Current Openings for Locals and Visitors

 

 

LET’S GO LOCAL!

We’re happy to welcome you to Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, and we’re excited for your help in rebuilding Berks County as you eat, play, shop and stay local. Let’s all cheer on our businesses. LET’S GO LOCAL!  For your convenience, we have compiled a list of resources and frequently asked questions about traveling in Berks County. Find them listed below. 

Please know, whether you are visiting Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, or you are a resident of Berks County, your safety and well-being is our highest priority. We promote responsible travel and ask our guests and community to follow the latest medical guidance around the pandemic. As new information about the coronavirus and your safety becomes available, we will do our best to keep you up-to-date.

 

Plan a Trip to Pennsylvania's Americana Region

Pennsylvania’s Americana Region is a drive-in destination. That means you can plan your trip around your schedule, not the availability of a flight, or a train’s timetable. Before you arrive, we suggest you explore our website, learn about our history and culture, and order a free visitors guide. Looking for some inspiration? Read our Blog, view the Calendar of Events for activities scheduled for later this year, or check out our road trip Itineraries. We’re here to help, so call us with questions and concerns.
We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Let's Go Local!

Calling all Berks County residents! We need your help! Join us in our Let’s Go Local campaign, a county-wide effort to support local businesses by staying and playing locally.

Everyone has been affected in some way by the pandemic, especially restaurants, attractions and small, locally-owned shops and businesses. Now, as these locations open their doors for business, let them know you missed them by spending money in their locations.

Sure, the ease of ordering items online is hard to resist, especially with the threat of the pandemic still looming. However, area businesses are committed to following federal, state, and local protocols to keep you and their employees safe. They are eager to welcome you back, and put their staffs to work.

So remember, before you buy a gift, plan a day away, book a hotel room or campsite, or pick a place to meet a friend, consider what we have right here in Pennsylvania’s Americana’s Region. When local businesses succeed, we all succeed. Let’s Go Local and get Berks County businesses back on their feet!

Looking for ways to spend time in Berks County? Check out our Road Trip Itineraries.

 

What Mandates Affect Your Local Tourism Partners?
Berks County moved to the Green Phase of reopening on June 26, 2020. Many of our businesses are open to guests, while some are required to operate at a limited capacity. As of September 21, 2020, restaurants in Berks County can operate at 50% occupancy as long as they self-certify by October 5th. Last call for alcohol is 11 p.m., with it cleared by midnight. Food sales may continue after 11 p.m.
The new efforts put limitations on specific industries; personal care services (hair and nail salons) are open by appointment only at 50% capacity, and wellness facilities like gyms can run at 50% occupancy with scheduled visits strongly encouraged.  All entertainment venues such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls can open at 50% occupancy.

 

Must I Wear a Mask?

As of July 1, 2020, Pennsylvania requires individuals to wear a face covering when outside of their home. In general, this mitigation effort mandates individuals to  wear a covering over their mouths and noses in indoor and outdoor public places. This is particularly important when it is not possible to consistently maintain a distance of 6 feet from people who are not members of the same household, on a busy sidewalk, waiting in line to enter a place, or any place people are congregating. Finally, whenever in a public place, inside or outside, everyone should socially distance at least six feet from others who are not part of your household.

 

What Events Have Been Canceled?

Targeted mitigation efforts became effective July 16, 2020, limiting indoor events to no more than 25 attendees, and outdoor activities to 250 or less, or 50% of usual capacity. In lieu of your physical presence, some of our partners offer virtual classes, lectures, and exhibits. We are doing our best to keep our online Events Calendar updated, but encourage you to visit each partner’s website or Facebook page for their most current information or cancellations. If you have questions about cancellations and refunds, we recommend you check directly with the event organizers.

When planning travel to Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, please be aware of these annual events that have canceled their activities for 2020, including:

Rescheduled or Canceled

  • 17th Annual Taste of Hamburger Festival, 9/5/2020 – Save the Date – Sept 4, 2021
  • 55th Annual Duryea Day Antique & Classic Car & Truck Show and Flea Market – Save the Date – Sept 4, 2021
  • 25th Chile Pepper Festival, Sept 11-12, 2020 – Save the Date Sept 10 & 11
  • 74th Annual – Oley Valley Community Fair – POSTPONED UNTIL September 16, 17, 18, 2021
  • 35th (2020) Annual Mushroom Festival – CANCELLED
  • My Gut Instinct – Guts & Glory 2020, Sept 21-26 is now being held virtually – Guts & Glory 2020
  • Santander Arena & Santander Performing Arts Center Events:
    3/31 – Melissa Etheridge – POSTPONED
    4/04 – Kathleen Madigan – RESCHEDULED to March 13, 2021
    4/07 – Trolls Live – RESCHEDULED to November 3 & 4, 2020
    4/10 – Ricardo Montaner – RESCHEDULED to February 11, 2021
    4/15 – Garden Brothers Circus – CANCELLED
    4/18 – Reading Craft Beer Festival – RESCHEDULED Date to Be Announced Soon
    4/19 – Andrew Schulz – RESCHEDULED ​Date to Be Announced Soon
    4/23 – Art Garfunkel – RESCHEDULED to December 2, 2020
    4/22 – An American in Paris – CANCELLED
    4/28- Alison Krauss – CANCELLED
    4/29 – Peppa Pig – RESCHEDULED to April 14, 2021
    5/03 – Christopher Cross – CANCELLED
    5/09 – Almost Queen – RESCHEDULED to May 22, 2021
    5/09 – Hillsong Worship – POSTPONED
    5/15 – The Color Purple – CANCELLED
    5/22 – Ozuna – CANCELLED
    5/22 – Marisela & Alvaro Torres – RESCHEDULED to February 13, 2021
    5/29 – Jackson Galaxy – CANCELLED
    6/04 – Beautiful The Carole King Musical – POSTPONED
    6/10 – Theresa Caputo – CANCELLED
    6/14 – SpongeBob The Musical – CANCELLED
    6/25 – The Fab Four – RESCHEDULED to October 30, 2021
    8/09 – Maks & Val Live – RESCHEDULED to July 14, 2021
    8/18 – Bethel Music – CANCELLED
    8/23 – Ted Nugent – RESCHEDULED to August 22, 2021
    10/15 – John Cleese – CANCELLED
    12/6 – Celtic Thunder – RESCHEDULED to December 9, 2021
  • art Festival Reading Holiday Market, Dec 5 & 6 – Save the Date – Dec 4 & 5, 2021

 

What Attractions are Open?

Many of the attractions we know and love are now open to the public, or scheduled to open soon. For the most up-to-date information about these locations, visit their websites by clicking on their name. We will continue to update this list as more of our partners open for business. For event information, including virtual events, visit our website’s Calendar of Events.

Berks History Center – Public visitation hours at the history center and library are by appointment only, Wednesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM.
No walk-ins will be permitted.

Cherry Crest Farm is open Tues – Fri 10-5, Saturday 10-7. The farm is operating at 50% capacity. View their COVID information here.

Colebrookdale Railroad is opening soon. Check their website for scheduled excursions and safety procedures in place.

Crystal Cave is open from 9am – 5pm daily. The attraction is running at 50% capacity so early arrival is recommended for cave tours. Safety guidelines include facemasks, social distancing, temperature checks and hand sanitizing.

Fox Berkshire Theatres The auditorium capacity is reduced by 50% and masks are required. For additional information about ticket and concession purchases as well as cleaning practices, click here.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts offers three ways to visit, a private movie package (min of 6 people for $60), a free art explorer experience and a private shopping in the New Store. Visitors are required to wear face coverings at all times. Check the website for details.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary opened its trails to the public in June. The Visitor Center remains closed. Face coverings and social distancing are required. To make trail admission run smoothly, non-members are asked to either pay with exact cash, or purchase an advance ticket and bring a printed copy of that ticket to the gate.

Leesport Farmers Market is open on Wednesday from 8AM – 7PM, and Sundays in April – December, from 8AM to 2PM. Visitors are asked to follow CDC
guidelines and do their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Mast FarmsCorn Maze & Pumpkin Patch open for their 18th season on September 14 (ends Nov 9, 2019). The farm is open Fridays, 3 pm – 9pm, Saturdays 9am-9pm and closed Sundays.

Ozzy’s Family Fun Center requires all guests over 2 years of age to wear a mask at all times. Hand sanitizer is required when entering the building and before using each attraction

Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad passenger trains excursions to Jim Thorpe are back on track with precautions to make guests feel comfortable. Extra cars allow empty seats and guests are asked to wear masks. Open-air cars will be available for open-air seating.

Reading Movies 11 & IMAX is open at 50% capacity, but no more than 25 people per auditorium. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged for maximum touchless process. Employees and guests are required to wear face masks throughout the theatres. Masks may be removed only when you are in your seat. Barriers will be in place between employees and customers at sales stations. Enhanced cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting will be in place.

Reading Public Museum & Neag Planetarium – The museum is open daily from 11am – 5pm. Both the museum & planetarium will operate at 50% occupancy with  continued compliance of all CDC recommendations. Masks are required inside the museum for all adults and recommended for children. Water fountains remain turned off and food may not be consumed while inside the museum.

Renninger’s Farmer’s Market and Consignment: is open to the public Fridays,10 AM to 7PM, and Saturdays: 8AM to 4PM. The Antique Market and Flea Market are open on Saturday, until 4PM.

Schell’s Miniature Golf & Restaurant is following all CDC guidelines and greatly appreciates the patience of their guest as they manage this transition.
Hours: Food & Ice cream: 11am-9pm | Golf: 10:30am-8:30pm

Strasburg Railroad requires reservations which can be purchased online only. Guests are asked to review Strasburg’s COVID-19 policies online before visiitng the railroad.

Sweet Ride Ice Cream offers doorstep delivery for pints, quarts, ice cream pies and cupcakes, and storefront take out of their full menu.
Call ahead to place your storefront take-out order, or stop by to place your take out order in person. You will need to park and come to the parlor door. Open for take out 3:00 – 8:30 pm every day.

WK&S Railroad maintains social distancing on their excursions with capacity reduced to 50% of the available seats. Open car seating is available and recommended! Additionally, the caboose can be reserved for “FAMILY ONLY” (maximum 12 passengers) by contacting: [email protected].

The Works offers an online scheduling system that allows visitors to book specific times in all of their attractions.The Works is operating at 50% capacity and requires masks. All surfaces are cleaned with Covid destroying cleaning products, 30+ sanitizer stations have been added, UV lights are used to sanitize the go kart helmets and plexiglass shields and signage are posted throughout the facility.

Opportunities for Outdoor Recreation with Social Distancing

Our parks, trails, and waterways offer plenty of places to spread out and enjoy Outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region. Remember, when visiting these locations, social distancing and mask protocols are still in place. If a park or outdoor area seems crowded, look for a less crowded place – we have plenty of outdoor venues. Carry hand sanitizer and use it frequently in public areas. Follow current Federal, State and Local guidelines.  Cindy Dunn, the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources explains the best ways to keep safe while enjoying our natural spaces in this video.

Infogram explaining outdoor etiquette duing COVID

Are Restaurants & Bars Open?

When Berks County moved to the Green Phase most restaurants and bars re-opened for in-house dining at 50% occupancy. However, targeted mitigation efforts were announced on July 15, 2020, which reduced indoor capacity to 25%. In addition, restaurants are not allowed to offer alcohol service without food. Many locations offer outside dining as an additional option. However, takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery are often still available, sometimes with a limited menu or hours of operation. Please check individual websites and social media channels to confirm hours of operation.

Pennsylvania’s Americana Region Dining Options
Takeout, Curbside & Delivery Options

What Kind of Lodging is Available?

Hotels, B&Bs, and campgrounds across Pennsylvania’s Americana Region are open and ready to welcome guests. Properties may limit the number of rooms available to promote social distancing. Hotels must shut down dine-in restaurants, pools, fitness centers, spas, lobby spaces, and meeting rooms with new practices in place for cleaning and sanitization. Access our list of area lodging to understand what protocols the various properties have in place for your protection.

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