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Where in the world: USA  /  Pennsylvania  /  Reading

Top 15 things to do in Reading

1. Reading Public Museum

The Reading Public Museum is a museum in West Reading, Pennsylvania. The museum's permanent collection mainly focuses on art, science, and civilization. It also has a planetarium and a 25-acre (100,000 m2) arboretum.

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square

One of the United States' premier botanical gardens, Longwood Gardens spans over 436 hectares (1,077 acres) and is home to 11,000 different types of plants and trees. The Longwood conservatory hosts 20 indoor gardens, with one of the world’s most impressive greenhouse structures. The greenhouse spans 0.8 km (0.5 mi) and boasts an array of colorful plants from around the world. Outside, the chimes tower and waterfall and the Italian water garden make fantastic places to sit and relax. End your visit with a cup of coffee and a pastry at The Lodge, where you can enjoy superb views of Longwood.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $59 › Learn more about Longwood Gardens

3. Pagoda

The Pagoda is a novelty building, built atop the south end of Mount Penn overlooking Reading, Pennsylvania, United States. It has been a symbol of the city for more than a century.

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. Half-Day American Revolution Tour in The Valley Forge

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Leave the driving to us and let our local guide drive you in our comfortable tour van for a half-day excursion into The Countryside of Philadelphia to historic Valley Forge National Historical Park! Once aboard our vehicle, you’ll be on your way to one of the most significant sites of the American Revolutionary War. Your guide will tell stories of the Continental Army preparing for war, stopping at the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts to give us an idea of conditions in the encampment.Your visit to the park might include a stop at the Valley Forge Visitor Center, displaying historic objects and artifacts, as well as Washington’s Headquarters along the Schuylkill River. You’ll have time to enjoy sites of interest on foot, including the National Memorial Arch, a striking memorial to those who served, and also the gothic-style Washington Memorial Chapel.Come and discover the incredible history captured in monuments scattered around Valley Forge’s picturesque surroundings.
Suggested duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Tours from $99 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Fairgrounds Farmers Market

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is a 145,000 square foot, five-story community arts center in what was formerly the Willson Goggle Factory Building.

GoggleWorks features seven large teaching studios in ceramics, hot and warm glass, jewelry, photography, printmaking, and wood; 35 juried artists’ studios, exhibition galleries, and houses the offices of dozens of arts, culture, and creative economy organizations.

The campus also includes a 131-seat theatre, which presents art house films daily and STORE, which retails the work of over 200 individual artists from around the country.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Mid-Atlantic Air Museum

The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM) is an aviation museum and aircraft restoration facility located at Reading Regional Airport in Reading, Pennsylvania. The museum, founded by Russ Strine, the current President, collects and actively restores historic war planes and classic airliners as well as rare civilian and military aircraft. Many of the museum's historic aircraft are often seen on the airshow circuit.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. Longwood Gardens Experience

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Take a break from the city and hop aboard our comfortable tour van from Philadelphia to the beautiful rolling hills of Brandywine Valley! Your driver will act as your guide, narrating the long history of the Valley, from life in indigenous settlements to landmark battles of the American Revolutionary War. We’ll get to know some of the family legacies associated with Brandywine and Chadds Ford, like the DuPont dynasty’s 1,077-acre estate, Longwood Gardens. Your ticket includes admission to these gorgeously manicured grounds. You’ll see why Longwood Gardens is considered one of the best gardens in the country!**Holiday Light DisplayDuring the holiday season, Longwood transforms into a wonderland of dazzling lights and elaborate festive decorations. The later tour time allows you to experience this breathtaking display at night when the park is fully lit. Traipse through at your own pace, and let your holiday spirit run wild around illuminated Longwood Gardens.
Suggested duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Tours from $99 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Berks County Heritage Center

Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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10. Valley Forge National Historical Park, Valley Forge

At Valley Forge National Historical Park, see the place where George Washington's army set up a military camp to fight the Revolutionary War in the winter of 1777. Walk around or hop on a trolley around the grounds, where you'll see reconstructed log cabins and outdoor baking ovens, as well as many statues and memorials, including an impressive arch. The park also features a museum and a colonial house that served as Washington's headquarters. Rangers stationed all over the park will provide information on every attraction. In addition to history, you can go hiking, watch wildlife, and admire the scenery.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $13 › Learn more about Valley Forge National Historical Park

11. Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark, Tannersville

When you’re looking for things to do in PA, come to Camelbeach Waterpark where you’ll find thrills from mild to wild. Whether you enjoy adrenaline rides or simply sunbathing poolside all day, Camelbeach’s theme park will instantly transport you to a water park oasis! Relax in one of our comfortable cabanas or bask poolside in the hot summer rays on one of our serene lounge chairs. Our family waterpark is fun for the all ages, offering our kid friendly Pharaoh’s Phortress and Camel Cove, multi-person tube slides, and single person waterslides. Come experience Camelbeach, and you’ll quickly see that this is no ordinary waterpark.

Once you dry off, head over to Camelback Mountain Adventures! Adventure packed activities include TreeTops Adventure courses, Twin Zip-Flyers, Dual Zip Lines, Segway tours, and our exciting Mountain Coaster. Camelback Mountain Aventures offers patrons of all ages fun in the great outdoors.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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12. Go City: Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass with 30+ Attractions

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Save money on some of Philadelphia's best-known attractions compared to buying individual tickets with Go City's Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass. Choose between a 1, 2, 3, or 5-days pass and visit as many attractions as you like all with one digital pass. Included is a 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus tour of Philadelphia and much more. Simply save your pass (delivered as your 'ticket) on your mobile device and show it t each attraction for admission – no voucher redemption required!
Suggested duration: 1 to 5 days
Tours from $59 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Kalahari Waterparks, Pocono Manor

Suggested duration: 8 hours
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14. Sands Casino, Bethlehem

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. Valley Forge National Historical Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

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Welcome to Valley Forge National Military Park, a historic American Revolution site! In the icy December of 1777, General George Washington camped the Continental Army here to wait out the long winter. The following six months tested the mettle and resilience of his ragtag fighting force and served as a critical turning point in the Revolutionary War. Explore the rich backstory of this historic Revolutionary America site with this self-guided tour. This isn't an entrance ticket. Check opening hours before your visit.No expiration — The tour comes with lifetime validity!
Suggested duration: 1 to 2 hours
Tours from $13 › More about this tour at viator.com ›