Weekend Family Getaways in PA

Are you looking for things to do for the weekend with the family? Plan a getaway to Reading, PA and the surrounding area.  Berks County has plenty of fascinating historic and cultural activities, but there are auto races, sports, arcades, caves to explore, and plenty of other things that will keep everyone in the family happy.

Fightin’ Phils Baseball

Enjoy a Fightin’ Phils game along with some hot dogs, peanuts and other baseball fare at the 9,000 seat stadium between April and September. For 65 years, the Reading Fightin’ Phils, a Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, have been entertaining Berks County fans at FirstEnergy Stadium, the oldest baseball stadium in the Eastern League. This stadium has featured many famous baseball players over the past six decades, including Roger Maris, Mike Schmidt, Greg Luzinski, Ryne Sandberg, Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels.  Be sure to check the schedule for special promotions and giveaways, fireworks extravaganzas, pre-game concerts and ticket specials.

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Maple Grove Raceway

Every weekend from April to November, enjoy NHRA Drag Racing and other specialized automotive events at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, just outside Reading. From nostalgia racing, Top Fuel dragsters and jet-powered vehicles, to Street Bike races and Street Legal Grudge racing, the track offers something for everyone to enjoy. Recent racing surface upgrades have made Maple Grove one of the only total concrete quarter mile tracks in the east. If you’re in Reading in October, plan to catch the top stars of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing race at the NHRA Nationals here.

The Works at Wyomissing

The Works is a 125,000 square foot entertainment facility that’s housed in a restored turn-of-the-century industrial plant in Wyomissing, PA, right here in Berks County and about an hour west of Philadelphia. Your kids will think they’re in heaven, but there are plenty of activities to keep adults happy too!

  • “Ballocity” is the ultimate foam ball blasting and climbing structure, featuring tubes, slides, and foam ball launchers. It’s ideal for kids 4-12 yrs old and is open seven days a week.
  • “Slick Willy’s” is a unique high-speed indoor go-kart track, featuring karts capable of reaching speeds of 50 MPH. It has its own gourmet café serving specialty coffee drinks, premium ice creams, funnel cakes, and beverages.
  • The Works’ multi-million dollar arcade features video games, simulators, the interactive 7D XD Dark Ride that makes you feel like you’re part of the action, Pac-Man Smash air hockey, and a variety of other games for kids of all ages.
  • The Works restaurant has an extensive casual menu featuring sandwiches, cheesesteaks, burgers, pizza, pasta, chicken, steaks, seafood; in other words, there’s something for everyone.
  • “Building 24 LIVE” is a live entertainment venue and upscale restaurant that doubles as a state-of-the-art nightclub and sports viewing facility. It has a full kitchen and bar with a variety of gourmet meals, craft beers and refreshing cocktails.
  • Free unlimited parking 

Crystal Cave Park

Kids and adults love “Pennsylvania’s Greatest Natural Wonder,” which was discovered in 1871 near Kutztown by two Pennsylvania Dutchmen, William Merkel and John Gehret. They called it Crystal Cave because of the sparkling diamond-like crystals that adorned its walls.

Today, you can descend 125 feet underground and take a guided tour to learn all about stalagmites and stalactites. There’s also a miniature golf course, museum, theater and nature trail on the grounds. Enjoy Crystal Cave from March 1 to the end of November, but bring a sweater; it’s always a cool 54°F down there!

At Greater Reading Convention and Visitors Bureau, we have plenty of other tips for weekend family getaways in Reading, PA. Browse our website, or visit us inside the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in historic downtown Reading for more suggestions.