The Best Outdoor Activities in Bellefonte, PA
This beautiful park is within walking distance of the mansion. It features a suspension bridge, gazebo, historic railroad, and many other interesting sights. There is also a bust of Lincoln, an edible landscape garden, and plenty of ducks and fish. Talleyrand Park can be booked for weddings and also hosts a summer series music program which occurs on Sunday evenings throughout the summer.
America’s only all-water cavern and wildlife park is nestled in Central Pennsylvania’s scenic Penn State Country. It is the only cave in PA that is on the National Register of Historic Places. The cave’s temperature is always 52 degrees so bring a light sweater or jacket. Also, comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. The cavern tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and the farm and wildlife tour is a guided 90-minute motorized tour over 1,500 acres of Penns Cave forests and fields. You can also enjoy a burger at the Cave Café or bring a picnic lunch.
The Arboretum at Penn State
Beautiful gardens and groves. Free admission. Truly a highlight in early May when thousands of tulips are in bloom for PSU Commencement. Also available for private events and rentals. The Arboretum at Penn State is situated on 370 acres.
More than just a ski area! Tubing is a local favorite pastime. Tussey Mountain has go-carts, mini golf, a driving range, an amphitheater, and par 3 golf in the summer months. You can also try dozens of delicious chicken wings during WingFest which occurs once a week beginning in July. WingFest has been voted “Best Place to See Live Music” in State College for the last three years.
Bald Eagle State Park
Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
The Millbrook Marsh Nature Center is a 62-acre nature preserve with unique marsh ecosystem with varieties of plants, mammals, fish, etc. Open 9-5 weekdays. Free parking.
Mt. Nittany Conservancy
Mt. Nittany Conservancy features 9 miles of trails to hike up Mt. Nittany. This very popular hike sports beautiful views of the Penn State campus from the top.
Rothrock State Forest
Rothrock State Forest is a premier mountain biking area in PA with a combination of 290 miles of trails and state forest roads to use. We can store your bicycle at the Inn if needed.
Tussey Mountain Outfitters
Tussey Mountain Outfitters is located within walking distance of the Inn. Rent kayaks and canoes, and enjoy the day on Spring Creek. Closed Tues. and Wed. Most excursions last 3-4 hours. Rates start at $45 per person.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
Discover a new State College and Happy Valley from the air in a beautiful hot air balloon. Drift through the skies, float over meadows, and brush treetops on a memorable flight. The Sky’s the Limit fly year-round, twice a day, at sunrise and 2-3 hours before sunset, wind- and weather-permitting. Flights last approximately one hour but may vary depending on the availability of landing sites. The entire adventure is about 3-4 hours in duration and may cover a distance of 2 to 15 miles, depending on wind speed and direction. On your flight, you may fly at altitudes varying from crop and treetop level to several thousand feet where you can view the scenic expanse of State College, Happy Valley and beyond. After the flight, the new aeronauts are presented with a flight certificate while the pilot shares the history of ballooning. Everyone joins in a champagne (or sparkling cider) toast to commemorate the flight. There’s no better way to start or end your day!
Penn State Golf Courses
The Penn State Golf Courses features two championship courses. Rates starting at $33 for the general public. Open 7 days per week.
Tofttrees Golf Course
The Toftrees Golf Course is a challenging 18-hole course and was named one of PA’s “Best places to play”. $40 includes cart.
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