PSU Football Whipple Dam State Park


Plan a trip to State College this summer where you can enjoy a fun-filled family getaway that won’t break the bank.

Whether you spend a day at a theme park, or a day exploring the great outdoors, there’s plenty of ways to get out and enjoy beautiful Happy Valley.

At Lion Country Lodging, all six of our properties can provide the home-away-from-home feel you long for in a hotel.

Check out the list of our properties below and click here to make a reservation.

Carnegie Inn & Spa - (814) 234-2424

100 Cricklewood Drive State College, PA 16803

Days Inn Penn State - (814) 238-8454

240 S. Pugh Street State College, PA 16801

Hilton Garden Inn - (814)-272-1221

1221 East College Avenue State College, PA 16801

Nittany Budget Motel - (814) 238-0015

2070 Cato Avenue State College, PA 16801

Quality Inn State College - (814) 234-1600

1274 North Atherton Street State College, PA 16803

Super 8 - (814) 237-8005

1663 S. Atherton St State College, PA 16801

Below are some of the most popular ways for visitors to have fun in Happy Valley.

Amusement Parks

Tussey Mountain (Map)

The Tussey Mountain Fun Centre, located in Boalsburg, is the closest option to State College for group fun. They have a 9-hole chip and put course, batting cages, go-karts, mini golf and more.

DelGrosso’s Amusement Park (Map)

With amusement rides, a water park, go-karts and “America’s Best Amusement Park food,” DelGrosso’s is certainly worth a visit. Located in Tipton, roughly 40 minutes from State College, they offer free parking and free admission to their park. To see DelGrosso’s operating schedule, click here.

Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair (August 2013) (Map)

One of the best times to visit Happy Valley in the summer is the month of August. That’s because the popular Grange Fair takes place in nearby Centre Hall. This year, the Grange Fair will run from August 22-29, so it’s a perfect event for the end of summer and before school starts back up. Enjoy concerts, delicious food made by local vendors and great music from local bands.

The fairgrounds also hold other events throughout the summer. On July 11-14, the 7th Annual Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival will showcase Grammy-award winning musicians over a four day period.

State College Spikes Baseball

State College is home to professional baseball! The short-season State College Spikes, play at beautiful Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, which sits in the shadows of Beaver Stadium and compete in the New York-Penn League.

For the past six seasons, the Spikes were affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but last fall they announced that they were switching back to their original affiliate from the inaugural 2006 season, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Spikes games are not only affordable, but they are also fun.

The Spikes have great giveaways and promotions at every home game. If you can, be sure to get to a fireworks game as watching the fireworks light up the Central Pa. sky is a remarkable sight.

Single-game tickets range from $6 to $16 dollars and there’s truly no bad seat in the park. Unless you are sitting in the right field bleachers, you can enjoy a direct view of Mt. Nittany from anywhere.

View the Spikes full schedule here. Opening night is June 17!

Penn’s Cave (Map)

Centre County is home to America’s only all-water cavern and wildlife park. At Penn’s Cave you have the option of taking a guided hour-long tour cavern tour, a 90-minute wildlife tour, or both!

The cavern tour, while a bit chilly, (cave temperature is a cool 52 degrees all year) is a fantastic way to learn about the geology and history of Centre County.

On the wildlife tour, you will travel all over the Penn’s Cave grounds while getting an up close look at many different animals including, mountain lions, bears, wolves and bobcats.

And new this year, Penn’s Cave is introducing its brand new Cave Rock Mountain Tour.

Get pricing information for the tours here.

State Parks

Here are a couple of the most common outdoor escapes in Happy Valley. You can hike, take a dip, bird watch, have a picnic or do something completely different. When you’re in the great outdoors in Happy Valley, you can simply let the fun come to you.

Whipple Dam State Park (Map)

Unknown to many, you can spend a day at the beach in Central Pennsylvania. Whipple Dam has a 300- foot sand beach that has a volleyball court, snack stand and paddle boat rentals.

Black Moshannon State Park (Map)

Black Moshannon has 250 picnic tables in four different picnic areas throughout the park. If you want to get out on the water, boat rentals are available in the summer season. Prefer to stay on land? Consider hiking through some of the 20 miles of trails which range in difficulty.

Hike Mt Nittany 

The best souvenir you can get in Happy Valley is free. A photo at the top of Mt Nittany will provide lasting memories of the fun you had on your vacation. The hike to the top of the Mike Lynch Overlook, which is roughly a half hour each direction, will provide you with a birds-eye view of State College and Penn State University.

Sounds like fun doesn’t it? Start making your vacation plans now!