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General Description

State College is home to Penn State University with award-winning hotels, meeting and conference centers and boasts one of the largest adventure-based team building courses on the East Coast. It is all within a short driving distance to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore but also offers daily flights in and out of University Park Airport. After your meeting, downtown State College offers an exciting nightlife, theater, historic shopping districts, museums, attractions and concerts. You can keep up with your active lifestyle during your conference on nearby cycling trails, running trails, golf courses, fishing and kayaking streams and more! 

Meeting Space

Penn Stater Conference CenterThe Penn Stater is the area's largest, most flexible and technologically sophisticated conference center hotel, boasting 58,000 square feet of meeting and function space and 300 guestrooms. The Nittany Lion Inn is rated one of the top meeting facilities on the East Coast.  State College hosts many opportunities to hit the links including Toftrees Conference Center Hotel complete with a four-and-a-half-star-rated PGA championship golf course. The Bryce Jordan Center holds more than 360 trade show exhibits. The Ramada Conference Center has 285 guestrooms and 25,000 square feet of meeting space, including a spacious amphitheatre. The Carnegie Inn & Spa, a four-star boutique hotel now hosts the newly open ESSpa Day Spa and is perfect for board retreats. Penn State's Stone Valley Vertical Adventures offers one of the largest team-building courses on the East Coast and the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle sits on a lake in Bald Eagle State Park and is also perfect for small board retreats. Beaver Stadium and Medlar Field at Lubrano Park offer unique meeting venue locations.

Cultural Facilities/Activities

Bryce Jordan Center

Downtown State College offers an exciting night life with restaurants, bars and cafes, several theatres within walking distance, historic shopping district, downtown and campus museums and concerts at the Bryce Jordan Center. Bellefonte and Boalsburg are both historic towns with shopping districts and attractions and are within a 5 to 20 minute drive time. 



Duffy's Tavern - Fine Dining and American Pub Style inside historic stage coach stop; Otto's Pub and Brewery - Local Microbrewery, specializes in locally grown ingredients, located in State College; The Field Burger & Tap - embraces its farm-to-table mentality using the freshest ingredients. Of course, for dessert who can come to State College and not get a couple of scoops or a milkshake from the world-famous Penn State Creamery

The Central PA Tasting Trail offers a fantastic tour of Central PA with stops at a variety of local microbreweries, cideries, wineries and distilleries. Travel the trail at your leisure, or hitch a ride from Fullington Bus & Limo end enjoy the local flavors to the fullest! 

Airport/Interstate Information

University Park Airport offers commercial flights daily and is less than 10 minutes away from State College. Easy access to I-99 and I-80

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For more information on bringing your meeting to State College, contact Shirley Smith, Director of Sales for the Central PA CVB, at, Brenda Hall, Sales Manager, at  or 800-358-5466 or 814-231-1401