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Places to Go, Things to Do in and Around Centre County

by on June 03, 2012 7:18 AM

Memorial Day marked the unofficial start of summer. With that in mind, there are plenty of places to check out in and around Centre County.

Here is a listing of places to go and things to see:

Arboretum at Penn State

Location: State College

Cost: Free

Hours: Open daily from dusk until dawn

Features: Botanical gardens, conservatory, greenhouses, education centre, turfgrass research and air quality learning

Contact: (814) 865-9118


Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland

Location: Allenwood

Cost: Ages 12 and older-$14.00, Ages 3 to 11-$12.00, Ages 2 and under-Free

Hours: Open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Features: specialized zoo that introduces visitors to some of the “less-loved” animals, explore world of mambas, cobras, vipers, pythons, alligators, tortoises, lizards and frogs, interactive exhibits allow visitors to learn while having fun, multi-media shows display the reptilian world

Contact: (570) 538-1869


DelGrosso’s Amusement Park

Location: Tipton

Cost: All-day fun pass rides and water park-$16.95, additional cost for other activities

Hours: Rides and attractions open at 11 a.m., picnic grounds open at 8 a.m.

Features: Amusement park rides, water park, miniature golf and go-karts

Contact: (814) 684-3538


Discovery Space of Central PA

Location: State College

Cost: $6 per person, children under 1 are free

Hours: Open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m., closed on Monday and Tuesday

Features: Interactive exhibits aimed at children ages 2-12

Contact: (814) 234-0200


Hiawatha Paddlewheeler

Location: Williamsport

Cost: Public cruise, Adults (ages 13-60)-$7.50, senior (ages 60+)-$7, children (ages 3-12)-$3.50

Hours: various cruise times throughout the day

Features: one-hour public cruises along the Susquehanna River

Contact: (800) 248-9287


Lakemont Park

Location: Altoona

Cost: All-day ride and slide pass (Wednesday-Friday)- $5, all-day ride and slide pass (Saturday and Sunday)- $9.95, season pass-$39.95, additional activities may cost extra

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Features: Amusement park rides, water park, bumper cars, go-karts

Contact: (814) 949-7275


Lincoln Caverns Inc. and Whisper Rocks

Location: Huntingdon

Cost: Adults (12 and older)- $12.98, child combo tickets (ages 4 through 12)-$12.48, senior citizens (65 and older with ID)-$11.98

Hours: Open daily at 9 a.m., Memorial Day weekend through June 30 last tour leaves at 5 p.m., July 1 through Labor Day last tour leaves at 6 p.m.

Features: winding passageways, caverns full of stalactites, calcite and crystals

Contact: (814) 643-0268


Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park

Location: Centre Hall

Cost: Combined Cavern and Wildlife Tour package, adults (13 and older)-$30.95, children (ages 2-12)- $16.95, senior citizen (65 and older)-$29.95, Cavern Tour, adults (13 and older)- $16.95, children (ages 2-12)- $8.95, senior citizen (65 and older)- $15.95

Hours: June 1 to August 31 open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Last tour at 7 p.m.

Features: America’s only all-waters cavern and wildlife park

Contact: (814) 364-1664


Raystown Ziplines & More, LLC.

Location: James Creek

Cost: Entrance fee, weekdays-$12, weekends-$15, park entrance, weekdays-$10, weekends-$12, park entrances with no attractions-$3 weekdays and weekends

Hours: Weekdays- general admission from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., weekends-general admission from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Features: ziplines, giant slides, baseball hit, kiddie area and paintball

Contact: (814) 643-0126


Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center

Location: Petersburg

Cost: No fee to enter but there may be various costs for special events throughout the year.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Features: Discovery Rooms, Raptor Center, trails, boardwalk over the Lake Perez wetlands, garden and bird area

Contact: (814) 863-2000


Sky Dive Happy Valley

Location: Reedsville

Cost: Tandem jump-$215, gear rental-$75

Hours: call to schedule appointment

Features: skydiving

Contact: (866) 258-7597


Woodward Cave & Campground

Location: Woodward

Cost: Cave tours- adults (13 and older)- $10.50, children (4 to 12)-$5.25, under 4- free

Hours: May 25 to June 22- open every day, Sundays and weekdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 23 to August 26- open every day, Sunday through Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., August 27 to Labor Day, closed from August 27 to August 31, open September 1 to September 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Features: cave tours, camping, cabin rentals

Contact: (814) 349-9800


This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.
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