State College Travel Guide
Full tummy makes happy student!
Full tummy makes happy student!
Inferno Brick Oven & Bar on College...
McLanahan's Student Store & Penn State...
Pigs in a Blanket
Peaceful town, natural beauty, and plenty of sports activities!!
Football weekends bring enormous crowds!
In a nutshell
"We are-----PENN STATE!!"
The College 9 Theaters
During our first visit to State College for volleyball tournaments, a parent of one of the team members became a sort of "social director" and planned a few events for anyone interested. One thing she planned was a night at the movies. The College 9 Theaters were showing the...
"Tour, Roar, Explore" in Central Pennsylvania
Usually it's the larger metropolitan areas of Pennsylvania which get lots of attention from visitors, but Central Pennsylvania is what you might call a hidden gem. There is so much to see and do and the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau's website is...
Centre Furnace Mansion ~ Part I
Looking for something to do during our few daylight hours of free time, I picked up a brochure listing nearby attractions. One of the local sights that caught my eye was the "Centre Furnance Mansion" right here in State College. Located only two minutes from the edge of Penn...
Penn State University
For visitors and local residents alike, Penn State University offers a wide variety of things to do: lectures, stage and musical events, art exhibits, film festivals, an arboretum, planetarium, and of course, SPORTS! Penn State University also has a pool complex, ice rinks...
Nittany Lion Inn
2 Reviews and 145 Opinions While walking around the Penn State Campus I happened upon The Nittany Lion Inn. The Inn is one of...
1 Review and 75 Opinions When we came to State College for the East Coast Volleyball Championships, the rooms for the teams'...
Inferno Brick Oven & Bar: Not Your Ordinary Pizzeria
Early in our daughter's freshman year while visiting for Parents' Weekend, we invited her to lunch at a place of her choosing -- she picked Inferno Brick Oven & Bar without hesitation. More like a venue you'd find in New York City then in State College, Inferno is a very...
Bill Pickle's Tap Room: Eats, Sips and Music
"Not for Saints.....Not for Sinners"...from Bill PicklesDuring our most recent visit to Bill Pickles Tap Room (May, 2009) we found that the place is as popular as ever. On the day we visited, the Bill Pickle's Tap Room was nearly full with patrons enjoying their food as well...
The Waffle Shop: A Favorite for Breakfast
According to many, having breakfast at the Waffle Shop on East College Ave. is high on the list of the "Ten Things You Must Do While At Penn State University," along with climbing Mount Nittany, climbing the Old Main tower and having ice cream at the Berkey Creamery!!On...
Player's Nightclub...well not...
Player's Nightclub...well not my favorite...but one spot I will describe.It's unique in that it has and 18 and over night and a 21 and over night.During the Summertime when Penn State hosts camps for prospective students i.e. teenagers...forget about getting in...the place...
If you don't drive or catch a...
If you don't drive or catch a ride from the train/bus stations a ways away from town, you can fly into the tiny little 2-gate airport on a very small little plane like I did. Really isn't very much fun but it gets you there.
Biller Crafts and Unique Gifts: Find a special gift
Biller Crafts and Unique Gifts has hand made and customized specialty items.
Baby Gifts, Pillows, Hair Ties, Towels, Christmas Ornaments, Christmas cards, Towels, Special Order Embroidery, Sewing and Crochet.
$1.25 and up...
Most appreciation for culture...
Most appreciation for culture stems from the nearby Universtiy Park campus of Penn State.
However, there is an historical Black church located in nearby Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (about a one-half hour drive from State College). The Church is called, St. Paul's AME African Methodist Episcopal church and a previous stop for the Underground Railroad.
Interest groups more often meet on campus while their activites spill into State College itself. Throughout the year...Penn State pays tribute to Culture through heritage months, which combine the Campus interests groups with community awareness activities. Penn State activities tend to merge with State College community activities making the distinction between town and campus blurred. Efforts are currently underway to convert State College's stagnant 'State Theatre' building. The Building is under proposition to become an independent entity apart from PSU. If fundraising attempts are successful, it should house Artistic and Cultural events for the State College community and Centre County at large.
Written Oct 5, 2002
Police are generally...
Police are generally suspicious of College age persons.Caution: All Wal-Marts are havens for Red-necks and hicks....be forewarned that if you don't look like them, you will be stared at!Penn State Employment Opportunities: Most Faculty positions are consumed by local talent...
Penn's Cave is really not all...
Penn's Cave is really not all it's cracked up to be. It's cold, damp and the souveniers 'bite'.
Although the Bryce Jordan Center receives plenty of hype for it's performances..it's really no Big deal.
Football games: If you've seen one you've seen them all. Good advice not to be anywhere near downtown if you don't drink alcohol during a Penn State f.ball game. You don't need to be among the drunk and rowdy just to get inside scoop on PSU football. Plenty of stations give great coverage minus the headache; besides the town is empty during the game so stay home anyway. You can still hear the fans scream from outdoors.
Rec-Hall: ...a good place to exercise....but maybe not if you have allergies...
Penn State Dining Commons Food;....
Art's Fest: It's cute; but small-town White, Rural, Country culture prevails.
The Nittany Mall: It's only one-floor and being swiftly overtaken by useless novelty shops.
Written Oct 5, 2002
Luggage and bags: it doesnt' matter.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Just for kicks...ha. ha. : white sneakers, any kind of old weather-worn t-shirt that advertises a long-forgotten rock concert....A Kiss concert would be prrrrrrrfect. Women especially should wear untailored mens shorts and Men should wear dirty beaten baseball caps preferably above the ears. If you're a Teen or Single adult...any kind of Gap or Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle will do. and if you have any money...wear khakis, 14ct. gold or Sterling Silver Penn State jewelry, a golf shirt and loafers or Dock-siders to look like you do.
The weather creates 4 seasons annually. It is generally overcast and rains for weeks here. Waterproof shoes are highly recommended.
Miscellaneous: If you are going to live here, bring 4 different jackets...one for each season....if traveling...bring a baseball cap and an umbrella.
Written Oct 5, 2002
The Pennsylvania Military Museum
"Boalsburg ~ Birthplace of Memorial Day"Just down the road apiece (5 miles) from State College is Boalsburg which is home to The Pennsylvania Military Museum. It's mission is "to preserve history and educate, as well as honore this state's "Citizen Soldier." How appropriate...
O.W. Houtz: A place to find...
O.W. Houtz: A place to find notions and nick-nacks that no one thinks still exist. Such as: endless varieties of knitting yarn, hardware finds, and family heirlooms like Cedar chests and baker's racks, dated collectables, pots, plants and dainty gourmet details.
Penn State Football
Penn State has a great football tradition and one of the nicest stadiums in the country (and one of the toughest places to play if you are a visiting team). Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley seats over 108,000 people and the crowds are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, friendly, and...
Paterno means related to the Caring Father
American Football!!!I am not a fan of this sport. However, i used it as easy to understnd metaphora when talking about revolutions. Most of the revolutionary people should learn about american football. A completely different team for each situation: defense team, ofense...
climb mount nittany
Mount Nittany is the tallest of the large hills that surround State College and is visable from Beaver Stadium. It may look puny but it's actually quite a hike; be sure to get down before it gets dark because it's easy to get lost.
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