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For other places with the same name, see Allentown (disambiguation).
The Allentown skyline, May 2010

Allentown is the largest city in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania, the county seat and largest city in Lehigh County, and the third largest city in Pennsylvania after Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with a population of 125,845 as of 2020.

Understand[edit]

In the Lehigh Valley, Allentown borders South Whitehall Township to its northwest, Emmaus to its southeast, Whitehall Township to its north, and Bethlehem to its east. The city lies in the center of the highly populated U.S. Northeast megalopolis region, 19 miles (31 km) west of the Skylands and the New Jersey state line, 63 miles (101 km) north of Philadelphia, and 93 miles (150 km) west of New York City.

History[edit]

Allentown was founded in 1762 by William Allen as "Northampton Town." It was renamed Allentown in 1838, and was incorporated as a city in 1867.

Founded in 1762, Allentown has deep roots in American history. The city was among the first to support American independence, establishing a Committee of Observation as early as 1774. During the American Revolutionary War, the Liberty Bell was hidden under the floor boards of an Allentown church for nine months from September 1777 to June 1778 to avoid its capture by British troops. In the 19th century, following the Confederate victory at Fort Sumter in April 1861, Allentown deployed the Allen Infantry to aid the Union Army and protect the nation's capital from Confederate attack. Allen Infantry and its associated regiment proved among the Union Army's most effective and bold fighting forces, leading some of the Union Army's most daring attacks against Confederate bases in the deep southern states of Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina.

In the early part of the 19th century, Allentown was among the first U.S. cities to emerge as a hub for industrialization with significant mining and heavy manufacturing industries, including anthracite coal, iron, and other minerals, that helped spark America's Industrial Revolution. In the early 20th century, the city blossomed as a national hub for heavy manufacturing. The late 20th century erosion of these industries in the area was captured in the 1982 Billy Joel single "Allentown," which elevated the city globally as a symbol of industrial decay and the devastating social impact associated with the Rust Belt.

Geography[edit]

Allentown lies on the Lehigh River, and the river has historically been a centerpiece of the city's economy and culture, serving as a means of transport for its mining and manufacturing products and closely associated with its rise as an industrial city. Allentown is 338 ft (103 m) above sea level. It lies along the Lehigh River in the Lehigh Valley, which is so named because of the prominence of the river and because it is located in an actual geographic valley between two Appalachian mountain tips, South Mountain and Blue Mountain.

Climate[edit]

A winter snow storm in Center City Allentown, 2016

Allentown's climate is highly seasonal. July is the warmest month with an average high-temperature of 83.8°F (28.8°C). January is the coldest month with an average low-temperature of 21.6°F (-5.8°C).

The city experiences an annual average of 145.1 days of rain with 27.24 inches (692mm) of average annual rain precipitation and 20.4 days of snowfall with an average of 13.82 inches (351mm) of annual snow accumulation. July is the month with the most rain with a monthly average of 15.7 days of rain and monthly rain precipitation of 3.03 inches (77mm). March has the most snow with a monthly average of 5.3 days of snowfall and 4.37 inches (111mm) of snow precipitation.

September is the driest month in Allentown with 11.5 days of rain and a monthly average of 1.61 inches (41mm) of precipitation.

Tourist information[edit]

Talk[edit]

English is the dominant language and accents and tones are sometimes rough-edged and blunt as you might find in New York City or Philadelphia. Spanish is also very widely used by roughly five percent of the city's population. On the outskirts of Allentown, you may find people speaking Pennsylvania Dutch, a German dialect, that was the initial language at the time of the city and region's settlement but is vastly less common today. Other languages found here include Arabic, Portuguese, and Vietnamese.

  • Down the shore is used locally to describe the New Jersey beaches, approximately 75 miles southeast.
  • Hoagie refers to a submarine or sub sandwich.
  • Soda is used to refer to cola, pop, or any soft drink.
  • Youse is used to say "you all", similar to "y'all" in the south.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The primary and most convenient point of airline entry to Allentown and other Lehigh Valley locations is Lehigh Valley International Airport, but three primary options exist:

  • Philadelphia International Airport PHL IATA, the busiest airport in Pennsylvania, is not nearly as close as ABE but offers an even greater selection of international and domestic flights to the area. PHL is 71 miles (114 km) south of Allentown. Cars are available for rent at PHL, and roughly a dozen buses a day depart for Allentown from the airport or from Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal at 1001 Filbert St. in Center City Philadelphia. Phone: 1-800-PHL-GATE

By train[edit]

30th Street Station in Philadelphia
  • 30th Street Station, a major East Coast United States train station at 2955 Market Street in Philadelphia, is the third busiest Amtrak station in the U.S. and the closest commercial rail station, 61 miles (98 km) south of Allentown. Cars are available for rent inside the station. +1-800-872-7245

By bus[edit]

The Allentown bus terminal is at 325 Hamilton Street in center city Allentown, and several commercial bus companies offer transportation to Allentown, including:

By car[edit]

Allentown is easily accessible by several major highways. The two interstates most commonly used are:

  • Interstate 78, which is a major east-west highway that runs from central Pennsylvania in the west to the Holland Tunnel and Manhattan in the east. Allentown-area exits are 57, 58, and 59.
  • U.S. Route 22, which is a major freeway that runs from Cincinnati, Ohio in the west through Newark, New Jersey in the east. Exits 45, 49A, and 49B (Fogelsville) are all Allentown or Allentown-area exits.
  • If you are driving to Allentown from New Jersey, note that all of the major bridges across the Delaware River are free eastbound, but some require tolls westbound. Locating the free bridge in Phillipsburg is possible, but not recommended to those unfamiliar with the area. It is called Northampton Street and adds only about half a mile to the trip.
  • From points southeast and northwest of Allentown, PA Route 309 provides fairly quick access and is a good road to travel.
  • PA Route 33 from I-80 is the best approach for travelers coming to Allentown the Poconos.

Get around[edit]

Map of Allentown

Once in the city, Allentown is relatively easy to navigate and most of it is even walkable or bikeable. The main east-west streets are listed from north to south: Sumner, Whitehall, Greenleaf, Cedar, Washington, Green, Tilghman, Allen, Liberty, Gordon, Chew, Turner, Linden, Hamilton, Walnut, and Union. Numbered streets run from north to south. They begin towards the west at 1 and continue to 42.

By bus[edit]

Extensive public bus service in Allentown and South Whitehall Township is provided by Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANTA).

By cab[edit]

Multiple cab and limousine companies operate throughout Allentown and Lehigh Valley, including:

By limo[edit]

By car[edit]

Most visitors to Lehigh Valley will want to either rent a car or drive their own.

  • Because 7th street in Allentown is one-way, if you aim to go north to Whitehall Township, you will want to be on 6th street. Route 145 turns off 6th Street at Greenleaf Street for one block, and then joins 7th Street (beginning as two ways). Continuing on 6th will bring you to the same place, but will not carry the PA-145 designation.
  • Hamilton Street is a continuation of US 222/Hamilton Boulevard and provides easy access for travelers from Reading and Lancaster. Hamilton Street continues into nearby Bethlehem as Hanover Avenue, providing direct access to its downtown as well.
  • Tilghman Street is also a useful east-west urban thoroughfare that also provides access to Bethlehem and Easton as Union Boulevard.
  • US Route 22 is a four-lane limited-access freeway across the north side of the city, and is often the best route of approach. However, this road is prone to minor traffic jams and accidents, especially during rush hour. Don't panic, though; most traffic jams are only a mile or so long, and usually take less than half an hour before opening up into freer travel.
  • Interstate 78 is a better bet during rush hours as it is as wide as eight lanes in some areas.

By bike[edit]

Riding a bike can also get you around in Allentown and its fabulous park system. The city is known for its extensive trail and park systems, especially the Bridle Path in Lehigh Parkway (stop to feed the fish in the Fish Hatchery, go to the Museum of Indian Culture, or pedal along a trail that takes you to a covered bridge).

On foot[edit]

The main Allentown downtown area is small and easy to walk. You may want to park your car in one of the many garages and walk downtown.

See[edit]

The Liberty Bell Museum at 622 W. Hamilton St. The museum is based inside the same Allentown church where the Liberty Bell was hidden beneath floor boards for nine months in 1777 and 1778 during the Revolutionary War to avoid its capture by the British Army.
  • 1 Allentown Art Museum, 31 N 5th St, +1 610-432-4333. W-Sa 11AM-4PM, Su noon-4pm, third Thursday each month: Open until 8PM. World-class permanent art collection with changing exhibits. Adult $12; senior (60+), student $10 or child 6 and older $10, child 5 and under free; free admission Su noon–4PM and 3rd Th 4PM–8PM. Allentown Art Museum (Q3612510) on Wikidata Allentown Art Museum on Wikipedia
  • 2 America On Wheels Museum, 5 N Front Street, +1 610-432-4200. Museum showing the history of wheeled transportation, largely inspired by the historical role Mack Trucks, based in Allentown from 1905 until its move to North Carolina in 2005, played in the city and region for a century. America On Wheels (Q4742783) on Wikidata America on Wheels on Wikipedia
  • 3 Da Vinci Science Center, 3145 Hamilton Blvd Bypass, +1 484 664-1002. M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Da Vinci is a hands-on children's science center featuring two stories of interactive activities to teach visitors about the world in which we liv. Highlights include a dark tunnel, shadow-room, seawater touch tank, and Keva building blocks. Ages 3+ $12.95, Toddlers free. Da Vinci Science Center (Q5207326) on Wikidata Da Vinci Science Center on Wikipedia
  • 4 Lehigh County Historical Society, 432 W Walnut St, +1 610-435-1074. Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM. Exhibit galleries, library and area archives. Lehigh County Historical Society (Q15242209) on Wikidata Lehigh County Historical Society on Wikipedia
  • 5 Liberty Bell Museum (Liberty Bell Shrine Museum), 622 W Hamilton St, +1 610-435-4232. See special exhibits and ring a full-size replica of the Liberty Bell, which was hidden from the British in this historic church for nine months during the Revolutionary War during the British occupation of Philadelphia. Liberty Bell Museum (Q6541604) on Wikidata Liberty Bell Museum on Wikipedia
  • 6 Mack Experience Center, 2402 Lehigh Pkwy. S, +1 610-351-8800. The Mack Trucks Historical Museum at 2402 Lehigh Parkway is the repository of historical documents and artifacts from Mack’s long and storied history as the leading American truck manufacturer and world-renowned brand name. There are more than 80,000 photos in the collection, many dating back to Mack's 1905 founding in Allentown. Mack has records for nearly every chassis it manufactured since 1905, all of which appear in this Allentown-based museum.
  • 7 Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Rd, +1 610-797-2121. Museum that preserves the history of the Lenape Indian tribe, who occupied the region before its settlement by German immigrants in the early 1700s. Museum of Indian Culture (Q6940884) on Wikidata Museum of Indian Culture on Wikipedia
  • There are several covered bridges in South Whitehall Township.
Wehr Covered Bridge on Wehr Mill Rd.
Manasses Guth Covered Bridge, built in 1858, was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980

Do[edit]

The 1,200-seat Miller Symphony Hall at 23 N. 6th St. is the home of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra
Coca-Cola Park at 1050 Ironpigs Way in East Allentown is the home field for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the AAA Minor League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, who play at the stadium from early April through early September
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom's Steel Force and Thunderhawk roller coasters in Allentown. Steel Force is the eighth tallest steel roller coaster in the world with a first drop of 205 feet (62 m) and a top speed of 75 miles per hour (121 km/h).
  • 4 Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, 3830 Dorney Park Rd (on the west end of Hamilton Boulevard near Interstate 78), +1 610-395-3724. This popular amusement park and water park is home to at least six world-class roller coasters, including the 200-foot-tall Steel Force (the eighth longest steel roller coaster in the world), 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. Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom (Q3037111) on Wikidata Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom on Wikipedia
  • 5 Haja Rose Bowl, 801 N. 15th St, +1 610-437-4606. 36 bowling lanes. Also hosts bowling leaks. Attached to the Mixx Nightclub & Lounge, a self-described "high-energy haunt," with live music, karaoke, and high resolution televisions for sporting events.
  • 6 High school athletics. Allentown's three high schools compete athletically in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, which includes the 18 largest high schools from the Lehigh Valley and Poconos and is widely recognized as one of the highest quality high school 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. All three of Allentown's large high schools play their home football games at J. Birney Stadium, the second largest high school football stadium in Pennsylvania, located at 2027 Linden Street in Allentown. Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (Q17155916) on Wikidata Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (PIAA) on Wikipedia
  • 7 Lehigh Valley Grand Prix, 649 S. 10th St, +1 610-432-RACE (7223), toll-free: +1 866 577-5278, . Indoor karting with vehicles that reach speeds nearing 45 mph on an indoor 1/4 mile road course style track.
  • 8 Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple A Minor League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies), 1050 Ironpigs Way, +1 610-841-7447, . The AAA-level minor league baseball team of the 2008 World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies play their home games from early April through early September at Allentown's Coca-Cola Park. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Q2789379) on Wikidata Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Wikipedia
PPL Center, a 10,000-seat indoor arena at 701 Hamilton St. in Center City Allentown, hosts the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League in addition to major concert and entertainment events.
  • 9 Lehigh Valley Phantoms (American Hockey League affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers), 701 Hamilton St, +1 610-224-4625. The primary development team of the Philadelphia Flyers, competing in the American Hockey League, and playing at the PPL Center in center city Allentown from September through May. Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Q16500107) on Wikidata Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wikipedia
  • 10 MunOpCo Music Theatre, 1533 Hamilton St, +1 610-437-2441. Allentown's Municipal Opera and community theatre.
  • 11 Nineteenth Street Theatre (Civic Theatre of Allentown), 527 N. 19th St, +1 610-432-8943. Oldest cinema theatre with art movies and foreign films in between productions. Civic Theatre of Allentown (Q5124339) on Wikidata Nineteenth Street Theater on Wikipedia

Events[edit]

Entrance to the Allentown Fairgrounds at 302 N. 17th St. The Great Allentown Fair, held annually the end of August and beginning of September, is one of the nation's longest running annual fairs, dating back to 1889.
  • 12 Great Allentown Fair, 302 N 17th St (at Chew St), +1 610-433-7541, . Annually late August/early September - just before Labor Day. Annual event since 1852. It 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. 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. Great Allentown Fair (Q5598616) on Wikidata Great Allentown Fair on Wikipedia
  • 13 Mayfair, 100 College Dr, toll-free: +1-800-360-1222. Mayfair Festival of the Arts takes place over Memorial Day weekend. It brings performers and artisans to 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 (Q6797116) on Wikidata Mayfair on Wikipedia
  • 14 PPL Center, 701 Hamilton St (Center city Allentown on Hamilton St. between 7th and 8th Sts.), + 1 610-224-4625. Known more for being the home arena of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms ice hockey team, this 10,000-seat arena hosts regular major concerts and other entertainment events. Also has various indoor stadium food locations. PPL Center (Q7120126) on Wikidata PPL Center on Wikipedia

Learn[edit]

Allentown is home to two four-year colleges, Muhlenberg College and Cedar Crest College, and Lehigh Carbon Community College-Allentown campus, a two-year satellite campus of Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Work[edit]

The largest employer in Allentown is Lehigh Valley Hospital, Pennsylvania's third largest hospital, with over 7,800 workers. Other companies headquartered here are Air Products & Chemicals, St. Lukes Hospital, Capital Blue Cross, and PPL. Throughout most of the 20th century until the 1980s, Allentown and the Lehigh Valley were gobally-recognized leaders in heavy manufacturing, especially steel, coal, and iron. But those industries faced multiple challenges and diminished or dissolved completely beginning in the late 1970s,. Today, small scale manufacturing is still an important part of the local economy.

Allentown is the county seat for Lehigh County. Center City Allentown is an important employment center with approximately 15,000 people working there.

Buy[edit]

  • Much of the Allentown area's shopping is actually located in neighboring Whitehall, which is about five minutes north of downtown via PA Route 145, which is also Whitehall's main commercial street. Shopping malls in and around Allentown include:

Other shopping locations include:

  • The 19th Street area near Muhlenberg College is a funky little commercial district with a coffee shop and art house movie theatre.
  • A small commercial district is also available on the eastern portion of Union Blvd., near Plymouth Street, Club Avenue, and Pennsylvania Avenue. This area houses Giant Food, Marshalls, Dan Schantz Greenhouse, Wells Fargo, Staples, HomeGoods, a Big Lots and other stores.
  • For an original shopping experience, try the Allentown Farmers Market at 17th and Chew Streets, this farmers market features everything from fresh meat and produce to local gifts.
  • For local produce, go to the Plaza Growers Market on Wednesdays at lunch over the growing season, May through October. It's on Hamilton Street in the downtown between 8th and 9th.
  • More shopping is available at Crest Plaza on the west side of Allentown, on Cedar Crest Boulevard, including Weis Markets, Fashion Bug and Target Greatland.

Eat[edit]

Yocco's, a regionally famous hot dog and cheesesteak restaurant chain founded in 1922, has four Lehigh Valley locations, including two in Allentown (Yocco's West at 2128 Hamilton St. and Yocco's Valley Plaza at 1930 Catasauqua Rd.
Founded in 1940, Zandy's at 813 Saint John St. is an Allentown institution known for its cheesesteaks, and its long-standing flatiron building shape whose interior features salmon-colored walls and giraffe sculptures.
Wert's Cafe at 515 N. 18th St.
The Dime at 12 N. 7th St.

Allentown offers numerous family-run eateries featuring various authentic ethnic cuisine, including Japanese, Chinese, Lebanese, Mexican, Jamaican, Dominican, and Puerto Rican restaurants. A variety of casual dining and fast food restaurants are available around the Whitehall Township and Cedar Crest Boulevard business districts, as well as in Center City. You can even catch a hot dog on the street from a vendor on Hamilton Street or 7th Street. A good number of national chain restaurants also exist in the city.

Budget[edit]

  • 1 Cali Burrito, 3104 Hamilton Blvd, +1 610-351-1791. California-style Mexican cuisine. Organic, vegetarian, vegan. Laid-back vibe.
  • 2 Charles Pizza, 2102 Union Blvd. # 5, +1 610-435-9990. 10AM-9:15PM daily. Pizza.
  • 3 Cheesesteak Louie's, 1207 W. Chew St. M-Th 11AM-8PM, F Sa 11AM-9PM, Closed Sundays. Cheesesteaks, owned by proprietor of the successful Louie's restaurant on 31st Street.
  • 4 China Moon, 2102 Union Blvd, +1 610-439-8883. Chinese cuisine.
  • 5 Kids Castle, 1193 Airport Rd, +1 610-435-1432. Kid-friendly fast food.
  • 6 La Dolce Vita Italian Bakery, 5531 Hamilton Blvd, +1 610-395-8875. Reasonably priced Italian.
  • 7 Wally's Deli, 711 N. 17th St, +1 610-435-7177. M-W 7AM-6PM, Th F 7AM-7PM, Sa 7AM-6PM. A popular, locally owned place with several Lehigh Valley locations. In Allentown, it is on 17th street.
  • 8 Willy Joe's, 2407 Lehigh St, +1 610-797-7009. A local favorite for hot dogs, steak sandwiches, fries. Family dining.
  • 9 Yocco's West, 2128 Hamilton St. 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 four Yocco's locations in Allentown and its surrounding suburbs. Yocco's Hot Dogs (Q8054235) on Wikidata Yocco's Hot Dogs on Wikipedia
  • 10 Zandy's Steak Shop, 813 St. John St, +1 610-434-7874. 10AM-10PM daily. Another must try for anyone coming to Lehigh Valley. A local version of the Philly steak sandwich from a restaurant that has been an Allentown institution since 1940.

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

Drink[edit]

Center City Allentown at night
Tavern on Liberty at 2246 Liberty St.

Allentown is well known for its nightlife, and many Allentown clubs feature major New York City, Philadelphia, and Allentown DJs and live bands. They include:

  • 1 Allentown Brew Works, 812-816 Hamilton St, +1 610-433-7777. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F Sa 11AM-2AM. 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.
  • 2 Bull and Bear Restaurant, 462 Union Blvd, +1 610-432-5230. Tu-Sa 8AM-8PM, Su 8AM-3PM, closed Mondays. Restaurant and bar. Live music.
  • 3 Chicken Lounge, 3245 Hamilton Blvd, +1 610-439-1707. 11AM to 2AM daily. Since the early 1989s, a reliable lounge and bar. Grill open until 1:30AM.
  • 4 Club Gravity, 1179 Airport Rd, +1 610-776-2090. Tu Th F Sa 9PM-2AM, closed Su M W. Nightclub.
  • 5 Deja Vu, 343 West Hamilton St, +1 610-439-1707. Open 24 hours daily. Nightclub.
  • 6 Greg's West End Saloon, 1839 W. Tilghman St, +1 610-351-7127. 11AM-2AM daily. Bar and Mexican bar food.
  • 7 Maingate Nightclub, 448 N. 17th St, +1 610-776-7711. F 5-10PM, Sa 9PM-midnight, Su 5-11PM, closed M-Th. 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.
  • 8 MIXX Nightclub and Sports, 801 N. 15th St, +1 610-437-3970. 6PM-midnight daily. High energy sports bar with multiple televisions attached to a bowling alley. Jam-packed for most Philadelphia Eagles games. DJs, periodic live bands.
  • 9 Platinum Plus, 1251 Airport Rd, +1 610-433-3311. M-Sa 11AM to 2AM, Su 4PM to 2AM. A gentleman's club.
  • 10 Ringers Roost, 1801 W. Liberty St., +1 610-437-4941, . M-Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 11AM-midnight. Tavern and tap room, built in 1920.
  • 11 Sam Adams Brew Brewhouse, 7880 Penn Dr., Breinigsville (off Rt. 100 S in Fogelsville), +1 610-391-1000. Open 24 hours daily. Sam Adams and microbeers. Daily specials. DJ every Saturday Night. Pub menu available.
  • 12 Stooges, 2101 Liberty St, +1 610-351-9210, . M 4PM-11PM, Tu W closed, Th-Sa 11AM-midnight, Su noon-11PM. Bar with bar menu.
  • 13 Strange Brew Tavern, 1996 S 5th St, +1 610-841-3610. Tu-Su 3:30PM-2AM, M 5PM-2AM. Bar food and entrees. 24 craft and macro taps, and extensive selection of bottled beer. Live music 3-4 nights per week.
  • 14 Tavern on Liberty, 2246 W. Liberty St, +1 484-221-8765, . 11AM-2AM daily. Bar food and Italian cuisine, Taco Tuesdays, Wide selection of bottled microbrews and imported beers.
  • 15 Volpe's Sports Bar, 1926 W. Tilghman St, +1 610-965-0311, . Su-Th noon-1AM, F Sa noon-2AM. Like its Emmaus counterpart, a go to location for affordable drinks, cold beer, and televised sports (including out of town games). Over 10 large screen plasma televisions. Broad food and beer selections. Several large rooms, including the bar area. Probably best known for the rudeness of the owner.
  • Hijinx Brewing Company, 905 Harrison St., Suite 111, 484-714-0080. Excellent brewery with rotating taps. Their pilsner is possibly the best in the country, they also have server other excellent lagers, Belgians, IPA.s, stouts, porters and ales all set in a former Mack Trucks plant. There is live music most Fridays and Saturdays as well as rotating food trucks.

Sleep[edit]

Renaissance Allentown Hotel at 12 N. 7th St.
Americus Hotel at 555 Hamilton St.

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Allentown has a crime rate almost twice the national average in every category, including rape, robbery, theft, auto theft, murder, assault, and burglary. Rougher areas include parts of East Allentown and some neighborhoods of Center City north of Linden St. and south of Tilghman St. as well as the area between the American Parkway and Lehigh River, just east of Center City. Random acts of violence and crime against visitors is rare; most of the crime in the city and region involves drugs, gang rivalries, and other illicit activities. It would be unwise to try to buy drugs or other contraband in the city.

It is fairly easy to stay safe by following common sense. Car and other forms of theft are issues, so be sure to lock cars and stay out of poorer areas at night. Prostitution and street racing are also very prevalent in Allentown. Don't walk alone late at night or on dimly lit streets. The most likely victim of a mugging on an Allentown street is someone who is alone and intoxicated, so keep your wits about you. If homeless approach you for change, just keep walking if you don't want to give anything. Pickpocketing is not a large problem, but don't flash around your money.

There is a large police presence in the neighborhoods most frequented by visitors, especially Hamilton Street, and many officers in Center City Allentown patrol by bicycle.

Stay healthy[edit]

If you are in need of medical attention, here are the primary hospitals in the area:

Respect[edit]

As in many parts of the country, residents may not want to share religious or political views.

Connect[edit]

Tourist information[edit]

Phones[edit]

In Allentown, you must dial an area code when you place a call. Area codes in Allentown and the Lehigh Valley are 610 and (more recently) 484.

Cope[edit]

Religious services[edit]

Catholic churches:

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:

Episcopal churches:

Hindu:

Jewish:

Lutheran:

Muslim:

Go next[edit]

Other Lehigh Valley locations[edit]

Regional cities and locations[edit]

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