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.
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 [http://www.bcmountainresort.com] and Blue Mountain Resort http://www.skibluemt.com are a short drive away in Macungie and Palmerton, respectively. Larger, world-famous ski resorts, including Jack Frost & Big Boulder [http://www.jfbb.com/], are located in the Poconos, about 1 hour drive north on Interstate 476.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 "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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in the Arts District, the Cosmopolitan features contemporary American cuisine with European influences. Also features a lounge, a ballroom and a rooftop lounge.
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.
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.
Get film developed. Print digital prints while you wait. Create cool gifts using your own photos. Camera equipment for sale and rent.
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.
Up and coming center city nightclub. Upscale attire usually required. Major dance music DJs and periodically live bands.
Major sports bar with multiple televisions. Jam-packed for most Philadelphia Eagles games. DJs and periodic live bands.
Bar food and entrees. 24 craft and macro taps, and extensive selection of bottled beer. Live music 3-4 nights per week.
World-class permanent art collection with changing exhibits. Closed until fall 2011 for a major renovation/expansion.
Professional women's softball. Even though they have a Philadelphia name, they play their home games in Allentown.
New local hotspot, features eclectic Mediterranean cuisine such as paella. Cocktail bar, lots of outdoor seating.
A popular, locally owned place with several Lehigh Valley locations. In Allentown, it is on 17th street.
Bar food and Italian cuisine, Taco Tuesdays, Wide selection of bottled microbrews and imported beers.
Martini bar, and Italian-fusion food, modern-looking dining area, a bit loud and busy on weekends.
Another must try for anyone coming to Lehigh Valley. A local version of the Philly steak sandwich.
New American and Asian cuisine. Highly recommended, very good, complete menu and great service.
Large nightclub with live rock music acts, sometimes featuring two or more bands an evening.
Museum that preserves the history of the Lenape tribe and other regional Native Americans.
Cheesesteaks, owned by proprietor of the successful Louie's restaurant on 31st Street.
Mediterranean Rim cuisine with Latin American influences. Known for their tapas menu.
Great local theatre that shows art movies and foreign flicks in between productions.
Live and dance music, catering primarily to GLBT community, but all are welcome.
Public golf course located in Allentown's West End. Great course at great value.
California-style Mexican cuisine. Organic, vegetarian, vegan. Laid-back vibe.
Well known shop serving their famous cheesesteaks as well as pizza and subs.
A family owned Chinese food restaurant near Dorney Park with free delivery
American diner featuring casual atmosphere and moderately priced food.
A local favorite for hot dogs, steak sandwiches, fries. Family dining.
Features antiques and collectibles. Located at 1901 South 12th Street.
American cuisine with arcade games. Similar to a Dave & Buster's.
Family owned & operated. Home-made chocolate and other sweets.
A full-service with conference rooms and vacation packages.
Tavern, serves the local GLBT crowd, but all are welcome.
Museum showing the history of wheeled transportation.
Family owned traditional Italian food since 1958.
Exhibit galleries, library and area archives.
Family owned. Casual. Southwest steakhouse.
At Cedar Crest Blvd. Friendly atmosphere.
Excellent seafood. Reservations a must.
Bar and restaurant. Live music and DJs.
Sports bar, bowling alley, and arcade.
Wood-pit bar-b-que. Southern cuisine.
Hibachi-style Japanese steak house.
Reasonably priced Italian.
Upscale Italian cuisine.
Casual, Mexican cuisine.
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.