Top 5: State College in Autumn

Posted: October 14, 2011

Get outside the classroom and enjoy all that State College has to offer this fall!

State College is one of the most beautiful places to be in autumn. The mountains and valleys display vibrant shades of orange and yellow and the campus buzzes with students spending time outside in the fresh air. As the days get shorter and the temperatures cooler, there’s nothing better to do than spend some time outdoors with friends before the weather turns cold! What are some of the best ways to spend your autumn days here in Happy Valley? Penn State is large, but engaging yourself in activities with friends in the community is one way to make it smaller! Let me share with you some of my favorites!

1) Offering crisp fall apples, baked goods, flowers and more, the downtown open-air Farmers' Market is a fall favorite! Held twice a week on closed streets adjacent to campus, I love to browse the freshly grown produce and baked goods. There's nothing better than eating fresh, locally grown foods!

2) On a fresh autumn day, there's no better way to clear your mind and get some exercise than a hike in the fresh air! A priority on my Penn State bucket list includes climbing Mount Nittany! Just three miles from campus, this hike is a tradition among Penn State students. Take advantage of the beautiful weather, grab some friends, and a breathtaking view is promised at the top! Don't forget your camera and a picnic lunch!

3) With Homecoming this weekend, the downtown streets will be lined with proud Penn State fans! Experience the Homecoming parade with student-created floats, and later cheer on the football team as they take on Purdue! There is no better way to celebrate the Penn State spirit this fall than dressed in blue and white, enjoying a crisp morning tailgating with friends and family outside Beaver Stadium!

4) This fall, I am excited to experience a new tradition held at the Arboretum. The Pumpkin Festival will be held from October 16-22, featuring a student-carved jack-o-lantern contest! 500 pumpkins will be available for interested students to carve and return to enter in the contest! The Arboretum is gorgeous this time of year; with seasonal gardens, this is a great place to bring a book to study in the beautiful weather!

5) Enjoy a cone or a delicious pumpkin spice latte with friends at the Penn State Creamery! The Berkey Creamery, a Penn State tradition, is the largest university creamery in the nation! Half the milk used for the ice cream, milk, and cheese comes from Penn State's own dairy herd located right on campus. From cow to cone, the Creamery ice cream is the best to be had! I recommend my favorite autumn flavor, Pumpkin Pie!