Pennsylvania Dutch Country Nearby Attractions
Make Pine Hill RV Park your home away from home in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country! Pine Hill is one of the closest campgrounds to the Kutztown Folk Festival, the Crayola factory, Cabela’s, and other outstanding regional attractions and events … only a few of the reasons to stay with us while you set out on your next Pennsylvania vacation adventure. Americana thrives in our nearby surroundings. Explore Crystal Cave, Pennsylvania’s largest natural wonder, or visit Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Pennsylvania’s premier family theme park.
Visit the Hamburg, PA retail store of Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter, with 250,000 sq. ft. of quality outdoor merchandise and educational and entertainment attractions. In addition to special discounts, you will find museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums, and trophy animals interacting in realistic recreations of their natural habitats. There is also a full schedule of activities all year round, including workshops and demonstrations.
Crystal Cave is one of Pennsylvania’s most popular natural attractions. It has been visited by millions of people since its discovery in 1871. A 45-minute interpretive tour will lead you through an array of spectacular milky white stalactites, stalagmites, and pillar and dropstone formations. Concrete walks and steel railings ensure your safety though your descent 125 feet underground in a constant and comfortable 54 degree temperature.
For 45 years, Das Awkscht Fescht has been a summer tradition for all ages. One of the country’s largest antique and classic car shows, Das Awkscht Fescht offers three fun-packed days in the great outdoors … a perfect way for families to celebrate summer.
Dorney Park has been Pennsylvania’s leading theme park for 125 years, with a total of over 100 rides and attractions. From the latest thrill rides to water rides to classic rides and an antique carousel, there are attractions for kids of all ages. The park also features a wide variety of live shows, a midway with games and arcades, and plenty of sweets and treats.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey. Open year-round, visitors enjoy scenic vistas, 8 miles of ridge and valley trails, a visitor center, bookstore, and native plant garden. Each autumn, don’t miss the chance to observe large numbers of hawks, eagle and falcons as they migrate past the Hawk Mountain lookouts.
Bring your family to enjoy the finest in traditional crafts, food, music and folk life. The Kutztown Folk Festival offers fun for all ages, with 200 of America’s finest traditional craftsmen, fascinating demonstrations, and treasures you can take home. You will find fine furniture, miniatures, pottery, clothing, musical instruments, hand-painted art, iron ornaments, weavings, brooms, baskets, florals, hex painting, jewelry, leather, cut paper art known as “scherenschnitte”, Pennsylvania German calligraphic writing called “fraktur”, beeswax candles and more at this exceptional annual festival. You will also enjoy America’s largest quilt sale, with over 2,500 traditional quilts, handmade by local quilters, as well as mouth-watering Pennsylvania Dutch food.
The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail is home to nine family-owned vineyards and wineries that have brought home the Governor’s Cup for eight out of the last nine years and won countless regional, state, national and international awards, including more than 50 for wines made from Chambourcin, its signature grape. Designated an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2008, the Lehigh Valley is Pennsylvania’s fastest growing wine region.
“Built like a Mack Truck” is a descriptive, frequently-used phrase throughout the world! In fact, “Mack Truck” is a worldwide symbol synonymous with strength and endurance. If you would like to see how heavy-duty trucks are made, plan a trip to Mack’s Macungie Assembly Operations, open to the public through pre-arranged tours. In addition to the factory tour, you may want to visit the Mack Museum, in Allentown. Vehicles from the early 1900's to 1979 can be experienced at the Mack Museum, along with many interesting pieces of memorabilia and more than 80,000 photographs.
The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University is a place, a museum, and a year-round program. The Center represents the commitment of Kutztown University to the preservation of Pennsylvania German / Pennsylvania Dutch history, folklore, and traditions. It is part of the University's educational and cultural program. The Center is located on a 30-acre 19th century farmstead with a stone farm house, barn, and smaller buildings which have been authentically restored, a one-room schoolhouse, circa 1870, and the library, which contains genealogical, historical and cultural information. The museum has a collection of more than 10,000 artifacts representing Pennsylvania German rural life in 19th - and early 20th - centuries, and extensive genealogical records of several thousand Pennsylvania German families dating to the mid-1700s.
Renningers has been in Kutztown since 1955 with a tradition of farmers markets and antiques & collectors shows. On any given weekend you can attend the Farmers Market, Antiques Market, Outdoor Flea Market, or a special event like the Antiques & Collectors Extravaganza, Antique Radio Show, or Craft Show.
The mission of the Rodale Institute, founded in Kutztown back in 1947 by organic pioneer J.I. Rodale, is to improve the health and well-being of people and the planet through a global organic transformation that will mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in our atmosphere and restore soil fertility. The farm’s 333-acre organic-certified production and demonstration areas offer visitors an opportunity to learn how agriculture can either contribute to environmental problems or be a significant solution in solving global warming, improving human nutrition and preventing famine throughout the world.
At The Crayola Factory, you’ll be immersed in color and creativity – a place where there’s no limitation to creativity and imagination. You can color, draw, paint and create with the latest Crayola products without the worry of cleanup afterwards. Each creative space invites you to play and explore while learning and having lots and lots of fun. See how Crayola Crayons and Markers are made. Learn about the history of the Crayola brand. Explore dozens of interactive projects and activities.
Known for the first 20 years of its existence as the Lehigh County Velodrome, this concrete crater in a corn field was the idea of publisher Bob Rodale and remains the most celebrated velodrome in modern American cycling history. Countless national and international bicycle racing champions began their trek to glory on this 333-meter track. In addition to Professional Racing on Friday and Saturday evenings, Future Pro Racing on Tuesday evenings and amateur racing on Saturday afternoons, the Valley Preferred Cycling Center provides public access or “Open Track Time” anytime from dusk to dawn when there is not a scheduled event. No experience or special bicycles are needed. Just bring your family and their bikes along and ride where the pros ride. ONLY bicycles may be used on the track. All riding must be in a counter clockwise direction and HELMETS ARE REQUIRED.
The Wheels of Time Street Rod Association is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the art of street-rodding. Wheels of Time’s premier event is the fantastic Rod and Custom Jamboree held each August in Macungie. Over 2,200 street rods are on display every year at this popular event. Members also participate in a monthly cruise night, held at the Macungie Memorial Park, including live music.
The Wind Creek Casino features 3,000 slots and the newest games, along with food and entertainment at the historic site of the legendary Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Bethlehem Steel was the second largest steel company in the United States. During World War I and World War II, Bethlehem Steel produced armor plate and ordnance for the U.S. armed forces, and the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation’s 15 shipyards produced over 1,100 ships, more than any other builder during the war. During its long history, Bethlehem Steel produced the steel that built the George Washington Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, and the U.S. Supreme Court … to name just a few.