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What To Do On Saturdays Without Penn State Football

Believe it or not, summer is coming to end and fall is right around the corner. Pretty soon, the leaves will begin to change and the warm weather will start to fade away.

However, this is no ordinary fall. Penn State football, at least for now, will not be taking the field at Beaver Stadium any time soon due to the coronavirus pandemic. Saturdays in the fall without watching the Nittany Lions is a very unfamiliar feeling for most fans.

Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do on Saturdays while you wait for football’s eventual return. Here are some of our favorites.

Hike Mount Nittany

If you’re feeling a bit adventurous and don’t want to travel too far, hiking Mount Nittaany is the perfect activity for you. This is on the bucket list for many Penn Staters, and for good reason.

The climb may not be an easy task, but the view at the peak makes the trip completely worth the effort, especially if you are able to catch the sun setting over the valley. If you feel like you want to keep going, you can hike for 2 to 8 more miles, depending on the path.

Visit Tussey Mountain

While it’s mainly known for skiing in the winter, there is actually a lot more to do at Tussey Mountain in the warm weather than many think. From the par-three golf course to go-karting, to mini-golf and batting cages, the resort offers a lot of activities. Tussey is open on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Take A Stroll Through The Arboretum

The Arboretum is one of the most beautiful spots on campus. It’s almost like the Central Park of Penn State, even though it’s not really central (Editor’s Note: We get it, Frankie, you’re from New York!). After a long, stressful week of classes, a walk through the Arboretum can be very relaxing. Watching the leaves change colors, spending time outdoors, and maybe even setting up a picnic is also the perfect way to embrace sweater weather.

Hit The Links At Penn State’s Golf Courses

The fall season is a great time to test your golf game at Penn State’s Blue or White golf courses. Make a tee time and bring a couple of friends out to play a match, or just for your own leisure. Both courses offer a student discount for rounds on the course and balls for the driving range. If you don’t feel like spending money, you can just bring a few friends and have a putting competition on the practice green. I must warn you, though. Playing a bad round of golf could be as frustrating as watching Penn State run the football on 4th and 5.

Watch Another College Football Game

Even though the Big Ten postponed all of its fall sports, other conferences will still be playing college football this fall. ESPN will be broadcasting plenty of college football games starting this weekend and will air ACC football games next weekend. Additionally, the SEC begins its football season on Saturday, September 26. If college football is your thing, there will still be plenty of great games to watch on Saturdays.


Losing Penn State football can be emotional for many. Happy Valley has never experienced a fall without Penn State football. Watching football highlights or seeing Kirk Herbstreit tweet videos from the White Out just might bring a tear or two to your eyes.

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About the Author

Frankie Marzano

Frankie is a senior accounting and economics major from Long Island, NY. You can probably recognize him as the typical Italian-American with slicked back black hair. He is an avid fan of the New York Rangers and Mets, along with every Penn State Athletics team. Follow him on Twitter @frankiemarzano for obnoxious amounts of Rangers and Penn State content or email him at [email protected].

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