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Why locals love State College living

It’s no surprise State College was named one of the 2022 Top 100 Best Places to Live by, and in top communities on Niche. Here are just a few of the positive attributes that local residents love about their hometown.


Local Historia Makes Connecting with History Easy

Maris operates Local Historia along with partner (and fellow school teacher ) Dustin Elder. Local Historia is an educational platform that focuses on “engaging content, walking tours, and other unique experiences,” including “History Pub” — an evening of cocktails and historical conversation at Big Springs Spirits, and an annual “Spooky Speakeasy,” with ghost stories at the Gamble Mill


Holidays on the Homefront at the Pennsylvania Military Museum

Come experience a 1940’s Pennsylvania Christmas at the Pennsylvania Military Museum! Swing into the holiday season with music and learn about how soldiers and their families found holiday cheer. Kids of all ages can get their photos taken with Santa and enjoy crafts and music.

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Family Friendly Tips for Happy Valley Sports Tournament Travelers

Happy Valley is best known for collegiate athletics–and no one in the country does that betterthan Penn State University. But the world-class athletic facilities also play host to tens ofthousands of sports families who descend upon the region for different tournaments.

Since the tournaments are regularly scheduled on weekends when the Nittany Lions are out oftown, it leaves many families looking for places to go and things to do around town. Whetheryou only have a few hours to kill on an afternoon,you’re in town with younger kids, or if youare just looking for the best takeout options for your hotel–we’ve got you covered.

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Where to create, innovate, and invigorate this winter in Happy Valley

As fall advances and weather hints at winter’s pending fury, it’s the perfect time to plan for indoor fun for families. Happy Valley venues offer a plethora of opportunities whether you’re a seasoned resident or a freshly transplanted family. Try that art class you’ve always wanted, indulge the hobby your little one keeps asking about, and plan some visits to a new venue. Here’s a quick list to get you started.

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