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The List(s) You Never Knew You Needed – #4: Activities To Do Around Grove City

There are multiple prospective students that visit Grove City College each year, giving them a glimpse into the experience Grove City has to offer. While tour guides do a great job of painting the picture at Grove City College, there are experiences and opportunities external to the perimeter of the school, and often that conversation is not approached or addressed during these visits. No matter where individuals end up for school, most students discover the hidden gems of the area once they begin school. And sometimes students never discover the hidden gems! Whether you are a freshman looking for something to do on a school night, a sophomore looking for a weekend adventure, a junior wanting to go hiking, or a senior wanting to soak up every last minute, I am here to change that conversation and provide the list(s) of to-dos you never knew you needed.

If you do not already, I am certain there will come a point in your life when your search history includes, “things to do near me.” If you come to Grove City, you do not have to waste your time, because the insider list of to-dos is here and ready to be tried:

  • Grove City County Market Dinner + a Picnic – grab some dinner to-go and find a spot to lay a blanket down to watch the sunset!
    • 49 Pine Grove Square, Grove City, PA 16127
  • Grove City Bike Trail – walk or bike around “the poop loop,” which got its name from the sewer plant that lies near the trail. Don’t worry, though… the smell is minimal.
    • 810 Greenwood Dr., Grove City, PA 16127
  • Katie’s Korner – the best homemade ice cream of any kind and any flavor! This is a hot spot for most Grove City College students.
    • 1380 S Center St. Ext., Grove City, PA 16127
  • Volant Tiny Shops – an Orvis shop near some of the best trout water in the state, a cooking store, antiques galore, a coffee shop, a local cigar shop, a gluten-free bakery, and many other shops might catch your attention during each changing season. Check their website for events throughout the year!
  • Pine Hill Greenhouse – if you are a plant lover, this greenhouse might become your favorite spot… it is certainly one of mine. The sweet Amish family who owns it might also become your favorite Amish family.
    • 4863 Old Mercer Rd., Volant, PA 16156
  • The Cheese House – yes, there is cheese, but it does not stop there. This is a great spot to find Amish-made goods, homemade candy, gourmet coffee and hot chocolate, puzzles, socks, and gifts of many kinds. If you are gluten-free, make sure to check out their gluten-free section, full of grocery supplies, sweets, and surprises!
    • 3356 State Route 208, New Wilmington, PA 16142
  • Apple Castle – Not far from The Cheese House is Apple Castle, where you can grocery shop for fresh produce, go pick your own apples or pumpkins in season, and take home a dozen donuts of their warm apple-donuts. It is the perfect fall occasion, but their donuts are appropriate for any month of the year.
    • 277 PA-18, New Wilmington, PA 16142
  • Axe Throwing – With a few more new spots in the area to go, axe-throwing has become an exciting Friday night event that a group of friends can go enjoy for an hour or so.
    • Mystery Mayhem Escapes & Axe Throwing
      • 623 Centreville Pike, Slippery Rock, PA 16057
    • Holzfaeller Axe Throwing
      • 111 Hindman Ln., Butler, PA 16001
  • The Guthrie Theatre – It is like a one-room schoolhouse, except it is a one-room theater. There are movies, concerts, events, and sometimes church services held in the Guthrie, depending on each given week. With renovations continuing to take place, they are hoping the Guthrie experience only becomes better!
    • 232 S Broad St., Grove City, PA 16127
  • Keystone Safari –  the idea might be obscure, but the memories would be great. There is, indeed, a wildlife safari in Grove City, PA, and many people have gone since its opening a few years back… you could be one!
    • 2284 Mercer Butler Pike, Grove City, PA 16127
  • Nelson Ledges Quarry Park – cliff jumping, swimming, crystal-clear water, paddle-boarding, camping, events… need I say more?
    • 12001 State Route 282, Garrettsville, OH 44231
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