Things To Do / Places To Go
Berks County Parks & Recreation
Berks County maintains 12 parks. To locate them and find out what is happening, visit:
Colleges & Universities
Liberal Arts college with ties to the United Methodist Church. Founded 1856.
13th & Bern Sts., P.O. Box 15234, Reading PA 19612 • 610-921-2381
Center for the Arts: 610-921-7715 • Performing Arts Box Office: 610-921-7547
Franciscan Liberal Arts university of 2,800 students. Founded 1958.
400 S. Bernardine St., Reading PA 19607 • 1-888-ALVERNIA
Part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and comprising the colleges of Business, Education, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Visual & Performing Arts. Approx. 11,000 students. Founded 1866.
15200 Kutztown Rd., P.O. Box 730, Kutztown PA 19530 • 610-683-4000
Sharadin Art Gallery: 610-683-4546
KU Performing Artists Series and Children's Series: www.kutztownpresents.org/
Penn State Berks
Berks campus of Penn State University. Approx. 3,000 students. Affiliated 1958.
Tulpehocken Road, P.O. Box 7009, Reading PA 19610 • 610-396-6000
Reading Area Community College
An open-enrollment education institution that provides the following: Associate degree, Certificate and Diploma Programs; career-focused training; transitional coursework; skills training for business and industry; personal enrichment programs and public service activities.
Ten South Second Street, P.O. Box 1706, Reading PA 19603-1706 • 610-372-4721 or 800-626-1665
Culture & Entertainment
Berks Ballet Theatre
A regional dance company with a classical and contemporary repertoire.
201 Washington St., 4th Fl., Reading PA 19601 • 610-373-7577
Berks Classical Children's Chorus
"Fostering and promoting choral excellence in young people through music education and quality performances."
201 Washington St., Suite 529, Reading PA 19601 • 610-898-7664
First Energy Stadium - Reading Phillies
Home of the Reading Phillies, the Philadelphia Phillies triple-A team.
1900 Centre Avenue/RT 61 South, Reading PA 19605
A center for the arts located in the heart of downtown Reading. Galleries, exhibits, art classes, and a theater are among the opportunities the Goggleworks presents to visitors to get in touch with their inner artist.
201 Washington Street, Reading PA 19601 • (610) 374-4600
The Greater Reading Convention and Visitors' Bureau
The bureau promotes the Reading Area,
providing brochures, visitor guides and recommendations for meeting planners, vacationers,
group tours, everyone. Offices are located in Goggleworks at 2nd & Washington Streets,
Since 1908, the Reading Pagoda has dominated the Reading skyline. For over a century, this beloved landmark has lured thousands of visitors to its lofty heights.
PO Box 1615 Reading PA 19603 • 610-375-6399
Reading Choral Society
Founded in 1875 and comprised solely of dedicated amateur singers, the society performms great choral masterworks, contemporary composers and pop music.
201 Washington St., Suite 529, Reading PA 19601-4040 • 610.898.1939
Reading Community Players
The local community theater group presents a number of plays each season.
P.O. Box 13425, Reading, PA 19612-3425 • 610-375-9106
Reading Pops Orchestra
Promotes the musical arts in Reading and Berks County through the maintenance of a professional orchestra for the performance of public concerts.
3314 Reedy Rd., Sinking Spring, PA 19608
Reading Symphony Orchestra
Classical subscription concerts, pops concerts, concerts for students, youth orchestras, and educational and community outreach programs.
147 N. 5th St., Suite 4, Reading PA 19601-3401 • 610-373-7557
Founded in 1852, the 35-member band keeps an active concert schedule, many of the concerts community-sponsored and free to the public.
3539-A Freemont Street, Laureldale PA 19605
The Sovereign Center
"Sovereign Center is a multi-purpose venue that hosts dozens of sporting and entertainment events every year. The Reading Royals hockey team calls it home!"
700 Penn Street, Reading PA 19602 • 610-898-7469
Sovereign Performing Arts Center
The center is home to the Reading Symphony Orchestra.
(Formerly the Rajah Theater, the building was renovated and
renamed the Sovereign Performing Arts Center.)
136 N. 6th Street, Reading PA 19601 • 610-898-7299
Conrad Weiser Homestead
A PA state historic site located in Womelsdorf, which interprets the life of Conrad Weiser.
28 Weiser Lane, Womelsdorf PA 19567 • 610-589-2934
Daniel Boone Homestead
A PA state historic site, it tells the story of Daniel's youth and the saga of the region's 18th century settlers by contrasting their lives and cultures.
400 Daniel Boone Rd., Birdsboro PA 19508 • 610-582-4900
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Operating from 1771-1883, Hopewell and other "iron plantations" laid the foundation for the transformation of the United States into an industrial giant. The park's 848 acres and historic structures illustrate the business, technology and lifestyle of our growing nation.
2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson PA 19520 • 610-582-8773
Operated by Hay Creek Valley Historical Association, the furnace is a 19th century, cold blast, single stack, charcoal iron furnace located on an iron plantation near Morgantown.
PO Box 36, 1250 Furnace Road, Geigertown PA 19523 • 610-286-0388
Central Pennsylvania African American Museum
A collection of art, documents, court records and books which focuses on local African American history in the Reading and Berks County area.
Old Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 119 N. Tenth St., Reading PA 19601
Historical Society of Berks County Museum
The museum contains three floors of exhibits: PA German collections, fine arts, transportation, toys, decorative arts and artifacts.
940 Centre Ave., Reading PA 19601 • 610-375-4375
Mid Atlantic Air Museum
The museum displays military trainers, transports and bombers, helicopters, experimental types, and classic airliners.
11 Museum Dr., Reading PA 19605 • 610-372-7333
Reading Public Museum
A museum of fine art and historical artifacts, a planetarium and an arboretum.
500 Museum Rd., Reading PA 19611-1425 • 610-371-5850
Nature Trails & Preserves
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Open year-round, visitors enjoy scenic vistas, 8-miles of ridge and valley trails, a native plant garden, and each autumn, the chance to observe large numbers of hawks, eagles and falcons as they migrate past the lookouts.
1700 Hawk Mountain Rd, Kempton PA 19529 • 610-756-6961
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
With 665 acres of forests and 11 miles of trails, Nolde Forest provides a variety of activity-oriented programs for students, teachers, adult groups and individuals.
2910 New Holland Rd., Reading PA 19607-9448 • 610-796-3699
Reading Railroad Heritage Museum
Interprets the history and significance of the Reading Railroad using video and exhibits and features rail equipment and artifacts.
500 S. 3rd St., Hamburg PA 19526 • 610-562-5513
Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern Railroad, Inc.
May - November, ride an historic steam-powered train through fields and forests along Ontelaunee Creek.
42 Community Center Drive, P.O. Box 24, Kempton PA 19529-0024 • 610-756-6469