Welcome to Happy Valley

State College, PA, otherwise known as Happy Valley, is a small college town. We've compiled some lists of our favorite things to do, and places to go. A few of the activities require advance purchase (like a stadium tour) or special packing (think hiking and swimming) so plan ahead. We hope you will love State College as much as we do, but if not, go eat some ice cream... it'll change your mind.





Penn State &
State College

PSU Arboretum

Explore the stunning gardens that are great to walk through. Be sure to find the water shed map. 
The Children's Garden is charming for kids

Stadium Tour*

A tour of Beaver Stadium that includes the home locker rooms, tunnel, the field and more ($15 adults, $10 students & seniors)
*requires 3 week advance purchase

Palmer Museum

A little gem on campus with a sculpture garden and changing exhibits in addition to the permanent collection.
Admission is free.

segway tour*

Take a guided Segway tour through PSU campus and parts of State College (call for pricing)
*requires advance purchase


Walk around downtown State College and enjoy the college town vibe. Favorite local shops include: Appalachian Outdoor, Kitchen Kaboodle, Growing Tree Toys

Favorite Coffe Shops

Saints Cafe

The Cheese Shop (The beans are roasted in house and the locals know you can grab a cup of coffee and leave the cash on the counter)

Farmer's Market  

Friday 11:30 - 5:30 on Locust Lane or Saturday on Allen St. 10:00 - 2:00




shingletown gap

With multiple paths to choose from, there are trails for all levels. Walk along the water or climb the mountain for a workout.
This is Michael's favorite place to hike (not counting Spain)

Mount nittany

This 'mountain' is a PSU landmark, and the namesake for the Nittany Lion.



Outdoor Activities

whipple dam park

Just 30 minutes outside State College this state park is the perfect way to cool off. All you need is a picnic and a towel, and you can spend the day sitting on the beach, swimming, or adventuring out on a boat
The park is free but bring cash for boat rentals

Bald eagle state park

A larger state park just 30 minutes away with similar attractions in addition to multiple hiking trails and paths.
You can rent motor boats, canoes, bikes and more.

bike rentals

Bike around campus or down various bike trails through State College.
Prices vary

Tussey Mountain

If you're into things like go-karts, mini golf, and batting cages make sure to swing by Tussey Mountain.
Prices vary



Night Life

mad mex

Outdoor seating and delicious margaritas.
Located downtown


Local brewery with a wide range of beer selections


This bar boasts are over 200 different types of whiskey
Located downtown


Friday night is rock n' roll night at Pickles. Featuring $2 Miller Lite & Bud Drafts
Located downtown


A basement dive bar featuring live music. 
Located downtown








Best bagels in the state
*Michael's aunt & uncles' shop... we're 100% biased

The Waffle Shop

A local favorite
Expert tip: order the hash browns 'crispy' and don't be intimidated by the line, it moves quick!

The Naked Egg

If you've already tried the first two, give The Naked Egg a shot. 





A soup & salad cafe
*Michael's aunt & uncles' shop... we're 100% biased


Indian lunch buffet
Casual atmosphere but a family favorite

Jersey Mike's Subs

Tasty sub thats great to eat on the go




Spats cafe

A charming New Orleans themed restaurant
Open for lunch & dinner

Cozy Thai

FYI this restaurant is BYOB
Open for lunch & dinner

Faccia luna

Fabulous wood-oven pizza & pasta
Open for lunch & dinner

The ale house

American food with great outdoor seating
Open for lunch & dinner

Elk Creek cafe

A beautiful 35 minute drive through the country side to a quirky, delicious, locally sourced restaurant. 



Ice Cream

penn state creamery

World famous ice cream
Michael's favorite flavor: Raspberry Fudge Torte
Shannon's favorite flavor: Bittersweet Mint 0r Peachy Paterno

Meyer dairy

If you enjoy milkshakes, or comparing delicious ice creams, add this to your to-do list