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Things to do in State College

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Garden
“Beautiful place to walk around the nature trail during the spring and summer seasons while the flowers and foliage are in bloom. Also be sure to check out the decorations during the Holiday seasons and get a cup of hot cocoa while looking at the light displays. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
University
“Beautiful campus with thriving downtown area and historic buildings. Features a free art museum & arboretum with abundant parking.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“You cannot leave without tasting this ice cream. Three days max from teat to counter! They sell freezer packs or bring your cooler to take a pint or three home.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Hands down the best breakfast spot in town. Great food, prices, and even better services. Pro tip: Get there early because it gets busy. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Whisky Bar
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“Amazing cocktails and small but delicious food menu. Center of Downtown on Beaver Ave.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This. is. the. breakfast. spot. Always busy, but never a long wait. There are 2 Original Waffle Shops, same owner, and a third on the college strip, formerly owned by the Original guy. They close around 3pm and everything on the menu is delicious! Any of the 3 locations will leave you fulfilled and ready for your day!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Great atmosphere, not too big of a place. They make an awesome wood-fired pizza for take-out or dine-in, and there's also a full bar and 6-packs for take-out. The bar isn't a "college bar", just a chill place to enjoy a few drinks with adults.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Posh and artsy cafe downtown with the best coffee, chai lattes and almost everything downtown.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Located directly above the center of the Earth, Zeno's has been a mainstay of the State College bar scene for years. Great live music and a pretty massive beer menu. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Get Mike's favorite ice cream in town, and a glass bottle of fresh milk! Cash or check only!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Free admission arts resource for the Penn State University and surrounding communities in central PA. A collection of 9,600 objects representing a variety of cultures and spanning centuries of art, the Palmer is the largest art museum between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Craving a quality espresso drink? Watch the giant roaster roasting green coffee beans while you wait. Every cup sold here is of high quality and it's a cool looking coffee shop too :-) Support local!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Theatre
“Excellent local venue for all kinds of renown music acts, theatre performances and more. So civilized with a restored old fashioned theatre stage and balcony but also for their reasonably priced accompaniments of coffee, wine or even local microbrews depending upon the time of day and the venue. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Cozy Thai is an excellent budget friendly option for lunch or an early dinner. Always a fresh meal, pretty atmosphere and friendly service. BYOB, closed on Sundays.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“The original Champs on North Atherton is still a great place to go but the downtown Champs definitely gives it's predecessor a run for the money.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Great food and they expanded and included brew area. Large portions and good pricing.”
  • 10 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Whisky Bar
“Amazing cocktails and small but delicious food menu. Center of Downtown on Beaver Ave.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Hands down the best breakfast spot in town. Great food, prices, and even better services. Pro tip: Get there early because it gets busy. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This. is. the. breakfast. spot. Always busy, but never a long wait. There are 2 Original Waffle Shops, same owner, and a third on the college strip, formerly owned by the Original guy. They close around 3pm and everything on the menu is delicious! Any of the 3 locations will leave you fulfilled and ready for your day!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Great atmosphere, not too big of a place. They make an awesome wood-fired pizza for take-out or dine-in, and there's also a full bar and 6-packs for take-out. The bar isn't a "college bar", just a chill place to enjoy a few drinks with adults.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Cozy Thai is an excellent budget friendly option for lunch or an early dinner. Always a fresh meal, pretty atmosphere and friendly service. BYOB, closed on Sundays.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Sports Bar
“The original Champs on North Atherton is still a great place to go but the downtown Champs definitely gives it's predecessor a run for the money.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Great food and they expanded and included brew area. Large portions and good pricing.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“800 beers on tap! We can't back that up 100% but there's enough variety to please even the snobbiest of beer snobs.”
  • 10 locals recommend

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