Living in Berks County means you’re truly home. You and your family can take advantage of the community arts, local wineries, shopping malls, and gourmet restaurants. Reading ranks fourth nationwide in minor-league sports markets, hosting our own minor-league hockey, arena football, and baseball teams. You’ll also find the great outdoors in your backyard, including the National Scenic Appalachian Trail, two state parks, lakes for boating, swimming, and even ice fishing and skating in winter!
You’ll enjoy town and country living, since you’re within driving distance to major metropolitan areas like Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. From local recreational activities to the cultural and historical events of three high-energy cities, it’s all waiting for you.
Cultural amenities include:
GoggleWorks, a restored factory, is one of the largest, most comprehensive interactive community arts centers in the country. The GoggleWorks offers an exceptional opportunity for visitors to experience and learn about the arts in a working studio environment.
Penn Corridor Arts & Entertainment District - The Penn Corridor is Greater Reading's hub for arts, culture, dining and entertainment. It will reconnect residents with their urban core. The over two-mile long Penn Corridor includes Penn Street from City Park in Reading through the downtown area and across the Penn Street Bridge to Penn Avenue, extending through West Reading and Wyomissing.
The Sovereign Center combines a turn of the century performing arts center with a modern event arena. The Sovereign Performing Arts Center is home to the Reading Symphony orchestra, and hosts other events including Broadway musicals and nationally acclaimed plays.
The Arena portion of the complex is the home of Reading Royals (EHCL ice hockey team), Reading Express (Arena Football League), and Reading Railers (minor league basketball).
In addition to sporting events, the arena plays host to major music concerts, and other forms of entertainment, such as: Elton John, Celine Dion, American Idol tour, Neil Diamond, Champions on Ice, Disney on Ice, WWE Wrestling, and professional boxing matches.
The Reading Public Museum is right next-door to the Hospital. Discover a wonderful collection of Pennsylvania German folk art, come face to face with Nefrina, an Egyptian mummy, stroll a beautiful 25-acre Arboretum, or see billions of stars at the Reading Public Museum’s digitally enhanced Planetarium.
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