If your family’s favorite fun things to do on vacation revolve around sports, Pennsylvania’s Americana Region has a wide variety of options, from baseball to golf to hiking, biking and skiing. No matter what time of the year you visit us, you won’t find a shortage of enjoyable activities.
- Enjoy a Fightin’ Phils Baseball Game
The Reading Fightin’ Phils have been entertaining fans since 1967. Home is FirstEnergy Stadium, the oldest baseball stadium in the Eastern League. The classic ballpark was voted the second best place to see a baseball game by Minor League News in 2006, and things have only gotten better since a 2011 renovation added more parking, light poles, padded outfield walls, and new clubhouses for home and visiting teams.
The Reading Fightin Phils, formerly the Reading Phillies, are the Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, one of the longest-running affiliations in Minor League Baseball. Famous players include Mike Schmidt, Greg Luzinski, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Lieberthal, Ryan Howard, and Carlos Ruiz. Take the family out to a Fightin’ Phils game in Reading from April through September.
- Golf Courses in Berks County
Whether you play miniature golf or 18 holes the conventional way, there are public golf courses in and around Pennsylvania’s Americana Region for every skill level, such as:
- Arrowhead Public Golf Course in Douglassville. The 18-hole Red/White Course and 9-hole Blue Course are set in the rolling hills and lined with pine trees. The holes are meticulously groomed. The shorter Blue Course is easier because there are no water hazards. Open all year.
- Chapel Hill Golf Course in Reading. Designed by Don Holloway, the 18-hole Chapel Hill golf course opened in 1991. The setting is serene with a backdrop of mature forests. There are 11 water hazards and several wetland areas, and each hole is unique. Open Apr 1 to Nov 1.
- Flying Hills Golf Course in Reading. This 18-hole championship course opened in 1971. The fairly hilly course is set in a stunning landscape with large, fast greens and water on three holes. Challenge yourself on their signature 18th hole over-the-lake-shot. Open Apr 1 to Dec 1.
- Schell’s Miniature Golf & Restaurant in Temple. This challenging 27-hole mini-golf course is fun for the entire family. A popular fixture for over 60 years, visitors can also indulge in the homemade hard ice cream at the on-site Dairy Swirl vintage ice cream parlor, or grab some burgers, BBQ and fries at Schell’s Restaurant.
- Skiing, Hiking & Biking at Bear Creek Mountain Resort
Ski the winter blues away at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie in the Lehigh Valley. There are 80-plus acres of skiable terrain here, with something for every level of skier or snowboarder. Enjoy 12 trails (all lit for night skiing) with everything from an expansive beginner area to Sasquatch, the challenging black diamond trail with a 50% slope. It’s a great location for youngsters trying to learn their way on the slopes. Also take advantage of 5 lanes of the steepest snowtubing in the region.
In warmer weather, enjoy hiking and biking on over 7 miles of wooded trails that encircle the resort. Hikers can enjoy the local wildlife and spectacular mountain views. The mountain biking trails are all rugged singletrack and doubletracks with lots of rocks and a few bridges. Trails are appropriate for intermediate or better riders.
Reading, PA and Berks County are loaded with scenic hiking and biking trails and many other fun things to do. Browse the Greater Reading Convention and Visitors Bureau website, or visit us inside the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in historic downtown Reading for more great suggestions.