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State College, Pennsylvania is much more than just a college town. It is vibrant with exciting nightlife, great shopping, and diverse restaurants to satisfy almost any craving. Featuring a variety of hotels, motels, cozy bed & breakfasts, and other accommodations, State College, PA is a unique and wonderful combination of small town charm and college town action that makes it a great place to live or visit. Click here to request a State College Visitors Guide!
State College is also referred to by the term "Happy Valley", which has origins dating back to the Great Depression and the town's ability to be sheltered from much of the financial hardship falling on the rest of the country. Another origin comes from sports writers looking for a way to describe the town during football broadcasts. As of the 2010 census, there were 42,034 full-time residents.
The town was largely founded around satisfying the needs of what would become the Pennsylvania State University, but it has come a long way since those days. The town is now home to plenty of entrepreneurship and companies. There are also several events and facilities welcoming thousands of people to the area including Penn State Football, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Bryce Jordan Center and many others. The town is also home to the State College Spikes, a short-season Single A baseball team that competes in the New York-Penn League from June-September.
There is no shortage of things do to in State College. Choose from various indoor and outdoor recreation activities like mountain biking, golf & fishing. There are many options for arts & culture, such as The State Theatre,Tussey Mountain Amphitheatre and the Bryce Jordan Center, offering performing arts including dance, theatre & live music as well as film festivals and screenings.
State College has festivals year-round to delight tourists & locals of any age. Summer festivals include the Central PA Festival of the Arts, People's Choice, Happy Valley Culinary Week and the Central PA 4th Fest. Fall ushers in the celebration of Fall Foliage, Harvest Festivals and Oktoberfest. In winter, enjoy the Winter Craft Market and the Festival of Trees & Craft Show. Celebrate New Year's Eve with First Night State College.
With so much to do, State College is a one-of-a-kind place. Build memories to last for your whole family in this hub of Centre County.
If you're already in State College, we invite you to stop by the Visitors Center and browse our selection of visitor information, including local area maps, brochures, local newspapers & magazines, to-do guides, menus and coupons for local businesses.
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