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State College [38] is a borough in Centre County, Pennsylvania. It is home to the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is University Park Airport (SCE) [39], 6.7 miles from the center of the town. Flights are available from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Detroit.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound, [40]. The local Greyhound station is approximately a half mile (10 minutes' walk) from the center of town.
  • Megabus, [1]. Service from New York City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg. The bus stop is located at the southwest corner of the Walmart partking lot at 1665 N Atherton St (between Aaron Dr and Martin St/Vairo Blvd). Fares from $1 and up.  edit

By car[edit]

State College is connected to nearby cities by the following highways

Get around[edit]

Most of downtown State College can be seen by simply walking around the compact downtown and university campus. Although a car is convenient, to get to the outskirts of town, a bike is sufficient.

If you prefer to take public transportation, CATA (Centre Area Transportation Authority) provides on-time bus service to most of the county. There are also free buses running through the downtown area, as well as through campus.

See[edit][add listing]

Pennsylvania's 3rd largest city, sort of
Football is a big deal throughout the Midwest, but college football is an especially big deal for Penn State fans. While the population of State College and adjacent College Township is less than 50,000, during Penn State home games as many as 110,000 people crowd into Beaver Stadium. On football Saturdays, there's more people in town than live in Pennsylvania's third largest city (Allentown, pop. 106,000)!!

  • Penn State University, [2]. Penn State, home of the Nittany Lions, is one of the ten largest universities in America with over 84,000 enrolled students.  edit
  • Palmer Museum of Art, Curtin Rd, (814) 865-7672, [3]. Art museum located on the Penn State campus. Free.  edit
  • The Arboretum at Penn State, E Park Ave & Bigler Rd, (814) 865-9118, [4]. Nearly 400 acres of gardens and woodlands, including a botanic garden and a children's garden. Free.  edit
  • Penn State All-Sports Museum, 1 Beaver Stadium, (814) 865-0044, [5]. Museum devoted to Penn State athletics. $5 for adults, $3 for children, seniors, & students.  edit
  • Mount Nittany. A local mountain that lends its name to the University's athletic teams. The views of campus and Happy Valley from its summit are not to be missed.  edit
  • Centre Furnace Mansion, 1001 E College Ave, (814) 234-4779, [6]. Open for tours Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday 1-4. A restored nineteenth-century ironmaster's residence.  edit


Do[edit][add listing]

  • Penn State football, [7]. Home football games attract tens of thousands of fans to Beaver Stadium (see box).  edit
  • State College Spikes, [8]. Minor league baseball team affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals.  edit
  • The State Theatre, 130 W College Ave, (814) 272-0606, [9]. Non-profit theater just across the street from the Penn State campus that hosts a wide variety of concerts, movies, and other events.  edit
  • Mountain Bike. The rolling, green, mountainous town of State College is a great place for mountain biking, with over 220mi of trails in the area (according to Mountain Bike Project). Nearby Rothrock State Forest boasts 91 trails, most of which are accessible to both hikers and bikers. The Bicycle Shop offers affordable bike rentals.  edit
  • Golf & Mini Golf. Public golf courses are available at Penn State and Toftrees Golf Resort. Mini golf can be found at Happy Valley Mini Golf.  edit
  • Escape Rooms. State College has two escape room locations, IQ Escape and Escape Artist Centre Co.  edit
  • Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, [10]. A variety of artists come to display their work on the streets of downtown State College and surrounding campus area. Live music, food stands and family friendly activities bring people from all over Pennsylvania.  edit
  • Happy Valley Music Fest, [11]. A music festival held every June in downtown State College.  edit
  • Central PA 4thFest, [12]. Annual Independence Day festival with an elaborate fireworks display.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are a number of small shops downtown along College Avenue and Beaver Avenue. Nittany Mall is also only a few miles away.

  • Penn State Bookstore, 1 Pollock Road, (814) 863-0205, [13]. All manner of Penn State clothing and gewgaws, plus a makeup counter, school supplies and, somewhere in the back, some books.  edit
  • Webster's Bookstore Café, 133 E Beaver Ave (Main entrance on Humes Alley), (814) 272-1410, [14]. Subterranean space filled to the brim with used books and vinyl, plus a café and performance space.  edit
  • Appalachian Outdoors, 123 S Allen St, (814) 234-3000, [15]. Apparel and equipment for hiking, camping, skiing, and other outdoor adventures.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Berkey Creamery, 119 Food Science Building, (814) 865-7535, [16]. Generally open from 7AM to 10PM for working days. The largest university creamery in the nation, famous for its unique ice cream flavors.  edit
  • Cozy Thai Bistro, 232 South Allen St, (814) 237-0139, [17]. A restaurant offering fresh Thai food in a funky dining space. BYOB.  edit
  • Herwig's Austrian Bistro, 132 West College Ave, (814) 272-0738, [18]. Delicious Austrian soul food. Menu is in German; the staff will read it to you in English. BYOB. Menu changes daily.  edit
  • Kimchi Korean Restaurant, 1100 N Atherton St, (814) 237-2096, [19]. Best Korean food in town!  edit
  • Otto's Pub and Brewery, 2235 N Atherton St, (814) 867-6886, [20]. Microbrewery and pub-style food.  edit
  • The Tavern, 220 E College Ave, (814) 238-6116, [21]. Dinner from 5PM daily. Adjacent to Penn State, with a very nice atmosphere and excellent food and service.  edit

There are numerous other restaurants such as Applebee's, Baby's (a 50s style diner), and many little cafes and smaller restaurants no matter where you find yourself.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Cafe 210 West, 210 West College Avenue, (814) 237-3449, [22]. Watering hole known for its outside patios and Long Island Iced Tea Pitchers. Great food and drink specials, with live entertainment almost every night.  edit
  • Phyrst, 111 1/2 East Beaver Avenue, (814) 238-1406, [23]. An Irish-themed basement bar with pool tables, live entertainment, and a friendly atmosphere. Best happy hour in town with almost all drinks at half-price (including $1.50 Yuengling and Coors drafts). Don't forget to try some Phyrst Fries!  edit
  • All-American Rathskeller, 108 South Pugh Street, (814) 237-3858, [24]. The "Skeller," as it's locally known, features live music, a friendly atmosphere, and a Cajun-inspired food menu. Adorned with Penn State memorabilia, this long-running establishment claims to be the oldest bar in Pennsylvania, as it was founded soon after the end of prohibition in 1933. Closed Sundays.  edit
  • Shandygaff, 212 East College Avenue (main entrance on Calder Alley), [25]. A favorite among students, the Gaff offers great drink specials and is famous for its Wednesday karaoke nights. Also notorious for being the only bar in State College where customers are allowed to smoke. Closed Sundays and Mondays.  edit
  • Liberty Craft House, 346 E College Ave, (814) 954-4923, [26]. Sleek downtown bar with dozens of beers on tap.  edit

Drinking is what State College is known for, second only to football. Whether you prefer sports bars, dance clubs, or Irish pubs, with over 20 bars in a mile radius, everyone is sure to find something to their liking.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western University Park Inn & Suite, 115 Premier Drive, 814-234-8393 (), [27]. New hotel opened in October 2009.  edit
  • Courtyard State College, 1730 University Drive, +1 814 238-1881 (fax: +1 814 238-3108), [28].  edit
  • Days Inn State College, 240 South Pugh Street, +1 814 238-8454 (, fax: +1 814 237-1607), [29].  edit
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites, 2215 North Atherton St, + 1 814 238 3871. Newest hotel in State College!  edit
  • Hampton Inn State College, 1101 E College Ave (Rt 322 to Rt 26 exit, hotel half mile on the right), 814-231-1590, [30]. checkin: 1500; checkout: 1200.  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express, 1925 Waddle Road, +1 814 867-1800, [31].  edit
  • Motel 6 State College - Penn State University, 1274 North Atherton Street, +1 814 234-1600 (fax: +1 814 234-6665), [32].  edit
  • Residence Inn State College, 1555 University Drive, +1 814 235-6960 (fax: +1 814 235-1630), [34].  edit
  • SpringHill Suites State College, 1935 Waddle Road, +1 814 867-1807 (fax: +1 814 867-1879), [35].  edit
  • Carnegie Inn and Spa, 100 Cricklewood Drive, 814-234-2424, [36]. Quaint hotel with wonderful specials and packages.  edit
  • The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, 215 Innovation Blvd,, +1 814 863 5050 (, fax: +1 814 865-8501), [37].  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • Greenwood Furnance State Park [41] is located approximately 30 minutes southwest of State College using PA-26 and PA-305. It offers camping, hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities in season.
  • Penn's Cave [42] is located less than 30 minutes northeast of State College in Centre Hall. Known for its many limestone formations, tours of the cave by boat are available daily between 9 AM and 5 PM
  • Bellefonte, the county seat of Centre County, is 11 miles north on I-99


Routes through State College
Ends at I-80.pngBellefonte  N noframe S  AltoonaBedford
MeadvilleClarion  W noframe E  LewistownHarrisburg


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