Allentown Brew Works is a locally owned and operated brewery, bar, and restaurant that specializes in locally sourced, sustainable food and drinks. Their menu offers a huge selection of beers on tap, and in bottles and cans, and features standard American cuisine cooked to perfection. Try the beer cheese soup, a big, juicy burger, or a gourmet salad alongside your tasty brew. Allentown Brew Works hosts an array of different happy hours and specials throughout the week, and is also available for weddings, parties, and other private events. Â
Experience the romance of drive-ins at one of the country's oldest theaters located in Orefield. Established in 1934, Shankweiler opened just a year after the country's first drive-in and has been welcoming audiences year after year with the latest blockbusters. The theater has kept-up with the times incorporating newer screening and audio technologies suited to the outdoor setting. Get your fill of bites at the snack bar that offers a selection of beverages and snacks including hot dogs, burgers and popcorn. There's a delightful choice of candy as well. Check website for more.
Nockamixon State Park is a popular destination among locals and tourists alike. Spread across 5,286 acres (2,139.17 hectares), this parkland is a haven for wildlife and nature enthusiasts as well as those who love the outdoors. It features picnic spots, a swimming pool, loop trails, hiking trails, bicycle trails, disc golfing, a fishing pond, cabins and a hostel. Enjoy water activities like boating, windsurfing, kayaking, motorboating, whitewater rafting and fishing at the 1,450 acres (586.79 hectares) Lake Nockamixon. This state park opened in 1973, even offers hunting zones in nearly half of its property. Horseback riding, mountain biking and winter sports such as ice fishing, skating, sledding and cross-country skiing are included in the offing. They also have educational programs for schools. You can be sure of a fun-filled, action-packing outing at this scenic park for the entire family.
The late 1800s saw the Industrial Revolution took over when the machines rendered hand-made devices obsolete. This was when Henry Mercer, an archaeologist, and a visionary in his own right, realized the importance of preserving these discarded, forgotten artifacts. Mercer either built or collected everything inside and outside of the huge mansion. The ambitious project, completed in 1912, comprises of over 400,000 instruments. Featuring artifacts like a whaler's boat, vampire's hunting kit, watchmaker's tools that depict the average American livelihoods over the century, the Mercer Museum is not only one of the most visited museums in the country but also an inspiration in itself.
The beautiful Lehigh Valley Zoo is positioned inside the Trexler Nature Preserve. Centrally located in Schnecksville, the zoo is spread across 29 acres (11.7 hectares). It offers an array of activities, the highlighted ones being the Run Wild at Lehigh Valley Zoo, among others. It also arranges for paddle boating on the scenic waters as well as wagon rides at modest prices. A step ahead than typical animal conservatories, Lehigh Valley Zoo organizes a range of educational programs inclusive of the zoo research, penguin sightings, summer camps and much more.
Know all about wine-making and taste one of the finest wines in Pennsylvania at the New Hope Winery. Set in an old barn, this winery offers amazing variety of wines ranging from white, fruit wines to red wine. While you are here, you can pick-up gourmet food, trinkets and similar stuff from the on-site shop. It also features live music concerts every week that are well attended. New Hope Winery, can be rented for private events and functions too. For more details, call ahead or check website.