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Local groups offer travel opportunities for retirees

Seniors with the Centre Region Senior Center hiking group walk around the lake at Bald Eagle State Park in September.
Seniors with the Centre Region Senior Center hiking group walk around the lake at Bald Eagle State Park in September. Centre Daily Times, file

Editor’s note: This story is part of the Road Trips special section.

While Centre County is bustling with activity in the summer, sometimes a change of scenery is in order.

For retirees, a plethora of options exist to get out of town for a day trip or longer vacation through local organizations.

Bellefonte Senior Center

The Bellefonte Senior Center is taking a day trip to Washington, D.C., on July 28.

Manager Vickey Confer said the center has been fortunate to be able to work with Fullington Trailways to organize trips.

The D.C. trip costs $50 and provides people the option of visiting the Smithsonian’s Natural History and Air and Space museums with the group or arranging other activities on their own, Confer said.

The bus departs from and returns to the Benner Pike Wal-Mart, located at 373 Benner Pike in State College. The bus leaves State College at 6 a.m. and then leaves D.C. at 5:15 p.m.

Registration is due by July 12 and payment by July 18. Attendees must provide an emergency contact and sign a waiver.

Closer to home, the center also goes to Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall twice a summer to see one performance on the main stage and one in the cabaret.

Opportunities to travel around the county include various kayaking trips and hikes.

The center is planning a beach trip for September, which will likely include five days and four nights, but the details are not solidified yet, Confer said.

For more information about trips or to register for a spot, call Confer at 355-6720. Confer said the center is also open to suggestions for places people would like to visit.

Penn State Alumni Association

The Penn State Alumni Association organizes tours for alumni and friends of the university.

“The majority of our Penn State travelers are alumni who have retired and now have time to travel. Many of them are now able to work through their ‘bucket lists’ of destinations around the world,” said Deborah Marron, director of the alumni and student engagement at the alumni association.

A variety of tours are scheduled for the year, including both national and international destinations.

The tours are designed for a range of activity levels — mildly strenuous to very active, Marron said, adding that the tours allow some flexibility for people to be as active as they want.

A full list of 2016 trips and more information can be found at

Centre Region Senior Center

The Centre Region Parks and Recreation Senior Hiking group meets at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays at Westerly Parkway Shopping Center parking area.

“They’re a great group and good at trying to get out every week,” said Cindy Stahlman, supervisor of the Centre Region Senior Center.

Many of the hikes are in Centre County, but they offer a chance to get out into nature away from the hustle and bustle of town. Upcoming hikes include: Black Moshannon State Park on May 31; Winkelblech Mountain off of state Route 45 on June 28; and Alan Seeger Natural Area on July 12. Hikes typically cost a few dollars.

For more information or a full list of hikes, visit or call 231-3076.

Sarah Rafacz: 814-231-4619; @sarahrafacz