Founded back in the mid-18th century, Reading found success as a boomtown thanks to the importance of its iron and steel industries. In fact, by the late 1870s, the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad was the largest corporation in the world as it capitalized on the transportation of these industries. Today, Reading is much more than an industrial hub, and it stands as an active and lively community with tons going on. Visit for the art and jazz festivals, outdoor activities, shopping, historical tours, and Imax movies. Its location isn’t bad either -- Reading is located one hour north of Philadelphia, two and a half hours southwest of New York City, three hours north of Washington D.C., and just 40 minutes away from Amish country.
If the season is right, getting outdoors in Reading is one of the best things to do. Grab your picnic supplies and head to Antietam Lake, just a few miles outside of town. The serene lake also is near a 60-foot waterfall, an old Victorian brick valve house, and tons of space for fishing and hiking. Outdoor enthusiasts should also head to the Nolde Forest Environmental center where you’ll find 665 acres of dense woodlands perfect for bird watching or trail running. And lastly, if the weather isn’t permitting, head to Reading Rocks, a large indoor rock climbing gym.
As far as museums go, Reading has a few. Head to the Daniel Boone Homestead where you can learn about the life of the legendary frontiersman. The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum is great for aviation enthusiasts, and the Reading Co. Technical and Historical Society is a great place to learn about the city’s heritage as a railroad powerhouse.
Back in town, head over to the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, the Genesius Theater, and the Reading Comedy Outlet for a night out on the town.
In reading, the Summers can get particularly warm and humid, and winters can be cold. For these reasons, we recommend visiting during the shoulder months of spring or fall. The fall colors are especially impressive in Reading.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, Reading has a good handful of dining options for all kinds of travelers. Judy’s on Cherry offers Mediterranean-inspired dishes, Stokesay Castle offers American fare in a renovated castle, and Café Sweet Street is a hip, urban brunch spot that offers excellent homemade breakfast food.
This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Reading. The hottest month in Reading is June, when temperatures peak at 99 ˚F. The coolest month is January, when temperatures drop to 11 ˚F. The wettest month in Reading is May with 11.41 inches of rain, while the driest month is November with 2.3 inches of rain.
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Pick the perfect accommodation for your vacation at AllTheRooms.com. We compare Airbnb, Priceline, Agoda and others. Reading has 244 hotels, vacation rentals and other unique places to stay, with prices to suit budget travelers, extravagant travelers and everything in between. When traveling on a budget, the cheapest place to stay in Reading is available at $12 per night. In general, an accommodation in Reading will cost you $83 per night.
If you want an internet connection during your stay in Reading, then you can choose from over 75 places to stay that provide WiFi internet. 21 places to stay include a breakfast. Fitness fanatics can get a workout in during their stay by choosing from 18 accommodations that have gyms. If you are driving to Reading, you'll want to pick from 73 places to stay that provide parking. We have 7 places to stay that have a pool or jacuzzi.
Those traveling with a dog, cat or some other animal can stay in one of 15 accommodations that are designated as pet-friendly.
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