Taking a trip to Central Pennsylvania is always a treat for travelers, especially when you set your sights on the Bellefonte, and State College areas. Here, visitors will find it’s easier than ever to fill their itineraries with fun activities and attractions that highlight the best the region has to offer! Whether you’re one for museums and outdoor recreation, or you’re looking to shop and dine your way through a stay, the options are seemingly endless when it comes to things to do.


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Retail Therapy

For those who find themselves in need of some serious retail therapy, time in Bellefonte is sure to inspire. This area is brimming over with boutique shops, galleries, and storefronts that feature handcrafted jewelry and customized apparel as well. Whether you take an afternoon or dedicate a full day to browsing, you’re sure to find something inspiring along the way.

History & Museums

If you’re looking for some artistic inspiration specifically, you’ll be able to find it at the Bellefonte Art Museum during your visit. This stop features the work of local and internationally recognized artists and is open Friday through Sunday from noon until 4:30 pm. As you’re exploring Bellefonte, also be sure to check out the American Philatelic Center. Housing an extensive research library, this locale is found in a restored 19th century Match Factory complex that enjoys a place on the National Historic Register. Visitors are more than welcome to take tours, enjoy exhibits and dive into area history in a unique way during their Bellefonte, PA visit.

Area Attractions

Looking for even more from your Central Pennsylvania experience? Be sure to add a stop at Talleyrand Park to your must-visit list. This inviting destination hosts stunning features like a suspension bridge, historic railroad, and a gorgeous gazebo on-site too. The landscape garden at the park is eye-catching and when you’re here, you can slow things down and admire the ducks and fish that fill the waterways. During the summertime, Talleyrand Park hosts a summer music program series on Sunday evenings to enjoy as well. In nearby Happy Valley, visitors can explore in unique style with a stop at Penns Cave. This all-water cavern and wildlife park enjoys a place on the National Register of Historic Places and is truly one-of-a-kind. The cave lingers at around 52 degrees all year long and a tour takes about 45 minutes. The surrounding forests and fields are equally mesmerizing and bringing a picnic lunch is always highly recommended!


Activities Near Penn State

When your travel plans have you spending time near Penn State, rounding out your itinerary is a breeze. Head over to the Bryce Jordan Center when you’re looking to enjoy a show while the Eisenhower Auditorium also offers up concert options throughout the year. The Palmer Museum is the place to be when you’re up for browsing inspired works of art while a stroll through the Arboretum will keep you immersed in the beauty and wonder of nature. If you’re visiting in July, you’ll be right on time to enjoy the annual Arts Fest at Penn State. April visitors won’t want to miss the Penn State Blue/White Football Game that always brings the energy and fun. Those travelers who love to get out on the greens can book a tee time at one of two Penn State golf courses. They’re both open to the general public seven days a week with game rates starting at $33.

Book Your Getaway

Now that you've gotten a taste for things to do in Bellefonte start planning your stay with Reynolds Mansion! Our inn will take you back in time with Victorian beauty, cozy amenities, and unmatched service. We are located within minutes of several Bellefonte activities and attractions, so there is no need to go far! We can't wait to welcome you to central Pennsylvania!  

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