With its many eats and experiences, the town of Easton should definitely be on your Pennsylvania bucket list for 2024. From tapping into your creative side at the Crayola Experience to touring the Lehigh Valley’s largest brewery to shopping local at the nation’s oldest, continuous open-air farmer’s market, there are so many ways for you to embrace all the quaint town has to offer all throughout the year.
Top Things to Do in Easton
C. F. Martin & Co. The C. F. Martin & Co., one of the world’s leading acoustic instrument makers, knows a thing or two about crafting a beautifully sounding guitar. After all, they have been creating the world’s finest instruments for more than 175 years in PA’s Lehigh Valley. Located in Nazareth, a 20-minute drive from Easton, you can take a free tour of the factory and watch as skilled craftsmen and women transform rough lumber into a magnificent stringed instrument. While at the factory, be sure to browse the Martin Guitar Museum, 1833 Shop, and its gallery wall of famous Martin owners to complete your Martin Guitar experience.
Crayola Experience Add a pop of color to your itinerary and immerse yourself in the Crayola Experience. Nestled in the heart of Easton, discover the magic of the crayon at Crayola’s premier, one-of-a-kind family attraction. Spend an afternoon jam packed with creativity as you take advantage of their hands-on activities for young ones and adults alike.
Karl Stirner Arts Trail Enjoy the great outdoors with a stroll along the Karl Stirner Arts Trail, “where art and nature converge.” Named for Easton sculptor Karl Stirner, the 1.75-mile trail goes along Bushkill Creek with access to the Simon Silk Mill, Lafayette College, and the downtown area. Stroll along the pathway and stumble upon artwork of all kinds in an imaginative, transcendent natural setting.
Easton Public Market Step into a haven of local eats, sips, and vendors at the Easton Public Market. Shop ‘til you drop with local produce and products, plus satisfy any cravings with a variety of food options from BBQ and tacos to baked goods and hot dogs. Named as the best public market in the country by USA Today 10Best Awards, you can take advantage of this vibrant gathering space to shop, dine, and participate in events including live music, culinary presentations, and workshops.
Easton Farmers’ Market Continue your local shopping and food journey with a stop at America’s oldest, continuous open-air market. Dating back to 1752, Easton Farmers' Market hosts more than 40 vendors from local farmers to food artisans to specialty product makers every Saturday, all-year round, along the Delaware River in Scott Park.
National Canal Museum Learn the history and culture of America’s historic towpath canals, as well as the science and technology behind their building, through exhibits and hands-on activities at the National Canal Museum. While there, hop aboard the 48-ton Josiah White II canal boat, which is towed by two mules on the waters of old Section 8 of the Lehigh Canal, Jun.-Oct., to immerse yourself in the canal experience, imagining what life was like along the canal when canals were essentially America’s “highways.”
Sigal Museum Take a deep dive into the history of Easton and Northampton County with collections of pre-European settlement artifacts, decorative arts and textiles, farming implements, and colonial furniture at the Sigal Museum. This leading historic institution offers interactive exhibits, self-guided and guided tours, special children's programs, and a lecture series to transport you through time and learn about the area down through the ages.
Nurture Nature Center Tap into the surrounding nature of Easton with a trip to the Nurture Nature Center. Located in a beautifully restored historic building, the center includes a science theater, an exhibit area, and art, culture, and community events and programs. Home to the Science on a Sphere® exhibit, a 6-foot suspended globe displaying more than 250 views of earth and space, immerse yourself in global images of hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and climate.
Hugh Moore Historical Park and D&L Trail Enjoy all sorts of fun in the great outdoors at the 520-acre Hugh Moore Park. Nestled between the Lehigh River and the Lehigh Canal and located on the same property as the National Canal Museum, the park is only a short 10-minute drive from downtown Easton. The park offers an array of activities, such as kayaking and canoeing on the canal and walking, running, hiking, or biking along the 2.5-mile Hugh Moore Park Spur of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.
Hangdog Outdoor Adventure Get your adrenaline pumping as you conquer the rope courses at HangDog Outdoor Adventure. This four-story outdoor ropes course features zip lines, free fall jumps, a giant swing, and plenty of offerings for a thrilling climb. Also on-site is the Hangdog Brewing Co. with its retrofitted shipping containers, a beautiful outdoor beer garden with yard and table games, as well as a delicious selection of bites and sips. Although closed for the winter season, this attraction is a warmer month must-do in Easton.
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center Explore a mix of cultural and natural history experiences at the Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center. Located just outside of Easton in the Bushkill Creek Watershed, you can learn more about the surrounding terrain and area with exhibits within the visitor center or stroll along 1,168 acres of natural area trails that serve as an outdoor classroom for local schools, universities, and nature enthusiasts.
Best Places to Eat and Drink in Easton
Aman’s Artisan Indian Cuisine With accolades including being listed among TripAdvisor’s Best of the Best Top World Restaurants and named a Diners Choice on OpenTable, it’s no wonder Aman’s Artisan Indian Cuisine is a fan favorite in the Lehigh Valley. Located in the heart of downtown Easton, their menu features made-from-scratch Punjabi Indian Cuisine with traditional tandoori dishes and homemade naan.
Three OAK Steakhouse Located in the heart of Easton’s Historic District and featuring a contemporary, chef-driven menu offering a variety of USDA prime beef aged in house, Three OAK Steakhouse provides guests with a modern take on a classic American steakhouse. Beyond the beef, the menu also offers sustainably sourced seafood, classic cocktails and wines, and all the scrumptious sides the best steakhouses are known for.
Kabinett Wine Bar & Garden The newest hidden gem in downtown Easton, Kabinett Wine Bar & Garden gives you a wide selection of your favorite varieties. Look for their discreet signage on the door and step into a well-appointed and stylish dining room, equipped with a gorgeous bar and shelves lined with some of the finest wines. Pair your pour with items from their unique brunch and dinner menus.
Two Rivers Brewing Company For local brews, stop by Two Rivers Brewing Company and try their award-winning, house-brewed beers, prohibition era cocktails, and top-notch farm to table food options. Enjoy a unique dining experience in the main dining room with its custom bar built using salvaged materials from the building's previous life - hotel room doors (with room numbers still attached) and black slate found in the basement.
Daddy’s Place Serving up authentic Mediterranean cuisine since 2013, Daddy’s Place will make you feel like family the moment you step inside. Offering mouth-watering grape leaves, a seasonal dessert menu, and a massive selection of craft, local, and imported beers, enjoy the uniqueness of Daddy’s Place for lunch or dinner.
Weyerbacher Brewing Company As the largest brewery in the Lehigh Valley, Weyerbacher Brewing Company is widely known for its big, bold beers, such as the Blithering Idiot and Merry Monks. Located in a 30,000 square foot facility, enjoy live music, games, food trucks, and tours of the facility while you sip on seasonal favorites.
Places to Stay in Easton
Grand Eastonian Hotel & Suites Since 1927, The Grand Eastonian has welcomed visitors to Easton who have delighted in its historic charm, stunning river and city views, and most recently, newly designed guest rooms, suites, and extended stay suites. Nestled in the heart of downtown Easton, you’ll be just steps away from the many restaurants, shops, attractions, and trails the city has to offer.
Townley House If you’re looking for an elegant overnight that boasts comfort, the Townley House is the perfect pick for a romantic getaway or an intimate stay. Located in downtown Easton’s Historic District, this 16-room boutique hotel surrounds you with history and a timeless style with its original wood moldings, hand carved mahogany staircase, and Mercer tiled fireplaces. Tucked away inside the hotel, enjoy Bar Bix’s artisanal cocktails & wine amidst the lush greens of the courtyard.
The Lafayette Inn Located in an 1895 Georgian Mansion, The Lafayette Inn offers the best of both worlds: the charming, individual character of a bed and breakfast and the services and privacy you expect in a fine small hotel. Located near Lafayette College, enjoy rooms with fireplaces and whirlpool tubs, indulge in a delicious breakfast in the sunroom, and relax with a book on the patio or porch.
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