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Top 5 things to do this spring in Historic Bethlehem


 

Colorful trees in spring bloom are a welcome sight near The Bell House, Old Chapel and Central Moravian Church Sanctuary.
Colorful trees in spring bloom are a welcome sight near The Bell House, Old Chapel and Central Moravian Church Sanctuary.

BY KAITLYN SCHOCK
Of Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

Looking for a few great ways to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family this spring?

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites has a few bright ideas for how to make the most of clear skies and warmer weather. With a welcoming list of walking tours, engaging events, and exciting programs, the city has an inviting collection of places and activities for all to enjoy. 

Here are the Top 5 things to do this spring in Historic Bethlehem.

The Heritage Trail leading up to the historic 1761 Tannery (145 Ohio Rd, Bethlehem).
The Heritage Trail winds past the historic 1761 Tannery (145 Ohio Rd, Bethlehem).

1) Hike, bike, or run the Heritage Trail

The Heritage Trail, sponsored by St. Luke's Hospital, is the perfect way for families on the move to enjoy the sunny, seasonal weather. The trail program offers audio-recorded companion tours of Historic Moravian Bethlehem's National Historic Landmark District, Victorian-era homes, and Bethlehem Steel structures. Heritage Trail™ audio files are available for download at historicbethlehem.org for you to discover Bethlehem’s rich history on your own time and at your own pace. Tours range from 0.75 to 3 miles and take about an hour or two.

The trail is also pet-friendly!

A sky-view of Burnside Planation (1461 Schoenersville Rd, Bethlehem).
Burnside Plantation — a farm in the city — is located at 1461 Schoenersville Rd, Bethlehem.

2) Discover the Burnside Plantation, garden, and barns

Take a step back in time as you explore the Colonial Burnside Plantation's (1461 Schoenersville Rd, Bethlehem) 6-acre grounds, gardens, apple orchard, and barns in the morning or afternoon. Visitors can venture on their own or schedule a guided tour which includes a look inside Burnside’s historic barns, farmhouse, and summer kitchen. The Louise W. Dimmick Garden includes a variety of herbs, spices, flowers, and vegetables. The garden is cared for by volunteers. The Saturdays at Burnside program are the first of each month (May-October) and feature cooking demonstrations, kid's crafts/activities, and the "You Point, We Pick" garden event where visitors can take some delicious foods home with them.  

  A sign located along Main Street, Bethlehem discussing its historic significance.

A sign located along Main Street describes the Moravian community's historic significance.

3) Take an on-your-own or guided tour of our museums and sites  

Historic Bethlehem offers a variety of on-your-own and guided tours that are perfect for the sunny season. Choose between the Old Bethlehem Walking Tour, the Moravian Story Walking Tour, and Moravian Church and Chapel Tours. Also, you can visit the 1750 Smithy and Blacksmith Shop offering Blacksmithing 101 classes where guest can learn to use Colonial tools and techniques of the trade. Before or after your tour, be sure to stop in at our Visitor Center shop and at one of the Historic District's many fine restaurants and stores.

The Monocacy Nature Preserve and the Monocacy Creek located along the Heritage Trail.
The Monocacy Nature Preserve and the Monocacy Creek are located along the Heritage Trail.

4) Do a spring photoshoot and tag @historicbethlehem

Historic Bethlehem features many beautiful places to photograph — especially this time of year. The settings and sites around each corner are blooming with vibrant colors, with beautiful scenes to capture and share. The Colonial Industrial Quarter, Heritage Trail, and Burnside Plantation are perfect places to find many unique photo opps around town. When you post your pictures to social media, be sure to tag @historicbethlehem. Then, search this tag to find other visitors' fantastic photos!

The Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts (427 N New St, Bethlehem)
The Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts (427 N New St, Bethlehem)

5) Attend one of Historic Bethlehem’s engaging spring events

Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites hosts a variety of exhibitions, events, festivals, and programs throughout the year and offers memorable ways to get involved and learn more about the area and our rich heritage. Free Sundays at the Museum take place on the first Sunday of each month. Here, guests can enjoy free admission to both the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts (427 N New St, Bethlehem) and the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem (66 W Church St, Bethlehem). Many free activities for kids are included in these programs. 

Another outdoor program coming soon is the Antique Treasure Show on Saturday, May 6, where guests can bring their own antique items to have examined by local appraisers.

Also, our annual Rooms to View House and Garden Tour is June 9 and 10, where guests can celebrate the decorative arts at a collection of stunning homes and gardens around the Lehigh Valley. 

To find out more about upcoming events, scheduling tours, site hours, and more visit historicbethlehem.org.

Kaitlyn Schock is a student intern from Kutztown University and a contributing writer for Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites.

 

 

 

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