Berks County’s Main Streets
Charming storefronts, tree-lined streets, and historic architecture. You haven’t gotten to the heart of Berks County until you’ve visited our main streets. These lively thoroughfares anchor our communities with welcoming places to gather, shop, and dine.
Don’t be surprised if your visit intersects with a festival, cultural event or farmers market, adding to the town’s friendly vibe. One thing is certain, each main street is unique and offers something new to explore on every block.
You know you’ve arrived in Reading, Pennsylvania, when you spot the Pagoda atop Mount Penn.
The City of Reading is Berks County’s center for entertainment, and fun. See the Reading Symphony Orchestra perform at the Santander Performing Arts Center. Chat with visiting artists at the GoggleWorks. Spend an afternoon viewing the new exhibit a. Besides attractions for everyone, Reading has trendy restaurants and hosts popular events year-round like the annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest.
The star attractions of Centre Park Historic District in northwest Reading are the Victorian-era mansions lining Centre Avenue, each an architectural masterpiece. Take a walking tour of the neighborhood’s tree-lined streets and enjoy the beautifully painted Queen Anne-style homes. If you're curious about the gardens and interiors of these stately residences be sure to attend Centre Park's annual Spring Garden Tour and Holiday House Tour.
The center of bustling West Reading is Penn Avenue. Lined with trendy shops, craft breweries, and vibrant eateries, West Reading is the place to be. One of the things that makes this spot so special is the public art murals on display.
Boyertown has traditional main street offerings, like restaurants and specialty shops. What sets this main street apart from the rest is its resident bears. Don’t worry – we’re not talking about the real kind! These life-sized bears are stationary, made of fiberglass, and adorned with unique designs. Over 70 sculptures are prowling the Boyertown sidewalks.
Hamburg sits along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, where opportunities for outdoor adventure are plentiful. After a visit to nearby Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, state game lands, or the Pinnacle, head into town to enjoy this cozy main street, featuring great restaurants, breweries, shops, and attractions like The Hamburg Strand Theater.
Kutztown may be small but it has a lot to offer. This vibrant college town is home to Kutztown University. It’s also the location for the popular Kutztown Folk Festival held each July. Travel further from the town center and explore Crystal Cave featuring guided tours, gemstone panning, and mini-golf.