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10 things to like about Berks County, PA

Berks County lies about forty five miles north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The county seat of Berks County, is the city Reading (pronounced Redding). The city has seen more lows than highs but has recently seen an upturn with many new venues opening and others planned. Berks County is also the home to many attractions and sites worth checking out. Here are just ten.

The Amish live throughout Berks and the surrounding area
The Amish live throughout Berks and the surrounding area

The Fighting Phils, the Double A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. A trip to First Energy Stadium to see the Phils play is anything but normal. In addition to the game there are many sights, sounds,games and even a pool for the family to enjoy.

The Reading Pagoda located atop Mt Penn is not only an historical site it is also the symbol of the City of Reading. The Pagoda offers a great view of the city and the immediate area. The Pagoda is also the home of the Pagoda Writers, a group which meets on the first Saturday of each month.

The Amish live throughout Berks County and the surrounding counties. It is not uncommon to see a horse and buggy or two or three running up and down the highways and byways. There are many places which offer local grown produce and products made by Amish artisans.

Berks County is know for its Pretzels. The Berks County area has a rich heritage of baking pretzels. There are numerous bakeries such as Tom Sturgis and Unique Pretzels which bake hard pretzels as well as many soft pretzel bakeries.

The Goggleworks is one of Readings newest attractions. It is a quirky combination of art studio and exhibits. The Goggleworks also offers lesson in everything from glassblowing to drawing. The Goggleworks is quickly becoming a favorite stop for many visitors as well as those who live in Berks County

Reading Public Museum while not a big city museum offers a lot of punch for its little size. There are ever changing exhibits and shows as well as the Planetarium next door. The museum also offers its own mummy as wells as acres of gardens to stroll on a summer day.

Santander Arena and Performing. Arts Center formerly known as the Sovereign Center, the Santader Arena as well as its sister site the Performing Arts Center are two of the venues which offer concerts and shows throughout the year. Some big names like Elton John have been here. The arena is also the home of the Reading Royal hockey team.

Local Theaters such as the Genesius Theater offer budding actors a place to strut their stuff as well as a cheap place to see a good shpw. There are also off Broadway shows offered at the Santander Performing Arts Center

Local festivals like the Kutztown Festival or the Oley Fair offer many hours of family fun, food, exhibits, as well as rides. The Kutztown festival has cows and homemade rootbeer, quilts and preserves, a magician and lots of music. It is only one great stop on a tour of many festivals throughout Berks County over the summer months.

Scattered throughout Berks County are many local wineries like Clover Hills Winery which are all part of what has become known as the Berks County Wine Trail. So if a little wine is your thing there are many varieties which will be a treat for all palates.

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