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Discovering the Lehigh Valley: Dutch Springs, Crayola Factory & Da Vinci Science Center

We recently took a little family trip to the Lehigh Valley with it just over an hour away from Philadelphia and it made a great cost friendly road trip. A great One Tank Road Trip! The Lehigh Valley consists of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton PA. We stayed for one night but barely had a taste of everything the Lehigh Valley has to offer but had a blast at the places we did make time to visit.

Our first stop was to Dutch Springs in Bethlehem, PA. Dutch Springs is a 50-acre lake, with attractions at depths up to 100 feet. It is spring-fed from an underground aquifer that filters through limestone to provide excellent visibility. We stayed at the Aqua Park the entire day. There were many picnic tables and lounge chairs next to the lake. The lounge chairs where all taken by the time we arrived however there is plenty of room to bring your own. Paddle Boats and Ocean Kayaks are also available to rent. Overall Dutch Springs is a clean and friendly environment. The restrooms and changing rooms were spacious as well as clean. Although I packed a little cooler with lunch and drinks there is a snack bar with reasonably priced food and drinks as well as Hershey’s Ice Cream so bringing a lunch is not necessary.

Dutch Springs is one of those places where it is just so much fun you just start thinking about all the people you want to bring with you the next time you visit. The fact that daughter and I cannot swim it didn’t mean we couldn’t enjoy ourselves. Dutch Spring provides great life vests within the Aqua Park and with the life guards on duty we felt safe 100% of the time. This will definitely become an annual family trip and we can’t wait to make it back!

(Fun day at the Aqua Park)

After a long day in water we just needed a relaxing night. We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Bethlehem about 10 mins away from Dutch Springs. This was Sophia’s first hotel stay and I was worried about her feeling unfamiliar. We are glad to say that she made herself at home very quickly. For dinner we were lucky that there was a Wegman’s across the street from the Hampton Inn and we brought back $6 meals to have in our room. After a great night sleep we enjoyed some quiet time at the pool. I was surprised when my daughter was sad to leave. We were definitely pleased.

(The beautiful lobby and pool)

The next morning we made our way to the Crayola Factory at Two Rivers Landing in Easton, PA. I am a huge Crayola fan and I was excited for all of us. We arrived around noon and were able to find street parking near by. It’s a very popular destination and I wish we arrived a little sooner. The Crayola Factory was filled with happy, creative kids and their families, what more can you ask for! There were many different exhibits to keep us all busy but our favorite part was the Model Magic experience. We found a table in the corner and didn’t worry about making a mess. We just got creative and I think that’s what Crayola is all about. I can see my daughter enjoying the Crayola Factory more and more as she gets older.

(Getting creative at the Crayola Factory)

Before making it home we made a stop at the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown. It contains more than 200 hands-on exhibits which entertain, educate and captivate everyone of all ages. I enjoyed watching Sophia interact with the different exhibits independently as well as allowing us to share the experience together. It was hard to pick just one but our favorite exhibits were the Little Learners Lab it was created especially for pre-school-aged children. It includes exhibits built low to the ground for easy access. We loved Go Figure!, an interactive wonderland of five storybook settings based on popular children’s books. Another preschool friendly exhibit was the Camp WeeCanDo Sophia could have spend the whole day there exploring. Other great exhibits are the Bees and the touch tank.

 
(Sophia in Camp WeeCanDo, Touch Tank and the Bee exhibit)

Although this trip was just for 2 days. It was an event packed 2 days. We had fun, relaxed and learned some things. Couldn’t ask for anything more and we look forward to making it back to the Lehigh Valley soon and I encourage you to check it out. There was so much more to do, we missed Eagles training camp and we were so close!

For more info on the Lehigh Valley and different vacation packages visit Discover Lehigh Valley.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received complimentary admission for the purposes of this post. The post reflects my personal experience and opinion which may differ from yours. No monetary compensation was provided for this post. 

5 Responses to Discovering the Lehigh Valley: Dutch Springs, Crayola Factory & Da Vinci Science Center

  1. Anonymous says:

    Fugal Philly Mom: how about checking out the Lehigh Valley Zoo the next time you are in the "valley". Beautiful scenery, lively animal display, and lots of nature. we're located in the 1200 acre Trexler Nature Preserve. Frugal Mom, pack a healthy lunch, jump on the turnpike and I'll see you at the Zoo.

  2. Frugal Philly Mom says:

    @Anonymous

    Thanks so much for your suggestion! I'll make sure to keep the Zoo in mind our next trip up! If you'd like to send me additional info please e-mail frugalphillymom@gmail.com

  3. Anonymous says:

    GO LEHIGH !! YEAH !!

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