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30 Things to Do within 30 Minutes
30 Things to Do within 30 Minutes

October 11, 2017

Whether you're an animal lover or a movie buff, a bibliophile or a shopaholic, you'll find plenty to do in Selinsgrove and the surrounding communities.


Do Date Night at the Drive-In

The Point Drive-In Theater is the perfect place to catch Hollywood's latest cinematic release under a sky full of stars. And the best news? You can see two movies for the price of one movie at a typical movie theater. 

Location: Along Route 11 between Northumberland and Danville


Get a Brain Freeze at the Freez

The Lewisburg Freez is a seasonal ice cream shop open from March to September. The Freez offers homemade soft serve ice cream in a variety of original flavors.

Location: 242 N. Derr Dr., Route 15 North, Lewisburg, PA 17837


Assist the Animals

If you're an animal lover or you're dearly missing your furry friends back at home, consider volunteering with local organizations that help animals, such as Ashburn's Animals or Mostly Mutts. Reach out today and see if you can be of assistance!

Location: Sunbury, PA – Visits made by appointment (Mostly Mutts); 291 Scrubby Hill Rd., Selinsgrove PA 17870 (Ashburn's Animals)

Ashburn's


Flock to the Festival

The Market Street Festival is an annual event held each fall that takes place just a short walk from campus. Rows of booths line Market Street featuring local food and craft vendors, games, a petting zoo and live bands.

Location: Downtown Market Street, Selinsgrove


Supper at the Train Station

For a unique dining experience, visit Front Street Station in Northumberland, an authentic train station that was converted into a restaurant. It has both indoor and outdoor seating, with live entertainment and barbeque cookouts at the restaurant's Platform Café (weather permitting).

Location: 2 Front St., Northumberland, PA 17857


Find Fresh Foods at the Farmer's Market

Pick up some of your favorite locally grown and homemade foods at the Selinsgrove Farmer's Market, held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (mid-May to November; weather permitting). The market sells fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheese, eggs and breads. And don't forget the whoopie pies!

Location: The Selinsgrove Commons (on the corner of Market and Pine Street)

Farmers Market


Roll to the Rhythms of the Rink

Coast your way around the Sunset Roller Rink during a matinee or evening skating session. You can rent regular, speed or inline skates. Monday nights are open exclusively to those 18 years and older for Adult Country, Oldies and Top 40 Night.

Location: 2755 North Susquehanna Trail, Shamokin Dam, PA 17876


Watch a Parade

Celebrate with special parades for Halloween and Christmas in the fall. Local marching bands, fire companies and other organizations toss candy to parade watchers. And the Christmas parade always ends with two special guests—Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Location: Halloween parade is on Market Street in Selinsgrove and Christmas parade is at the Susquehanna Valley Mall


Chill with the Big Cats

Lions, tigers and bears — oh my! T&D's Cats of the World is an animal refuge for exotic felines and other wildlife, such as lynx, coyotes, lemurs, parrots and more. Take a guided tour during the week or wander through the exhibits at your own pace on the weekend. There's even a picnic area for you to relax in, so feel free to bring a packed lunch.

Location: Mountain Rd., Penns Creek, PA 17862

T&D Cats


Try the Grub at The Brew Pub

The Selin's Grove Brewing Company, affectionately known to most students as The Brew Pub, is a favorite local eatery for those on campus. The restaurant's stone building is on the National Register of Historic Places and dates back to the early 1800s. The Brew Pub is open to all ages, but a parent or guardian must accompany those younger than 21 years old.

Location: 121 North Market St., Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870


Bring Your Best Buds Bowling

Planning a fun night out with friends? You won't strike out with this idea: try your hand at bowling! Best Bowl has glow bowling every Saturday night from 8 to 10:30 p.m. The Strike Zone has Glow Rock n' Bowl on Friday and Saturday nights from 9:30 p.m. to midnight.

Location: 300 Packer St., Sunbury PA 17801 (The Strike Zone); 2208 Route 522, Selinsgrove, PA 17870 (Best Bowl)


Spend a Lazy Day at the Lake

There's no shortage of activities at Shikellamy State Park! With miles of hiking and biking trails, opportunities for fishing and boating and the park's abundance of scenic views and overlooks, you have lots to do and see. 

Location: Sunbury, PA

Lake Augusta


Play with Alpacas at Patchwork Farm

Patchwork Farm is home to a lovable assortment of alpacas and llamas that are just waiting for you to come visit! Bags of pellets are available so you can personally feed the alpacas, and when you're done, you can stop by the Patchwork Farm gift shop to pick up handmade alpaca products like hats, socks and more.

Location: 2908 Middle Creek Rd., Selinsgrove PA 17870


Catch a Film at the Cinema

The Campus Theatre in Lewisburg first opened in 1941 and is one of the few remaining single-screen art deco theaters in the country. It offers a variety of programming including popular, fine art and independent films.

Location: 413 Market St., Lewisburg, PA 17837


Be a Kid Again

You might be in college, but you're never too old to enjoy the comforts of a good playground! Kidsgrove, located right across the street from campus, is chock full of playground equipment that will take you right back to your childhood days.

Location: 249 Sassafras St., Selinsgrove, PA 17870


Maneuver the Maze at Ard's

Ard's Farm features a fresh food market, restaurant and various events, including its annual Corn Maze. Just make sure that you let your most directionally savvy friend lead the pack!

Location: 4803 Old Turnpike Rd., Lewisburg, PA 17837


Take to the Trails

Get some exercise by taking to the trails to bike or hike. There are plenty of great trails throughout the Susquehanna Valley, such as Buffalo Valley Rail Trail or Dale's Ridge Trail in Lewisburg. Consider combining your love for the outdoors with Susquehanna's commitment to service by participating in an Adopt-a-Road or Adopt-a-Trail program.

Location: Lewisburg, PA


See the Scenic Susquehanna

The namesake river of Susquehanna University is just a quick walk from campus. When the weather is nice, the Isle of Que is the perfect place to enjoy the river's close proximity by walking, running or biking along its banks. You can rent kayaks or inner tubes and float your way down the Susquehanna or its tributary, Penn's Creek.

Location: Anywhere the river flows!

Susquehanna River


Study in the Stacks

Take a break from reading your textbooks to page through a New York Times bestseller at the Rudy Gelnett Memorial Library. (And for early childhood education majors, this is a great place to stock up on materials for your lesson plans!)

Location: 1 N. High St., Selinsgrove, PA 17870


Tunes and Brews

Head up the road to Mifflinburg's Rusty Rail Brewing Co., which recently won two national craft beer awards. Enjoy a brew (if you're over 21), a delicious dinner and live music in a renovated three-story brick building from the 1800s.

Location: 5 N. Eighth St., Suite 1, Mifflinburg, PA 17844


Put the Pedal to the Metal

On campus, you're sure to hear the buzzing sound of the races over at the Selinsgrove Speedway. While you're here, take some time to go see the action unfold in person. Built in 1946, the speedway is a half-mile dirt track that hosts weekly sprint and stock car races on Saturday nights from March to September.

Location: 47 Sand Hill Rd., Selinsgrove, PA 17870

Speedway


Get Golfing

Take a swing at this idea: Grab a group of your friends and get golfing! Whether your skills are best suited for mini golf or the driving range, there are many sites near Susquehanna where you can play, such as Hooplas, Susquehanna Sports Place, the Shade Mountain Golf Course or the Bucknell Golf Club.

Location: Various locations across Selinsgrove, Middleburg and Lewisburg


Go on a Shopping Spree

Take a stroll downtown to browse through small boutique stores or drive up to The Strip or the Street of Shoppes in Lewisburg for even more shopping action. Whether you love to browse for books, check out the latest styles or look for handmade goods, you'll have no problems shopping until you drop in the Susquehanna Valley.

Location: Selinsgrove, PA; Lewisburg, PA


Visit the Local Vineyards

If you're 21 years or older, you can visit some of the Susquehanna Valley's vineyards, like Shade Mountain Winery or Fero Vineyards & Winery. There are always wine tastings and other events at these locations.

Location: 16140 Route 104, Middleburg, PA 17842 (Shade Mountain Winery); 965 JPM Rd., Lewisburg, PA 17837 (Fero Vineyards)

Winery


Enjoy a Holiday Marketplace

Get in the holiday spirit by visiting Mifflinburg's Christkindl Market. The German-style marketplace opens in early December, right around final exams, so take a little study break to enjoy the market's vast assortment of food and drink, craft vendors and live entertainment.

Location: Mifflinburg, PA (the main entrance is located at the intersection of 4th and Market streets)


Plan Your Riverside Adventure

Looking to have a riverside adventure, but not sure how to go about planning it? Let the Riverside Adventure Company help you out! They can sort out the details of your trip so the only thing you have to worry about is making memories with your friends and family.

Location: Riverside, PA


Tour the Covered Bridges

There are 17 covered bridges throughout Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties. Download a map from the Susquehanna Valley Visitors Bureau and see if you can visit them all!

Location: Various locations across Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties

Covered bridge


Let History Come to Life

Visit some of the oldest buildings in the area with rich and diverse histories, like the Packwood House Museum, Slifer House Museum or the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum. The Packwood House Museum is one of the oldest log structures of its kind in Pennsylvania, and the Slifer House Museum is an Italianate mansion that predates the Civil War.

Location: 15 N. Water St., Lewisburg, PA 17837 (Packwood House); 80 Magnolia Dr., Lewisburg, PA 17837 (Slifer House); 598 Green St., Mifflinburg, PA 17844 (Buggy Museum)


Go for an Outing at the Oktoberfest

Can't quite make it to Germany in time for the country's annual Oktoberfest? That's okay; there's one right nearby in Mifflinburg! Celebrate the area's German heritage with a broad array of food, drinks and live music. (IDs are required)

Location: VFW Fair Grounds on Route 45 just west of town. (10770 Old Turnpike Rd., Mifflinburg, PA 17844)


Keep an Eye Out for Coming Attractions

Keep your eyes open because you never know what new venue will come to the Selinsgrove area! Tudor House Pies is one of the newest additions to our downtown.

Location: Various