As far as college towns go, Lewisburg is one of the best. With an art-deco movie palace, live music cafes, fine-dining restaurants and art galleries, Lewisburg offers students a lively community full of culture, history and small-town charm.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Lewisburg is home to several museums such as the Packwood House Museum, a former tavern and hotel transformed into a show space for art and antiques.
Bucknell's bookstore features three floors of books, textbooks, Bucknell merchandise and school supplies. A Starbucks cafe, study space, event space and Wi-Fi access are available to students and the community. Shuttle service is available between campus and downtown, and the bookstore is about a 10-minute walk from campus.
Lewisburg also displays its culture and history by hosting several annual events including the two-week-long Lewisburg Arts Festival in April, the Woolly Worm Festival in October (involving winter weather prognostication and caterpillar races) and the Victorian Holiday Weekend in December.
For some local flavor, students can visit one of the area’s many farms as well as the Lewisburg Farmers Market, which runs every Wednesday just outside of town, and the downtown Susquehanna Valley Growers’ Market, which runs June through October and features produce from local growers. For more retail needs, students can take advantage of Bucknell’s weekend shuttle service to the Susquehanna Valley Mall and Walmart.
Beyond Lewisburg, the Susquehanna River Valley provides students with plentiful opportunities for outdoor recreation including hiking, golfing, fishing and kayaking. The river also serves as a living laboratory for students and faculty.
Many of Pennsylvania’s state parks are located within an hour of Bucknell including the R.B. Winter State Park, where visitors can enjoy swimming in the summer and ice fishing and cross-country skiing in the winter. Other attractions within an hour of Lewisburg include Knoebel’s Amusement Resort in Elysburg, the Sunbury Ice Rink, the Little League World Series Complex and Museum in Williamsport and Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park in Centre Hall.
With New York City, Washington, D.C. and Montreal less than four hours away by car or bus, students also have access to some of the most exciting cultural and business centers in the United States and Canada.
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