1274 N. Atherton Street
State College, PA 16803
Phone: (814) 234-1600
Fax: (814) 234-6665
The Tom Tudek Memorial Park is home to the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden, as well as plenty of recreational activities from sports to walking trails, bike paths, picnic areas and pavilions. The picturesque park is a lovely spot to enjoy an afternoon out with family.
The main building of the Penn State University Libraries, the Pattee and Paterno Library features comfortable study spaces, group study areas, auditoriums and meeting rooms. The library has a cafe attached to it so students can get refreshed after a long day studying. The library has convenient hours for students, it is open 24 hours daily. The library is known to host local events and activities, open to the public.
A shelter for all seekers of literature, art, and culture, the Schlow Centre Region Library has been serving the local community of State College for years. Originally opened as the State College Public Library, this library boasts an impressive book and media collection, which is housed inside an excellently equipped two-story structure. The library also believes in providing a cultural education, and thus plays host to numerous cultural programs like live concerts and art exhibitions. See the website or call to know more.
Enjoy a fun day out with the family at the Holmes-Foster Park. The park has picnic area, a grill, playgrounds for kids as well as bocce and horseshoe courts.
The South Hills Park is a local park that offers good facilities like picnic tables, basketball courts and a playground. It is the perfect place to take your kids for a short day trip.
Tour the Centre Furnace Mansion between 1p and 4p on Sundays, Wednesdays and fridays. The mansion is a historic home that is now managed by the Centre County Historical Society. The restored mansion is a great place to visit for an idea of how the upper classes lived during the time Moses Thompson, the Ironmaster, lived here from 1842-1891. The mansion hosts local history exhibitions and events. The beautiful gardens are a must visit and open to visitors.
Families will appreciate a chance to spend a pleasant day out together and Orchard Park is a lovely local park which has good facilities for just that. The park is great for outdoor enthusiasts who will enjoy the jogging, walking and biking trails. Sports like softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball and tennis are played here. Grill up a perfect barbecue at the grills and picnic pavilions.
Enjoy exploring the natural woods and wildlife of the region at the Thompson Woods Preserve. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike, trek, bike and explore the native flora and fauna. You can spot great horned owl, Baltimore oriole, red-backed salamander, gray fox, white-tailed deer and even the elusive black bear.
The Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery offers wine enthusiasts the chance to explore the great selection of locally produced craft wines at the vineyard tasting room. From crisp Riesling to a light Rose like the Prairie Rose And full bodied reds like the Noiret, there is something to suit every palate. Visitors are welcome to taste up to 5 wines complimentary, following which, it is USD5 per person.
The Tussey View Park is a good place for a fun day outing. The park has good facilities like a playground, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic spots and more.
Rumored to be the best place for sledding in winter, Slab Cabin Park features a lovely slope, where you can bring your sled along and whip down the hill in a rush of adrenaline. During summer, enjoy family picnics at the pavilion, while the little ones can use the playground at the top of the hill. A walk over the picturesque stream and small covered bridge is quite enjoyable as well.
Walking trails, playgrounds with a fun airport theme and disc golf, make it a fun visit for not just kids, but also families. The walking trail is perfect for some brisk exercise, and offers pretty views of the surrounding area.