10Best: Things To Do Near Penn State

  • Victorian style decor in a romantic setting.

    Relax at Carnegie Inn and Spa

    This AAA-Four diamond Scottish-style country inn with twenty unique rooms is just minutes from Penn State, nestled in a quiet neighborhood of private homes and condominiums. Overlooking the perfectly manicured golf course, this cozy inn is luxurious, romantic and affordable.

    Photo courtesy of Carnegie Inn and Spa

  • Entrance to Penn's Caves

    Explore Penn's Cave

    Seneca Indians discovered this all-water underground cavern centuries ago. Penn's Cave is America's only underwater cavern, offering single-motor forty-minute boat tours through millions of years of limestone growth.

    Photo courtesy of T. Browne Smith

  • Vanilla and Strawberry ice cream

    Eat Ice Cream at Penn State's Berkey Creamery

    The largest university creamery in the nation serves up fresh Texas-size scoops of over 100 rich flavors of ice cream, sherbert, and frozen yogurt to the university community and online buyers. In the summer time, the line seeps out the creamery door with people buying cheeses, spreads, milk, cream, but mainly ice cream.

    Photo courtesy of Ali Briggs

  • Romanitc pedicure for two

    Chill at ESSpa Kozmetika

    Transport yourself to Eastern Europe for the day with a long Hungarian facial, organic skin care products, and therapeutic massages. ESSpa Kozmetika is housed in the East wing of the Carnegie Inn and Spa adding its own contribution to the tranquil, romantic vibe of the place.

    Photo courtesy of T. Browne Smith

  • Fruits of the vine

    Explore Mount Nittany Winery

    Seven miles east of Penn State, this small family-owned winery sits on the side of Mount Nittany and is a popular stop for alumni and locals. Twenty varieties of wines, free tastings, special events, and festivals are just some of the things to do in this hidden nook.

    Photo courtesy of Mount Nittany Winery

  • M4A1 Sherman tank "hidden" in the woods

    Visit the Pennsylvania Military Museum

    Located less than twenty minutes from Penn State, the military museum houses Pennsylvania's connections to the history of the armed forces in the 20th and 21st century. The museum has a sizeable collection of vehicles, small arms, and artifacts, both inside and outside of the museum building.

    Photo courtesy of T. Browne Smith

  • One of the many sitting areas you'll find at the Inn

    Cozy Up in the Fireplace Lounge

    The Carnegie Inn and Spa is fashioned after intimate country inns of Scotland. Several lounge and sitting areas are sprinkled throughout the Inn, perfect for cozying up with an old novel or enjoying a drink with friends.

    Photo courtesy of T. Browne Smith

  • Wine lovers struggle to decide which bottle goes home tonight.

    Visit Mount Nittany's Tasting Room

    Wine tasting at Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery is a down-to-earth, relaxed, and unpretentious experience. The intimate tasting room packs in all sorts of visitors: alumni guests, locals, and curious travelers, just passing through.

    Photo courtesy of T. Browne Smith

  • One of the many outdoor exhibits you'll find at the Pennsylvania Military Museum

    Spy the Big Guns

    Realize just how small you are when you stand up to this pair of BB-38 warship guns. These bad boys are one of nine static displays found outside on the museum grounds.

    Photo courtesy of T. Browne Smith

  • Artificially-lit area of Penn's Cave

    Visit the Depths of Penn's Cave

    Stalagmites and Stalactites decorate every corner and crevice of Penn's cave. Although the cave is off limits for walking, you can still get up close and personal with millions of years of geology.

    Photo courtesy of T. Browne Smith