The Arboretum at Penn State: Cultivation, Conservation, and Community

Overlook Pavilion at the Penn State Arboretum

Located roughly a mile from Beaver Stadium on the campus of Penn State University, the Penn State Arboretum lives at the crossroads of nature, education, and community engagement. Opened in 2009, this 350-acre living museum extends beyond a traditional botanical garden, offering a variety of experiences, serene landscapes, and hands-on educational programs for visitors of […]

Penn State and Beyond: Top Things to Do in State College, PA

Nittany Lion Shrine at Penn State University, State College PA

More than just the home of Penn State University and the Nittany Lions, State College, Pennsylvania is a vibrant community brimming with activities, cultural depth, and scenic beauty. Known affectionately as Happy Valley, this energetic region offers a unique blend of academic and athletic excellence, diverse outdoor experiences, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. State College’s […]

United by Flowers: The 2024 Philadelphia Flower Show’s Message of Comm-Unity

The Philadelphia Flower Show, the World’s oldest and largest indoor flower show, epitomizes horticultural excellence. Its origins trace back to 1829 when the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) hosted its inaugural exhibition. This event was not only a celebration of gardening and floral craftsmanship but also a forum for exchanging horticultural knowledge among professionals and enthusiasts […]

Best Botanical Gardens and Arboretums near Philadelphia

gardens at Mt. Cuba

Philadelphia is home to the oldest and one of the largest urban park systems in the United States. But also, it is known as “America’s Garden Capital.” In addition to all that public space, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has designated 38 of the best botanical gardens, arboreta, and historic landscapes near Philadelphia as must-see […]

Fun Things To Do at Raystown Lake PA: A Complete Guide

Raystown Lake is the perfect place to vacation for those with a sense of adventure. This 30-mile recreational lake covering 8300 acres and offering over 110 miles of mostly uninhabited shoreline is the largest lake entirely within the state of Pennsylvania and the perfect place for your next getaway. Dubbed the “Crown Jewel of Pennsylvania, […]

7 Wonderful Reasons to Visit Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands in Winter

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Snow and natural beauty may be reason enough to visit the Laurel Highlands. And if it is, then I timed this trip perfectly. There was a common refrain heard over and over again during my visit to the Laurel Highlands: “We are having a real Pennsylvania winter. This is what winters used to be here.” […]

27 Fun Things To Do in Huntingdon PA Beyond Raystown Lake

Huntingdon Pennsylvania may be best known as the home of Raystown Lake, an 8,000 acres reservoir that has become a summer hot spot for vacationers from the region and beyond. But there is much more to Huntingdon (which is both the name of a town and the county) than boating, fishing, camping, and getting in […]

Things to Do in Happy Valley, PA That Will Make You Want to Visit Now

Fall in Happy Valley PA. View from The Overlook Restaurant out to farm land.

Unless you are a Penn State Football fan or an outdoors adventurist, central Pennsylvania, and more specifically Happy Valley may not be the first place to come to mind for a long weekend or weeklong getaway. However, visitors may be surprised to learn that there are so many things to do that they can’t fit […]

Spring in Philadelphia’s Garden District: Visiting Morris Arboretum and Chestnut Hill

Colorful Tulips in Chestnut Hill PA

With spring officially sprung, now is the perfect time to begin planning a trip to Philadelphia’s Urban Enclave of Chestnut Hill. While part of Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill sits just 12 miles from Center City Philadelphia on the border of Montgomery County. Along with Germantown and Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill is one of three Philadelphia Garden […]

Philadelphia Area Gardens and Estates to Visit on a Long Layover at PHL

Nemours estate and gardens near PHL

Philadelphia is considered America’s Garden Capital. With over 30 natural and Botanical Gardens within 30 miles of Center City or a quick drive away, you are sure to find one that is easily accessible during a long layover at Philadelphia International Airport.  The recommendations here are based on drive time to and from PHL and […]

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