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Things to Do in the Valley

 

Eateries

Amato’s Pizza – An Italian restaurant with a comfortable dining room and relaxed atmosphere. Close to campus, this eatery is a great option for students and visitors to campus alike.

Tokyo Diner – Best sushi and hibachi stop in town — don't be shy, if you don't know how to use those chopsticks, ask for a lesson.

Skeeter's Pit BBQ – Enjoy the food and the view at Skeeter's! Located on the bluff of the scenic Susquehanna River, Skeeter's offers unique applewood-smoked entrees and tasty soups and sides. It's a great place to get away from the stress of school and enjoy the beauty of the valley.

Edison Hotel – The first building to be wired with electric lighting, this restaurant is now fired by great crowds and entertainment, especially on Wing Night!

Front Street Station – Climb on board, and dine in a train car at this quaint railroad eatery, with live entertainment, happy hour and their staple sidecar… or dish – cheddar cheese soup.

Elizabeth's – At the heart of downtown Lewisburg, Elizabeth's offers an upscale dining experience and great ambiance. A great choice to celebrate those special accomplishments (maybe that 4.0!) or just to show your parents a good time when they come to visit.

Country Cupboard – Offering shopping, lodging and a restaurant that is a favorite among locals, this is a great recommendation for mom and dad when they come to visit.

La Primavera Italiano Ristorante – Scusi, are you craving a fine pasta dish and that real Italian flavor? Then this is the place for you. A chance to really experience La Vita Bella.

Penn's Tavern – Take a trip back in time and have dinner in the oldest building in Northumberland County… it was built in 1703. The food is true German-American cuisine.

Weaver’s Bakery and Farmer’s Market – Looking for homemade baked goods and fresh produce? This Amish bakery is the place to go for fresh pies, breads, cookies, fruits, etc. And the prices fit right into the college student budget.

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Shopping

Susquehanna Valley Mall – With over 70 stores and restaurants to choose from, this is a great option for retail therapy during those stressful exam times.

Monroe Marketplace – The newest addition to "The Strip" as we call it, or the section of routes 11 and 15 leading to SU with all of the stores and restaurants, this shopping complex is anchored by Target and includes several other shopping favorites.

Street of Shops – With over 125 shops with specialties ranging from custom jewelry, candles, pottery and other handcrafted items, this indoor shopping village is a must-see and a great Sunday afternoon adventure.

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Recreation

T&D Cats of the World – Visit or volunteer some time at this exotic animal refuge. When else will you have a chance to work with lions and tigers and bears – Oh my!

Clyde Peeling's Reptiland – You can visit with some of nature's fascinating yet more misunderstood creatures here, at one of only eight accredited zoos in Pennsylvania.

Penn's Cave – Stalagmite, stalactite or flowstone cascade? You tell the difference on a boat tour of the country's only all-water cavern and wildlife park.

Mini-Golf and Bounceplex – Get in a round of mini-golf at the challenging 18-hole course and then stop over at the Bounceplex for a springing good time on the 360 trampoline walls and court.

Sunset Skating Rink – Relive those middle school days as you skate around this retro rink. It wouldn't hurt to practice your limbo skills before you go!

Strike Zone Bowling Alley– Throw a few frames any night or come for Rock N' Bowl, when you can dance and play. Throw a strike on the red pin and you WIN!

Sunbury Ice Rink – Practice your Triple-Lutz or cheer on Susquehanna's ice hockey team as they compete against their fiercest rivals — the Bucknell Bison. That's one game you don't want to miss!

Sunbury Skate Park– Get some air on these inclines or try your hand…or board…at the tri-level bar. No charge and only one requirement — a helmet!

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Outdoor Recreation

Lake Augusta Outfitters – Your source for the toys you need to play on and explore the Susquehanna River. Rent a pontoon boat, Jet Ski, canoe, kayak or bike.

Shikellamy State Park and Overlook – Named for the famous Iroquois chief who helped develop the area, the park has several picnic pavilions and a one mile bike path. For spectacular views of Northumberland and Sunbury, venture up to the overlooks, 360 feet above the river.

RB Winter State Park – Known to many in the area as the Half Way dam, the focal point of this park is Half Way Lake and beach, but there are also lots of opportunities for hiking, canoeing and other recreation.

Pine Creek Gorge – Also known as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, it is 50 miles long and 1,000 feet deep and offers incomparable views and scenery, great hiking and picnicking options, and a breathtaking fall color display. Follow the Turkey Path Trail to find the waterfall!

Canoe Susquehanna Guided Kayak Trips– Not sure you want to head out on the river by yourself? Grab a group of friends and go on a Susquehanna River kayak adventure with a guide. Best advice – it's all in the hips!

Camp Woodward– a premier action sports and gymnastics facility. This is not your parents' summer camp. Learn how to tear up skate and BMX parks, and nail gymnastics exercises.

Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art – 500 acres and twelve miles of trails — a great place to celebrate your love for the outdoors. Make sure to browse through the nature print and photography exhibits.

Selinsgrove Speedway – You'll quickly become familiar with the Friday night rumbles of the local track, which was designed by a Hollywood stuntman and frequented by some of NASCAR's first competitors.

Woodward Cave – Also known as “the Big One”, this cave is one of the largest caverns in Pennsylvania. You don’t need to be an earth sciences major to appreciate this amazing cave!

Golf – Looking to play a round of mini golf, practice your swing, or get in 9 holes? Try one of these golf courses in the area: Sunny Hill Golf CourseKidd's Par 3 Golf CourseTee to Green Golf Center.

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Movies and Theatre

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble – Looking for a Broadway-level performance close-by, this local theatre hosts outstanding performances year long including favorites such as "A Christmas Carol," "You Can't Take it With You," and "Much Ado about Nothing."

Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse – For dinner theatre options and another great way to impress your parents (or that special date) take a trip to the Playhouse. Audience participation is highly encouraged and don't ever only take one sticky bun — someone always wants to share.

Campus Theatre – One of few surviving mid-century movie houses, The Campus Theatre shows independent, art and foreign films, hosts several film festivals and the Silent Movie Extravaganza in collaboration with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. If you want the couch seats, make sure you go early!

Community Arts Center – Go see a show at this historic Williamsport theatre that has been restored to its original 1928 grandeur.

Whitaker Center – Want on to see a film on the big, BIG screen? Enjoy live performances? Want to learn about science in a creative way? Well you can do it all at the Whitaker Center! Enjoy movies on Central PA’s largest IMAX theater screen, enjoy outstanding live performances at the Sunoco Performance Theater, and get educated with The Science Center’s unique science programs!

The Point Drive-in – See movies the old school way, at a drive-in movie theatre. What's even better is you get to watch a double feature... great for the college student budget.

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Historical Places and Museums

Hunter House Museum – Follow the roots of Fort Augusta, once the stronghold of the Susquehanna Valley. A great stop for history students wanting to discover more about the area.

Joseph Priestley House – Check out the place where this acclaimed scientist, theologian, and discoverer of oxygen, spent the last few years of his life. Another great find for the history buff!

Packwood House Museum – Originally a two-story log cabin, this museum offers world-class artifacts in the a small-town atmosphere. Not many other places present art from both the Pennsylvania Germanic heritage alongside treasures from the Orient.

Slifer House Museum – This Tuscan-style Victorian mansion was once the home to a great developer of this region and famed Pennsylvania statesmen, Colonel Eli Slifer. A visit here brings the Victorian lifestyle alive.

Mifflinburg Buggy Museum – Enjoy an interesting look at the area’s quaint heritage by visiting the vintage buildings equipped with original tools, furniture and educational displays. Visit the museum for a unique cultural experience, a volunteer opportunity, or to locate an internship.

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Amusement Parks

Knoebels Amusement Resort – Once you work up an appetite on some of the world's highest-rated wooden roller coasters, check out Cesari's award-winning pizza and for dessert get some hand-dipped ice cream in a fresh-made waffle or a famous funnel cake. Don't forget to get your picture taken with Cosmo, Knoebels' mascot!

Hersheypark and Hershey Chocolate World – For all of the chocolate lovers out there, spend a little time in the "Sweetest Place on Earth," especially around Halloween time for Hersheypark in the Dark and the winter holidays for "Christmas Candy Lane." Don't pass up the Great American Chocolate Tour, you even get a free taste at the end of the ride!

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Cultural Events

Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival – A three-day festival full of ice-sculpting, orchestra concerts, and an international hot drink tasting, this is a great mid-winter opportunity to bundle up and beat the freeze!

Woolly Worm Festival – Central Pennsylvania's version of Groundhog's Day, this fall event includes a weather prognostication ceremony and a Woolly Worm ball — seriously, when else will a woolly worm be a reason to celebrate?

Lewisburg Arts Festival – Held at the end of April, it is a two-week celebration with food, live music in the park and arts galore! A great stress-reliever during a challenging part of the semester!

Christkindl Market – In the 100-year-old German tradition, this event will be just the experience you need to rekindle your spirit for the holidays before heading home for break. Don't miss out on the gingerbread houses!

Bloomsburg Fair – Attracting a crowd of almost a half-million people, this 10-day county fair always hosts some big-name performers, hundreds of vendors, and an altogether unforgettable experience of local culture. Don't miss Pierogie Joe's, fried Oreos or cactus taters!

Renaissance Faire – God Save the Queen! Don't be surprised if you find yourself chanting these words right along with the other lords and ladies at the Shire of Mount Hope. From the human chess match to the jousting tournament, this faire will take you back to the heart of the 16th century.

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Sports

Camp Woodward – a premier action sports and gymnastics facility. This is not your parents' summer camp. Learn how to tear up skate and BMX parks, and nail gymnastics exercises.

Little League Baseball Museum – Break out the peanuts and cracker jacks — the baseball fans in all of us will appreciate the history of this great American tradition. Don't forget to toss out a few throws in the batting and pitching area and then watch yourself on instant replay!

Williamsport Crosscutters – Check out a game at the Bowman field in early fall and maybe you will be lucky enough to hear a retelling of the "Great Potato Caper."

Hershey Bears – Venture into the Bear's Den for a game at the Giant Center. Be ready to catch some money when the hot air balloon comes out!

Jack Frost and Big Boulder – Snap on the ski boots and hit the trails at these two adjacent resorts. Between the terrain parks and glades and the bunny trails and tubing hills there is something for students at all levels.

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