The 10 Best Things to Do in Bethlehem, United States

August 24, 2017 Florencio Paulino

Bethlehem is a city in Lehigh and Northampton counties in the Lehigh Valley region of the eastern portion of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 74,982, making it the seventh largest city in Pennsylvania, after Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Reading, and Scranton. Of this, 55,639 were in Northampton County, and 19,343 were in Lehigh County.
Restaurants in Bethlehem

1. Coca-Cola Park

1050 Iron Pigs Way, Allentown, PA 18109-3513 +1 610-841-7447
Excellent
79%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 562 reviews

Coca-Cola Park

Reviewed By lorraine d - Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Everyone has to come to this stadium for a fun day with the family. There is a really good variety of food and drink that you can purchase. The prices are more than affordable. If you are going to a day game, make sure to put on the suntan lotion. You are very exposed to the sun, that would be the only bad thing I could say about this field. There is a cozy "Beer Garden" where you can have a adult beverage away from the crowd.

2. SteelStacks

101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1347 +1 610-332-1300
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 529 reviews

SteelStacks

SteelStacks is a ten-acre campus in Bethlehem, PA, dedicated to arts, culture, family events, community celebrations, education and fun. The campus is in the shadow of the blast furnaces of the former Bethlehem Steel plant.

Reviewed By Newsdoc - Malibu, California

We were hoping for an outdoor experience, similar to European Christmas Markets. Instead, everything is located inside heated tents -- which totally detract from the experience. Much of the merchandise was just okay (and the one genuine German products vendor was insanely overpriced), but we did end up finally finding a few things we liked. As for Steelstacks, the owners should be applauded for repurposing the old mill in a very interesting way.

3. America On Wheels Museum

5 N Front St, Allentown, PA 18102-5303 +1 610-432-4200
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 300 reviews

America On Wheels Museum

Reviewed By Liz S - Pennsylvania

My husband and I took our adult children and our grandchildren to America on Wheels Museum during the Christmas school break. What a delightful experience. Everyone was so kind to the children (ages 14 to 6). In addition to the cars, we really enjoyed the multiple train displays. For the largest display, there was a scavenger hunt for the children to find fun objects on the display. When they were done, each received a candy cane and small gift. Smiles all around. Additionally, at 12:30 PM, there was a performance in the 'diner' room. In addition to a guitarist singing songs about different transportation vehicles, there were activities for the children to do. The most favorite was decorating an upside down sugar cone into a Christmas tree. Decorate now; eat later. So, take your children. It's great.

4. Hoover Mason Trestle

711 E 1st St, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1369 +1 610-297-7200
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 115 reviews

Hoover Mason Trestle

Reviewed By duck8to - Montville, New Jersey

In the early twentieth century, Bethlehem Steel was one of the premier steel producers in the country. The George Washington and Golden Gate bridges, the Chrysler and Empire State buildings, Hoover Dam and Rockefeller Center are all testaments to Bethlehem Steel's importance in the steel industry. Today you can experience the Bethlehem Steel Story through either a self-guide or guided tour experience. Both tours begin at the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is a brick building located in the Steel Stacks Complex. The Steel Stacks Complex is adjacent to the Sands Casino. The Visitors Center has a continuous running video about the history of Bethlehem Steel. They also have interactive displays highlighting the history, culture and recreational attractions of the Lehigh Valley. This is also where you can begin your trestle tour. You can take the elevator up to the outdoor trestle or walk up the steel staircase. The self guided tour is free as are the displays and video in the Visitor Center.. There are placards along the 1/4 mile trestle with placards explaining history and steel making. At the end of the route you can walk back or descend to street level via a steel stairway.There are plenty of benches along the route. Additionally, there are great views of the 100 ton fly wheel, huge iron ore cars and immense blast furnaces. Views of St. Michael's Cemetery are also worthwhile .If you decide on the guided tour, check the website for the staring times. The tour costs $15 for adults, $9 for 7-17 year olds. Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center or online at the website. At night, the movie theater is lite up with multicolored lights and creates a splendid image. The theater also offers a movie called "The Rise & Fall of Bethlehem Steel" for a $3 charge.

5. National Museum of Industrial History

602 E 2nd St, Bethlehem, PA 18015-1354 +1 610-694-6644
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 75 reviews

National Museum of Industrial History

National Museum of Industrial History

Reviewed By youthgoes - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

I stopped into this museum with some family on a day off. This museum focuses primarily on the four main industries that formed the core of Bethlehem, PA, and therefore the nation: iron, steel, propane, and silk. Bethlehem is best known for Bethlehem Steel, which...MoreThanks for the great review, glad you enjoyed your visit to NMIH!

6. Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center

505 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018-5810 +1 610-691-6055
Excellent
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4 based on 110 reviews

Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center

The Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center and Museum Store is your one stop shop and information center for everything you need to know about Historic Bethlehem! Purchase tickets to all Historic Bethlehem tours, pick up maps of the city to find your way around, get advice on where to have lunch and purchase beautiful souvenirs to remember your trip!

Reviewed By LinD624 - Ridley Park, Pennsylvania

Horrible!!! Do not waste your money. The Bethlehem by Night Bus Tour was awful. You could not see anything. The bus had no ventilation and it felt like it was 100 degrees. The windows were foggy and we had to keep using our sleeves to wipe them. This was the worst bus tour my family and I have been on. There were 13 of us and I could have spent our money on a better tour. Wish we had known before. Do yourselves a favor and DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS TOUR!!!

7. PPL Center

701 Hamilton St, At Intersection With 7th St, Allentown, PA 18101-2407 610-224-4625-610-347
Excellent
57%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 318 reviews

PPL Center

Reviewed By Karen D - Allentown

I've lived in Allentown my entire life, so I couldn't be happier to have this fantastic venue right in my own backyard. It's small enough to be intimate, but large enough to bring in top-notch entertainment. Parking is easy and excellent restaurants are within walking distance.

8. Moravian Museum of Bethlehem

66 W Church St, Bethlehem, PA 18018-5805 +1 610-691-6055
Excellent
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4.5 based on 72 reviews

Moravian Museum of Bethlehem

Part of Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites, this museum focuses on the life of the region's early German Protestant settlers.

Reviewed By Lika65 - New York City, New York

The tour, about 45 minutes, was a part of $15 pass to four attractions and we felt it was well worth it. Our kids learned new history facts.

9. Allentown Art Museum

31 N 5th St, Allentown, PA 18101-1616 +1 610-432-4333
Excellent
54%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 128 reviews

Allentown Art Museum

Reviewed By Cynthia F - Fair Lawn, New Jersey

We enjoyed the paintings from their permanent collection.

We appreciate fine art and don't care if the artist is or isn't famous. This museum's collections include many interesting works by artists I never heard of.

Small, well-run museum staffed with friendly people.

I usually skip the gift shop but this gift shop, while on the small side, had more interesting offerings than I expected. I bought a silk scarf as a gift.

Accommodating to people with disabilities.

10. Sands Casino

77 Sands Blvd, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Bethlehem, PA 18015-7705 +1 484-777-7777
Excellent
23%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
9%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 1 reviews

Sands Casino

Reviewed By votfinoski - Middletown, Connecticut

Stopped here on our way home to play some slots. Beautiful Clean bright casino with lots of floor space. Very spacious and great selection of slots. Downside is there is a charge for beer on the casino floor and only 2 selections, Budweiser and Miller.

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