Founded on Christmas Eve in 1741 by a small group of Moravian settlers and christened “Christmas City, USA” in 1937, Bethlehem turns its gaze toward the past year-round guided tours and museum exhibits. The 10.9-mile Heritage Trail snakes through 80 historic stops, including two National Historic Landmarks, Victorian-era homes, and the nation’s oldest gift shop. On historic walks, guides lead tour groups through the now-defunct site of Bethlehem Steel, the city’s oldest cemeteries, and the 1762 Waterworks, known as the first municipally pumped water system in the country. The Kemerer Museum Of Decorative Arts is one of only 15 of its kind in the country. Located inside the 1741 Gemeinhaus, the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem curates a collection of exhibits about the town’s settlers, including their missionary work, education system, and medical techniques.
Skydive trips allows both beginner and seasoned divers a comprehensive and safe way to engage in free falls. Tandem dives allow first-timers to experience the thrill of a jump without special training or prior knowledge of species of stomach butterflies, and training programs ready aficionados for solo falls. A staff with decades of combined experience ensures a safe diving experience with bona fide instruction and equipment. The facilities include both indoor and outdoor observation areas for friends and family, as well as a picnic area jumpers often put to use after they've completed their adventure.
Since its inception in 1919, the historic Oakmont Tennis Club has improved ball-smacking skills and boosted camaraderie and sportsmanship amongst racket-swingers. Tennis pros such as George Henry, once the coach of Venus and Serena Williams, use Oakmont's soft ground of seven maintained red-clay courts for instruction and one-on-one domination. With single or family membership, you’ll get use of the clubhouse, unlimited court time, and discounted rates on lessons. Members can use Oakmont's comfy clubhouse to take a brisk shower, secure their five-leaf clover once kissed by John McEnroe in one of the lockers, and stroll around the wraparound deck.
At Workout Plus, fitness seekers can conclude a blistering group workout with a dip in the whirlpool or a detoxifying jaunt in the sauna. Instructors lead challenging, up-tempo workouts with names such as Kettlebell Khaos or Calorie Killer, and set members loose on a sea of free weights and Star Trac variable resistance machines including treadmills, climbers, and recumbent bikes.
No men, no makeup, no mirrors. It’s a pretty stringent philosophy, but it’s one that’s helped members of the Curves community since 1992. Part fitness center, part support group, Curves is a women’s only club that takes a streamlined approach to health, fitness, and weight loss. Full-body, 30-minute workouts combine strength training, cardiovascular exercises, and stretching into calorie-torching sessions, enhanced further by the Curves Complete Program. The program, available at an extra fee, supplements efforts at the gym with personalized meal plans and weekly one-on-one meetings with a certified Curves coach. Outside the facility, members and non-members alike can purchase a variety of Curves products, from workout apparel and accessories to the protein powders and vitamins used to build strength or distract people from all of the caterpillars in your medicine cabinet.
The idea that running should be fun is the philosophy behind Run Lehigh Valley, an organization that pairs runners of all levels with running events. Whether the races include giveaways or beer, or just start off with a quirky premise, such as a zombie 5K where runners dress as the undead or a Christmas-themed race where runners dress like undead Santas, all of the events check pretention at the starting line. For their latest venture, Runners Escape, Run Lehigh Valley gathers people for out-of-town races, giving like-minded pavement-pounders a chance to meet friends.