Cara Aungst

Cara Aungst

Fun Guide Managing Editor

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Find Spooky Fun in Happy Valley

There are few better places to enjoy autumn than in Happy Valley. There’s the energy and magic of home game Saturdays, for starters. There’s the breathtaking sight of the trees on Mount Nittany (and beyond) turning orange, yellow and red. On top of the energy and beauty that makes Happy Valley fall so special, there’s a full calendar of fall festivals and spooky fun for the whole family to enjoy. This October, you don’t want to miss the Spooky Speakeasy or Candlelight Ghost Tours.

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Family Fun

Celebrating the year of caves and karst by touring a cave this year.

2021 has been declared the International Year of Caves and Karst by the United Nations, and local cave enthusiasts say it’s none too soon. After all, about 20% of the earth’s land surface is affected by karst—slowly dissolving rocks that create landforms such as sinkholes, ridges, fissures, and most famously, caves. This year, theInternational Union of Speleology, along with caves all over the world, will be celebrating these unique landforms and spreading knowledge about how we can all enjoy and help preserve them for the next generation.

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Family Fun

Here’s Why Penn’s Cave Tops Our 2021 Bucket List

This summer, head out to Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park, America’s ONLY all-water cavern & farm-nature-wildlife park, and find out why it’s been a favorite since 1885. It’s the perfect outdoor adventure for your whole family, and this year there are some additions that not only make your day safe, but will make it very, very fun.

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Places To Stay

Plan a PA Grand Canyon Getaway at Bear Lodges

There’s something different about Bear Lodges, three non-traditional B&Bs located in Wellsboro, 90 minutes north of State College, and nestled in the heart of gorgeous Pennsylvania Grand Canyon country. Owner Jim Meade says Bear Lodges are not just accommodations catering to a great destination …. they are a getaway in themselves.

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Come Home to the Penn Stater

Coming back to Happy Valley? The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center, Penn State’s premier hotel and conference center located in Innovation Park, is ready for you! You’ll enjoy a cozy, affordable stay right on the Penn State campus with a room that offers luxury, comfort and the technology you need to stay connected and productive. The hotel just seconds from the Innovation Park Exit on Route 322, and parking is free.

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Arts & Culture

Bryce Jordan Center: 25 Years of Sold Out Shows, World Class Performances and Moments that Take Your Breath Away

Since the Bryce Jordan Center opened its doors in 1996, it has been host to sold out shows, record-breaking events, screaming fans and contagious energy. More than 2,000 events have taken place—including performances by Garth Brooks and the Jonas Brothers, to Cirque du Soleil to THON the largest student philanthropy on earth. In total, more than 16 million fans have made lifetime memories attending an event at the Bryce Jordan Center.

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