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Beat the heat this summer by hitting the pools and local swimming spots! Happy Valley has plenty of places for you to cool off on a relaxing summer day. Bald Eagle State Park This state park  has the perfect beach for swimming this summer. With a 12,000-foot-long sand and turf beach, as well as playgrounds and a snack bar, a day swimming here will be fun for the whole family. It’s... MORE
Happy Valley has a not-so-secret side that comes out during the summer. While the rest of the year revolves around students, football, and street construction, there’s a brief few weeks during the summer when State College and the surrounding areas bring out live music and canopy tents to showcase our creative side. While some of these festivals have been around for decades, others are holding... MORE
Every year, the apex of our summer is celebrated with art in remarkable shape and form: sidewalk sales, Italian street art, sand sculptures, and performances. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts runs July 13-16 as more than 125,000 people flock to downtown State College and University Park campus to celebrate the arts. You can shop at the nationally recognized Sidewalk Sale and... MORE
This season, the Spikes host 38 regular season home games  — and at every game, there is a special deal, entertainment or giveaway that would entice anyone to head to the ballpark. So, what can you still catch at the remaining home games? One of the biggest giveaways planned will end the Spikes’ season. On Thursday, September 7, the first 1,000 fans will receive a bobblehead honoring... MORE
Minimalism is all the rage right now, and its mantra — buy experiences, not things — resounds with parents. Think about our own childhood: while there are probably some scuffed baseball cards or Cabbage Patch dolls stuffed in some box, the freshest memories are not of the things we got, but the stuff we did. Luckily, summer in Happy Valley is the perfect time and place to make memories with... MORE
Football season is far from the only thing that draws people back to Happy Valley each year. With our beloved annual traditions like 4th Fest, Arts Fest, WingFest and Spikes games, summer is one big celebration here. On top of that, this summer promises some amazing first-ever events that are sure to become new favorite traditions themselves. So whether you’re only in town for one of these... MORE
Lunch in the summer is so much better outside. Instead of spending money at an outdoor vendor, pack a basket and blanket and head to some of these priceless picnic spots all located near Happy Valley.  Spring Creek Park This park is a staple in State College. The park surrounds a beautiful creek with a traditional covered bridge; along the creek are perfect grassy areas and benches... MORE
The beautiful nature surrounding our cozy Happy Valley is calling and this summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the great camping sites and woods that Central PA provides us with by going on a camping trip. Here are some of the best places to plan your outing, just within a short drive of State College. Raystown Lake This reservoir in Huntington has campground areas for both tents... MORE
If you’re looking to make this July 4 the best one yet, then State College is the place to do so. There are many local events and ways to celebrate America on this festive day, so here are a few options! The Central PA 4thFest does not let down when it comes to July 4, and has everything you need to have the best day. The main highlights of the festival are the Firecracker 4K and 4M... MORE
Central PA holds an infamous fireworks show every July 4, for which you're going to want the best possible seats. This fireworks show was named one of the best annual shows in Pennsylvania and the third largest in the nation, so don't miss out on this iconic Happy Valley tradition. Here are a few options for prime firework viewing spots: BJC: The Bryce Jordan Center and all around Beaver... MORE


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