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Outside Fun in Happy Valley
It's spring, and you know what that means. The snow is gone and it's time for outside fun. We've put together some fun ideas to add on to your next Happy Valley weekend. Get out and have some fun this spring and summer while you count down the weekends 'til the 2017 Kickoff Weekend!
Take a Hike
Perhaps the most popular outdoor adventure in all of Happy Valley is a hike of Mount Nittany. The hiking trail at Mount Nittany offers breathtaking views of State College and the surrounding region from the top. A fairly short climb of 1,000 yards, the hike takes less than half an hour on average.
...Or a Sail (or a Picnic)
Another favorite outdoor destination of residents and visitors alike is the Stone Valley Recreation Area, which has scenic mountains, wooded trails, and abundant amenities. Stone Valley recently announced that they will be offering sailing courses to give individuals a basic understanding of how to safely sail and operate the sailboats at Stone Valley.
Penn's Cave Just Got Even Better
Penn’s Cave is the only cave in the state that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It offers an awesome 45-minute tour of the water cavern by boat and countless other outdoor activities, wildlife tours and camping. Plan on visiting from July 21-23 for the Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival, featuring an incredible lineup of musicians like John Legend, The Roots, X Ambassadors, and Maren Morris.
When the spring days get too hot for a hike and we need a water activity, a quick trip to Raystown can turn out to be the highlight of the season. Lake Raystown's WildRiver Water Park opens on May 28 and features two 380-foot twisting slides, a White Water Innertube Ride, Atomic Blaster, and Children’s Splash and Play Pool. Additionally, if a water park isn’t your idea of fun, the lake itself features 8,500 acres of deep, clean water suited for aquatic sports like boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, or jet skiing, or just floating around. The 29,000-acre site also features 12 public access areas, picnic areas, campgrounds, trails, hunting, fishing, and much more.
Break Out Those Clubs
It would be fitting to play 2017's first round of golf right here in Happy Valley. Get on the greens at the Blue or White Course, Mountain View Country Club in Boalsburg, or Toftrees Golf Resort, which has recently been rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest magazine’s Places to Play. (When you schedule your tee time, go ahead and block out that getaway weekend you've been meaning to take. Planning reunion weekends is pretty darn easy this time of year.)
....And Then Refuel
Once you've had your fun in the sun, you can keep on enjoying the weather with some of our favorite outdoor dining choices. Gigi’s Southern Table offers one of the best outdoor patios in the area that overlooks the beautiful mountains of Central Pennsylvania – not to mention a long list of fresh farm-to-shaker cocktails. PA on the Patio starts back up at the end of May at the Nittany Lion Inn and is a great outdoor option with the best in Pennsylvania micro brews and spirits and its all-you-care-to-eat, delicious tapas prepared on the wood-fired grill every Friday (weather permitting). Other great options for outdoor drinks and dining in Happy Valley include the patio at Café 210; the outdoor deck at one of State College’s best sports bars, Champs; and the only outdoor seating to enjoy a mouth-watering brick oven pizza at Inferno’s outdoor lounge.
We just have to remind you that no Happy Valley outdoor adventure is complete without Creamery ice cream, and you can get it hand-made into a decadent milkshake at The Field. Add in one of their to-die-for burgers (Black and Smoky Blue!) for a meal you'll be craving till the next time you come back, we promise.
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