Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution

Walking Tours


Walking Tour Prices:

Regular Tour Pricing:
$12 for adults
$6 for children ages 4-12
Free for children under age 3


Rise & Fall of Bethlehem Steel Tour Pricing:
$12 for Rise & Fall of Bethlehem Steel tour
$15 for Rise & Fall of Bethlehem Steel tour plus a screening of "Bethlehem: The Christmas City"

Hoover Mason Trestle Tour Pricing:
$15 for Hoover Mason Trestle tour
$18 for Hoover Mason Trestle tour plus a screening of "Bethlehem: The Christmas City"


Want to add a museum tour to your visit? Purchase your Pass Into History and Walking Tour combo passes


Experience the incredible stories of Bethlehem on a leisurely walk through the city with a certified costumed guide. Tour topics and paths vary seasonally. Read below for descriptions of this season's available tours. No time for a guided tour? Take the Heritage Trail.

Tour  Date  Time / Duration  Departs From  Tickets 
Christmas City Stroll Returning Christmas 2016! Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. and 4 p.mMonday & Tuesday by appointment only.
Visitor Center
505 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA
Buy at Visitor Center or
call 1-800-360-TOUR
Death & Dying Cemetery Tour
Returning
Fall 2016!
Approx. 50 minutes Moravian Museum of Bethlehem
Buy at Visitor Center or
Moravian Musuem
Heritage Trail
7 Days a Week
Varies by link
Visitor Center
505 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA
at the Visitor Center
Historic Bethlehem Pub Walking Tour Custom Tour Option Varies
Visitor Center
505 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA
Call 1-800-360-TOUR
Hoover Mason Trestle Guided Tours Returning Spring 2016! 10:30 am Christmas City Movie11:00 am Hoover Mason Trestle Tour

SteelStacks Visitor Center

711 East First Street,
Bethlehem, PA
Buy at the Visitor Center
or
SteelStacks Visitor Center
Old Bethlehem Walking Tour
  Returning Spring 2016!
1pm and 3pm
Approx. 50 minutes
Visitor Center
505 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA
Buy at Visitor Center or
call 1-800-360-TOUR
Rise and Fall of Bethlehem Steel Tour Now-February 28 Saturdays & Sundays 12:30 pm Christmas City Movie1:00 pm Rise & Fall of Bethlehem Steel

SteelStacks Visitor Center

711 East First Street,
Bethlehem, PA
Buy at the Visitor Center
or
SteelStacks Visitor Center

Tour Descriptions

Take a walk through beautiful downtown Historic Bethlehem with our certified guide in period dress. Discover the story of Bethlehem’s unique beginning in 1741, the tales of a candle-in-every-window, and the renowned Bethlehem Star. Historic highlights include Bethlehem’s exquisite Victorian and colonial architecture, including two National Historic Landmarks, the 1741 Gemeinhaus and the Bethlehem Waterworks. The tour route is part of Bethlehem’s National Historic Landmark District, designated by the Secretary of the Interior in 2012.

See our 2015 Christmas season offerings! 

Take a walk – if you dare – on our “Death & Dying” cemetery tour! The Death & Dying tour is the only cemetery tour in Bethlehem to take guests through the 1741 Gemeinhaus, a National Historic Landmark as well as the oldest standing building in the city. See an original 18th century dead tray, then stroll through God’s Acre, Bethlehem’s oldest cemetery and featured on BootsnAll’s “12 of the World’s Most Fascinating Cemeteries”, and hear the stories of the men and women who once lived in the town. All tours are led by a guide in traditional Moravian clothing.


" Great town! Very insightful and interesting tour. Wonderful tour guide!"

"Madeline: Speechless. Please continue these tours, and add more."

"Enjoyed and learned from Death & Dying Tour with Madeline tour guide. Loved the inside of the Gemeinhaus and the cemetery." 

Experience Bethlehem like never before: On your own time and at your own pace, while focusing on what you enjoy. With the use of handheld audio devices, the Heritage Trail™ allows participants to walk, run, or bike through three centuries of Bethlehem history. Stops along the trail include two National Historic Landmarks, the newly designated Historic Moravian Bethlehem National Historic Landmark District, Victorian era homes, and Bethlehem Steel buildings.

Take an exciting guided tour through Bethlehem's rich historic district while making pub stops along the way! What's better than a Historic Bethlehem walking tour? A walking tour with BEER! The highlights on the tour include Bethlehem’s exquisite Victorian and colonial architecture, including two National Historic Landmarks, the 1741 Gemeinhaus and Bethlehem Waterworks. The Historic Bethlehem Pub Walking Tour also includes stops at McCarthy's Red Stag Pub and Hotel Bethlehem Tap Room where guests will receive one complimentary beer at each stop and a Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites commemorative glass to keep. Tickets are $25.00 and include the tour, 2 beers, and a commemorative glass. Must be at least 21 years old and have a valid form of photo ID to participate. 

The heart and soul of Bethlehem Steel, The Hoover Mason Trestle, is the closest you can get to the crucible of iron and steel making in America. Bethlehem Steel Corporation was a pioneer in steel production. Steel produced by Bethlehem Steel was used in the construction of some of American's greatest landmarks -- Golden Gate Bridge, George Washington Bridge, and the Chrysler Building in New York City.   Additionally, structural members of the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and the Hoover Dam, were made by Bethlehem Steel.  While similar to the Highline in NYC,  the Hoover Mason Trestle stands apart because it offers the only view into the American iron and steel industry, with platforms built at key vantage points that illustrate the magnitude of 100-ton fly wheels, huge ore cars and immense blast furnaces. While the furnaces sit idle today, the site has been reclaimed and visitors enjoy fabulous vistas of South Bethlehem, South Mountain, and St. Michael’s Cemetery which was captured in the famous photograph by Walker Evans in the 1930’s.

Special Tour Note: The Hoover Mason Trestle tour is $15 per person for just the tour, and $18 tickets include both the walking tour and admission to the introductory film, Bethlehem: The Christmas City. The tour departs from the ArtsQuest SteelStacks Visitor Center, 711 East First Street, Bethlehem, with the film beginning at 11:00 a.m. and ending before tour departs.

With our certified guide in period dress, the tour group will learn the story of Bethlehem’s unique beginnings in 1741. The highlights include Bethlehem’s exquisite Victorian and colonial architecture, including two National Historic Landmarks, the 1741 Gemeinhaus and Bethlehem Waterworks. Enjoy a stop at our recently restored 1758 Nain-Schober House and the 1752 Apothecary.

Reservations are encouraged. Group rates and reservations are available. Contact the Visitor Center at 1-800-360-TOUR for more information.


"Wonderful tour guide with a wealth of knowledge and information. 5 star tour!"

"Our guide, Madeline, is very knowledgeable about the history of Bethlehem. The tour was very interesting and worth our time. A wonderful tour and provided interest to return someday."

Learn how blast furnaces worked, why men needed brass checks to get in the gate every morning, and which buildings housed which operation on this on-site walking tour that gives visitors a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a steel worker.

Special Tour Note: The Rise and Fall of Bethlehem Steel tour is $15 per person. Tickets include both the walking tour and admission to the introductory film, Bethlehem: The Christmas City. The tour departs from the ArtsQuest SteelStacks Visitor Center, 711 East First Street, Bethlehem, with the film beginning at 12:30 p.m. and ending before the 1 p.m. tour departs.


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