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Reading is a historic, industrial city, located just a few hours from each New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. The city itself remains quite industrial, though efforts are being made to transform its image into a more cultural one. However, Reading is well-situated for day trips to Amish country and other excursions into the Pennsylvania countryside. Within Reading, you’ll find all kinds of museums highlight different aspects of the local history and culture, including the Pennsylvania Dutch. Additionally, you’ll find many antique shops, farm markets, and an emerging craft beer and spirits scene.
Whatever you plan to do while you’re in Reading, you can count on Bounce to look after your luggage. Whether you’re a local hoping to stash your gym bag while you hit up the farmer’s market, or you’re a traveler hoping to store your suitcase while you visit a local museum, Bounce has you covered. Whatever the situation, you can leave your bags with a Bounce partner to make the most of your visit to Reading.
Bounce has teamed up with local businesses throughout Reading to offer convenient, short-term luggage storage for both residents and visitors. With this handy service, you can lighten your load and visit all of Reading’s best attractions without clunky luggage in tow. Enjoy the best of Reading, knowing your belongings are safe and secure with a Bounce partner.
Top Things to do
Reading is primarily known as an industrial city, but in recent years a lot of effort has been made to revitalize its image. Now, Reading boasts many attractions that highlight the local culture and history, including a wealth of fascinating museums offering insight into things like farming and aviation. Reading’s agricultural industry has made way for a plethora of farm markets and farm-to-table restaurants, making it a wonderful place to sample fresh, healthy, locally-sourced foods. Whether you want to eat your way through Reading, learn about the local history, or have something else in mind, this Reading travel guide will help you plan your visit.
Reading has no shortage of fascinating museums that offer insight on everything from local history, the history of aviation, world civilizations, natural history, and beyond. The following are a few museums to check out while you’re visiting Reading. Don’t forget to stash your bags with a local Bounce partner before you visit.
Berks County Heritage Center: Located on Red Bridge Road, just north of Reading, the Berks County Heritage Center is dedicated to highlighting the local history and culture of the area. Inside, you’ll learn about the Pennsylvania Dutch, the history of farming in the area, wagon manufacturing, covered bridges, and much more. You can also tour restored farm buildings, including a mill, a hog shed, a smokehouse, and a milk house. If you’re curious about local history, you’re sure to enjoy this walk back in time!
Mid-Atlantic Air Museum: Located at Reading Region Airport, this aviation museum showcases the history of aircraft. It is also an aircraft restoration center, meaning there are all kinds of fascinating, beautifully restored planes to admire. The museum has a large focus on warplanes and World War II and hosts a WWII Weekend Air Show each year, which draws thousands of visitors. If you’re curious about aviation history or World War II, this museum shouldn’t be missed!
Reading Public Museum: This fascinating museum contains exhibits highlighting science, civilizations, art, natural history, and regional history of the Reading area. The facility also houses a planetarium and is home to a 25-acre arboretum. The museum collection includes thousands of items and artifacts from around the world, including a large collection of Pennsylvania German artifacts and Native American artifacts. You’ll find galleries and exhibits highlighting everything from arms and armor to ancient civilizations, the history of Flamenco dance, and more!
Reading has all kinds of compelling shopping options to fit every type of traveler. Whether you want to hunt for antiques, pick up wardrobe staples on a budget, or enjoy a casual trip to the mall, these Reading shopping destinations have got you covered. Don’t forget to stash your extra luggage with a local Bounce partner so you can shop hands-free!
VF Outlet Village: If you love a bargain, you won’t be able to resist a visit to the VF Outlet, located on Reading Avenue. One of the oldest outlet stores in the country, VF Outlet features a selection of well-known brands at unbeatable prices. Shop for merchandise from brands like Lee, Wrangler, Nautica, JanSport, Reef, and more.
Renninger’s Antique Market: If you’re a fan of antiques, you can’t miss this incredible market which takes place every Sunday from 7:30 am to 4 pm. You’ll find hundreds of vendors, each offering their latest finds. You can pick up everything from vintage jewelry and decor items to furniture. Be prepared to shop til you drop!
Berkshire Mall: If you prefer to do your shopping in malls, the Berkshire Mall is a great option in the Reading area. Inside this plaza, you’ll find retailers like Footlocker, Hollister, Zara, Victoria’s Secret, and more. You’ll also find eateries like Outback Steakhouse and Red Lobster, along with grab-and-go joints like Chik-fil-A and Subway. Whether you’re on the hunt for something in particular or just want to spend a few hours browsing, you’re sure to find something appealing here.
Whether you’re a fan of casual fare, street food, or a gourmet dining experience, Reading has no shortage of incredible culinary offerings. The following are a few ideas of where to eat and drink while you’re in Berks County. For your convenience, store your extra luggage with a nearby Bounce partner so you can enjoy a bar or restaurant crawl unburdened.
Fairgrounds Farmers Market: This lively farmers market is a popular spot among visitors and locals alike who wish to enjoy locally-produced food. Inside, you’ll find booths selling everything from meat and cheese to produce, baked goods, and beyond. Some vendors even sell prepared food, making this market a wonderful place to stop for lunch. Choose from a variety of different cuisines, including Vietnamese, Japanese, Greek, Polish, and more!
Local Breweries: Reading has a diverse selection of craft breweries that you won’t be able to resist sampling. The family-owned Broken Chair Brewery offers an inviting tasting room with exposed brick walls and a glass door. Sample the menu containing a selection of IPAs, fruit beers, and even hard cider. The Brewers Bar & Grill boasts 15 craft beers on tap and offers a menu of tasty pub fare, while the Chatty Monks Brewing Co specializes in Belgian beers and provides a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Farm-to-table eateries: Reading is surrounded by farmland, so it’s no surprise that there are many incredible farm-to-table restaurants, making it easy to sample locally produced food. A couple of popular spots include Wild Sage Coffee + Kitchen, which specializes in contemporary breakfast and lunch dishes made with seasonal specialties, and Relish, a gourmet hotdog and sandwich spot that stands out for its homemade relishes.
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The price for luggage storage in Reading is just $5.90/bag for the entire day.
There are multiple locations all around Reading which can be booked through the Bounce platform including near President's House, Heritage Park, Monument and many other areas.
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The most popular restaurants to visit are Dan's at Green Hills, Ugly Oyster Drafthaus, and Tack's Sandwich Shop. Additionally, the highest ranked hotels within Reading are Bynden Wood Lodge, Homewood Suites, and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Reading.
Reading offers several scenic parks including Ridley Creek State Park, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, and Monocacy Hill Recreation Area.
You can find local tourist information at Tourist Information, Information Kiosk, and Trail Map.
If you're looking for a good museum in Reading, we recommend Reading Public Museum, Mid Atlantic Air Museum, and Berks County Military History Museum. If you prefer to be outside, you can give yourself a walking tour and see some of Reading's most popular historical attractions including Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Robesonia Furnace Historic District, or Covered Bridge Road and monuments like Heritage Park or Monument. Lastly, you can enjoy the local ruin of President's House, Lehigh Canal Chain Bridge, or Ruins.