Easton is one of three cities, along with Allentown and Bethlehem, that are the urban population centers of the Lehigh Valley in eastern Pennsylvania and northwestern New Jersey in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States of America.
In 1736, Thomas Penn (William Penn's son) surveyed the area and Easton was founded in 1752. Prior to that, Easton had been known as "Lechawitauk", meaning "The Place at the Forks." On July 8, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was read in Easton's Centre Square, one of three public readings of the document. Every year, Easton celebrates this historic event with its Heritage Day celebration, held in July.
Easton became a primary commercial location during the canals and railroads era of the 1800s. The Delaware, Morris and Lehigh canals were vital for transportation of goods. The railroads replaced the canals for transportation and five railroads served Easton. The city had a strong German heritage. During Prohibition, it was known for nightlife and had plenty of liquor and a large number of brothels.
The population in Easton continues to diversify. Between the 1990 and 2000 censuses, the Hispanic and Black populations increased significantly. However, the primary ethnicity in the city remains White/non-Hispanic.
Easton sits at the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh rivers; Native Americans called Easton Lechawitau, "the place at the Forks".
Easton has a highly variable four-season temperate climate.
Summertime highs average in the low 80s F, but with occasional short heat waves with temps over 95 °F (35 °C), with considerable humidity and occasionally intense thunderstorms.
Winters are somewhat cold with average highs in the mid to upper 30s F (around 1-3 °C), but with occasional short thaws when temperatures can suddenly rise over 65 F for a few days. Severe cold snaps are common, with highs dropping into the twenties. Heavy snowfalls rarely occur more than once or twice each winter, but a wintry mix of ice, sleet, and light snow is possible from mid-November through early April. The combination of above freezing daytime temps and below freezing nights makes black ice a constant wintertime driving hazard even when there has not been precipitation recently.
Late spring and early summer (from mid-April to late June), and autumn are the most pleasant times of the year, with very mild temperatures and generally low humidity. Autumn leaf season usually arrives in the last two weeks of October.
- Lehigh Valley Visitor Center - Easton, 30 Centre Square, ☏ . Hours: Tu-Sa 9AM - 5PM, Su 9:30AM - 2:30PM, closed Monday.
- Discover Lehigh Valley (formerly Lehigh Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau).
The primary and most convenient point of airline entry to Easton and Lehigh Valley is Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE IATA), which is less than 15 minutes away from most parts of the city. Various airlines operate to this airport. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL IATA) is a major international airport that is about 70 miles away. Since it is a hub for several national airlines, it's easier to obtain non-stop flights to Philadelphia International than to ABE and usually cheaper.
- US Highway 22 is a main thoroughfare, being a 4-lane limited-access highway with a speed limit of 55 miles per hour through all of Lehigh Valley except in Easton.
- Drivers coming from points east will want to note that all of the major bridges across the Delaware River (from New Jersey) are free eastbound, but 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 for the adventurous and adds only about half a mile to the trip (unless yu easily get lost).
- From the southeast and northwest, PA Route 309 provides fairly quick access and is a good road to travel.
- Interstate 78 and Interstate 476 (PA Turnpike; tolled) intersect very close to the city of Easton, going in all directions north, south, east, and west.
- PA Route 33 is the best approach for travelers from I-80 in the Poconos and points east.
Extensive bus services are provided by Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANTA).
Several cab companies also operate throughout Easton and Lehigh Valley. These are:
- Easton Taxi, +1 610-258-2888.
- Lehigh Valley Taxi, +1 610-867-6000.
- Quick Service Taxi, +1 610-434-8132.
- J&J Luxury Transportation, +1 610-776-1516 or +1-800-726-5466
- Elite Limosuine & Coach
- Champagne Limousine
- ABE Limousine
- Adamo Limo
- Car One Limousine
- 1 The Crayola Factory (Crayola Experience), 18 Centre Square, ☏ . M-F 9:30 AM - 4PM; Sa Su 10AM - 6PM. Fun, indoor theme park type place, where kids can enjoy lots of activities and learn how real crayola crayons, markers, and colored pencils are made. It's not the actual Crayola factory, but you can see how they make Crayola crayons and other Crayola products. Very kid friendly. Has its dedicated store. There is a municipal parking garage, behind the facility between Pine St. and Ferry St. for a fee of around $2 per hour. There is also on street meter parking for $1 per hour, with a 2 hour limit. Adults & children $16.99, seniors, military and infants charges less.
- 2 Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, 2750 Hugh Moore Park Rd, ☏ . Outdoor activities, hiking areas, arts events, historical sites all along the Delaware and Lehigh rivers.
- Home to one of the oldest rivalries in American high school football history, the border war — the Easton vs. Phillipsburg high school football game — is held each Thanksgiving Day and routinely draws in excess of 15,000 spectators. Easton High School is also known for their often nationally-ranked wrestling team.
- 3 Moyer Aviation, Braden Airpark, 3800 Sullivan Trail, ☏ . Private plane tours.
- 4 National Canal Museum, 30 Centre Square, ☏ . The only museum in the country dedicated to telling the story of America’s historic towpath canals. Features four galleries filled with hands-on exhibits that educate and entertain parents and children alike. Mule-drawn canal boat rides available.
- 5 Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society (Sigal Museum), 101-107 S 4th St (342 Northampton St), ☏ .
- 6 The State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., ☏ . Located in the downtown Easton, it is home to many traveling artists, ballet groups, broadway shows, national music and comedy acts, and more. Most famous for the Freddy Awards, an Emmy award-winning awards show put on by local high schools for drama productions during the school year; named for the famous ghost who resides in the State Theater, Freddy, the first owner of the theater.
- 7 Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton Street, ☏ . W-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su noon-4PM. Museum of local history, including pre-colonial artifacts and colonial furniture.
- The Club at Morgan Hill, ☏ . 18-hole public golf course. Named 2009's "Best Places to Play in North America" by Golf Digest. Full-service clubhouse.
- Riverview Country Club, ☏ . Player-friendly layout, panoramic views. Two miles north of PA-22 on PA-611.
- Skiing. 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 Ski Area are a short drive away in Macungie and Palmerton, respectively. Larger, world-famous ski resorts, including Jack Frost & Big Boulder, are in the Poconos, about 1 hour drive north on Interstate 476.
Easton is home to Lafayette College, which was founded in 1826.
- 1 Easton Farmers' Market, Centre Square, ☏ . May–Nov: Saturday 9AM-1PM. The oldest continuous open-air farmers' market in the country occupies all of Easton's Centre Square, and has over 30 vendors, offering fresh produce, baked goods, meats, cheeses, wine, crafts, sweets, and even pet food.
- 2 Palmer Park Mall, 123 Palmer Park Mall, ☏ . It is the premier shopping site for the Easton, Glendon, Palmer, Forks Township and Wilson communities. It features over 50 unique stores and weekly events dedicated to arts and crafts, collectibles, and different artists.
- Partyology, 230 Northampton St, ☏ . Cool, eclectic gifts and party supplies.
- Angelo's Restaurant, 14 N 4th St, ☏ .
- Colonial Pizza & Spaghetti, 136 Spring Garden St, ☏ .
- deLorenzo's, 1210 Knox Ave, ☏ .
- Don Juan Mexican Grill, 518 March Street, ☏ . An independently run fast food burrito and taco joint right next to Lafayette College. Open late on the weekends.
- Gino's Pizza, 349 Northampton St, ☏ . Good pizza and cheesesteaks, friendly service.
- Green Harvest Food Emporium, 140-B Northampton St, ☏ .
- Joe's Market Deli, 235 Northampton St, ☏ .
- Josie's New York Deli, 14 Centre Square, ☏ .
- Larry Holmes' Ringside Restaurant & Lounge, 91 Larry Holmes Dr, ☏ .
- Marblehead Grille & Chowder House, 4101 William Penn Highway, ☏ .
- MeGs and MaDs Casual Dining, 325 Cattell Street, ☏ . M-Th 4PM - 9PM, F 4PM - 10PM. BYOB.
- [dead link] Mex-Tex Trio, 42 S 3rd St, ☏ .
- Morici's Pizza and Sub Shop, 218 Cattell Street, ☏ . Cozy pizza place with comfortable indoor dining available. The subs and pizza are excellent for takeout, but they offer many Italian pasta dishes as well.
- Ocean, 235 Ferry St, ☏ . Upscale modern tapas restaurant. Reservations recommended.
- Pearly Baker's Ale House, 11 Centre Square, ☏ .
- [dead link] Phenom, 159-161 Northampton St, ☏ . Tasty, reasonably priced thai cuisine. The lunch special is the best deal.
- Pizza D'Oro Italian Restaurant, 208 Cattell Street, ☏ .
- Porter's Pub, 700 Northampton St, ☏ . This quaint local Irish pub offers a wide selection of local craft beers and a seasonal selection of handmade mixed drinks. They boast a menu full of delicious meals as well as pub fare made from scratch in-house and often from local ingredients. They serve a creative selection of options, including vegan and vegetarian choices. There is often live music on weekends. $10-25.
- [formerly dead link] River Grille, 243 Northampton St, ☏ .
- Sette Luna, 219 Ferry St, ☏ . Delicious upscale Italian food in a warm atmosphere. Amazing pizza.
- Sogo Fusion, 237 Northampton St, ☏ .
- Steve's Pizzeria, 1005 S Greenwood Ave directions=, ☏ .
- 3rd & Ferry Restaurant and Bar, 56 S 3rd St.
- Third Street Café, 117 N 3rd St, ☏ .
- Tic Toc Family Restaurant, 2510 Northampton St, ☏ . A diner that attracts mostly local regulars.
- Vintage Restaurant & Bar, 100 Cluhouse Drive (located at The Club at Morgan Hill), ☏ .
- Touch of Thai, 123 N 2nd St Apt 110, ☏ .
- Two Rivers Brewing Company (Two Rivers), 542 Northampton St. 18042, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 11AM-10PM. Two Rivers boasts an intricately creative farm-to-table menu for lunch and dinner. They recently began brewing their own craft beers and also offer a range of specialty mixed drinks. $10-$25.
There are also many chain restaurants around the area.
- Black and Blue, 683 Walnut St., ☏ , email@example.com. Black and Blue offers a dimly-lit, eccentric atmosphere with a fantastic craft beer selection and a unique menu with vegan and vegetarian choices.
- [dead link] College Hill Tavern, 420 Cattell St., ☏ . Daily 4PM-2AM. The preferred hangout of Lafayette students, it can change dramatically depending on the night. When college is not in session, this becomes a chilled out spot, but when it is, it can be loud music and a noisy college atmosphere. Non-smoking.
- Eddie G's, 1 Lehns Ct (Centre Square), ☏ . Definitely a dive bar, and can attract an interesting crowd. Friendly service, smoking permitted indoors.
- [dead link] Fat Jacks', 2722 Freemansburg Ave., ☏ .
- Lafayette Bar, 15 N 4th St/, ☏ . Original home of Jazz in Easton.
- Leaf Cigar Bar and Restaurant, 90 Mort Drive, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. 5-star cuisine, prepared from scratch. The finest spirits, wine, and craft beers. Over 2,000 square feet of cigars. Smoke-friendly indoor and outdoor seating. State-of-the-art ventilation.
- Milo's Place, 217 Cattell St., ☏ . Average bar, smoking permitted inside.
- Mothers Bar & Grill, 3 Lehns Ct (Centre Square), ☏ . Typical bar scene, with quoits in the back.
- Pearly Baker's Alehouse, 11 Centre Square, ☏ . Daily 10:30AM-2AM. Good selection of beers on tap, with a more sophisticated atmosphere. Excellent food.
- Porters Pub, 700 Northampton Street, ☏ . Daily 11AM-2AM. Friendly pub atmosphere, with a great beer selection and frequent live music.
- 1 The Grand Eastonian Suites Hotel, 140 Northampton St, ☏ .
- 2 Hampton Inn, 3723 Easton-Nazareth Hwy., ☏ . $75-150.
- 3 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 90 Kunkle Dr., ☏ . Located right off of 22, the Holiday Inn Express features continental breakfast and free internet. $75-150.
- 4 The Lafayette Inn, 525 W Monroe St, ☏ , toll-free: . The Lafayette Inn, near Lafayette College, is a beautiful bed and breakfast. On the pricier side, it provides its guests with a spa, balconies and other special amenities. All of the eighteen custom decorated rooms feature antique furnishings and private baths. A variety of bed sizes is available. All of the rooms have a desk, armoire or closet, TV with DVD, alarm clock, hair dryer, and telephone with data port.
- 5 TownPlace Suites Bethlehem Easton, 3800 Easton Nazareth Highway, ☏ .
- 6 Quality Inn, 2415 Nazareth Rd., Rt. 22 Ex. 25th Street, ☏ .
Other Lehigh Valley locations
- Allentown, home of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom - 17 miles
- Bangor - 15 miles
- Bethlehem, home of the Sands Casino Resort - 9 miles
- Emmaus - 22 miles
- Fogelsville - 25 miles
- Hellertown - 12 miles
- Nazareth - 7 miles
- Phillipsburg, NJ - 2 miles
- Whitehall - 16 miles
|Routes through Easton|
|Allentown ← Bethlehem ←||W E||→ Phillipsburg → New York City|
|Stroudsburg ← Delaware Water Gap ←||N S||→ Doylestown → Philadelphia|