Getting to Know Lycoming & Tioga Counties
A mecca for fine food, outdoor activities, and the arts, we are located in the heart of the central PA mountains. The benefits of the big city meets small-town family values merges to create a place we can only describe as "home-sweet-home." At the heart of Lycoming County is Williamsport, which was recently described as undergoing an "absolute metamorphosis."
To the north, Tioga County offers friendly, small town charm. Enjoy life's simple pleasures and a lower cost of living amid its beautiful mountains and picturesque landscape. Enjoy a rich arts scene, local farmers' markets, main street shopping, dynamic outdoor, scholastic and athletic programming, the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon's breath-taking views and famous festivals like Wellsboro's Laurel Fest and Dickens of a Christmas.
Take a moment to learn more about where to live and what to do in Williamsport, PA and the surrounding areas.
Things to Do in Lycoming and Tioga Counties:
In addition to our great hospitals, the area is home to:
- Diverse arts and culture
- Educational institutions
- A wide range of housing options
- Recreation, sports and fitness facilities
- Great shopping
Arts & Culture
Lycoming County combines big-city living with the small town values of family, safety, education and an active lifestyle. We're deeply rooted in our history, as you can see in our charming downtown shops and homes. Our community is constantly hosting events to celebrate our diversity and role in the arts scene. Our amenities are sure to entertain, from our very own symphony orchestra to our 1928 vintage theatre.
The Community Arts Center, a 2,100 seat theater that opened in 1993, is a cultural gem that many would not expect to find in a small community. The theatre has seen over 700 performances and well over 1,910 movies screenings.
On the "First Friday" of each month, galleries, businesses, restaurants, and personal shops in Williamsport come together for a downtown-wide display and celebration of works by local and regional artists and performers. People also enjoy touring restored Victorian mansions and museums on "Millionaire's Row."
Your avocational interests can also be met by participating in local performing groups such as the Civic Ballet, Community Theater League, the Williamsport Civic Chorus or the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and its ensembles.
Having two colleges in the area has provided a continued population growth, as well as an array of new restaurants and nightlife options. Stay up-to-date on what is going on in Williamsport and Lycoming County through the Connect Williamsport website; a service of Williamsport's James V. Brown Library.
Northcentral Pennsylsvania is a wholesome place in which children can grow and learn. Local public, private and religiously-affiliated schools are well-regarded. There are numerous high-quality preschools and affordable child-care facilities available in the area. The following are local colleges:
Lycoming College: a privately endowed liberal arts and sciences college that is within walking distance of Williamsport Regional Medical Center.
Pennsylvania College of Technology: an affiliate of Penn State University, is a premier technical institution now granting bachelor's and associate's degrees in fields as diverse as aircraft mechanics, robotics, hospitality management and culinary arts, nursing, and physician assistant certification.
Williamsport and Wellsboro and its surrounding areas have been nationally recognized for its affordable, quality housing. If you are interested in housing your monthly payments will be significantly less here than in most metropolitan areas. In addition, there are housing options to suit all tastes and budgets.
You may wish to choose a pleasant, safe neighborhood near the hospital, to live in one of the suburban townships or to select a more rural setting within a reasonable drive from work. In compliance with medical staff policy, resident physicians must live within a 30-minute drive of the hospital.
Recreation, Sports & Fitness Facilities
Public parks and swimming pools, public and private fitness clubs, racquetball and tennis clubs, as well as a 45-hole golf course, are just some of the recreational opportunities that Williamsport has to offer. In addition, this area has long been famous as a hunting, fishing, hiking and winter sports mecca.
Excellent skiing facilities are available in the immediate vicinity and in the readily accessible Pocono Mountains. Nationally known canoe and kayak races are held locally and the Susquehanna River hosts recreational boating and the popular Hiawatha Riverboat excursions.
Here, active lifestyles enjoy everything from soccer and baseball leagues to dance classes, skiing, kayaking, boating and fishing in addition to public parks and swimming pools. Winter weather doesn't require hibernating, the outdoors call you with cross country skiing and snowmobiling.
Area big box stores include Kohl's, Target, Walmart, Wegmans, Petco, and the Woolrich outlet.
Local people and tourists alike enjoy the renewal of downtown Williamsport, with its restored and modern-day charm. By day, you can browse at a variety of unique specialty stores. In the evening you can select fine dining at a restored Victorian mansion or take in a concert at the Community Arts Center. Top off the evening at a live jazz club or microbrewery. During warm weather, there is a popular outdoor growers' market.
Not sure whether Lycoming or Tioga County is right for you? Give the area, as well as our UPMC Susquehanna facilities, a tour. It doesn’t take long to fall in love with our region