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A fantastic historic downtown filled with shops, restaurants, and brick-paved sidewalks, gothic churches, covered bridges, stunning parks, and rolling green hills … it may not be what you’d expect to find in Allentown, especially with Billy Joel’s famous gritty hit about the city, but look beyond its reputation and you’ll discover a Pennsylvania gem, filled with historic districts, the nation’s best park system, and a gorgeous landscape that offers myriad outdoor activities. Ready to discover why “we’re living here in Allentown?” Read on to discover the real Allentown, and why you will want to choose an apartment in this dynamic, active city!
Things to Do in Allentown:
Allentown has a long and fascinating history. Today’s town center was laid out in 1762 by William Allen. During the American Revolution, the Liberty Bell was hidden in Allentown to keep it safe from British soldiers. It was hidden in the basement of a church, and today the church is home to the Liberty Bell Museum. The church itself was built in 1773. The High German Evangelical Reformed Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an impressive landmark. The museum contains a replica of the Liberty Bell and several exhibits.
Trout Hall is the oldest home in Allentown. It was built around 1770 by William Allen’s son, James Allen. Because he was loyal to the British, James Allen lost his wealth and his freedom – and perhaps even his life. Today, the house museum is open to the public for tours.
Miller Symphony Hall is another historic building in Allentown. It was built in 1896 as the town’s farmer’s market, Central Market Hall. The building was converted to a theater in 1899, and in the early 1900s, it was where speeches were giving by Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Booker T. Washington. Today, this historic landmark is still the go-to place for performances and serves as the home of the Symphony Hall Pops Series, the Allentown Band, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, and other groups.
Another terrific theater you’ll want to visit as often as possible once you’ve rented an Allentown apartment in the Nineteenth Street Theater. This theater opened in 1928 and is Allentown’s oldest cinema. The theater shows a variety of independent and international films as well as stage productions.
If you prefer a different type of amusement, be sure to visit Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom! This amusement and water park features a variety of rides, including eight roller coasters. It is home to the world’s ninth-longest steel roller coaster, the Steel Force. In 2015, the park added a new attraction called the Cedar Creek Flyers. The ride features gondolas suspended 28 feet in the air, and riders can spin their gondolas in circles.
Sports fans and concert-goers will enjoy attending hockey games and live music events at the PPL Center, which opened in 2014. This arena hosts the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey games and the Lehigh Valley Steel Hawks, part of the PIFL (Professional Indoor Football League). Live music events and family events are also hosted at the arena. The PPL Center offers restaurants, concessions, and tours of the facility, which is located downtown.
While downtown, be sure to stop in the Allentown Brew Works and take a brewery tour. This restaurant and brewery is located in the historic Harold’s Furniture Building. Another great downtown location is the Allentown Art Museum, which features a variety of traveling exhibitions as well as a permanent collection. If you visit the museum, be sure to go hungry – you’ll want to visit the Museum Café, operated by award-winning chef Karen Hunter.
Car enthusiasts will love living in Allentown, which is home to two automobile-themed museums. America on Wheels is home to all types of wheeled transportation, from carriages to bicycles to cars. Visitors can even discover their ideal vehicle, test their auto knowledge, and design a car. The Mack Trucks Historical Museum celebrates America’s leading truck manufacturer and includes several antique vehicles, including one of the original sightseeing buses built by Jack and Augustus Mack.
If there’s one thing you must do as you are searching for apartments in Allentown, it’s visiting the city’s parks – it is one of the nation’s best! Catch a performance of the Allentown Band in the historic bandshell (built in 1909) at West Park; attend a sporting event at Bicentennial Park, a ballpark that opened in 1939; visit Cedar Creek Park and Muhlenberg Lake, named for nearby Muhlenberg College, and go fishing; or head over to the large Lehigh Parkway, located along Little Lehigh River, and enjoy the exercise trails, fishing locations, shooting range, the Museum of Indian Culture, and bridle paths.
What to Consider When Moving to Allentown:
Allentown has that unique blend of rural charm and urban culture. Old Allentown is a fascinating historic district, dating back to the town’s founding in 1762. But while it is home to three historic districts, Allentown is also a modern city with a strong economy. Companies located in Allentown range from printing and publishing to chemical and electrical. In addition to Muhlenberg College, Allentown is also home to Cedar Crest, another four-year college.
As the fastest-growing city in Pennsylvania, Allentown isn’t just a beautiful city – it is also practical. It is ideally located along the Lehigh River, just 50 miles from Philadelphia and 90 miles to both New York City and Harrisburg.
Allentown is home to some fantastic neighborhoods. 7th Street is located in Center City and is a fast-growing retail and residential corridor. This neighborhood is home to locally-owned restaurants, many artists, unique shops, and more.
Old Fairgrounds Historic District, named for its past as the fairgrounds from 1852 until 1888, is a unique neighborhood filled with Victorian homes.
The West End Theatre District is a popular mixed-use neighborhood not far from Muhlenberg College and the Allentown Farmers Market. This neighborhood is home to the Civic Theatre of Allentown’s two venues, several charming boutiques, and a variety of restaurants and sidewalk cafes.
Why Allentown Apartments Are Hot:
As the largest city in the Lehigh Valley, Allentown is home to more than 821,600 residents. It is the county seat of Lehigh County, and has a history of more than 250 years. With fascinating neighborhoods filled with Victorian and Craftsman-style houses, loft apartments located in historic manufacturing buildings and converted mills, and modern apartments in historic high-rises, there’s something for everyone in Allentown! You’ll have fun searching this city for the perfect apartment – there are so many diverse areas and intriguing locations to explore. Allentown apartments are hot because this city has it all – a terrific blend of history, technology, and culture.
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- Information Computer Systems Institute
- Cedar Crest College
- Lincoln Technical Institute
- Muhlenberg College
- Moravian College
Nearby Military Bases
- Willow Grove Air Force Reserve Station
- Willow Grove Naval Air Station
- Naval Air Development Center
- Tobyhanna Army Depot
- Naval Inventory Control Point Philadelphia
- Trout Hall, the oldest house in Allentown, was built in 1770 and currently serves as a house museum.
- The curvy Albertus Meyers Bridge was constructed in 1912 for streetcars and its massive arches are an Allentown landmark.
- Great German food can be found everywhere in Allentown, from restaurants to the Allentown Farmer’s Market.
- Amazing festivals include the Great Allentown Fair, the Mayfair Festival of the Arts, and Sportsfest.
- College students can choose from two four-year institutions in Allentown, Cedar Crest College and Muhlenberg College.
- Educational fun for the whole family can be found at the Baum School of Art and the Da Vinci Science Center.