Allentown is a city in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is the third largest city in Pennsylvania, after Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

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Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

Located on the west end of Hamilton Boulevard near Interstate 78, this popular amusement park and water park is home to at least six world-class roller coasters, including the 200-foot-tall Steel Force, multi-looping coasters Talon and Hydra: The Revenge, and antique wooden roller coaster Thunderhawk. The park is open from early May to the end of October, and the waterpark is open from late May to early September. During the times that the waterpark is open, waterpark admission is included in the price of admission to the regular park, and guests can move freely back and forth between the two interconnected parks.

Great Allentown Fair

The Great Allentown Fair is an annual event that is over 150 years strong. It offers a unique experience that includes everything from family-owned food stands to a bill of national musical acts. The fair brings the world of the county fair and the street carnival together to provide visitors with an experience that helps to make Allentown a distinctive destination. At other times of the year, various events are held at the fairgrounds, including concerts, gigantic flea markets, antique sales, computer shows, and an assortment of many other shows and expos.


This is a popular activity in nearby mountains. Most skiing areas are closed seasonally, since snow can usually only be manufactured from about November to April. Bear Creek Mountain Resort [] and Blue Mountain Resort are a short drive away in Macungie and Palmerton, respectively. Larger, world-famous ski resorts, including Jack Frost & Big Boulder [], are located in the Poconos, about 1 hour drive north on Interstate 476.

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Mayfair Festival of the Arts takes place over Memorial Day weekend. It brings outstanding performers and artisans to Allentown’s scenic Cedar Beach Park to put their talents on display. With six performance stages, over 100 artists and craftspeople, roving entertainers, and more than two dozen vendors offering authentic regional foods, Mayfair is a feast of sights, sounds, and smells.

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High school athletics

Allentown's three high schools and most large Lehigh Valley high schools compete athletically in the Lehigh Valley Conference, widely recognized as one of the highest quality athletic divisions in the nation. The conference has produced numerous professional and Olympic athletes and is especially known for its quality football and wrestling programs.

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Crocodile Rock Cafe

A popular night spot on Hamilton St. in Center City. Nationally known rock, metal, and hip-hop artists perform at "Croc Rock." One of the premier live music venues in eastern Pennsylvania. Headline performers have included Snoop Dogg, Hollywood Undead, Sean Kingston, Chris Cornell, and Dropkick Murphys.

Allentown Brew Works

This restaurant is a second location modeled after the Bethlehem Brew Works also owned by the Fegley Family. A micro brewery, the four-level restaurant serves upscale bar fare, with bars on three levels, including the Silk Lounge on the lower level. Live comedy.

Maingate Nightclub

Large and festive nightclub with modern dance and hip hop music, large dance floor, outside bars open in summer. Dance and hip hop music spun by top New York City, Philadelphia and Allentown DJs. Also has periodic under 21 nights.

The Brass Rail

The "Something for Everyone Restaurant", an Allentown tradition, is known for their cheesesteaks and Italian American fare. Established in1931, it provides a casual family friendly dining experience 362 days of year.

EAT   —  +1 610 797-1927 —  Map


This small hot dog chain is considered to be a local favorite, and is a must-try for first time visitors to Allentown. There are six Yocco's locations in Allentown and its surrounding suburbs.

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A local restaurant just north of the airport, at the junction of Airport Road (Old Airport Road) and Catausauqua Road. Gregory's is famous for its 120-ounce steak, the largest in the world.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs

The AAA-level minor league team of the 2008 World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies play their home games from early April through early October at Allentown's Coca-Cola Park.

Cosmopolitan Restaurant

Located in the Arts District, the Cosmopolitan features contemporary American cuisine with European influences. Also features a lounge, a ballroom and a rooftop lounge.

EAT   —  +1 610-435-3540 —  22 N. 6th St

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

The Philadelphia Flyers have moved their AHL team to Allentown for 2014. They will be playing hockey at the new PPL Center downtown from September through May.

Liberty Bell Museum

See special exhibits and ring a full-size replica of the Liberty Bell which was hidden from the British in this historic church during the Revolutionary War.

Dan's Camera City

Get film developed. Print digital prints while you wait. Create cool gifts using your own photos. Camera equipment for sale and rent.

Holiday Inn Allentown Center City

Hotel just underwent major renovation. Made in Brazil, a Brazilian Steakhouse is its newly opened restaurant. Plentiful parking.


Selected as top 100 Chinese restaurants in USA 2007 & 2008. The Morning Call Readers Choice winner for Best Chinese Restaurant.

Yes Nightclub

Up and coming center city nightclub. Upscale attire usually required. Major dance music DJs and periodically live bands.

MIXX Nightclub and Sports

Major sports bar with multiple televisions. Jam-packed for most Philadelphia Eagles games. DJs and periodic live bands.

Strange Brew Tavern

Bar food and entrees. 24 craft and macro taps, and extensive selection of bottled beer. Live music 3-4 nights per week.

Allentown Art Museum

World-class permanent art collection with changing exhibits. Closed until fall 2011 for a major renovation/expansion.

SEE   —  +1 610 432-4333 —  31 N 5th St

Philadelphia Force

Professional women's softball. Even though they have a Philadelphia name, they play their home games in Allentown.

DO   —  +1 610-841-SOFT —  Map


New local hotspot, features eclectic Mediterranean cuisine such as paella. Cocktail bar, lots of outdoor seating.

Wally's Deli

A popular, locally owned place with several Lehigh Valley locations. In Allentown, it is on 17th street.

Liberty Street Tavern & Pizzeria

Bar food and Italian cuisine, Taco Tuesdays, Wide selection of bottled microbrews and imported beers.

Pistachio Bar & Grille

Martini bar, and Italian-fusion food, modern-looking dining area, a bit loud and busy on weekends.

Zandy's Steak Shop

Another must try for anyone coming to Lehigh Valley. A local version of the Philly steak sandwich.

Bay Leaf

New American and Asian cuisine. Highly recommended, very good, complete menu and great service.

Teddy's Jetport Lounge

Large nightclub with live rock music acts, sometimes featuring two or more bands an evening.

DRINK   —  +1 610 266-1000 —  3400 Airport Rd

Museum of Indian Culture

Museum that preserves the history of the Lenape tribe and other regional Native Americans.

Cheesesteak Louie's

Cheesesteaks, owned by proprietor of the successful Louie's restaurant on 31st Street.

Mango's Coastal Cuisine

Mediterranean Rim cuisine with Latin American influences. Known for their tapas menu.

Civic Theatre of Allentown

Great local theatre that shows art movies and foreign flicks in between productions.

Stonewall Bar

Live and dance music, catering primarily to GLBT community, but all are welcome.

DRINK   —  +1 610 432-0215 —  28 N. 10th St

Allentown Municipal Golf Course

Public golf course located in Allentown's West End. Great course at great value.

Cali Burrito

California-style Mexican cuisine. Organic, vegetarian, vegan. Laid-back vibe.

Vince's Cheesesteaks

Well known shop serving their famous cheesesteaks as well as pizza and subs.

Foo Joy Chinese Restaurant

A family owned Chinese food restaurant near Dorney Park with free delivery

Top Diner & Cocktail Lounge

American diner featuring casual atmosphere and moderately priced food.

Willy Joe's

A local favorite for hot dogs, steak sandwiches, fries. Family dining.

Merchants Square Mall

Features antiques and collectibles. Located at 1901 South 12th Street.

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Rascal's Food & Fun

American cuisine with arcade games. Similar to a Dave & Buster's.

Josh Early Candies

Family owned & operated. Home-made chocolate and other sweets.

Holiday Inn Conference Center Lehigh Valley

A full-service with conference rooms and vacation packages.


Tavern, serves the local GLBT crowd, but all are welcome.

DRINK   —  +1 610 434-3071 —  247 N. 12th St

America On Wheels Museum

Museum showing the history of wheeled transportation.

SEE   —  +1 610 432-4200 —  5 N Front St

Louie's Italian Restaurant

Family owned traditional Italian food since 1958.

Grille 3501

Fine fusion cuisine with an eclectic martini bar.

EAT   —  +1 610-706-0100 —  3501 Broadway

Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum

Exhibit galleries, library and area archives.

Jack Creek Steakhouse & Cantina

Family owned. Casual. Southwest steakhouse.

King George Inn

At Cedar Crest Blvd. Friendly atmosphere.

Youell's Oyster House

Excellent seafood. Reservations a must.

South Side Bar & Grill

Bar and restaurant. Live music and DJs.

Pig Pen Sports Bar & Grill

Sports bar, bowling alley, and arcade.

DRINK   —  +1 610 435-7451 —  702 Union Blvd

Grumpy's Bar-B-Que Roadhouse

Wood-pit bar-b-que. Southern cuisine.

Black Orchid

European & American Southern cuisine.

Ichiban Japanese Steak House

Hibachi-style Japanese steak house.


Authentic Middle Eastern cuisine.

EAT   —  449 N. 2nd St.

Lehigh Valley Laser Tag

Multi level laser tag factility.

Bull and Bear Restaurant

Restaurant and bar. Live music.

DRINK   —  +1 610 432-5230 —  462 Union Blvd

PJ Whelihan's

Famous for wings and pub fare.

EAT   —  +1 610 395-2532 —  4595 Broadway

Bellissimo Restaurante

Traditional Italian Cuisine.


Gourmet pizza & sports bar.

EAT   —  +1 610-841-5900 —  327 Star Road

La Dolce Vita Italian Bakery

Reasonably priced Italian.

Mi Piace Italian Kitchen

Italian, including pizza.

Jack Callaghan's Ale House

Irish pub and restaurant.

DRINK   —  +1 610 432-5797 —  2027 Tilghman St

Bacio Italian Restaurant

Upscale Italian cuisine.

Kids Castle

Kid-friendly fast food.

Chess N' Checkers Pub

Restaurant and pub bar.

DRINK   —  +1 610 264-4131 —  1801 Airport Rd

Lehigh Valley Grand Prix

Gas-powered go karts!

Pho #1 Vietnamese Restaurant

Vietnamese cuisine.

Bull & Bear Restaurant

American style food


A gentleman's club.

Five Guys

Burgers and fries.

China Moon

Chinese cuisine.

Sunset Grille

Mexican cuisine

Chicken Lounge

Lounge and bar.

Club Horizon


DRINK   —  +1 610 841-7000 —  1221 Airport Rd

B&B Piano Bar

Piano bar.

About Allentown

Allentown was founded in 1762 by William Allen. It was then known as "Northampton Town." It was renamed "Allentown" in 1838 and it was formally incorporated as a city on March 12, 1867. Allentown has a large Latino/Hispanic population. Hispanics make up over 40% of Allentown's population.

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