Whether you’re here for a night or two or the next four years, you’ll find there’s plenty of great restaurants, shops, amusement parks, sports venues and culture just a short walk or drive from campus!
Don’t take our word on the best things to do in the area. A recent graduate rounds up some of her favorite things to do within 30 minutes of Selinsgrove.
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.
Bamboo Palace — Satisfy your Chinese food fix at this Market Street fixture.
Bella’s Pizza — Bella’s Pizza stays open late for those nighttime study sessions.
BJ’s Steak and Ribs — … and sandwiches and salads too! The Bongo Bongo Dip is a must-have and make sure to form a team for trivia night. Even if you don’t win, there are prizes for best team name!
Bot’s Tavern — A bar that features specials on drinks, hosts local musicians, and holds themed events, such as “Club Bots” and “Trivia Night.”
Deo’s Kitchen — This new restaurant on Market Street serves Latin American cuisine.
Isabella’s — Located in a former bank, this restaurant and cocktail lounge serves up fine Italian cuisine. The atmosphere is great for a date night or for when family comes to visit.
The Kind Café — Local art, paninis and fresh-roasted organic coffee—it’s the quintessential campus coffeehouse.
OIP Xpress — OIP Xpress serves pizza, strombolis, salads and subs. It has outdoor seating and you can BYOB!
Selin’s Grove Brew Pub — A frequent hang out among upperclassmen — good brews, good eats and good friends - don’t pass up the “Brewery bread”!
Subway — The popular sandwich chain serves up tasty and familiar subs, or, if you prefer, hoagies. It’s open late on weekends for those late night hunger pains.
Sushi Masa — With a variety of asian cuisine and all you can eat sushi, Sushi Masa is a fan favorite for students and locals to satisfy any sushi cravings.
Taste of Philly — Whether you want a cold hoagie or a hot sandwich, this restaurant will make you feel like you’re in the City of Brotherly Love!
Tudor House Pies — Satisfy your sweet tooth with scratch-made desser pies! Carry out only and dig in to a variety of flavors.
Wicked Dog Grille — One of the newest eateries in Selinsgrove, the Wicked Dog Grille is owned by Jeff Ries ’86.
Shamokin Dam/Hummels Wharf
Numerous chain restaurants are located on “the strip” in the Hummels Wharf/Shamokin Dam area, which is just a short drive from campus, including:
- Texas Roadhouse
- Longhorn Steakhouse
- MOD Pizza
- Panera Bread
- Red Robin
- Papa John’s
- Dunkin’ Donuts
- Moe’s Southwest Grill
- Marzoni’s Brick Oven & Brewing Co.
- Taco Bell
- Rita’s Italian Ice
- Dairy Queen
Also, stop in at Skeeter’s Pit BBQ. Located on the bluff of the scenic Susquehanna River, Skeeter’s offers unique applewood-smoked entrees and tasty soups and sides.
Caribbean Connection — The flavors of the islands delivered right to central Pennsylvania! Caribbean Connection specializes in Puerto Rican, Jamaican and Cuban food.
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.
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.
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.
Lewisburg Freeze — One of the most popular ice cream choices for our students. The 20-minute drive is well worth it!
Reba & Poncho’s — An old-fashioned restaurant with a variety of Mexican and Mediterranean choices.
Siam Cafe — A casual Thai food bistro that also serves organic juices and draft beer.
Sweet Frog — Design your own dessert at the nation’s No. 1 frozen yogurt chain!
Abrana Marie’s Tacoqueen — This homey southwestern restaurant has some of the best Mexican food around.
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 dish — cheddar cheese soup.
On A Roll — Grab a large freshly made sandwiches or a salad!
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.
Route 61 Roadhouse — This bar and grill has live entertainment and open mic nights weekly.
The Squeeze-In — Tasty fast food for a cheap price in a cozy atmosphere! A great place to go for a hot dog and cream soda.
Where to Stay
Selinsgrove Area - Hotels
|Comfort Inn||Routes 11 & 15, Selinsgrove||(570) 374-8880|
|Econo Lodge||Routes 11 & 15, Shamokin Dam||(570) 743-1111|
|Hampton Inn||Routes 11 & 15, Shamokin Dam||(570) 743-2223|
|Holiday Inn Express||Routes 11 & 15, Selinsgrove||(570) 743-9275|
|Susquehanna Valley Mall Drive, Selinsgrove||(570) 884-8301|
|Selinsgrove Inn||Market Street, Selinsgrove||(570) 374-4100|
Selinsgrove - Bed & Breakfast
|Fox Boro Bed & Breakfast||93 Church Road, Selinsgrove||(570) 374-8750|
Sunbury Area - Bed & Breakfast
|The Stained Glass Inn||152 Market St., Sunbury||(570) 850-0602|
Lewisburg Area - Hotels (13 miles north of Selinsgrove)
|Comfort Inn||I-80 & Route 15, New Columbia||(570) 568-8000|
|Comfort Suites||4775 West Branch Highway, Lewisburg||(570) 524-8000|
|Country Cupboard Inn (Best Western)||131 Walter Drive, Lewisburg||(570) 524-5500|
|Country Inn & Suites||134 Walter Drive, Lewisburg||(570) 524-6600|
|Hampton Inn Lewisburg||Route 15, Lewisburg||(570) 522-8500|
|Holiday Inn Express||Route 15 & I-80, New Columbia||(570) 568-1100|
|Lewisburg Hotel||136 Market St., Lewisburg||(570) 523-7800|
|Fairfield Inn & Suites||
70 Hardwood Drive, Lewisburg
Lewisburg Area - Bed & Breakfasts
|The Barn at Pheasant Ridge||376 Pheasant Ridge Rd., Lewisburg||(570) 524-9868|
|The Pineapple Inn||439 Market St., Lewisburg||(570) 524-6200|
|The Tawsty Flower||106 S. 4th St., Lewisburg||(570) 522-6600|
Danville - Hotels - (Near I-80, Exit 224, 20 miles northeast of Selinsgrove)
|Best Western-Danville Inn||79 Old Valley School Road, Danville||(570) 275-5750|
|Doctor’s Inn||101 W. Market St., Danville||(570) 275-1821|
|Hampton Inn||97 Old Valley School Road, Danville||(570) 271-2500|
|Pine Barn Inn||1 Pine Barn Place, Danville||(570) 275-2071|
|Red Roof Inn||I-80 & Route 54, Danville||(570) 275-7600|
|Bison Farm II Bed & Breakfast||Route 35, Richfield||(717) 694-3807|
|Buckwheat Valley Guesthouse||Mt. Pleasant Mills||(570) 539-0090|
|The Inn at Turkey Hill||991 Central Road, Bloomsburg||(570) 387-1500|
|Latorre House Bed & Breakfast||1133 Route 487, Elysburg||(570) 672-7243|
|The Loft at Owens Farm||2611 Mile Post Road, Sunbury||(570) 286-5309|
|Mifflinburg Hotel||264 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg||(570) 966-5400|
|Norman’s Watson Inn||100 Main St., Watsontown||(570) 538-1832|
|Samuel Aurand House Bed & Breakfast||401 Front Street, New Berlin||(570) 966-3711|
|Sleepy Hollow Bed and Breakfast||Sleepy Hollow Road, Elysburg||(570) 672-2828|
|Fort Boone Campsites||8635 Route 405, Milton||(570) 742-9113|
|Gray Squirrel Campsites||Beavertown||(570) 837-0333|
|Little Mexico Campground||Route 204, Winfield||(570) 374-9742|
|Penn Avon Campground||Route 204, Selinsgrove||(570) 374-9468|
|Shangri-La on the Creek Campground||Milton||(570) 524-4561|
|Splash Magic Campground||Northumberland||(570) 473-8021|
|Williamsport South/Nittany Mountain KOA Kampground||2751 Millers Bottom Road, New Columbia||Info: (570) 568-5541
Reservations: (800) 562-4208
|Winfield River Edge Campsites||Winfield||(570) 524-0453|
This list is provided for your convenience. The inclusion of an establishment on this page doesn’t imply Susquehanna University’s recommendation or endorsement.
Market Street, Selinsgrove — Browse used books at DJ Ernst Books, pick up gently worn clothes at Pink Pin Up Resale Boutique, browse antiques at the Cottage on Pine and more. All just a short walk from campus!
Monroe Marketplace — The newest addition to “the strip” as we call it, or the section of routes 11 and 15 leading to SU. With plenty of stores and restaurants, this shopping complex is anchored by Target and is a favorite of both students and locals.
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.
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.
AOAA Trails — An extensive off-road trail system that’s been named one of the top 10 destinations in the country for ATVs, full-size vehicles and dirt bikes.
Buffalo Valley Rail Trail – This 9.1 mile trail between Lewisburg and Mifflinburg is suitable for all ages and abilities, whether for recreation or transportation. The trail provides a safe environment for children to play, dogs to explore and adults to unwind.
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.
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—there’s a free taste at the end of the ride!
Hooplas — Get in a round of mini-golf at the challenging 18-hole course, jump on the trampolines, play arcade games or hit the rope course.
Golf — Looking to play a round of mini golf, practice your swing, or get in nine holes? Try one of these golf courses in the area: Sunny Hill Golf Course, Kidd’s Par 3 Golf Course or Tee to Green Golf Center.
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. For dessert, go for hand-dipped ice cream in a fresh-made waffle cone or a famous funnel cake. Don’t forget to get your picture taken with Cosmo, Knoebels’ mascot!
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!
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!
Bloomsburg Fair — Every fall, this 10-day county fair attracts nearly a half-million people to enjoy big-name performers, hundreds of vendors, and an altogether unforgettable experience. Don’t miss Pierogie Joe’s, fried Oreos or cactus taters!
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!
DJ Ernst Books — The aspiring writer or literature lover’s paradise, right here in Selinsgrove. Find inspiration in one of the many rare or out-of-print books, maybe even discover an autographed edition.
First Friday — If it’s the first Friday of the month, you can be sure there is a Selinsgrove event to visit! From Dog Days to Music in the Park, it is quickly becoming a student and community tradition.
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.
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!
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!
Late Night Shoppers Night — Round up some friends and head to downtown Selinsgrove to do some holiday shopping for the family before heading home for winter break. Don’t miss the community tree lighting!
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! Market Street Festival - A must-see Selinsgrove tradition with over 100 vendors. You too can get in on the act through student organization booths or performances.
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.
Packwood House Museum — Originally a two-story log cabin, this museum offers world-class artifacts in a small-town atmosphere. Not many other places present art from both the Pennsylvania Germanic heritage alongside treasures from the Orient.
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.
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.
Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse — For dinner theatre options and 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.
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble — 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.”
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Isle of Que/Susquehanna River — When campus becomes too routine, just grab your bicycle, kayak, or even your running sneakers and head to the Isle of Que! Just a short walk from campus, the Isle of Que is a charming hideaway along the Susquehanna River.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!