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50 Things To Do In The Valley
 

The Allentown Rose Garden is a place to stroll, breathe in the lovely scent and enjoy the hues of red and pink.

You might see a bride-to-be scouting just the right spot for her wedding day photos or an artist taking photos that she'll later use for inspiration for a painting.

From June to September, the rose garden is at its most beautiful. It's truly a Lehigh Valley gem.

So here are 50 more things everyone in the Lehigh Valley should do at least once.

The Quadrant Book Mart & Coffee House: The creaky floors, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and used books, and the occasional game of Giant Jenga outside are just some of the reasons the Quadrant in Easton is dearly loved. In fact, when the North Third Street bookstore had to close its doors for two months for heating system repairs, customers eagerly stepped up to the plate to donate $13,000. Definitely a must-see. Oh, and it serves tasty breakfast and lunch dishes. 610-252-1188

Easton Public Market: Just around the corner from the Quadrant Book Mart is the Easton Public Market, a 15-vendor market devoted to locally grown, sourced and produced food at 325 Northampton St. You'll find a whole-animal butcher, a fishmonger and a farm stand selling local produce. And you can buy prepared foods from restaurants that offer barbecue, crepes, pizza and Egyptian food, or order from the Lehigh Valley's only noodle bar. eastonpublicmarket.com

Lehigh Valley Wine Trail: Nine wineries are part of the Valley's wine trail, all producing wine from grapes grown in their vineyards. You can choose from sparkling whites to robust reds. The region is best known for the one grape variety they all grow, Chambourcin. It's a dark berry with rich flavor that is used in a variety of wines and is celebrated each October during Chambourcin Weekend. The wineries offer tastings and many feature amazing views. Several are geographically, close so you can make a day of it. lehighvalleywinetrail.com

Escape rooms: It's a fun trend that combines puzzle solving and team building. And the Valley has two escape rooms: Human Vs. Room and Captured LV Escape Room. The idea is that you're "trapped" in a room with a bunch of your pals and you have to solve the clues to get out. Puzzle fans will love Human vs. Room for its challenging games. Captured LV Escape Room is challenging and features theatrical themes such as The Alchemy Lab and"The Pirate's Chamber. Human Vs. Room: 4210 Fritch Drive, Bethlehem Township, 610-419-3744. Captured LV Escape Room: 559 Main St., Bethlehem. Players under 14 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Info: capturedlv.com, capturedlv@gmail.com

Da Vinci Science Center: Why take the kids to Philadelphia or New York when we have a great science center right here in the Valley? Da Vinci features two floors of hands-on exhibits for kids, covering topics from insects to nanotechnology. 484-664-1002

Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre: Back for its 37th season, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre has top-notch 2017 shows, including the classic "My Fair Lady," the rock musical "Hair" and a modern circus production, "Wild." If you haven't seen a Muhlenberg show, you should. 484-664-3333

Carlo's Bakery: Famous for its black-and-white cookies, "lobster tail" pastry and its uber-famous owner, the Lehigh Valley now has its own "Cake Boss" bakery at the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort. Buddy Valastro, star of the popular TLC show "Cake Boss," opened his latest bakery (his second in Pennsylvania) this year. 484-893-3732

Emmaus Farmers Market: This farmers market, in its 15th year, is a major event every Sunday. Held in a bank parking lot, the market features more than two dozen vendors specializing in local produce, and even farm-to-glass spirits. Emmaus holds events such as the Where's Waldo Celebration (July 9) and the annual Chalk the Walk (Sept. 10). emmausmarket.com

Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center: This 1,168-acre state park in Bushkill Township is a true gem, with lots of places to walk, hike or just enjoy nature. 610-746-2801

10 Vegan Treats: This Bethlehem bakery has long been a favorite for vegans, with celebrities such as actress Gwyneth Paltrow and musicians Fall Out Boy among its clientele. It's also popular among non-vegan sweet tooths, as its desserts are decidedly decadent and delicious. 610-861-7660

11 Trexlertown Farmers Market: Held at Valley Preferred Cycling Center, this great Saturday market (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) is laid back and enjoyable. It offers an array of local producers offering fruits, vegetables, meats, breads, pastries and more. Parking is easy and the market is perfect for families with young children. You can pack bikes and ride at Bob Rodale Park across the street after you've finished shopping. 610-395-7000

12 Greek festivals: The parishioners of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Bethlehem bake and cook up a storm for spring and fall Greek food festivals. You can buy gyros, moussaka, pastitsio, spanakopita, tyropita, baklava and more, and get a tour of the cathedral. The 2017 fall fest is set for Sept. 15-17. 610-867-1327

13 Museum of Industrial History: The Valley's newest museum debuted in August. A Smithsonian Institution affiliate, the museum, in Bethlehem Steel's 1913 Electric Repair Shop, tells the story of the Industrial Revolution in America through more than 200 artifacts. It covers the steel, silk and propane industries and features machines that were part of a Smithsonian exhibit that celebrated the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Interactive displays give visitors an idea of what it was like to work in a factory. This summer you can check out how the nation's factories were an important part of baseball history in "Making America's Pastime." 602 E. 2nd St., Bethlehem. 610-694-6644

14 Moravian Book Shop: This independent bookstore in the heart of historic Bethlehem was founded in 1745 by the Moravian Church. It's the oldest continuously operating bookstore in the United States and the second oldest in the world. This charming shop has a fantastic selection of books, especially for kids. The bookstore is in the middle of a huge gift shop that features many Christmas decorations including Moravian stars. 610-866-5481

15 Bake Oven Knob: A rather challenging day hike will be rewarded with a great view of the Lehigh Valley. Bake Oven Knob in Germansville is part of the Appalachian Trail. You may even spot a hawk or two at the top. Info: bit.ly/2rd83uT

16 Lehigh Valley Phantoms: Watch the top prospects for the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers play in downtown Allentown's PPL Center. There's not really a bad seat in the house, the ticket prices are right and the entertainment between periods is fun for the kids. Season opener is Oct. 7. 610-224-4625

17 Sun Inn: It's one of the country's most historic inns, built in 1758 by the Moravians. You now can dine where the country's founders — including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Ben Franklin — ate and slept. The Tavern in the Sun Inn serves up fascinating history with excellent dinners. 610-866-1758

18 Free Levitt Pavilion concerts: The setting is wonderful: at the base of the former Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces. And ArtsQuest programs a fascinating mix of 50 free summer concerts at SteelStacks' Levitt Pavilion. Just bring your own chairs. www.levittsteelstacks.org

19 A class at Banana Factory: The Banana Factory is an arts center in what had been a fruit warehouse in south Bethlehem. It offers an array of classes as well as fun art classes for kids. 610-332-1300

20 Eat at an Emeril restaurant: Bethlehem is home to celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse's only East Coast restaurants. Located in the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort, they are Burgers and More by Emeril, Emeril's Chop House and Emeril's Fish House. www.pasands.com/dining.html

21 Allentown Rose Garden: It's a beautiful spot for photos, artistic inspiration and to just to walk among the flowers. You'll find it at 3000 Parkway Blvd. in Allentown.

22 Emmaus Theatre: In the early 1900s, patrons of the Palace Theatre in Emmaus could walk in, drop a nickel into the personal viewing machine, turn the crank and watch a movie. While a lot's changed since then, moviegoers can still enjoy movies at what's now known as the Emmaus Theatre. 19 S. Fourth St., Emmaus. 610-965-2878

23 19th Street Theatre: This West End Allentown theater dates to 1928. The theater's original art deco design is relatively intact — with exterior ceramic tiles and ornamentation, interior carvings, original deco lights and ceiling medallion. The theater has been showing movies since it opened — art-house movies since the late 1980s. In the 1950s, it began branching out and now presents a variety of arts, including live productions on its stage and student art shows. 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. 610-432-8943

24 The Roxy: During its early days, the Roxy hosted vaudeville and Wild West shows, as well as minstrels and local productions. Although motion pictures have always been the main attraction, live concerts were once a big draw including shows by then up-and-coming rock musicians Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Styx, Peter Frampton and Kiss. 2004 Main St., Northampton. 610-262-7699

25 Bethlehem Dairy Store: Also known as The Cup, it's a wonderful old-fashioned ice cream joint that's a Valley institution. 610-691-8422

26 Allentown Art Museum: This museum in downtown Allentown boasts a collection of more than 17,000 works of art. One highlight: a library brought from a home designed by famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. 610-432-4333

27 Godfrey Daniels: Opened as a coffeehouse more than 40 years ago, it's become known as one of the top folk music venues in the country. About the name: it comes from a euphemistic expletive favored by comedian W.C. Fields. 610-867-2390

28 Lehigh Valley Steelhawks: If you enjoy high-scoring games rather than defensive battles, you should check out an indoor football game, where it's not unusual for the combined score to reach more than 100 points. The Steelhawks play in Allentown's PPL Center, and a game makes for a fun family outing. lvsteelhawks.com

29 Brew pubs: The Lehigh Valley offers a growing number of options for those who enjoy finely crafted local beer. You can choose from more than 10 craft breweries, from Emmaus to Allentown, and Bethlehem to Easton. themorningcall.com/beer

30 Liberty Bell Museum: See where one of America's most famous symbols found refuge during the American Revolution. The Liberty Bell Museum is based in the historic Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ in Allentown. A handpainted mural tells the history of how Philadelphia's Liberty Bell was secretly transported by wagon and hidden in the Allentown church. The country's founders were worried the British might take the famous bell. You'll find a replica in the museum that you can ring. 610-435-4232

31 Bach Festival: The country's oldest Bach choir, based in Bethlehem, holds a festival each May to celebrate the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. A highlight: performances each year of Bach's Mass in B Minor, one of the most acclaimed works in history. 610-866-4382

32 Free concerts at West Park: The band shell in tree-lined West Park in Allentown is the setting for a summer series of free band concerts. It's a tranquil location at 16th and Turner streets. One regular performer: the Allentown Band, the country's oldest municipal band. westpark-ca.org/concert-schedule

33 Karl Stirner Arts Trail: Combine a great walk with the scenery of beautiful art. It's a 2.5-mile trail that winds along the Bushkill Creek in Easton. There are benches to take a break on along the trail, which includes more than 15 pieces by contemporary artists. sites.lafayette.edu/ksat/art

34 Leaser Lake: Take a ride through scenic farmland near New Tripoli and stop at Leaser Lake. It offers good fishing from boats or shore. Call ahead to Leaser Lake Boats, Bikes & Bait, and they'll drop off a kayak or other boat to rent. And you can hike on a 4-mile trail around the lake. Info: bit.ly/2d5CPPr

35 Jim Thorpe: This Carbon County town is a charming place to visit. It offers outdoor activities, shopping and performing arts options. Visit Lehigh Gorge State Park and hike the Lehigh Gorge Trail. It follows more than 20 miles of abandoned railroad lines along the river, providing opportunities for hiking, bicycling, sightseeing and photography. jimthorpe.org

36 WK&S Railroad: Train enthusiasts will love this experience. The Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern is a small tourist railroad that runs through the northern part of Berks County. It's a roughly 40 minute ride on a railroad that runs on 3 1/2three and a half miles of track. 610- 756-6469

37 Peeps and Company: The iconic marshmallow Peeps candies are made in Bethlehem. And the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley is home to one of only two stores that sells all things Peeps (the other is in National Harbor, Md.). Peeps and Company is a fun place that also sells other sweets such as Mike and Ike, also made by the Just Born candy company.

38 Easton Garlic Fest: It's the most pungent weekend of the year. The 2017 Garlic Fest will be held Oct. 7 and 8. It will again be loaded with garlicky goodness — from tastings, demos and cooking competitions to delicious sweet and savory garlic dishes to take home. eastongarlicfest.com

39 Covered Bridge Park: Take a picnic lunch or stroll at this gorgeous park in South Whitehall Township. A creek runs through the center of it. Of course ,the big attraction is Wehr's Covered Bridge, built in 1841. southwhitehall.com/parks-recreation/parks

40 Lehigh Valley Grand Prix: You can pretend you're a race car driver (except you're driving indoors in go-karts) at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix. Embrace the adrenaline rush as you zip around a track at about 45 mph. 649 S. 10th St., Allentown. 610-432-7223

41 Wanamakers General Store: Take a trip back in time by visiting this gem of a general store near New Tripoli. You'll find locally produced foods, pottery, jewelry and crafts by local artists. A bonus: a room filled with old-fashioned toys for sale. 610-756-6609

42 Bear Creek Mountain Resort: Visit for hiking, biking and disc golf in the warm months, and for skiing and tubing in the winter. And there's no long drive. 101 Doe Mountain Lane, Longswamp Township. 610-682-7100

43 SangriaFest: Sangria fans now have their own event. SangriaFest will mark its second year on July 15 at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. You'll have a chance to sample 10 types of the wine cocktail, plus play bocce and buy items from top local food trucks. Info: bit.ly/2tcPSqB

44 Arnabit from Taza Stop: Here's a dish you really must try. Taza Stop at the Easton Public Market sells this lightly breaded cauliflower, which has a spicy kick that builds in your mouth. It comes with a homemade garlic sour cream sauce. 484-661-6914

45 Trampoline parks: Here's another hot trend in entertainment, and the Valley has two options. Both are great places to take the kids this summer, especially on a rainy day. FreeFall Trampoline Park, 2800 Baglyos Circle, Bethlehem Township. 610-849-0373. And Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 228 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. 610-759-9663

46 Lehigh Pizza: This pizza joint in south Bethlehem is a Valley favorite, a perfect place to grab a slice. And it's highly recommended by none other than celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. 610-866-1088

47 Wine on the Mountain: It's a perfect event to discover delightful Lehigh Valley wines. Held July 22 and 23, 2017 at Penn's Peak near Jim Thorpe, the event includes wine samples from several wineries. Sip some wine and enjoy the mountain views. lehighvalleywinetrail.com

48 Christkindlmarkt: 2017 will mark the 25th year for this charming German-style holiday market that features more than 100 vendors selling holiday gifts. The market also features music and activities. 610-332-1300

49 Zucchini 500: If you're looking for silly family fun, this annual Easton Farmers Market event is a great one. Here's how it works: You choose a zucchini, picking just the right shape and weight to perfectly suit a fast-moving automobile. You get your axles (dowels) and wheels. And then it's time to carve and put your car together. The 11th annual race will be held July 29, 2017.

50 Sicilian pizza, Cavaluzzo's: This quirky Emmaus pizza shop, decorated floor-to-ceiling in Beatles posters, has a spectacular Sicilian style pizza. (Square, thick crust, extra cheesy and extra saucy.) 1328 Chestnut St., Emmaus, 610-965-8070

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