Bloomsburg holds the distinction of being the only official town in Pennsylvania and is the third and last of the river towns that is home to a university- Bloomsburg University.
Bloomsburg's downtown has a mix of architecturally significant buildings, including the Columbia County Courthouse. The downtown is one of the most vibrant and urban-feeling in the region due to the wide street and sidewalk widths, coupled with multi-storied buildings that have a high percentage of occupied walk-up apartments over first floor stores and establishments.
For river access and visibility, no Middle Susquehanna River Town competes with Bloomsburg. A secondary road designated as a bicycle route runs along the river. The bulk of Bloomsburg's Town Park is located on the far side of the road from the river, but there are clear visual links between the two areas to encourage visitors to cross the street and explore the riverbanks.
Activity is never lacking at the Town Park! A new and improved Kidsburg provides children a with an abundance of interactive playground equipment; swings, slides, a climbing wall, and swinging bridges keep children engaged and active for hours. The Park has baseball fields, soccer fields, bocce ball courts, tennis courts, a skate park, basketball courts, a bicycle and walking trail, a bandshell, a
community pool, picnic pavilions,
charcoal grills and a pond that is stocked with fish for an annual
fishing derby. The town gathers at the Park for the annual Summer Concert Series where people can enjoy a range of local, regional, and national musical performances.
2. Arts and Culture
A live theatre, Haas Center for the Arts, local art galleries, concerts, and annual festivals
contribute to the town’s rich cultural diversity. Local artists and photographers can exibit their work at The Exchange, Fog and Flame, Artspace, and Haas year round; classical and modern theatrical performances are featured at Haas and Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, and are open to the public.
3. Bloomsburg Fairgrounds
Throughout the year, wine festivals, car and gun shows, craft shows, and a community yard sale take place at the Fairgrounds. However, the Bloomsburg Fair trumps all other events that take place at this venue. Hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive at the beginning of Autumn to indulge in a myriad of cultural cuisines, concerts, rides, and attractions.
Rich in character, Bloomsburg's historical district includes all of the downtown and some surrounding residential areas. The Courthouse, Town Hall, and Caldwell Consistory are notable historic buildings within the downtown. Residential areas feature Colonial and Victorian architecture that has been preserved since Bloomsburg's incorporation.
Boutiques, restaurants and bars, book and music shops, WHLM radio station, and art galleries pepper Bloomsburg's vivacious downtown. Annual events such as the Renaissance Jamboree, North Pole Express, and ArtFest attract thousands of visitors to the town to enjoy local entertainment, history, art, and music.
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