun-filled day at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom and find out why this is a popular amusement park in Allentown. Amble around the area's college campus or attend a sporting event.

Lake Nockamixon
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Lake Nockamixon

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Lake Nockamixon during your travels in Allentown.

Top things to do in Allentown

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Pennsylvania
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Pennsylvania

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Pennsylvania
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Pennsylvania

$20
Per adult
Allentown Scavenger Hunt: The Art of Allentown
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Allentown Scavenger Hunt: The Art of Allentown

$20
Per adult
The Heist Escape Room
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The Heist Escape Room

$38
Per adult
Two Flight Indoor Skydiving Experience
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Two Flight Indoor Skydiving Experience

$70
Per adult
Weekly Casino Shuttle
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Weekly Casino Shuttle

$32
Per adult

Reviews of Allentown

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
225
5 - Excellent 23.316062176165804%
4 - Good
476
4 - Good 49.32642487046632%
3 - Okay
217
3 - Okay 22.487046632124354%
2 - Disappointing
26
2 - Disappointing 2.694300518134715%
1 - Terrible
21
1 - Terrible 2.1761658031088085%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 20, 2020

No

3/5 - Okay

D

May 13, 2020

Eh, it’s fine. Nothing special but not the worst place ever.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 9, 2020

Allentown is like any other city nothing special

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 26, 2020

Very small town navigation is interesting make sure you pay attention to your exits because of you miss one it you might have to travel to another town before you get to turn around

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

I really liked it, overall I think it was very pleasant, quiet, comfortable and welcoming!

5/5 - Excellent

Eileen

Feb 19, 2020

Allentown is great if you know where to go and where not to go!!

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