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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Garden
“The Arboretum is one of my favorite places to visit! There are many beautiful plants and structures here. There is always something new to see in the children's garden. When you need to have a few quiet moments find a bench in the rose garden.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Football Stadium
“For a few short weekends every fall this quaint gathering spot plays host to 107,000 of your closest friends. Black shoes Basic blues No names All game We are!”
  • 23 locals recommend
University
“Beautiful campus of the state's land grant university. Home of the iconic Nittany Lion shrine, Beaver Stadium and Penn State Creamery Ice Cream. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Lauren's favorite ice cream in town! Be ready for long lines on game weekends!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Whisky Bar
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“Amazing cocktails and small but delicious food menu. Center of Downtown on Beaver Ave.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The Original Waffle shop is only 2 blocks from Linn House. Enjoy and don't worry if there is a line to get in - they keep it moving and the food is worth it!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Located directly above the center of the Earth, Zeno's has been a mainstay of the State College bar scene for years. Great live music and a pretty massive beer menu. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Posh and artsy cafe downtown with the best coffee, chai lattes and almost everything downtown.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“I love this little gem! From the bike path, straight to Park Ave, cross over to campus and keep walking about 5 minutes, and it will be on your left.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“During special Penn State events there may be a huge line to get a photo with the Lion, but it's a requirement for most people who are visiting here in town.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Theatre
“Excellent local venue for all kinds of renown music acts, theatre performances and more. So civilized with a restored old fashioned theatre stage and balcony but also for their reasonably priced accompaniments of coffee, wine or even local microbrews depending upon the time of day and the venue. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Stadium
“State College is home to the Bryce Jordan Center where, throughout the year, any number of big names and entertainment groups perform! ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“The original Champs on North Atherton is still a great place to go but the downtown Champs definitely gives it's predecessor a run for the money.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Delicious Thai food and located right downtown. Easily adaptable for vegetarians and vegans.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
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“Local hangout place with live music and dancing in the evening. Great place to work with healthy tasty food and drinks. Best tea selection in town. Incredible Vegan brunch buffet on Sunday!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Lively pub in the middle of it all downtown. Relax with friends & a cold beverage, watch the street scene on their outdoor patio. ”
  • 9 locals recommend