Duration: Two days and one night
Pursue Your Happiness – and cross an iconic event off your bucket list – with our Groundhog Day road trip through Punxsutawney, Pa.! The town may be most famous for its annual Groundhog Day celebration, but this charming small town offers many attractions for the entire family – both in and around town – any time of year.
Before heading to Punxsutawney, begin your trip by tasting award-winning wines along the Groundhog Wine Trail while enjoying scenic views of the Pennsylvania Wilds. No matter what Phil forecasts, a delightful glass of locally made wine at any of the 17 wineries is the perfect way to celebrate the outcome. Kick it off at the Starhill Winery, only 40 minutes east of Punxsutawney. With everything from dry varieties to specialty maraschino cherry wine, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.... Read More >
After enjoying some of the area’s finest wines, head an hour north to downtown Punxsutawney to spark your inner artist. There is no shortage of groundhog pride in this enthusiastic community, and they have the art to prove it. Located throughout town, the Phantastic Phils! public art project includes 32 larger-than-life fiberglass groundhogs all creatively painted and designed by local and national artists. Visitors can see how many they spot on their own, or can grab a map of the Phils... Read More >
The Groundhog Club Headquarters act as a mini-memorabilia museum, featuring everything from the Inner Circle President’s acacia wood cane to a complete set of the Ty© Phil Beanie Baby collection. History and groundhog lovers alike will enjoy the quirky conglomeration of pictures and Inner Circle and Groundhog Club historical items. Filled with rare, once-in-a-lifetime pieces, this headquarter is a must-see stop on your trip.Read More >
Learn about Groundhog Day history and the area's rich industrial heritage by visiting the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society. The extensive museum complex features Native American artifacts, lumbering and area coal mining history, local railroad memorabilia and more. In addition to providing local historical and genealogical research facilities, PAHGS has two former homes on Millionaires' Row, which interpret area history from native times to the present, and a restored... Read More >
If industrialization and manufacturing sparks an interest to you, stop at the Coolspring Power Museum, less than 15 miles from Punxsutawney. The museum presents an illuminating history of the evolution of internal combustion engine technology that put an end to the steam powered era. More than 250 stationary engines are housed in at least 20 display buildings. The Coolspring Power Museum hosts a variety of special events throughout the year so be sure to check out their schedule for... Read More >
Serving the area for more than 14 years, Mary’s Place Restaurant & Catering is the area’s premiere dining experience. Blending family traditional dining with casual elegance, the restaurant offers popular Italian dishes and house specialties.Read More >
This family owned and operated company has been serving the best pizza since 1971. Ranked by Pizza Today Magazine as one of the world’s top 20 Pizza Franchises, the Pizza Den offers the best pizza sauce and finest sandwiches at a great value.Read More >
Laska’s Pizza is known in the town of Punxsutawney for their specialty pizzas, Stromboli’s and calzones, as well as the delicious wings that visitors rave about. This is a casual place to enjoy lunch and dinner in a friendly environment while exploring the charming town of Punxsutawney.Read More >
The Inn at Narrows Creek is a recreation of an 18th century New England country inn and tavern that is nestled in the woods of shagbark history trees. All of the rooms are decorated with antiques, reproductions, and primitive folk art.Read More >
This historical home offers English hospitality enhanced with American preferences. Guests can enjoy comfortable rooms that are decorated with old-world charm, as well as a home-cooked breakfast each morning by candlelight in the newly remodeled parlor.Read More >
This 100-year-old home is within walking distance to all of downtown Punxsutawney and close to the library where Punxsutawney Phil lives! This spacious, yet charming B&B provides small town hospitality and a homemade breakfast before you make the trek to Gobbler’s Knob.Read More >
This charming lodge is tucked away in a wooded area just minutes from downtown Punxsutawney to provide a peaceful escape. These accommodations provide a comfortable stay for guests with gas-fired stone fireplaces and a fully equipped kitchen. Guests are also within quick access to fishing streams and hiking and biking trails.Read More >
When Punxsutawney Phil isn’t busy forecasting the weather, he can be found in his burrow, a terrarium built into the Punxsutawney Memorial Library. The clear glass walls offer a great view from both inside and outside the library. No matter what time of year, visitors can stop by and say hello to Phil and his friends as they play, eat and do what groundhogs do best - sleep.Read More >
Start your morning outdoors in Punxsutawney. Winding its way through most of the Punxsutawney area, the Mahoning Shadow Trail is the ideal spot for an outdoor adventure with the family. This 15.5-mile long, multi-use trail is perfect for hiking and biking, as well as cross country skiing and snow shoeing in the winter. Named for the creek that runs alongside it, the Mahoning Shadow Trail also offers many interesting features along the way, including its own waterfall.Read More >
Before leaving, make sure you get your picture taken on top of the iconic hill at Gobbler’s Knob. This .4-mile walking trail showcases metal art created by Jeff Tech, a local trade school. The flora and fauna identified by markers and wildlife that can be seen along the trail are identified in a brochure at the entrance of the trail. And to enhance the groundhog experience, learn about the history of Groundhog Day, the Inner Circle and Punxsutawney Phil with signs scattered along the way.<... Read More >
The last stop on your road trip is the Weather Discovery Center. Located in a beautiful historic building situated in downtown Punxsutawney, the “Weather Capital of the World,” there is no better place to explore the technology and folklore behind predicting and studying the weather. The center allows visitors of all ages to participate in fun and interactive hands-on exhibits.Read More >
Just an eight-minute walk from Phil’s burrow is a local antique store filled with unique items including artwork, jewelry, pottery, household décor, clothing and more. The Hatchery also offers workshops that teach you how to make your own peppermint oil, crochet or knitting.
This family restaurant is the perfect place for breakfast or lunch. During the busy Groundhog Day celebration, the entrance is decorated for everyone to enjoy dining in a themed atmosphere that matches the community.Read More >
Tres Amigos started in Indiana, Pa., and decided to bring its Mexican food and culture closer to the groundhog in Punxsutawney. This is Punxsutawney’s only Mexican restaurant and offers a different flavor with delicious loaded nachos, quesadillas and specialty margaritas.Read More >
Groundhog Wine Trail
Taste award-winning wines along the Groundhog Wine Trail while enjoying scenic views of the Pennsylvania Wilds. No matter what Phil’s weather forecast turns out to be, a delightful glass of locally made wine at any of the 17 wineries is the perfect way to celebrate the outcome. Kick it off at the Starhill Winery, only 40 minutes east of Punxsutawney. With everything from dry varieties to specialty maraschino cherry wine, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. As you head towards downtown Punxsutawney, visit the Windgate Vineyards, the largest estate winery in southwestern Pennsylvania and only a short drive from the famous town.
Jimmy Stewart Museum
Just 30 minutes outside of Punxsutawney in Indiana, Pa., visitors will find a museum that celebrates the life and career of the American film icon, Jimmy Stewart. Located in his birthplace, the museum pays homage to his roles as a military hero, civic leader, family man and movie star through interactive displays, gallery talks, artifacts from his personal life and film presentations. The one-of-a-kind museum dives into the world of the Oscar-winning movie star and demonstrates why his on and off screen personality serves as an inspiration to so many.
Cook Forest State Park
Drive an hour north of Punxsutawney to enjoy the beautiful scenery in Cook Forest. With the Clarion River running along the border of the park and the famous stands of old growth trees, Cook Forest State Park is a wooded paradise. The park is packed full of natural beauty and ecological history, such as the park’s towering White Pines and Hemlocks that make up the “Forest Cathedral,” a National Natural Landmark.
Elk Country Visitor Center
Situated on 245 acres within the heart of Pennsylvania's elk range and only an hour north in Benezette, Pa., the Elk Country Visitor Center is a premier elk watching and conservation education facility in the Pennsylvania Wilds and the entire Eastern United States. The center’s state-of-the-art interpretive and interactive exhibits inform and educate the public about elk, wildlife conservation and green building design, and make the facility popular for school field trips and family vacation travelers alike.