What makes Reading, PA, and the Greater Reading area so special for visitors? Whether you’re an art and culture aficionado, a history buff, a hiking or biking enthusiast, or a shopaholic, you’ll discover plenty of exciting things to do for the entire family.

Founded in 1748 by Thomas and Richard Penn, the sons of William Penn, Reading is located in Southeastern Pennsylvania in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch area. It’s the county seat of Berks County and is situated at the intersection of the east Penn-Lebanon Valley and the Schuylkill River.

Enjoy nature, arts, culture, history, and top-notch entertainment throughout the area. Simply click the links below for a complete rundown of all the great things to do in Greater Reading!

  • Outdoor Adventure - Whatever the season, our region’s spectacular natural beauty is ready to be explored by outdoor adventurers of all skill levels and interests. There are several scenic trail networks within 15 miles of Reading’s city center.
  • Goggleworks Center for the Arts - A community art and cultural resource center for Berks County and Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania, and is the largest, most comprehensive interactive arts center of its kind in the country.
  • The Historic Pagoda - One of Reading’s most popular visitor attractions. Although a Japanese-style pagoda may seem out of place in Pennsylvania, visitors are guaranteed an unforgettable view of Reading and the surrounding valley from this spot.
  • The Santander Arena and Performing Arts Center - Reading’s premier venue for sports and entertainment. Its capacity ranges from 6,000 to 9,000 depending on the event, including club seats and luxury suites.
  • Nightlife - If you’re looking for a little fun after the sun goes down, discover some of the many ways Reading, PA delivers on food-and-drink destinations.