PunxsutawneyPennsylvania Wilds, famous nationwide for the nation's most important animal, Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog of Groundhog Day fame, who is traditionally said to determine for the nation whether summer will come sooner or later. Upon popping out of bed on the second of February, if he sees his shadow and returns to the security of his hole in fright, then — so the story goes — the U.S. can be assured that it will be in for a cold, long, rainy spring!
From Pittsburgh you'll have a scenic drive up PA-28 to Kittanning, where you'll need to connect to PA-85 east, then eventually turn left on PA-210, which will finally take you to a left on US-119.
From Altoona/I-99, just follow PA-36 straight to the center of town.
phone: +1 814 938-1000address: 201 North Findley StreetA museum dedicated to educating visitors about weather, what causes certain natural phenomena, and the history of weather prediction.
Gobbler's Knob and Groundhog Zooaddress: 1548 Woodland AveGobbler's Knob is where the annual Groundhog Day festival occurs; where everyone gathers around to see whether or not Phil will see his shadow. During the rest of the year, you can see Punxsutawney Phil at the Groundhog Zoo.
Punxsutawney Historical & Genealogical SocietyA museum with displays, artifacts, and information about the area and its history from the days when Native Americans lived here to the day when Punxsutawney Phil established his own residence.
- The town also has a lot of quaint old buildings, many of them from the 19th century.