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7 Ways to Embrace Fall in Historic Bethlehem 

October 12th, 2023 |

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is a city steeped in history and culture, making it the perfect destination for a memorable fall getaway. As the leaves begin their colorful transformation and the air turns crisp, Historic Bethlehem offers a unique blend of outdoor activities and cultural experiences that will make your autumn visit unforgettable. In this blog post, we’ll explore seven fantastic ways to enjoy Bethlehem during the fall season such as taking walking tours, participating in the Turkey Trot, visiting museums, and more. 

Guided Walking Tours

Bethlehem’s historic district, with its charming colonial-era buildings and cobblestone streets, is the ideal setting for a guided walking tour. As you meander through the city’s rich history, knowledgeable guides will share fascinating stories about its founding by the Moravians and its pivotal role in American history. The fall foliage creates a stunning backdrop for your journey through time, providing a truly immersive experience.  There are even tours specially designed for kids. 

Historic Turkey Trot 5K Run & Fun Walk

Immerse yourself in the spirit of the season and get some exercise by participating in Historic Bethlehem’s annual Turkey Trot. Held Nov. 25th, this festive 5K run or walk is a local tradition that appeals to participants of all ages. It’s an opportunity to enjoy the crisp fall air, get some exercise, and have fun with friends and family. Participants often don creative costumes, adding to the event’s lively atmosphere. 

Visit Museums

Bethlehem’s rich cultural scene offers a variety of museums that provide captivating insights into the area’s history, art, and industry. When the weather cools down, spending time indoors at these museums is a fun way to learn and be entertained no matter your age: 

Moravian Museum of Bethlehem: Dive into the history of the Moravian settlers who founded Bethlehem in the 18th century. Explore the beautifully preserved 1741 Gemeinhaus and the Single Sisters’ House. There’s a special kids tour every Sunday. 

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts: Admire the intricate craftsmanship of decorative arts and period furnishings from different eras. The museum’s extensive collection includes items from various cultures and time periods, as well as the current exhibition, Unspun: Stories of Silk.  It’s a great place for kids with an Alice in Wonderland room and hands on art activities. 

Take a Pub Tour

Historic Bethlehem Pub Tour

To experience the local flavor of Bethlehem, embark on a pub tour of the city’s lively establishments. Bethlehem boasts a vibrant brewing history carried on by breweries and pubs that offer a diverse range of brews. Discover the importance of beer in Colonial America and explore Bethlehem’s history as you visit Hotel Bethlehem, Lost Tavern, Tapas, Red Stag and the Historic Sun Inn. It’s a great way to unwind and savor the fall season with friends.  

Ghost Tours

As the nights grow longer in the fall, embrace the spookier side of Historic Bethlehem with a ghostly tour. Historic Bethlehem hosts both the “Mystery and History,” and “Death and Dying” walking tours. These tours take you through the historic district while sharing eerie tales and legends from the city’s past. It’s a unique way to combine history and Halloween spirit, making for a thrilling and memorable evening. 

Leaf Peeping Trails of Bethlehem

Tannery in fall at Colonial Industrial Quarter, Heritage Partner

Fall wouldn’t be complete without the mesmerizing experience of leaf peeping. Head to Historic Bethlehem to witness the breathtaking transformation of foliage as trees adorn themselves in vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow. Take a leisurely stroll, jog, or bike along the Historic Bethlehem Heritage Trail. See Burnside Plantation, God’s Acre, or the Industrial Quarter, to immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes that only fall can offer.   

Check Out the Gift Shop at the Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites’ Schropp Dry Goods Shoppe 

Get out of the chilly autumnal weather and start your journey at the Historic Bethlehem Museum & Sites’ Schropp Dry Goods Shoppe, where you can find information about tours, events, as well as buy a gift or two. It’s never too early to start getting Holiday presents for friends and family. Browse Moravian merchandise, home décor, jewelry, personal care items, books, food, and drinks. You can find the perfect gift or souvenir here! 

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania offers a delightful array of activities during the fall season. Whether you’re exploring its rich history on guided walking tours, participating in the spirited Turkey Trot, immersing yourself in local culture at museums, or enjoying classic fall pastimes like leaf peeping, there’s something for everyone to savor. Pack your bags and get ready to embrace the beauty of autumn in this charming city. Historic Bethlehem awaits with a warm welcome and a vibrant palette of fall colors. 

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