What do outdoor trails, GoggleWorks, Body Zone, and Reading Public Museum have in common? They will all help you achieve your New Year's Resolutions! Keep reading to find out how: 


Get Outside

Yes, we really are telling you to go outside in the middle of the winter! Did you know that there are physical and mental health benefits to going outside? Just because it's cold out doesn't always mean you need to hide away indoors.  Plus, a new year means new resolutions! What better way to kick start your 2024 than a hike in the great outdoors? There are several guided hikes on New Year's Day offered by both Berks Nature and Blue Marsh Lake Trail that are sure to get your blood pumping. Lace up your hiking boots, snuggle into a warm jacket, and get moving! 

Had one too many? If you're still recovering from New Year's Eve and are maybe not feeling the hike on the 1st, there is still an entire chilly month ahead to enjoy the outdoors. Berks County is full of diverse landscapes that offer outdoor activity year-round. Whether you want to hike, bike, or are just ready to get some fresh air and a great view, there's a park for you. Check out our Outdoors page to start planning your next adventure.

People taking a selfie during sunset at blue marsh lake in the winter


Watch a Reading Royals Game

Why head to Philadelphia when we have a great local minor-league hockey team? Skip the drive and take advantage of the opportunities to see the Royals play this January. The Royals host special theme nights with happy hours, giveaways, and specialty jerseys. It's the perfect night out for the whole family and a nice way to get out of the house to experience an exciting event. Click here for their full schedule.


Family poses with slapshot the reading royals mascot


Take a Class at GoggleWorks

Picking up a new hobby or skill is another great New Year's resolution to add to your list. The GoggleWorks offers classes and workshops ranging anywhere from sewing and painting to photography, glassblowing, and all things art.

GoggleWorks Glass Blowing Class


Get a Membership at Body Zone Sports & Wellness Complex

If you're a resident of Berks County and don't have a membership to Body Zone... what are you doing? The amount of wellness benefits that come with a Body Zone membership cannot be found anywhere else in our area. At just one convenient location, Body Zone provides a variety of classes for all skill levels, multiple sports fields, ice rinks, equipment areas, a swimming pool, and more. Take control of your health this year and start a membership today!

Water aerobics class in the swimming pool at body zone

Sarah Lucas 

Head to the Theatre

Maybe you're not much of an outdoorsy person or need a break from the cold. Pennsylvania's Americana Region has lots of opportunities to catch a film. View selected showings through an immersive 3D experience while listening to the best in Digital Surround Sound at the IMAX or enjoy a meal at the AMC for a Dine-In experience. If you are looking for old-time ambiance and pricing, the Hamburg Strand is a must. GoggleWorks' Boscov's Theatre specializes in art and independent films that are well worth checking out.

Boscov Theatre

Enjoy Live Entertainment


Santander Arena & Performing Arts Center is always a good spot to see live entertainment and your favorite performers. This month, see the World Championship Ice Racing Vengeance Tour, former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson, stand-up comedian Nate Bargatze, a tribute concert for Elton John and Billy Joel, and several other awesome shows. Spend a nice night out with friends and family while staying warm!

Comedian Pete Davidson smiling at the camera

Image courtesy of Santander Performing Arts Center 

Explore New Exhibits

The Reading Public Museum is saying goodbye to some of its temporary exhibits this month. But have no fear! Some great new exhibits and collections will be arriving: Nature All Around Us and Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement. What a great opportunity to learn something new this New Year!

Artwork and stained glass at the museum

Try a New Restaurant

There are so many restaurants to try in Berks County! Explore our main streets and find your new favorite place to eat. Even if you are a lifelong resident, we are sure there are some hidden gems you haven't tasted yet. Let us guide you along the way by visiting our restaurant listings. Make an effort to get out and visit a new spot this year!  

delicious kimchi burger with a pickle and chips sitting on a table

Sarah Lucas 

Now you're ready to take on 2024 like a true Berks County resident! We can't wait to see what this year brings. What are your New Year's resolutions? Remember to tag us in your photos on social media with #VisitPaAmericana.