11 places to eat, shop and have fun in State College


During your time at the 2014 PA Press Conference, feel like a local by visiting these popular State College attractions.

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Find more things to see and do at VisitPennState.org, DowntownStateCollege.com, and StateCollege.com.

Places we missed? Share them in the comments below.


Berkey Creamery (Penn State Creamery)

The Berkey Creamery at Penn State is the largest university creamery in America. Here you can find ice cream, sherbet, cheese, eggs, sandwiches, and other food great for a meal to-go. The Creamery has more than 20 flavors of their famous ice cream daily.

119 Food Science Building University Park,
State College (7 minutes)

Monday to Friday: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.


Cafe 210

Located across from the engineering buildings on College Avenue (which can be seen on a live webcam here), Cafe 210 is a trendy-cool bar and eatery. Two patios make the restaurant perfect for outdoor eating. Five dollar lunch specials are available every day from 11-2 as well as other daily food and drink specials.

210 W College Ave., (8-10 minutes)

Open 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. seven days a week

(814) 237-3449

Happy Valley Brewing Company

Like local craft beer? If so, Happy Valley Brewing Company is the place to be. All brewed on location, six all-original beers as well as a plethora of seasonals populate the menu in addition to hearty sandwiches. Oh, and did we mention that this restaurant is in a rustic, converted barn?

137 Elmwood St.,
State College (4-6 minutes)

(814) 234-4406

Open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. seven days a week

Original Waffle Shop

For more than 40 years, the Original Waffle Shop has been the hot spot for breakfast at State College.Their menu offers a wide selection of breakfast and lunch options and large meal proportions. From waffles and 3-egg omelets to fresh salads and hearty sandwiches, it is sure to be the perfect place to fulfill a craving.
Note: Cash Only

1229 N. Atherton St.
State College (7-9 minutes)

1610 W. College Avenue,
State College (10-12 minutes)

Mon-Fri: 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday: 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Callao Cafe and Market

Callao Cafe is owned and operated locally in State College and features a large list of gourmet coffee and espresso beverages with sweet and savory crepes to match. Callao makes a good stop for lunch with deli sandwiches made with Boar’s Head meats and cheese. All soups are made from scratch, and there’s fresh-squeezed lemonade.

434 W Aaron Drive #201,
State College

(814) 237-2494

Monday – Saturday : 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Sundays

Spats Cafe & Speakeasy

Spats brings an authentic taste of New Orleans to State College. The restaurant receives yearly recognition as the best downtown fine-dining option in the area, and it has recently been awarded with the best vegetarian menu in Central PA. Their motto is “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (Let the good times roll!)

142 E College Ave.,
State College (9-10 minutes)

(814) 238-7010

Mon – Sat: 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday


Central PA Flea and Farmer’s Market

If you’re craving some PA Dutch flavor look no further than the Central PA Flea and Farmer’s market. Grab a whoopie pie and browse the market’s selection of fresh baked goods, local produce, antiques, and hand crafted wares.

Grange Fairgrounds – Centre Hall, Pa (About 15 minutes)
Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon

Nittany Mall

The Nittany Mall has all the essential stores and is only a short drive from the Penn Stater. You can find department stores Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Bon-Ton, and Sears along with retail stores like American Eagle and Bath and Body Works. The Nittany Mall also has several dining options.

2901 East College Ave.,
State College (8-10 minutes)

Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(814) 238-8037


The State Theatre: Dance Academy Spring Recital

Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.

Look no further than State College’s State Theatre for local art and culture. “The State” is a community-owned, nonprofit theater known for its intimate shows, from children’s musicals to comedy.

On Saturday, the Dance Academy of State College will hold their Spring recital at the theatre. The Dance Academy feature dancers of all ages and a variety of dancing styles. The Academy has strong core values, demonstrated by the long careers that dancers have with the program.

130 W College Ave.
(8-10 minutes from the Penn Stater)
(814) 272-0606

Price: $12

Penn State All-Sports Museum

Museum: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.

(Stadium view: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m., 1:30 pm, and 3 p.m.; Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.)

Take a walk through Penn State University’s rich athletic history at the All-Sports Museum. This two-level 10,000 square foot museum showcases the successes of 29 of 31 of PSU’s sports teams, along with three that have been discontinued. While you’re there, take in the view of the entire stadium from the Mount Nittany Club level. The museum is attached to the southwest side of Beaver Stadium and across from the Bryce Jordan Center.

1 Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA (7 minutes)
Suggested Donation: $5 for adults, $3 for children, seniors, and students

UEC Theatres 12

In the mood to catch the latest blockbuster? The movie theater is a quick drive away.

Matinee (before 6 p.m.)
Adult $7.00
Evenings (after 6 p.m.)
Adults – $9.75
3D Movies Additional $2.50 (each ticket)

125 Premiere Dr, State College, PA 16801 (8-10 minutes)
(814) 861-5006



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