Get outside in Happy Valley!

Say goodbye to the cooped up days of winter. Spring is here, which means endless outside fun in and around Happy Valley. Whether you’re here visiting this spring or you’re a Happy Valley resident, take advantage of all the awesome outdoor activities our area has to offer.

Play in “Happy Valley’s backyard”: One of the most beautiful gems in all of Central PA, Raystown Lake is just a short drive from State College. And when it comes to outdoor fun, if you want it, Raystown has it. The lake itself spans an incredible 8,300 acres of fresh water for swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, jet skiing, inner tube floating, and anything else you can think of. But there’s a whole lot more to do out of the water, too. With a beach, hiking and bike trails galore, picnic areas, and a wide selection of places to stay (including lodges, bungalows and house boats), Raystown is truly a one-stop shop for spring fun. Best of all, the staff of the Huntingdon County Vistors Bureau is always happy to assist with planning your trip; call them at 888-729-7869 to get started.

Root for the Home Team: Penn State Baseball season is now in full swing, with home games all throughout April and May. In the Big Ten matchup department, the Nittany Lions will host Ohio State, Michigan State and Northwestern here at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. With a mix of afternoon and evening games, there’s a time for everyone to make it out to support the Nittany Lions. After Penn State Baseball wraps up its season, it’s time for the State College Spikes to take the field. Their home opener at Medlar Field is set for Saturday, June 16, and the season continues all throughout the summer. Many different ticket options and promotions are available — visit statecollegespikes.com to find out more. And be sure to keep an eye out for fun giveaways and promos throughout the season, as the Spikes always like to make the season as fun as possible. Don’t miss out this spring and summer; head to Medlar Field to enjoy a classic day at the ballpark and appreciate the signature breathtaking view of Mt. Nittany!

Fun on the Mountain: If you only know Tussey Mountain as a ski resort, think again. Tussey becomes a hub for all kinds of outdoor fun in the spring and summer. Children and adults alike can enjoy go-karts, mini golf, par 3 golf, a driving range, a skate park, batting cages, and fishing in Tussey’s fully stocked pond. Tussey Mountain’s amphitheater serves as host to tons of amazing events throughout the spring and summer, including festivals, movie showings, concerts and more — be sure to keep an eye on the event calendar at tusseymountain.com throughout the season so you can plan ahead for the next event. And to top it all off, the view of a sunset over the mountains from Tussey is something that needs to be seen to be believed. If you want to get outdoors this spring, Tussey is the perfect spot to take the whole family, or simply to bring out the kid in yourself!

Get Active: If you’re in the mood for some good old fashioned outdoor activity, the Happy Valley area has you covered. Take a hike up Mount Nittany, State College’s most legendary landmark — especially if you never have before, as it’s a key bucket list item for any Happy Valley-goer — and enjoy incredible views of the valley below. For avid bicyclers, the Happy Valley area is truly the place to be. Bike paths and special bike lanes all over town ensure safe, accessible routes for bike riders, with some more secluded trails for those looking for an outdoorsy ride. You can view a super helpful map of all of the area’s bicycle trails and facilities, provided by the Centre Region Council of Governments, on crcog.net/bikes. If you’re looking for a nice walk or run instead, head to one of the Centre Region’s many local parks and simply start exploring. Centre Region Parks and Recreation (crpr.org) offers a great comprehensive map of each and every park throughout the region, complete with lists of the different amenities and features at each park. Whether you’re looking for a dog park, a running trail, a picnic area, a playground or anything in between, the parks of State College really do have it all.

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