When you visit Happy Valley, fun is all around you. But if you’re unfamiliar with the area, you might not be sure what you want to explore first.
Let us guide you on your way to an enjoyable time here in town. Below are five things you must do before leaving Happy Valley.
5. Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Fishing at Whipple Dam State Park, hiking Mt. Nittany or mountain biking on the Allegrippis Bike Trails in Raystown. Those are just a few ways to get outdoors and find fun in Central Pennsylvania. Whatever spot you choose to visit, you’re bound to have a good time.
Find out more about these locations at their websites below.
Bald Eagle State Park
Black Moshannon State Park
Whipple Dam State Park
4. See a Show at The State Theatre
State College is home to several other major entertainment venues but there’s something special about the community-owned State Theatre. It has been a State College landmark since 1938. In 1999, the theatre appeared that it was going to be closed for good, but in 2001, thanks to a generous donation and committed community members, it reopened.
The State Theatre is “The Creative Soul of the Centre Region,” and proudly features national and local performers for the community to enjoy. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking for something to do downtown.
3. Sample Local Beer and Wine
Craft beer lovers will want to take a trip to State College and try some of the best locally produced brews. Otto’s Pub and Brewery and the Gamble Mill Restaurant and Microbrewery are two of the top options to enjoy. The Gamble Mill, located in Bellefonte, offers tours of its production facility and tastings by appointment only. Get more information here.
If a wine tasting is of more interest to you, then visit Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery in Centre Hall or Seven Mountains Wine Cellars in Spring Mills. Both of which proudly serve award-winning wines and are a short drive from State College.
2. Enjoy Penn State Creamery Ice Cream
There are several locations to get ice cream in State College, but none of them produce fresh ice cream like the Penn State Berkey Creamery does. The nation’s largest university creamery makes about 100 delicious ice cream flavors and sells 20 plus flavors in store at a time, with the selection constantly rotating. The Creamery even sells dry ice and cooler bags if you want to take some home with you.
Just how fresh is the ice cream? It takes roughly four days to go from the cow to the cone.
Plenty of popular dignitaries have made it a point to stop at the Creamery when visiting Penn State including former President Clinton.
If you love ice cream, a trip to the Creamery is a must.
1. See a Penn State Sports Game
Traditionally dominated by Penn State Football, the Penn State sports scene has grown in popularity in other sports. While Penn State will always be considered a football school, other sports are quickly becoming more and more popular.
The Penn State wrestling team, winners of three consecutive national titles, consistently draws sellout crowds to historic Rec Hall.
The Penn State men’s and women’s hockey teams moved up to Division I for the 2012-13 seasons and have a brand new state of the art arena scheduled to open in October. And that’s just to name a few.
From late August to early May, the Penn State calendar is jam-packed with sporting events. No matter what type of Penn State sporting event you see in State College, you’re bound to enjoy yourself.
We still have rooms available for the 2013 Penn State football season. If you’ve never attended a game at Beaver Stadium, now is a great time to start planning, as single-game tickets have yet to go on sale. Click here to see our rates and availability for next season.
Get the Penn State football schedule here.
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