Best Views in Happy Valley: Summer Edition

It's finally summer in Happy Valley! Make sure you're picking the best spots for awesome sights!

10. Mount Nittany

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Starting off this list of the best views in Happy Valley is none other than the famous Mount Nittany. With dazzling views that sweep over the entire valley, make Mount Nittany your destination for a summer sunrise or sunset hike. Pack a picnic and enjoy gazing at the best Happy Valley has to offer.

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9. Raystown Lake

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Raystown Lake is a summer getaway that the entire family can enjoy. From camping to canoeing to kayaking, this lake is the perfect chance to be immersed in the lush, green beauty of State College summer.

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8. Orchard Park

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Orchard Park offers far more than just the chance to see some great views. This park also features playgrounds, a picnic area, an amphitheater, and courts to play your favorite summer sports, like softball and tennis. Make it your next destination for a summer barbecue.

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7. Stone Valley Recreation Area

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Nestled in Huntingdon County, the Stone Valley Recreation Area is operated by State College’s very own Penn State University. This attraction spot has something for everyone, from the casual summer stroller to the ardent adventurer. Visitors can boat, fish, hike, camp, or even attempt vertical adventures on the biggest challenge course facilities on the East Coast!

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6. Bald Eagle State Park

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Boasting 5,900 acres of gorgeous wilderness and wildlife, there is no way to visit Bald Eagle State Park without taking some pictures or hitting the beach. The serene 1,730-acre lake borders the sides of Bald Eagle Mountain, and is ideal for swimming, fishing, and boating.  Be sure to visit this park, which is open every day of the year, from sunrise to sunset.

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5. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

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Just a few minutes from State College, the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center offers visitors opportunities to explore marshes, wildlife viewing areas, and walking trails. This nature center offers views that you would not be able to find at your typical park. And visitors are even welcome to bring their dogs with them!

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4. Penn's Cave

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For those seeking a more unconventional summer adventure, Penn’s Cave is the place for you. Penn’s Cave provides visitors with the chance to drift through the all-water limestone cave, take a wildlife park tour, or even take a mountain tour. With so much to do, how can anyone refuse a trip to America’s only all water cavern and wildlife park?

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3. Ridenour Overlook

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This overlook lets visitors see a view of Raystown Lake that you simply cannot find anywhere else. While this overlook may require a bit of a hike to get to, it is worth it for a glimpse of one of the best views in Happy Valley. Take a break from sailing along the Raystown Lake to visit the Ridenour Overlook.

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2. Penn State's Campus

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Any list about the best views in Happy Valley would surely be incomplete without mentioning the historic Penn State Campus. Not only is the campus beautiful year-round, but it also offers so many spots to see. Take a personal tour of the campus, and be sure to beat the summer heat with a trip to the renowned creamery.

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1. Penn State Arboretum

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Home to the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens and open to the public free of charge, The Arboretum at Penn State is your number one spot for relaxing summer fun. So stake out a bench and enjoy the scenic lily pond, tranquil fountain, sundial, and breathtaking flowers of this arboretum. There is also a Children's Garden, featuring a limestone cave, stone amphitheater, and other attractions that are friendly for children and families alike.

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