Outdoor Fun in the Summer Sun

Summer is just around the corner, so make sure to work plenty of outside time into your plans! Here are a few of our favorite spots for fun in the sun in Happy Valley’s beautiful great outdoors.

The Arboretum at Penn State

If you're looking for a place to sit in the sun or take a relaxing walk under a clear blue sky, then the Arboretum is perfect for you. With 11 gardens and groves to choose from and benches a plenty, you will have no problem finding the perfect place to relax the day away. Bring your children to the Childhood's Gate Children's Garden where they can play and even get an up-close look at different plants through their special kaleidoscopes or walk the many paths and help them learn the names of their favorite flowers with the aid of descriptive plaques.


Looking for something with a little more action? Head on over to DelGrosso's Park and Laguna Splash in Tipton. They have eight rides for the younger kids in their Kid's Kingdom and 14 rides for the whole family to enjoy. They even have three thrill rides for the more adventurous type. If you're looking for a way to escape the heat, they have you covered with their Laguna Splash Water Park, which has 15 attraction including a lazy river, wave pool and water slides. Don't forget the food! DelGrosso's is filled with the delicious park food and four unique Italian themed restaurants. Remember to bring some sunscreen!

Raystown Lake

Are nature sports more your thing? Raystown Lake is the perfect spot for kayaking and fishing, and also has beautiful trails for hiking and biking. When you're done, bring out those camping chairs and sit by the fire and watch the stars reflect on the lake surface. The Raystown Lake region has two of Pennsylvania's many state parks, a marina, paddleboat tours, a vineyard museums and so much more. Check some of the local B&Bs, dining and shopping to get the most out of your vacation.

Penn's Cave

Looking for something a little more unique? Make your way to Penns Cave and Wildlife Park. You can take a boat tour though the beautiful limestone cavern or enjoy the 90 minute Farm Nature and Wildlife tour with the help of existing logging and tractor trails. Take your kids panning for gemstones, work your way through Prospector Pete's Miners Maze and finish your adventure with some hand-dipped ice cream or tasty fudge at the Cave Café.

Pennsylvania State Parks

Central Pennsylvania is home to numerous beautiful state parks for you to adventure through. They are perfect for boating, fishing, hiking and much more, and with so many to choose from, we know you will find the perfect one for you, your friends and you family. Closest to home: Bald Eagle State Park, which offers boat and pavilion rentals, a swimming beach, a snack bar, hiking, fishing and more; Whipple Dam, a quieter option for the true nature lover where you can enjoy swimming, fishing, trails and paddling. Black Moshannon is perfect for those steamy summer days thanks to its unique location atop the Allegheny Front, which keeps temperatures about 10 degrees cooler. Swim, hike, picnic and rent a canoe or kayak to tour the tea-colored waters and unique flora.

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