Sponsored by Central PA CVB
State College, Pennsylvania - home to Penn State University – is more than just a university town. This central city is made up of award-winning hotels and conference centers, exciting nightlife, natural attractions, and one of the largest adventure-based team building courses on the East Coast. Located within a short driving distance to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, State College offers culture, convenience and a collegiate atmosphere all within its city walls.
Visit Penn State University and Roar with the Penn State Nittany Lions
You can’t visit State College without making a stop at Penn State University. Experience the spirit that gives Happy Valley its name by planning a networking tailgate event and find out why game day at Penn State University is second to none. Or take a more academic approach and meet at one of the state-of-the-art meeting centers on campus that can host groups ranging in size from 20 to 1,200 individuals.
You can also learn about the athletic history and heritage of the university at the Penn State All-Sports Museum. The museum is located at the southwest corner of Beaver Stadium and is open Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is an interactive, two-level, 10,000 square foot testament to the success and tradition of Penn State student-athletes. The All-Sports Museum offers group rates, self-guided and guided tours, as well as the opportunity to walk the stadium.
Gathering on campus offers the added convenience of having multiple dining and hospitality options within walking distance. Dining highlights include The Gardens Restaurant, The Dining Room at The Nittany Lion Inn, Whiskers, and Legends Pub at The Penn Stater. Penn State University offers two lodging properties located on campus. The Nittany Lion Inn is located near the heart of campus and The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center is located a couple miles from downtown in Innovation Park.
See What’s New and Improved in State College
Having just opened in the fall of 2018, Wyndham Garden State College is the city’s newest property, perfectly suited to accommodate meetings and events. Featuring 10,700 square feet of event space, the hotel offers eight meeting rooms that accommodate up to 350 conference or banquet guests. Other amenities include an indoor and outdoor pool, mountain views, complimentary breakfast buffet, free parking and The Mountain View Country Club golf course.
Penn State University’s Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center recently completed a two-year, $7.5 million expansion project. The outdoor education field lab and nature center boasts 7,000 acres of woodlands and trails at nearby Stone Valley Experimental Forest and a Team Development Center, where groups can take part in teambuilding activities. The renovations include an enhanced visitor’s center, an update to the Liztinger Herpetology Center, new office space and 3,000 square feet of new technology-enhanced classroom space.
Tour the Town on the Central Pennsylvania Tasting Trail
Made up of 12 craft beverage producers in the Centre County, the Central PA Tasting Trail is a fantastic way to see the area. Travel the trail at your leisure, or hitch a ride from Fullington Bus & Limo, and enjoy the local flavors at four wineries, two distilleries and two cideries. Pick up a Tasting Trail Passport and receive a free gift or tasting at each venue.
Participating members include Barrel 21 Distillery & Dining, Big Spring Spirits, Elk Creek Café + Aleworks, Good Intent Cider, University Wine Company, Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery, Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery, Otto’s Pub & Brewery, Robin Hood Brewing Co., Seven Mountains Wine Cellars and University Wine Company – Wine Bar at the Greek.
Meet and Play Unconventionally at Out-of-the-Box Venues
Take your event outdoors and experience America’s pastime at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. The field made waves as the first LEED certified baseball complex in the country and continues to impress with a seating capacity of 5,570 and a food and beverage menu tailored specifically to each group by one of the Spike’s third-party catering partners.
Tait Farm offers groups the opportunity to get out of the conference room and work with their hands at interactive classes held throughout each month. Sample classes include cheese pairings, festive entertaining, holiday drinks and holiday baked goods sampling. Once onsite, guests can explore the farm’s Harvest Shop, agricultural efforts and Greenhouse to learn all about backyard edibles and even pick up some souvenirs to take home.
Finally, groups can kick their adrenaline into high gear at Stone Valley Vertical Adventures. This high-adventure course is available to groups of all kinds who are looking for an exciting teambuilding experience and plenty of fun challenges. Each course is designed to facilitate an environment where individuals can succeed together as a team while working on problem solving skills, communication, collaboration and building trust.
Sponsored by Central PA CVB
For more information on bringing your meeting to State College, contact Shirley Smith, Director of Sales for the Central PA CVB, at email@example.com, Brenda Hall, Sales Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-358-5466 or 814-231-1401