While a chartered yacht is a comfortable way to tour the seas, it can only navigate city streets with the help of hundreds of unhappy pack goats. Tour Bethlehem in terra-firma style and comfort with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get a Heritage Trail tour from Historic Bethlehem Partnership (a $12 value).
By preserving historical sites, collecting artifacts, and creating educational tours, Historic Bethlehem Partnership brings the town's history to life. The Heritage Trail tour guides visitors along on an 80-stop 10.9-mile jaunt at their leisure, using handheld audio devices that narrate the important landmarks and double as voiceover-audition tapes for Victorian ghosts. Complete the discovery all in one day or explore over several days, taking in national historic landmarks, Bethlehem Steel buildings, and Victorian-era abodes. The educational meander is organized into six links, including Westward Expansion and Farmland to Industry, the latter of which examines what happens when a printing press realizes the cool comfort of donning overalls.
Historic Bethlehem Partnership
Founded on Christmas Eve in 1741 by a small group of Moravian settlers and christened “Christmas City, USA” in 1937, Bethlehem shines a light on the past with year-round guided tours and museum exhibits. The 10.9-mile Heritage Trail snakes through 80 historic stops, including two National Historic Landmark and the National Historic Landmark Districts of Historic Moravian Bethlehem as well as Victorian-era homes. On historic walks, guides lead tour groups through the now-defunct site of Bethlehem Steel, the city’s oldest cemetery, 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. And 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 technique—a wealth of information that's earned the museum the title of Best Historic Spot on the Lehigh Valley’s Happening List.
505 Main St.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018