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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The Reading School District wanted to do something plain ol' fun before the Thanksgiving 2014 break, and music teacher Charlie DiCarne suggested they make a district music video. The Reading High School A/V tech, Kyle Brown, helped record and piece together their staff, students, board members and superintendent dancing and singing along to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off (© 2014)" The song is perfect for Reading School District because they always encourage their Red Knights to shake it off and keep going. Plus, Taylor Swift is from Berks County just like us!
PLEASE HELP RESTORE LOCAL HISTORY! For many decades, the Berks County Courthouse illuminated the skyline of Reading, PA. By tradition, the colored lights were used to forecast the next day's weather. In fall 2012, the lights were discontinued due to the rising cost of operations and other factors. However, a new, LED, energy-efficient lighting system would reduce the cost of operation by 85% and restore the tradition that so many Berks residents have come to know, love, and value. This fundraiser exists with the goal of $15,000 and is meant to help the county of Berks pay for the new lighting. Rep. Tom Caltagirone, Rep. Mark Rozzi, Senator Judy Schwank, and the Berks County Commissioners support our efforts and are in favor of the project! We need your help! Soon, when the courthouse once again lights up the skyline, you will know that YOU played a valuable role in making this happen! Please consider a gift today! The project is affiliated with the Berks History Center and all funds will be dispersed through this organization.
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Point yourself in any direction and choose from a diverse array of Restaurants. 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.
See and Do
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.
Cheer on the home sports 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!
Learn about the History of Reading and Berks County by reading our exclusive Historical Articles or read about the Development of the Catholic Faith. View our collection of vintages maps of Berks County too.
Films and Movies
View Films and Movie Clips spotliglighting Reading and Berks County. View movie clips of "Rabbit Run," a 1970 American independent film directed by Jack Smight adapted from John Updike's 1960 novel. Fifty-five percent of the movie was filmed in Reading.
Reading and Berks County have 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.