State College and the surrounding areas are home to an abundance of fun, family attractions that will keep you coming back for more. Not sure of what to do when you get here? Here are five can’t miss attractions.
Clearwater Conservancy’s Millbrook Marsh
Millbrook Marsh is a natural gem that sits in the middle of State College and it’s a great escape into the peaceful and beautiful wildlife of the region. The marsh has trails and boardwalks that let guests roam comfortably through the area and observe any wildlife that may be residing in the area. The Marsh is a natural protected area, and spans 62 acres. The Millbrook Marsh Nature Center hosts educational programs year round for children and adults. Plus, it’s within walking distance to the Hilton Garden Inn, a nice perk.
548 Puddintown Road, State College, PA 16801
Centre Furnace Mansion
Centre Furnace Mansion was the home of ironmaster Moses Thompson and his family from 1842-1891. Thompson donated 200 acres of land to be used for the Farmers High School that eventually became Penn State University. Currently, the location is headquarters of the Centre County Historical Society.
Tours of the mansion are offered free from 1-4 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and last about an hour. Group tours must be scheduled by appointment.
1001 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801
Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park
Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park features terrific attractions above and below ground that will educate your family about the wildlife and geology of the region. Located just minutes from State College in Centre Hall, Penn’s Cave is home to America’s only all-water cavern. The cavern tour lasts for one hour and takes you through the breathtaking beauty of the caverns below Happy Valley. You may want to consider bringing a jacket, as the cave temperature stays a cool 52 degrees year round.
If you’d prefer to stay above ground, then the 90-minute wildlife tour should be perfect for you. Penn’s Cave has over 1,500 acres on its farm and the tour takes you through pastures, mountain trails and forests. You can even see mountain lions, bald eagles, longhorn cattle and much more.
222 Penns Cave Road, Centre Hall, PA16828
No matter the season, you are bound to have fun at Tussey Mountain. The spring, summer and early fall seasons, are a great time to visit Tussey’s Fun Centre. Tussey has go-karts, par-3 golf, batting cages, a skatepark, miniature golf and much more.
In the winter, it’s the premier home for skiers and snowboarders as Tussey has seven slopes that range in difficulty from beginner to expert. Tussey also has trails for tubing.
301 Bear Meadow Rd., Boalsburg, PA 16827
Penn State All-Sports Museum
This interactive museum will provide a fun, and educational experience about the legendary tradition of Penn State athletics. Examine past trophies and awards won by Penn State athletes such as John Cappelletti’s Heisman Trophy in 1973. Also on select occasions, the museum offers Beaver Stadium tours. To do so, register with the museum by calling (814) 865-0044.
1 Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA 16802
Plan your stay in the State College area with these hotels:
Visit Lion Country Lodging
Carnegie Inn & Spa
100 Cricklewood Drive, State College, PA 16803
Days Inn Penn State
240 South Pugh Street, State College, PA 16801
Hilton Garden Inn
1221 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801
Quality Inn State College
1274 N. Atherton Street, State College, PA 16803
1663 S. Atherton/Branch Road, State College, PA 16801
Nittany Budget Motel
2070 Cato Avenue, State College, PA 16801