Historic Bethlehem Partnership

In association with the Smithsonian Institution

Walking Tours


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.

Regular tour pricing is as follows:

  • $12 for adults 
  • $6 for children ages 4-12
  • Free for children under age 3

 

Did you know that if you become a member when purchasing your walking tour ticket, we'll subtract the price of your walking tour from your membership price! Call 1-800-360-TOUR or 610-691-6055 to purchase your ticket and take advantage of this great offer!

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Tour  Date  Time / Duration  Departs From  Tickets 
Heritage Trail 7 Days a Week Varies by link
Visitor Center
505 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA
at the Visitor Center
Old Bethlehem Walking Tour  Thursday-Sunday Rain or Shine
1pm and 3pm
Approx. 50 minutes
Visitor Center
505 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA
Buy at Visitor Center or
call 1-800-360-TOUR
Death & Dying Cemetery Tour
 Thursdays and Fridays
at 6 PM
Saturdays and Sunday
at 4:30 PM
Returning September 24, 2015 -
November 1, 2015
Visitor Center
505 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA
Buy at Visitor Center or
Moravian Musuem
Christmas City Stroll Returning Winter 2015
Buy at Visitor Center or
call 1-800-360-TOUR
Historic Bethlehem Pub Walking Tour Varies
Visitor Center
505 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA
Call 1-800-360-TOUR

Along the Lehigh River: The Rise and Fall of Bethlehem Steel

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.

Historic Bethlehem Heritage Trail

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.

Old Bethlehem Walking Tour

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 Melanie Depcinski at  610-882-0450 ext. 13, 1-800-360-TOUR,  or mdepcinski@historicbethlehem.org  for more information.

Death & Dying Cemetery Tour

Coming this fall! 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.

We love fall! Everyone who attends the Death & Dying Walking Tour in the first week of fall will receive a free pass to the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem and a 10% off coupon good for all of our museum stores, including the Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center, Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, and Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts. Tickets are limited, so reserve your spot on the tour today! See the rest of the Moravian Museum Saturdays and Sundays 11-4, or hold on to your pass and come see us at Christmas.

Christmas City Stroll

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.

Historic Bethlehem Pub Walking Tour

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. 

 


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