How to Spend A Weekend in State College

Back in early spring, my boyfriend Teddy and I took a trip to State College, Pennsylvania which is home to his alma mater, Penn State. I am a Temple University grad, but both of my parents went to Penn State as did other family and friends. It’s not far from us, about 3 hours, so we made a weekend trip up to visit.

If you’re in the area on a non football weekend, or just want some off the beaten path things to do in the area, here’s a few ways to spend a weekend in the area.

What to Do Outdoors

  • Hike in Sproul State Forest to Yost Run Falls
  • Explore Black Moshannon State Park with a walk along the lake
  • Stroll through State College Arboretum and enjoy the flowers and children’s area
  • Take a hike up Mount Nittany to the Mike Lynch Overlook
  • Walk through the campus in the evening and see Old Main lit up at night
  • Go for a hike in Bald Eagle State Park

Where to Eat

  • We loved the Pump Station for breakfast and coffee after our hike up Mount Nittany
  • The Creamery on campus has the best ice cream. A must stop.
  • Stop at Quaker Steak and Lube outside of town for something more casual
  • Kelly’s Steak and Seafood in Boalsburg. I haven’t been here yet but it’s on our list for next time we’re in State College.

Where to Stay

  • The Graduate Hotel is right downtown. This hotel chain is on college campuses and is decorated with intent to honor the area where it’s built. I stayed at The Graduate in Oxford, Mississippi on a previous trip and loved my time there.
  • Nature Inn – This is further from town, but if you will be exploring some of the hiking in the PA Wilds, this is a great spot to start
  • There’s also a variety of chain hotels in the area so if you want something more inexpensive, these may be more your style.

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