• Overlooking the city on Mount Penn is Reading's symbol, a Japanese-style pagoda visible from almost everywhere in town and referred to locally as "The Pagoda". Built in 1908 as a hotel and restaurant, it remains a popular tourist attraction.
  • The Santander Arena, formerly known as the Sovereign Center seats up to 8800 for concerts and 7200 for indoor sports. Since September of 2001 it has hosted over 2200 shows in a wide range of genres.
  • View of Reading, PA from Skyline Drive on Mount Penn
  • Completed in the mid-1920s, the series of canvasses that adorns the ceiling of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church depict 224 life-size saints, martyrs, virgins and other significant Catholics. They were created by Count Berthold von Imhoff, a famous painter of religious art works.

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Reading and Berks County has so much to see and do. Explore first-class attractions, museums, art galleries and performing arts venues. Our many diverse tourist locations reflect Reading and Berks County’s prominent historic past and its movement towards a progressive future.

Enjoy fresh air and sunshine with a stroll in one of our outdoor parks, and nature trails or cheer on the home team at an action-packed sporting event. From the Reading Fightin Phils, Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, collegiate baseball, hockey, indoor arena football and soccer, as well as youth sports and equestrian events, Reading has sporting activities to cheer about year round!

Reading and Berks County also has excellent shopping to enjoy as well. Reading and Berks County has many unique shops to explore along with national retail brands. You can find almost anything in Reading and Berks County from the expected to the unique in shopping.

Every city has a flavor all its own, and Reading and Berks County is no exception. Point yourself in any direction and choose from a diverse array of restaurants - everything from intimate dining in one of our historic buildings to award-winning barbecue, exotic international cuisine and tried-and-true chain establishments. If you are one that likes to try local favorite restaurants on vacation, then Reading and Berks County will not disappoint! Reading and Berks County has the traditional, the spicy, the sweets and other fine eats to make your stay truly memorable.