About Happy Valley, Pennsylvania

– by Lesley Kistner

Happy Valley is our historic towns of Bellefonte and Boalsburg, that beckon with boutique shops and craft beverage establishments amid beautiful Victorian and Colonial architecture and tree-lined streets. Happy Valley is the many scenic drives through the heart of our agricultural corridors. Happy Valley is the quaint towns of Aaronsburg and Millheim, where tradition mixes with a modern, artsy vibe. Happy Valley is Philipsburg, where historic roots are giving way to reinvention, and where shops are filled with unique finds and where everyone feels like an old friend. Happy Valley is downtown State College, which bustles with university town energy and a robust mix of arts, culture and entertainment options. And Happy Valley is of course, home to Penn State University and Nittany Lion pride.

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Experience your next adventure in Happy Valley, Pennsylvania. Shopping, dining, outdoors, Penn State sports, meeting spaces, unique museums...in any way that your spirit of adventure guides you -- we invite you to explore Happy Valley. Located right in the middle of beautiful Pennsylvania scenery just a few hours' drive or a short flight away.

Start your day with ice cream for breakfast at Berkey Creamery; because who doesn’t love the idea of ice cream for breakfast? Head to Penn's Valley and Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park for a boat ride tour through America’s ONLY All-Water Cavern & Farm-Nature-Wildlife Park! Other “must-do” places include Columbus Chapel at the Boal Mansion, where you can view artifacts and hear about 200 years of Boal and Christopher Columbus family history.

If you’re inspired by history, come to Bellefonte in the Nittany Valley, which has architecture to admire, walking tours and enough antique stores to keep the biggest antiquarian busy for hours. Philipsburg is another great place to stroll; with a historic walking tour online and the majestic Rowland Theatre in the heart of downtown.

Check out the Central PA Tasting Trail; the Tasting Trail includes a mix of craft beer, distilleries, wineries and cideries.

Remember to bring your bicycle when you visit Happy Valley. Rothrock State Forest has some of the best mountain biking trails east of the Rockies. State College is a top-10 ranked cycle-friendly city. And Happy Valley is of course, home to Penn State University and Nittany Lion pride. Whatever one’s definition of adventure is, we believe it can be found here in #HappyValleyPA.

Whatever one’s definition of adventure is, we believe it can be found here.

The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau cannot stress enough that we believe in responsible and safe travel. We do encourage visitors planning business or leisure travel to Happy Valley to refer to the following resources for reliable information and updates regarding COVID-19. Please keep in mind that some articles on this blog were written in a different age pre-virus. Please refer to the individual business websites for current status and hours available. HVAB links to business and other appropriate pages at every opportunity.