The Borough of Bellefonte is known for its Victorian-era architecture and charming downtown, located along Spring Creek and picturesque Talleyrand Park in northern Centre County. Restaurants, cafes, boutiques and artisan shops line the streets, state parks are a short drive away, and there are a number of area bed and breakfasts ready to serve overnight guests.
Things to do
Shop the day away
Downtown Bellefonte is filled with shops, boutiques, museums, parks, restaurants and places to explore! Downtown's charming, walkable streets are ideal for shoppers, with antique shops, jewelry boutiques and other specialty stores basking in the Victorian architecture. Be sure to check out the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, (133 N. Allegheny St.) and the Centre County Library and Historical Museum (200 N. Allegheny St.).
Tussey Mountain Outfitters is a full service canoe/kayak retail store and outfitting business located at 308 W. Linn St., Bellefonte. TMO provides canoe and kayak rentals, instructions and shuttle service. The shop is located next to the Sunnyside Paddle Park, which has a permanent slalom course to train on and the creek has enough water flow and swift-water features all year to provide an ideal park and play spot. Details: www.tusseymountainoutfitters.com
With nearly 28,000 members in more than 110 countries, the American Philatelic Society is the largest non-profit organization for stamp collectors in the world. Headquartered in the Match Factory, on the National Register of Historic Places, at 100 Match Factory Place in Bellefonte, the organization was founded in 1886 and serves collectors, educators, postal historians, and the general public by providing a wide variety of programs and services.
Relax with the ducks
Covering 3.5 acres right next to downtown Bellefonte, Talleyrand Park has a lot to offer. The park serves as a venue for several events throughout the year and there is plenty of space for picnicking, feeding ducks, enjoying the weather, or going for an afternoon stroll. Spring Creek runs through the park, and a cable bridge aids to the charming scenery. The park features a beautiful gazebo and offers public art viewing opportunities, including the George Grey Barnard Sculpture Garden, in a site formerly occupied by a gas station. An Edible Landscape Garden was created in 2011.