|Address:||101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA|
Very original. Beautiful post-apocalyptic views of a massive rusty decommissioned steel refinery. An ultramodern elevated walkway spans the length of the structure, and lets you get up close and personal as well as read some interesting history and information on how it worked. The walkway is wide, very wheelchair friendly and there are elevators to get up. Artquest is nearby (a large structure with seating, bathrooms, a bar, snacks and a few theaters where they play indie movies or put on shows (stand up, theater, music). Some days (check their website) there are free outdoor concerts on the stage right under the steel stacks. Plenty of parking but at a distance: be prepared to walk 5 or more minutes. If you are coming for any kind of large event, keep in mind that traffic will be a huge mess when you leave, and depending on where you parked you will lose 15 minutes to an hour sitting in your car barely budging. There are only a couple of feeder streets onto 3rd st, with slow cycling lights, and 3rd street very quickly gets completely gridlocked. If you dont mind the walk, for large events I strongly recommend parking between 3rd and 4th st (or south of 4th even) so you can get out of there with your sanity intact. And to those drivers stuck on 3rd and blocking the feeder roads, try your best to get off 3rd and onto 4th or other nearby parallel streets. You will save many minutes, and the gridlock will end much sooner for everyone..win win win.
By far the best historical tour Ive ever had! The tour was hosted by two men, Ken and Stephen who worked there for decades and were able to bring their experiences to life with the telling of the operation of the furnaces and the making of the iron that was a major contributor to the winning of two world wars as well as the factors that led to the ultimate demise of the plant. The tour is only available on weekends while the weather is good and it is well worth the travel to and from for a impactful, mesmerizing presentation from two charming and knowledgeable hosts who will make you feel as though you are there sharing history with you.
Im impressed by the way the new has been built up in the area while maintaining Bethlehem Steel history. We took a wonderful self-guided tour of the Bethlehem Steel Stacks on a raised highline style platform this past Fall. The plaques with pictures of the steel workers and stories of how life used to be were very informative. Then, we played with our daughter in the little playground at the base and walked across the street to the Artsquest building for a snack. It was a fun day and has become a spot we recommend to visiting guests. There are supposed to be free summer movies at the Pavilion that we are looking forward to checking out!
First time visit to see Bowersox. Weather ideal, 77 degrees with light balmy breeze crystal clear night. Easy valet parking or free if you want to walk a couple blocks. Great performance but the setting was the star! Built into the impressive industrial stacks of what used to be Bethlehem Steel, the venue is one of a kind and not to be missed. bring your own chairs. Food and beverages are available. A different Free concert every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from May until September. Lehigh Valley residents are blessed to have this marvelous reclaimed industrial giant turned into an entertainment mecca in their neighborhood.
ArtsQuest and the City of Bethlehem have done a fantastic job of keeping the SteelStacks in their original state whole allowing locals and travelers alike free access to view them up close. The whole complex is always pretty — especially when covered with fresh snow in winter. Sunsets and sunrises are amazing when viewed from any angle (ground level, Hoover Mason Trestle, Sands Deck, or even the Minsi Trail or Fahy Bridges. I highly suggest capturing your next photoshoot here. There are plenty of places to safely lock up a bicycle (including a bike rack).
Great location for a venue but very heavily policed. Went down for a Dirty Heads/SOJA show and there was no where to tailgate or smoke..people were being thrown out from all sides for minor issues. One guy was thrown out for climbing a giant steel arch in the middle of the park. It was completely unmarked and unguarded and no one was hurt. He was respectful and apologetic to the 6 officers they called in, and was still told to leave. Maybe a better place for a family event, it really is a beautiful site.
Ive been to Bethlehem and Sands Casino before, but this was my first time at SteelStacks...WOW! This is an amazing outdoor venue! They have Musikfest every year and free concerts almost all summer long. What a cool atmosphere...there is nothing quite like it. If you get a chance to go, do yourself the favor and go. Great place to go with friends, hang out outside, have a few drinks and listen to great music. When its all done, you can head just up the street to Sands Casino and continue your night!
The Steel Stacks is a great and very cool looking venue for any event! The facilities are always clean and the staff is always nice. Being able to take awesome pictures inside and out of the building is great. They always have something going on here too, whether it be a concert, viewing party, or a prom.. its never a dull moment. The only reason its not getting 5 stars is because the food and other items are crazy expensive, but it might be overlooked considering how great everything else is.
What an awe inspiring place to visit. The pictures can not convey the incredible size of the location. A great place to come for a walk and some incredible history. Do your self a huge favor and do a little research on this location before you visit. It will add so much depth to your visit. Make sure you visit the plaques at the base of the flaming arch. This steel mill provided the materials for many of the major locations that we hold so close to us in the good ole USA.
I love this place! (and Bethlehem, PA in general) I have family that lives in the area, but I always find a reason to visit the SteelStacks. This year I decided to walk along the top and look more closely into the history side of the stacks. I think its a pretty awesome site to see and a great way to look back at US History. Its so clean and at night, the lights are a perfect touch! Add in the fun things they have going on and you have a great venue! Cant wait to go back...
An awesome place to visit! Very interesting as it seems like a place that would appear on Ghost Hunters. The lighting of the Steel Stacks is pretty amazing at night. We were also there for Oktoberfest, which was a fun time. Great facilities, even have a movie theater and playground. Would definitely go again, especially in the day time when we could see more of the inside of the Steel Stack. Makes for very cool pictures!
The sand steel stage is pretty nice.the seats are plastic fold down type and not overly comfortable. If you are a large sized person then these seats are very narrow. I wish I had bought an extra ticket. I ended up moveing down a row after intermission because the dude next to me was also large. I endes up sitting through the first half sideways and using my wifes chair as an anchor.