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Allentown offers a wide range of activities

Alyssa Jimenez


If you’re looking for a new or interesting way to spend an afternoon or evening, you might want to consider all that Allentown has to offer. Here’s a a small sampling.

Allentown Civic Theater: If you've never been to the Allentown Civic Theater, you are missing out on more than buttery popcorn and comfy plush seats. Located only an eight-minute drive from campus, the Civic Theater is the perfect place to watch live theater shows and movies. For Horror movie fans, don’t miss the March premiere of “Silence! The Musical,” based on the award-winning film, Silence of the Lambs. The theater also offers a student discount to Cedar Crest College students who show up with a school ID. Pro tip: After the show, head to the Udder Bar, a delicious ice cream place down the street, with soft serve, waffles and milkshakes. For ticket pricing and more information about upcoming shows, visit their website. www.civictheater.com

Allentown Art Museum: Emerson Baum, painter and artist, founded and incorporated The Allentown Art Museum, during the Great Depression. The museum has since been renovated and expanded to house all the storage and works of art. It features various art forms such as oils, pastels, sculptures, photography, etc. Go explore some of their beautiful art exhibitions on display including Stephen Antonakos: The Room Chapel, Ai Weiwei: Golden Age, Color & Complexity: 30 Years at Durham Press and Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing. Admission is free on Sundays after 4 pm and $10 for students any other day of the week. 

The Allentown Rose Gardens: Take a break from campus and get some fresh air strolling through the Allentown Rose gardens. Located a walking distance from campus, the Rose Gardens is a scenic trail for exercising and bike riding. The site also has multiple picnic pavilions that make for an amazing weekend activity with friends or a significant other. Blooming roses, elaborate pavilions, and decorative statues make the garden a great place for pictures. The Allentown Rose Gardens is perfect for weddings, outdoor recreation, prom photos, charity events and more. 

Allentown Arts Walk: Located in downtown Allentown between Hamilton and Linden Street, the Allentown Arts walk is a beautiful outdoor venue. It is complete with a new 50-foot mural, colorful art-filled walls, and decorative benches and sidewalks, making it the perfect place for photography. The spot is conveniently located next to surrounding some of the best cafés and restaurants in Allentown. The art site also includes various pop-up shops that are especially popular during the holidays. Visit Artists At Heart, a handmade art store for upcoming events like pottery classes and jewelry making.

The Market: Hungry for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert? The Market, on the Arts Walk in downtown Allentown, can help you cover all your bases. Robert Irvine, celebrity chef from “Restaurant Impossible” is one of the vendors at the Market with his venue Fresh kitchen. The Market includes foods like Sushi, Neapolitan pizza, Mediterranean food, Korean food, and American comfort food. For dessert check out Donut love or Batch, a creamery with over 24 flavors of ice cream. Every Saturday they host “Market After Dark” from 8 pm-10 pm, stop by for a live DJ, dancing, savory food and drinks. Dine outside on the Arts Walk and take in the beautiful art and scenery Allentown offers.

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