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.
Reading/Berks County Restaurants offer a variety of dining options from fine cuisine to home-style restaurants; visitors can enjoy an appetizing array of options to choose from with this restaurant guide. Use GoReadingBerks Dining Guide service to find restaurants by location or cuisine. Plan ahead to select which Reading or Berks County restaurant is right for you!
Reading, which gave its name to the Reading Railroad of Monopoly Fame, is located in the midst of Berks County, an area known for rich history amongst beautiful nature. The Greater Reading Area promises visitors the opportunity to experience a wide collection of covered bridges and Dutch folk barn art, and Berks County offers more intrepid explorers the chance to set off on a hike along the Appalachian Trail. Sitting atop Reading is the city's symbol, a massive pagoda, built as a hotel in 1908. There is so much more to see and do.
Enjoy a wide variety of live sporting events. Choose from attending a sporting event at First Energy Stadium, home to the Reading Fightin Phils, the proud Double A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, or at the Santander Arena, home of the Reading Royals hockey team, the Pennsylvania Steam professional indoor football team, and the Pennsylvania Roar professional indoor soccer team.
Long known for its fabulous outlet stores, Reading and Berks County is a shopper's paradise. VF Corporation was one of the earliest outlet operators, and opened the first outlet center in the country. But, if you dig a little deeper, you'll find that there is so much more here. Our local shops feature treasures ranging from vintage clothes, unique glass and other hard to find, but easy to love, items.
Reading offers excellent nightlife for such a small city and is home to tons of excellent restaurants and bars. Whether you're looking for place to enjoy a pitcher of ale with old friends or sip on martinis in a quiet lounge, Reading has plenty of good bars to choose from.
The mission of GoReadingBerks is to foster a comunity-wide positive attitude reflecting a pride in our community and a confidence and a willingness to work together to create a better and brighter future.
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