Attractions & Things to Do in Easton, PA
We take great pride in helping our guests enjoy their stay to the fullest. The owners and staff are available to help you decide on one of Easton’s amazing restaurants and to point you toward the best things to do in Easton, PA during your stay including wonderful attractions, shops, and outdoor activities. This page will give you an overview of the best things to do in Easton and Lehigh Valley, and we’ll be here to help you further! There are so many events and things to do on vacation in Easton, PA and Lehigh Valley that you’ll want to come back again and again! Also, be sure to check out our recent blog posts for additional information.
Walk or drive, the choices are excellent! The restaurant scene in Easton, PA continues to grow and amaze us! For our personal recommendations, see our Best Restaurants in Easton, PA post.
For all that is new and hip in Easton, PA head to the indoor public market downtown for an amazing array of food vendors or to the renovated Silk Mill for Tucker Cafe, Owowcow Creamery, and Easton Wine Project.
Get Out! So many great adventures nearby
The choices for outdoor activities in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley are almost limitless. Take it slow and learn a little history while you’re at it on the Mule Drawn Canal Boat Rides at the National Canal Museum along the shores of the Lehigh River. Take a stroll in Easton’s Scott Park at the confluence of the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers – a really unique view! If you’re more of a thrill-seeker, you may want to try the many Roller Coasters at Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom or hot air ballooning with Have Balloon Will Travel. Biking and Hiking close to the inn is superb on the Karl Stirner Arts Trail and additional opportunities are plentiful along the many canal boat towpaths (right here in Easton) or around Jim Thorpe. In fact, the Delaware Corridor offers an astonishing 165 miles of trail. If you’d prefer to get in the water there are some great kayaking, canoeing and tubing options as well as great fly fishing in season.
Have an amateur spelunker in the family?
Lost River Caverns just a few miles from Lafayette Inn offer fantastic formations in a cool environment (great for those 90° summer days!). For diving enthusiasts, Dutch Springs offers a water park, diving, snorkeling, and underwater adventure as well as certification classes.
Area fun continues year-round with skiing and other winter activities on the numerous slopes of nearby Pocono and Blue Mountains. And in every season you can enjoy beautiful landscapes and taste incredible wines on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail or take the short scenic drive along the Delaware to visit Villa Milagro, New Jersey’s only organic winery.
If bicycle racing is more your speed, then visit the Lehigh Valley Velodrome.
Family Fun, Lehigh Valley Style
Children of well-behaved parents are always welcome at Lafayette Inn, and there’s so much to do with the entire family in the Lehigh Valley. The Crayola Experience is only one mile away from Lafayette Inn. Newly redesigned and expanded, it lets children of all ages express their colorful side. Interactive displays and real production lines comingle for a fun and informative outing. Don’t miss the mule-drawn canal boat ride where guides in period garb will teach you all about the history of canal boat life from hundred years ago in a truly unique setting. And for your little (or big) train enthusiast, head across the bridge to Phillipsburg, NJ, for a ride in a steam train along the scenic Delaware River. Allentown’s Da Vinci Science Center is a hands-on science and technology extravaganza with fixed and seasonal exhibits to keep even the most active kids busy and learning.
The Arts, Entertainment & Shopping!
Easton continues to gain national recognition as a community rich in arts. Many artists make their homes here and have studios open to the public. You may want to purchase your very own sculpture, painting or handmade item at local art galleries, such as Connexions, Just Around the Corner Gallery, Mercantile Home or Re: Find. If music is your gig head over to the Martin Guitar Factory for tours and a fascinating guitar museum. See how your own Martin was made or fantasize about your next purchase.
Looking to “jazz” up your weekend? Many of Easton’s restaurants and pubs feature live music. Steelestacks Event Center in Bethlehem offers weekly concerts of every genre.
Bethlehem’s Musikfest, held each year at the beginning of August brings musicians of every genre from around the world and many of the performances are free. If you’re searching for classical entertainment, then the Bach Choir and Festival is just what the doctor ordered.
Live entertainment on a Broadway-quality stage at the State Theatre, only 1 mile from Lafayette Inn, ranges from stand-up comedy to dancing-in-the-aisles bands, and the Nutcracker around the holidays.
Neighboring Bucks County, PA
Bucks County begins only 3 miles south of Easton and the triangular route from Easton-New Hope-Doylestown offers a great 1/2 or full day side-trip to some of the best antiquing and historic sights in the East. Take the covered bridge tour and then head to New Hope for lunch.
Visit the museum and visual presentation of Washington’s Crossing, a victory of Revolutionary significance. Snatch up some great buys at Peddlers’ Village or Rice’s Flea Market. The James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown completes the tour before you head to dinner at one of the area’s fine restaurants.
Space just doesn’t permit us to tell about all of the exciting opportunities that exist in our area. Check out our blog page for more information and the latest on new stores, restaurants, and activities.