Pennsylvania's Americana Region is home to Reading, the fourth largest city in Pennsylvania, and a stand-out destination thanks to its bustling art, food, and entertainment scenes. Visitors love the city’s abundant parks and green spaces, rich history, outstanding architecture, and unique dining spots.
The Iconic Reading Pagoda
One of the most iconic landmarks in Reading is the Japanese-inspired Pagoda standing 600 feet above the city. Colorful and curious, the seven-story building was built in 1908 by William Abbott Witman. A few years later, in 1911, it was presented as a gift to Reading.
The Pagoda was originally intended to serve as a luxury hotel but is now a popular attraction for visitors to explore, snap photos, and take in breathtaking panoramic views. This landmark has become a symbol of Reading and is a must-visit.
Things to Do in Reading PA
Reading’s events and celebrations keep visitors and locals entertained year-round. For over 30 years Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest has featured world-class artists and up-and-coming musicians at ticketed and free concerts each spring. There are also plenty of seasonal events to enjoy throughout the year.
Watch a show or get hands-on at Reading’s arts and entertainment attractions.
Join a class on ceramics or woodworking at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. Catch a touring Broadway show or orchestra performance at the Santander Arena or Santander Performing Arts Center. Looking for something different? Miller Center for the Arts offers an eclectic mix of programming that never ceases to surprise and delight patrons. And there’s nothing like watching the latest blockbuster movies, especially when you’re a part of the action at the RC Theatres - Reading Movies 11 & IMAX.
If you’re a sports fan, catch a Reading Royals hockey game, or cheer on the Reading Fightin Phils, our minor league baseball team.
Restaurants in Reading PA
Start your day at Cafe Sweet Street with a savory potato skillet made with locally-sourced ingredients or one of the dessert maker’s signature baked goods. This cafe, which also serves lunch, has a welcoming atmosphere and an industrial-chic design.
For lunch, don’t miss a minute of the action, when you dine at local sports bar, The Pike Cafe. The menu features world-famous fries, wings, and seafood and steak platters. The Pike Cafe has been a beloved town staple since 1985, and after dining there, you’ll know why.
What was once a farmers market is now a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant in Downtown Reading, Judy’s on Cherry. Treat yourself to Judy’s wonderful ambience, fresh ingredients, and delicious offerings. For a more relaxed vibe, head to Jimmie Kramer’s Peanut Bar. The family owned restaurant – 98 years and counting – is known for its daily specials, crab cakes, and yes, tasty peanuts on every table.
Finish the evening off at Saucony Creek’s brew pub at Franklin Station, with a cheers-worthy craft brew.
Reading PA Hotels
There's so much to see and discover in Reading, so pack your bags and get ready to explore.