Saying goodbye to your Penn State student as they head off for a new school year is never easy for any parent.

But you know what is easy?

Coming to visit them for a weekend getaway with Lion Country Lodging’s Parent Discount Plan.

With the Parent Discount Plan, finding a great hotel room and getting a discount on your stay go hand in hand.

Penn State Parents & Families Weekend (October 4-6), a weekend full of fun activities organized by the Penn State Lion Ambassadors, is the most popular weekend for families to visit their students.

However, if you can’t visit for this year’s parents and families weekend, fear not.

This upcoming school year has plenty of shows, concerts and sporting events so you can have a fun weekend in State College with your son or daughter.

Whether it’s B.B. King or Keith Urban at the Bryce Jordan Center this fall, “Rock of Ages” at Eisenhower Auditorium in January, or a Penn State sporting event, there’s entertainment for all interests.

While in town, be sure to enjoy some delicious dining opportunities. State College is loaded with top-notch restaurants to enjoy a family dinner, with the Carnegie House Restaurant at the Carnegie Inn & Spa and Gigi’s Restaurant & Wine Lounge leading the way.

Not interested in seeing a show or sporting event? There’s other ways to find your own fun.

Hit the links at one of two premier golf courses, Toftrees Golf Resort and Penn State Golf Courses. These three beautiful championship-level courses can provide a challenging round for all skill levels.

Plan an outdoor adventure at one of the many state parks or local monuments. Go hiking in the fall up Mt. Nittany and see the splendid Happy Valley fall foliage for miles upon miles. Hit the slopes for skiing, snowboarding or tubing at Tussey Mountain in the winter. Grab your fishing rods and explore some of the best freshwater fishing in Pennsylvania at area streams and state parks.

Read more about fall fly fishing here and spring trout fishing here.

The Parent Discount Plan is available to use throughout the year with the exception of Penn State football weekends and other special event weekends such as Penn State graduation. To receive the special rate, you must present the personalized ID card mailed to you by Lion Country Lodging. To get the card, fill out the form by clicking here.

Whether it’s the first time sending your child off to college or the last, let us help you plan a memorable weekend visit with them today.

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