Knowing what features are most important to you will help you select a neighborhood.

Welcome to Allentown

Vibrant urban community brimming with cultural attractions, parks, and historic homes
Home to museums, excellent restaurants, fantastic schools, and even a theater district, Allentown has it all. Situated about 63 miles northwest of Philadelphia, and about 90 miles west of New York City, the area is relatively close to major American cities. Considered a hidden gem of the upper east coast, Allentown is a lively and vibrant locale with all of the features of any big city.
Getting a good feel for the layout of the city is important in determining which residential neighborhood is the best fit. While all areas are peaceful, some spots exude more of a suburban vibe, whereas others have a greater number of urban characteristics. Knowing what features are most important to you will help you select a neighborhood within Allentown that is perfectly suited to your preferences.

What to Love

  • Historic homes
  • Bustling environment
  • Numerous museums and cultural attractions
  • Well-maintained parks and green spaces
  • Quiet residential neighborhoods

Local Lifestyle

Divided into a variety of neighborhoods, each part of Allentown has its own distinct personality and characteristics. Across the Lehigh River, you’ll find the Rittersville, Dutch Hill, and East Allentown neighborhoods. This part of the city is cozy and suburban, with quick access to schools, parks, and retailers. In the West End Theatre District, settle into one of the city’s historic homes, while living steps away from the Allentown Farmers Market, the Pines Dinner Theatre, and The Allentown Fairgrounds. Aside from these select parts of the city, there are many other neighborhoods waiting to be explored.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

No matter where you choose to reside in Allentown, there is a plentiful selection of restaurants and shopping establishments at your disposal.
Craving some of the freshest seafood Pennsylvania has to offer? Grab a table at Henry’s Salt of the Sea and indulge your senses in a feast of scallops, crab cakes, oysters, and much more. Be sure to plan a meal out at other popular restaurants such as Grille 3501, Copperhead Grille, Youell’s Oyster House, Greenhouse Enoteca, Wert's Cafe, La Bicicleta Arepa Bar, and Union & Finch.
Close to residential neighborhoods, discover a myriad of retailers spanning every kind of specialty. Purchase everything you want and need at stores such as Petco, GIANT Food Stores, HomeGoods, Marshalls, and various corner markets.

Things to Do

Boasting a big-city environment, Allentown offers an impeccable selection of things for locals to do, see, and experience.
Automobile enthusiasts should make plans to visit America On Wheels Museum. This immersive museum displays ongoing and traveling exhibits that inspire and educate. Da Vinci Science Center is another fun and interactive museum to visit for individuals of all ages. Around town, you can tour other cultural attractions such as the Allentown Art Museum, Old Allentown Preservation Association, Pines Dinner Theatre, and the 19th Street Theatre.
Get outside when you visit one of Allentown’s many outdoor spaces and attractions. Enjoy amusement parks? Bring the entire family to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. When the weather is nice, also spend quality time at the Allentown Rose Gardens, Cedar Creek Park, Cedar Beach Park, Lehigh Parkway (which is the site of the seasonally-held Lights in the Parkway), and Allentown Municipal Golf Course.


From pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, there are excellent schooling options in Allentown.
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