The Arboretum at Penn State

Overlook Pavilion


Seating Only (e.g. wedding ceremony): 200 – 220
Dinner (tables): 85 – 95
Informal Presentations/”Standing” Receptions: 250 – 300


Fall decor at the Overlook Pavilion


The Overlook Pavilion, which sits at the highest point in the gardens, provides views toward the Bald Eagle Ridge in the northwest and across the Event Lawn towards the fountain and campus in the southeast. The pavilion consists of two stone structures bridged by a soaring roof structure and connected to terraces facing roughly east and west.

Over the larger terrace is a custom-designed white canopy that is anchored to the masonry buildings. From mid-May until the end of September, white curtains are attached to the three exposed sides and gathered at intervals to frame the view. The complex is flanked by ornamental plantings to the north and south. Immediately adjacent on one side is the Ridge and Valley Sculpture.

The Arboretum’s parking lot, which is adjacent to the Overlook Pavilion, holds approximately 55 cars. On weekends and on evenings during the week, overflow parking can be accommodated in the nearby parking lot behind the Penn State School of Law’s Lewis Katz Building.

Garden Map