Posted on February 15, 2012
Easton, Pennsylvania - Awaken your senses. You are in for a delightful and entertaining stay in Easton, Pennsylvania. It's right here for you to discover in the land of canal boats, wonderful architecture, and treasures from times long past that we have uniquely preserved in time and space. There's a lot to do and see in and around Easton.
Easton is located on the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It is 71 miles west of New York City, 50 miles north of Philadelphia, 90 miles north of the closest beach, and 20 miles to the Pocono Mountains. Sands Casino located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is a 20 minute drive. More than 150 million people reside within a 6 hour radius of Easton.
Founded 1750, the City of Easton's special attractions include the Crayola Factory and National Canal Museum, both at Two Rivers Landing, State Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, and the mule-drawn Canal Boat Josiah White in the Lehigh Canal along Hugh Moore Park.
Easton is also the home of Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World, Larry Holmes as well as Olympic Wrestling Champion, Bobby Weaver. Phil Richards, CEO of North Star, Associated Press CEO, Tom Curley and his brother John, Gannett Publishing CEO, were born and raised in Easton and are graduates of Easton High School
After visiting these venues, explore Easton's historic downtown, its waterfront parks along the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers, Lafayette College, and more! Enjoy the entertainment, special performances, festivals and events offered throughout the year, including these highlights:
State Theatre for the Performing Arts, The State Theatre offers lives performances in magnificent surroundings. Many of the performers are nationally known.
Art Events In Easton, The Arts in Easton. Visit the many galleries and art resource centers established throughout the city, and featuring the diverse and impressive talents of the local arts community.
Crayola Factory Museum, At the Crayola Factory Museum, you’ll be immersed in color and creativity – a place where there's no limitation to creativity and imagination. You can color, draw, paint and create with the latest Crayola products without the worry of cleanup afterwards. Each creative space invites you to play and explore while learning and having lots and lots of fun. See how Crayola Crayons and Markers are made. Learn about the history of the Crayola brand. Explore dozens of interactive projects and activities. This is not the real manufacturing plant, but instead a visitor center that allows the child inside each person to unleash its creative spirit. Each quarter, themes and projects change, giving visitors a variety of projects to create throughout the year. Last year more than 300,000 people visited the Crayola Factory Museum.
National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum, The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) honors 3 groups of people each year. The NHSCA selects the National High School Coach and Senior Athlete of the Year in 22 boys and girls sports. The NHSCA also honors professional career success of former athletes by having an annual induction into the National Hall of Achievement. In 2010, the inductees into the Hall of Achievement were Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the House and Phil Richards, CEO of North Star Resource Group. The High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum will serve as a home for these 3 groups of people.
The NHSCA will host a celebrity banquet that will honor the new inductees into the High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum. There will be celebrities that consist of Hollywood celebrities as well as professional athletes. The celebrity will present the award to the Coach and Athlete of the Year for the sport they played in high school. The name of the award is the “Jaime Award.” The acronym stands for Just Athletes Isn’t Meaningful Enough.
The inductees are not selected solely on their athletic achievements. The selection is based on the over all good character of the person. The committee looks for people that will serve as good roles models for today’s youth as well as tomorrow’s champions. It is important that coaches receive the message that winning at all cost will disqualify you as a nominee for the High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum. Winning with honor is what is most important in sports.
There will be an Education Wing where the coaches and athletes will be educated in an entertaining way. The Hologram Theater will feature famous past athletes and coaches sitting around a table discussing how important it is to see your athletic achievements as a responsibility to be a good role model and inspire people to be contributors to society far beyond the athletic arena.
Exhibits and programs will be implemented so visitors will see the humanitarian efforts of our inductees and go away with theses messages: Sports teach us skills and values that last a lifetime. Everyone has the potential to be a humanitarian. It is important to be positive role models. There is good in sport. Being a champion is also important away from sports activity. The theme of the museum and the message that will ring loud and clear with anyone that visits the museum is that being a good role model for all to emulate is what is being honored on the museum.
National Canal Museum/Hugh Moore Park, Discover America's canal heritage at the National Canal Museum. Take a journey back in time to the early 1800s and experience the history at Hugh Moore Park. The park is devoted to preserving and interpreting America's canal and industrial revolution eras. Enjoy the beautiful hiking and biking trails along the Lehigh River and Canal.
Northampton County Historical Society, Explore our rich heritage at the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society.
Restaurants, Taverns and Entertainment, Downtown Easton has an abundance of ethnic restaurants that include Thai, Portuguese, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, American, that range from high end to fast food. There is restaurant that will fit all taste buds and wallets. There are more than 25 restaurants and taverns that are within a 3 block walk of the historic circle in downtown Easton.