Bucknell University is a private liberal arts college with a strong engineering school located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. There are approximately 3,600 undergraduate students attending Bucknell and athletes compete in the Patriot League conference.
Famous "Bison" alumni include Doug Lebda - CEO and Founder of Lending Tree, Kris Leslie - Former CEO at Dreamworks Animation, Gary Sheinbaum - CEO at Tommy Hilfiger Americas, Ben Benson, co-owner/founder of Smith & Wollensky in NYC, Leslie Moonves - Chairman & President of CBS Corp., Sunil Gulati - President of the United States Soccer Federation, Jay Wright - Villanova University Head Men's Basketball Coach, and Marissa Calhoun - Field Producer, CNN Heroes.
Top 5 Parent Picks when visiting Bucknell:
Grab sandwiches at Amami.
Walk historic Lewisburg with a stop at the University bookstore to load up on logo wear.
Tour the baseball fields at Williamsport baseball mecca.
Borrow canoes from Bucknell’s Outdoor Center to kayak the Susquehanna River.
Go for a hike in Ricketts Glen State Park.
Unfortunately, there are NO tours at the big house as of yet (the United States Penitentiary)!!
Mackenna is a foodie from Maplewood, New Jersey who has a discerning palate and knows good food when she sees it! She is currently a Sophomore at Bucknell University and she was excited to share her inside scoops with Sweet Travels.
Katherine is a sophomore from Summit, New Jersey. One quirky fact about Katherine..."I bake something almost every day just for fun!" Katherine is also working as the College Scoops intern for the summer!
Fun fact about Bucknell:
Mackenna - Not far down the road is the famous Lewisburg Penitentiary or "The Big House". In 2009 The Big House was named a Special Management Unit intended to house the most violent and disruptive inmates in the Bureau of Prisons. Well-known inmates include the boss of the Gambino crime family, the founder of the Vietnamese-Born to Kill gang, and several members of the Lucchese crime family. It even housed Al Capone until his parole in 1939.
Katherine - It might seem like you're in the middle of nowhere but when you find the hidden spots in town it completely changes your outlook.
Favorite Ice Cream Parlour and Flavor:
Mackenna - Lewisburg Freez. Here you can get soft serve with almost any candy or sauce mixed in. The best part, however, is getting something "in the hole". At the Freez they make a hollow cylinder of soft serve in a cup and then you can get your choice of fudge or candy in the hole. My personal favorite is vanilla soft serve with Reese's peanut butter cups and hot fudge in the hole! Be careful, though, the Freez is only open from March through September!
Katherine - The Freez, Cheesecake flavor is the best!
Bakery and Favorite Sweet:
Mackenna - Amami Kitchen and Espresso Bar, there is not really a great bakery so whenever I want something sweet I usually go for one of the scones at Amami. They are always fresh and delicious.
Katherine - Salty & Baked, Monster-sized Confetti Sugar Cookie.
Burger Joint and Fries:
Mackenna - The Lewisburg Towne Tavern. While this place is a bit of a dive, their burgers are perfect for when you are craving a quality burger and fries. The sweet potato fries and onion rings are also worth mentioning.
Katherine - Matty's.
Finger Licking Good BBQ Spot:
Katherine - Skeeter's Pit BBQ (about a fifteen minute drive from campus but so worth it).
Vegetarian Hot Spot:
Katherine - Amami has great vegetarian/vegan paninis.
Diner and Favorite Dish:
Mackenna - The chocolate chip pancakes at Ard's Farm!
Hottest Mexican Spot and Recommended Plate:
Mackenna - Mercado Burrito. I personally have not been but here but I hear amazing things about their nachos!
Pizzeria and go-to pie
Katherine - Vennari's Pizza - regular cheese pie.
Things to do:
Where to go for Yoga, Exercise Classes, or the Gym:
Mackenna - Lewisburg is such a beautiful town with the Susquehanna River running right through it, so the best place to exercise is outdoors.
Mackenna - Bucknell's Barnes and Noble.
Where do you want to go on spring break?
Katherine - Florida or California.
Where is your favorite spot on campus to hang?
Katherine - The quad, especially in the spring!
Tell us More!:
Mackenna - A Bucknell graduate reached out to Sweet Travels to highlight several other special spots in and around campus: Brasserie Louis and Reba and Ponchos.
Katherine - The country cupboard has a great restaurant attached with tons of options, especially for breakfast!