Packaged Fun in Happy Valley
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Happy Valley Family Fun Blueprint
by Chad Lear
It’s football season in Happy Valley once again and you want to bring the family back to Penn State to catch a game on Saturday afternoon. The problem is, you’re not really sure what else to do during the rest of the weekend. Well, you have come to the right place because here’s your personal blueprint to a true family experience in Happy Valley.
Where to Stay
Family trips and vacations are a great way to spend quality time with one another when there aren’t any other distractions around. Parents can forget about work and the struggles of running a household, and kids, well kids can just be themselves. Anyways, there’s no better way to bring the family together than by opting to campout, rather than stay at your everyday, run-of-the-mill hotel. That’s why it’s a great idea to check out the lodging options available at the Raystown Lake Region.
At Raystown Lake, located in Huntingdon County, visitors can enjoy a day at the beach without traveling all the way to the shore. Operated by the Army Corps of Engineers, Raystown Lake covers 29,000 acres and is highlighted by their 8,000-acre lake, perfect for every water activity imaginable. Camping, hiking, hunting and biking are also great options for those looking to stay dry. And if you don’t want to leave your favorite little buddy at home, bring him or her along because pets of all kinds are welcomed at Raystown Lake.
What to Do
There’s plenty of activities to keep you busy right at Raystown Lake, but for families looking to venture out and see some more of what Happy Valley has to offer, here’s some family-friendly places that are worth the trip.
8 a.m. Your alarm sounds and it’s time to grab some coffee and stir the family.
9 a.m. Time to get going. The Nittany Lions don’t kick-off until 3:30 p.m. today so you have some time to kill before heading to the stadium to tailgate.
10 a.m. Find a parking spot downtown and check-out some of the shops that line the sidewalks. Penn State unveiled their new football uniforms this year and you want to grab a couple for the kids. The Family Clothesline is a great pick for anything and everything Penn State. T-shirts, jerseys, hats, hoodies, sweatpants, socks and gifts are all available at the store located on E. College Ave. The store’s focus is to maintain low prices on all Penn State Merchandise.
Old State Clothing Co., located on E. Beaver Ave., is also a solid option if you are searching for the latest in PSU merchandise. They also have a second location next to Beaver Stadium so you can pick up any tailgating necessities or Penn State gear without missing out on all the action.
11:30 a.m. Your kids love the new jerseys and now it’s time to head to the stadium and set-up your tailgate.
3:30 p.m. Time for some football!
7:00 p.m. What a great game! Penn State is victorious once again but now you have to take care of your other home team and get them some grub. For a nice family meal, take a short drive to Bellefonte and enjoy The Gamble Mill Restaurant and Microbrewery. They bring classic American cuisine to the table in a traditional atmosphere shaped by old, worn wood and aged brick. They also feature an award-winning wine list and a number of craft beers from their very own microbrewery. Fish, lamb, pork and steak can all be found on their dinner menu with entrees starting at $17. The Gamble Mill is great for anyone looking to enjoy a complete Americana dining experience.
Another great family eatery is Otto’s Pub & Brewery. Located on N. Atherton St., Otto’s is committed to introducing its patrons to fresh craft-brewed beer and traditional American bistro showcased by fresh, local food. With 12 brews on tap including Mt. Nittany Pale Ale and Spruce Creek Lager, a trip to Otto’s is guaranteed to be refreshing. The menu provides customers with a lot to choose from and everything is reasonably priced. Pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and salads combined with a number of entrees gives even the pickiest of eaters something to enjoy.
9:30 p.m. It’s been quite a long day and the kids are starting to get a little cranky. Head back to your campground or other lodging and get some rest.
Your Penn State weekend went really great and you aren’t ready for it to end just yet. Before heading home, you want to treat the kids to some laser tag and some ice cream. These are just the two places for you.
What-A-Blast Extreme Laser Tag is located in the heart of downtown State College and features a 2400 square foot blacklit arena. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the fast-paced excitement at What-A-Blast, voted Best of State College Amusement Places by the US Local Business Association three years running.
All that exercise has you craving some sweets, so you decide to make your way through the campus of Penn State University, finally ending up at The Berkey Creamery. Known best for its famous ice cream that takes just 4 days on average to get from cow to cone, the creamery also offers sherbet, cheese, bagels, sandwiches, milk and plenty of other food options.
Your weekend is finally complete and the whole family is happy and a little exhausted. Time to head home with a car full of people and a trunk full of memories!
Brewery Tour Package - State College, PA Happy Valley
Take a tour of where Happy Valley’s finest brews are created. There are several breweries to choose from which feature an array of award-winning beers. The Gamble Mill Restaurant and Microbrewery, located in Bellefonte, is the area’s newest brewery. Otto’s Pub & Brewery features more than ten freshly crafted brews. Every Friday at Otto’s is Firkin’ Friday. A Firkin is a British-style cask of ale that is conditioned in the cask and gravity-poured for a real ale taste experience that has no comparison. Otto's is the only brewery in State College and is located about five minutes from downtown State College.
Winery Tour Package - State College, PA Happy Valley
Camping Package - State College, PA Happy Valley
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and suburbs and spend some quality time in the great outdoors in Happy Valley. Spend a couple of nights under the stars at the many campgrounds around the area. Many of the surrounding State Parks can accommodate tents or trailers in the campgrounds.
Biking Package - State College, PA Huntingdon, PA Happy Valley
In Happy Valley, there are plenty of bike trails that can challenge even the most experienced cyclists and make them feel as if they are riding in the Tour de France. However, there are also plenty of trails for beginning cyclists to enjoy. While riding along the trails, stop where you can and take a moment to take in the majestic beauty of the Allegheny Mountains.
Fishing Package - State College, PA Happy Valley
If you’re looking for a great spot to fish, there’s no better location than Happy Valley. Happy Valley has many state parks, which have lakes regularly stocked with trout. There are also many rivers and streams where you can go fly fishing in a more private setting and catch all types of fish. No matter what type of fishing you are looking for, Happy Valley is the place to be.
Golf Package, State College PA, Happy Valley
Happy Valley is home to some of the finest golf courses in the country. With the Penn State Golf Courses, Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center, and Skytop Mountain Golf Club there are plenty of options for golfers looking to enjoy a golf getaway in Happy Valley. The Penn State Golf Courses have two golf courses, Blue and White.
Hiking Package - State College, PA, Happy Valley
Looking for a challenge while experiencing the beauty of Happy Valley? Take a hike along the trails of Mount Nittany or one of many state parks around the region. Find Hikes Here
There are plenty of places in town to get supplies for your hike.
Arts Fest Package - State College, PA, Happy Valley
The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, also known as Arts Fest, takes place every July in downtown State College and on the University Park campus of Penn State University. The festival brings over 125,000 visitors to experience different art exhibits and dance and musical performances.
In addition to the Arts Festival, there are many other things to do and see in Happy Valley.
Rainy Day Package - State College, PA, Happy Valley
In Happy Valley, often times Mother Nature chooses not to cooperate leaving us stuck inside. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to have fun on a rainy day here in Happy Valley.
Huntingdon Package - Huntingdon, PA Happy Valley
Located about 45 minutes from State College, Huntingdon is a quiet town packed with lots of things to do and places to eat. It offers a good escape from the crowds in State College on a football weekend or any weekend where you are looking to get away and enjoy the beauty of Happy Valley.
Penn State Tailgate Package - State College, PA, Happy Valley
Tailgating with over 100,000 of your closest Penn State football friends before and after a game is what makes Penn State Football so unique. Once the game ends and it’s time to pack up your tailgate, don’t leave! Head downtown to checkout some of the many bars and restaurants, which make up State College’s vibrant night life.