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PARKS, SPORTS & RECREATION

PARKS & RECREATION
SPORTS
GOLF COURSES


PARKS & RECREATION

The Arboretum at Penn State
Intersection of Park Ave. and Bigler Road
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-9118

A new addition to Penn State, the arboretum provides a beautiful venue for hiking, biking and simply enjoying nature. The arboretum can also be used to host events ranging from conferences to weddings.
Open daily from dawn until dusk

Mount Nittany
Just a few miles northeast of State College soars Happy Valley’s famed Mount Nittany. Good for stress and health, climbing a mountain can be a chore for some but a tradition for others. Known by many of the students, faculty and alumni as a tradition every year, this mountain can provide one of the most amazing views of Happy Valley. According to the mountain’s website, the mountain became a conservancy back in 1945. The Lion’s Paw Alumni Association saved about 525 acres of the mountain from being lumbered and becoming residential. The reason for the conserving the mountain was to help Centre County and future Penn Staters enjoy the great outdoors. Many of the trails can be a hassle the first time, especially the climb up. However, once at the top of the mountain, it is smooth sailing. Many of the trails are well marked and easy to follow with signs,  but, as a caution, watch out for the water at the entrance and the rocks on the way up. Also, watch the weather for current conditions before your hike. Comfortable clothing is a plus. See website for more information.

Penn’s Cave
222 Penn’s Cave Road
Centre Hall, PA 16828  

(814) 364-1664
Hours vary by month

America’s only all-water cavern is nestled less than 20 miles from State College. The limestone cavern is a natural landmark rich in geological history. The outer portion of the cavern is surrounded by 1,500 acres of forests and fields; a preserved natural habitat for birds and animals. Take a one-hour tour of the water cavern by boat or a 90-minute tour of the wildlife preserve by motor vehicle. *The entrance to the cave is not handicap accessible.
Entrance fees apply, see website for details. Children 1 and under are free. Open daily; open times and tour times vary according to season, see website for details.

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
3400 Discovery Road
Petersburg, PA 16669
(814) 863-2000
Open daily 10am-5pm (closed mid-December to January)

Tour the center to experience hands-on nature exhibits in the Discovery Room or get up close and personal with various birds of prey in the Raptor Center. Then, take a relaxing stroll along the nature trails and boardwalk over the wetlands of Lake Perez.

Tussey Mountain Family Fun Center
301 Bear Meadow Road
Boalsburg, PA 16827  

(800) 733-2754
In the winter, Tussey is a great spot for skiing, snowboarding or snowtubing. In the summer, the center offers go-karts, a skate park, batting cages, golf and more. Located 7 miles southeast of State College.
Open daily 9am-10pm

Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery
300 Houser Road
Centre Hall PA 16828
(814) 466-6373
The local vineyard & winery in the heart of Lion Country had been a Penn State tradition for over 20 years. Visit the mountainside location above the historic village of Linden Hall and taste the award-winning wines.
Located 7 miles east of State College.
Winery tours by appointment, $5 per person, includes a tasting and a souvenir wine glass.
Tues-Fri, 1:30pm-5pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12:30pm-4pm

Sky’s the Limit Ballooning, Inc.
304 1st Avenue
Lamont, PA 16851
(814) 234-5986

Soar over Happy Valley with a birds-eye view. Flights are offered year-round, twice a day, at sunrise and 2-3 hours before sunset- wind and weather permitting. Flights last approximately one hour. Advanced reservations required. Call for reservations and pricing.

Glider Rides
3523 S Eagle Valley Rd
Julian, PA 16844

(814) 355-2483
Experience the magic of silent flight high above Happy Valley. Located about 15 miles north of State College.
Reservations are required. Price varies by height of ride: 2,000 feet $99; 3,000 feet $120; 4,000 feet $160; 5,000 feet $220.

The Bicycle Shop
441 West College Avenue
State College, PA
16801
(814) 238-9422
Offers half-day, full-day or weekly rentals from $15-$140, depending on the type of bike and length of rental. All rentals include a bike, helmet and lock if needed. To be guaranteed a bike, please call 1 week in advance.
Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm


SPORTS

Penn State University Athletics
Ticket Info: 1-800-NITTANY (1-800-648-8269)
Catch the Men’s and Women’s Nittany Lions in all kinds of sports year-round!

The Bryce Jordan Center 
Curtin Road at University Drive
State College, PA16801
Ticket Info: 1-800-NITTANY (1-800-648-8269)
Home to the Penn State Nittany Lion men’s basketball and women’s basketball teams, the BJC has a capacity of 15,261. Built in 1995, it is the largest arena in Pennsylvania between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In addition to sporting events, it hosts concerts and graduation ceremonies, among other important shows and events.

Beaver Stadium
Curtain Road and Porter Road
State College, PA 16801

Ticket Info: 1-800-NITTANY (1-800-648-8269)
Home to the Penn State Nittany Lion football team, Beaver Stadium was first built in 1909 near the Recreation Building, before being disassembled and reassembled in its current location in 1930. The stadium has expanded 7 times since opening at the current location, with the first expansion taking place in 1969 and the latest expansion taking place in 2001. After the last expansion, the capacity was brought to 106,572, making it the second-largest stadium in the nation behind Michigan Stadium. The stadium is named for James Beaver, governor of Pennsylvania from 1887 to 1891, who was also the president of the school’s board of trustees.

The State College Spikes & Medlar Field at Lubrano Park
112 Medlar Field at Lubrano Park
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 272-1711 or (877) 99SPIKES

Medlar Field at Lubrano Park is home to State College’s MiLB team, the State College Spikes, as well as the Nittany Lion men’s baseball team.


GOLF COURSES

Penn State Golf Courses
1523 W. College Avenue
State College PA 16801
(814) 865-GOLF

Features two golf courses, appropriately named the Blue Course and the White Course. Try your hand at one or both. Also features practice facilities where the men’s and women’s golf teams call home. The Blue Course hosts the annual Men’s Rutherford Intercollegiate and the Women’s Nittany Lion Invitational, while the White Course provides a challenging alternative. Both are open to the public.
Open daily 8:30am-6pm

Toftrees Golf Resort
One Country Club Lane
State College, PA 16803
(814) 234-8000
Toftrees, meaning “Home among the trees,” boasts an 18-hole championship golf course, which has  been rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest magazine’s “Places to Play.”
Open daily, call for tee times or reserve online.