Discover State College with your student
East Park Avenue and Bigler Road
Open from dawn until dusk each day, the Arboretum is not just about trees (although there are plenty of those). You might choose to sit and contemplate the Soaring Waters Fountain or Lotus Pool, or perhaps you’re in the mood for a stroll along the Marsh Meadow Boardwalk or 1.3 mile Bellefonte Central Rail Trail. Seasonal activities include garden tours and tastings, a pumpkin festival, animal meet and-greets, and even family- friendly yoga on the lawn.
Affiliated with the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture, The Palmer Museum features permanent and rotating exhibits that serve as a cultural resource for the University and surrounding communities. Explore the 11 galleries and Hamer Sculpture Garden on your own, or experience a docent-led tour or gallery talk. The Sunday afternoon concert series is especially delightful.
3 minute drive
Head to Downtown State College for shopping, dining and entertainment. Music festivals, public art, a farmer’s market, and a lively night scene keep people coming back all year round. Monthly First Fridays feature after-hours access to galleries and shops, live music, free food and drink…what’s not to like? It’s easy to park and get around downtown — maximize your fun by touring town and campus in a Vamos! Lion Chariot pedicab.
325 Charter Oak Road, Petersburg, PA (East Entrance off Red Rose Road, West Entrance off Lodge Lane)
23 minute drive
If you have a free day or half day, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of central Pennsylvania at Stone Valley Recreation Area (owned and operated by the University and open to the public year round). Fish, ice skate, hike, bike, cross country ski, birdwatch, or try the Vertical Adventures course. Special seasonal programs include boat rentals on Lake Perez, hayrides and bonfires. Facilities can be rented for private events.
1001 East College Avenue
Restored and furnished to recreate the time of ironmaster Moses Thompson (who along with his business partner donated the land that became Penn State University), the Centre Furnace Mansion Historic Site showcases remnants of the 18th-century ironmaking village once located here. Tours of the mansion are offered on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Check the website to see if you will catch a special holiday event, and be sure to browse the fascinating assortment of books about local history available in the Museum Store.