From touring Penn State to craft-beer tastings, find many things to do in State College
Whether you’re taking a campus tour or cheering on the Nittany Lions, you can stay just two minutes from Penn State University at the Country Inn & Suites in State College. See a variety of events, from top music acts to Broadway shows, at the university’s Eisenhower Auditorium, or browse the renowned art collection of the Palmer Museum. A destination in its own right, State College offers plenty of things to do, from hiking and biking at Spring Creek Park or Millbrook Marsh Nature Center to shopping and dining in the city’s vibrant downtown. Don’t miss out on local breweries like Happy Valley Brewing Company, which pairs craft beer with tasty fare within walking distance of your hotel room. For a taste of Pennsylvanian history, head to the Boalsburg Heritage Museum, which offers free tours of the house and grounds.
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Beaver Stadium1.23 mi / 1.97 km from the hotel
Show up early for tailgating before the Penn State Nittany Lions hit the field at Beaver Stadium. Boasting more than 100,000 seats, this expansive facility is the second-largest stadium in the western hemisphere.
Discovery Space2.65 mi / 4.27 km from the hotel
Kids are encouraged to play, explore, and experiment at this science center filled with more than 45 interactive exhibits.
Historic Penn's Cave and Wildlife Park12.55 mi / 20.19 km from the hotel
View stalactites and stalagmites up close as you take a boat tour through these mysterious caverns. You can also pan for gemstones or try to find your way out of the Miner's Maze.
Medlar Field at Lubrano Park1.03 mi / 1.67 km from the hotel
Join baseball fans to cheer on the Nittany Lions at this 5,406-seat ballpark.
Penn State1.87 mi / 3 km from the hotel
Visit the main campus of Penn State, a premier public research university with one of the highest enrollments in the US. Grab some ice cream from Berkey Creamery before touring the arboretum, the art galleries, or one of the six museums.
Pennsylvania Military Museum2.84 mi / 4.57 km from the hotel
Tracing the state’s military history from 1747 to the present, this museum spotlights topics like tactics, logistics, and sea or air power as well as soldiers’ daily lives. Educational events abound, so make sure to check what’s on before you visit.
Tussey Mountain5 mi / 8.04 km from the hotel
Open year-round, Tussey Mountain features seasonal attractions such as skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing during colder months and go-karts, mini golf, fishing, and outdoor movies during warmer seasons.
Bryce Jordan Center1.2 mi / 1.93 km from the hotel
The region’s entertainment hub, this 15,000+ seat arena offers fun for everyone, from top music acts to family shows and sporting events. You can also cheer Penn State’s Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division 1 Basketball teams during their home games.
Pegula Ice Arena1.3 mi / 2.09 km from the hotel
Cheer on Penn State’s varsity hockey players at the main rink, which has seating for over 5,700 fans, or watch a youth hockey tournament at the 300-seat community rink.
Happy Valley Brewing Company0.18 mi / 0.3 km from the hotel
Pair an appetizer or small plate with a hand-crafted drink at this microbrewery located in a converted barn.
The Arboretum at Penn State1.9 mi / 3.06 km from the hotel
A beautiful spot to visit year-round, the Arboretum at Penn State features the H.O. Smith Botanical Gardens, greenhouses, a children’s garden, and an education center.
Mount Nittany3.36 mi / 5.4 km from the hotel
One of the most hiked mountains in Centre County, Mount Nittany offers a moderate climb to many lookouts with great views of State College, Beaver Stadium, and other surrounding landmarks and communities.