Sun's out: Five outdoor getaways for your bucket list
As anyone who has spent time here in the summertime will tell you, it’s true; Happy Valley transforms into a completely different experience in the summer. The sun is shining and local businesses make sure there are plenty of opportunities to get outside and get involved!
Here are our some of our favorite places to go and things to do, whether you’re just visiting for the weekend or looking for ways to have fun around the region this summer.
Ready to get outdoors and closer to nature? With many outdoor public spaces, the Raystown Lake Region has opportunities aplenty to breathe in the fresh air, walk through the forest, enjoy the unspoiled shoreline scenery of Raystown Lake or paddle the gentle waters of the Juniata River. So bring your boots, kayak, fishing pole, mountain bike and camp chair to really get the most out of your time in Huntingdon County. New this summer are two public access points to Jack’s Narrows, the deepest gorge in Pennsylvania, now open for paddle sports, fishing and leisurely inner-tube floating.
What’s on your Raystown Bucket List?
FREE Tuesday Morning Visitor Wake-Up Receptions at the Raystown Lake Visitor Center from mid-June to mid-August
Test Paddle Tuesdays with Rothrock Outfitters at Seven Points Marina from mid-June to mid-August
WildRiver Water Park at Lake Raystown Resort
Isett Heritage Museum - 40,000 items organized by historic era
Rockhill Trolley Museum - Ride antique trolleys all day, plus special events throughout the year
William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum
Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks - Two cave tours on one ticket plus special events and scout programs
Broad Top Area Coal Miners Historical Society & Museum
Scenic boat tours aboard the Proud Mary at Lake Raystown Resort
Guided fishing excursions
The Thousand Steps section of the Standing Stone Trail
Allegrippis Trails and the Raystown Mountain Bike Skills Park
Balanced Rock Trail
You can always contact the HCVB office either prior to or during your "Raycation" for more information on everything to see and do in Raystown: (888) 729-7869, email@example.com or online at Raystown.org.
Are you a history buff looking to learn about the Revolutionary War era? Look no further than Fort Roberdeau in Altoona. The fort, also known as the Lead Mine Fort, is a reconstruction of the original fort that stood there in Sinking Valley during the 18th century. This summer, there will be a Star Spangled 4th of July event with activities for all ages and an 18th-century field camp and Revolutionary War battle reenactment, July 14-15. Bring a lawn chair to watch the reenactment and become immersed in a storyline reflecting local history.
Looking for a good way to get acquainted with your local parks and hiking trails? The Centred Outdoors programs created by ClearWater Conservancy aims to engage the community in outdoor activities in and around Happy Valley.
Join Centred Outdoors on June 24 or June 27 to hike the Barrens to Bald Eagle Wildlife Corridor in Port Matilda. Explore the wildflower meadows and be sure to bring binoculars to observe the diverse community of birds, mammals, plants, pollinators and amphibians.
Explore Talleyrand Park in Bellefonte on July 1 or July 4 to learn the history behind the park’s features and about the ongoing restoration of the watershed.
For a little more of a fitness hike, join Centred Outdoors for a climb up Mt. Nittany on July 22 or July 25.
Explore the rest of the Centred Outdoors calendar here: https://www.centredoutdoors.org/calendar-of-events
Spikes Baseball Games
Medlar Field at Lubrano Park
Name a better way to spend a summer evening at a baseball game with family or friends. We can’t think of many! The State College Spikes season officially starts June 16, when the team takes on the Williamsport Crosscutters at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The team is seeking their third championship since 2014 and will play 38 home games, giving you plenty of opportunities to see them in action. The summer is packed with great promotions so be sure to check www.statecollegespikes.com to see when fan favorites such as Bark in the Park and Cowboy Monkey Rodeo will return. Don’t forget to take advantage of $1 beer Thursdays, Half-craft Wednesdays and Monday Buck Day ($1 hot dogs, $1 peanuts and $1 small sodas all game long)!
The Sky’s the Limit Ballooning
Isn’t Happy Valley beautiful? Mount Nittany, rolling hills and farmland, the arboretum at Penn State… We could go on and on. The point is, we get to enjoy the beauty of Happy Valley every day, but it’s not often you get to see the scenic landscape from above. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of beautiful Happy Valley on a hot air balloon ride. Make it a date night or an adventure with the family. Choose from a sunrise or sunset ride, which lasts about three to four hours. Up to four passengers can join the pilot. Find out more at www.paballoonrides.com.