Spend a Day with the Kids in Punxsutawney

Kids get excited about science at Punxsutawney’s Weather Discovery Center.

In southern Jefferson County, the quaint town of Punxsutawney has tons of family-friendly attractions you won’t find anywhere else. Start with a visit to the Punxsutawney Phil, the world-famous groundhog who has accurately predicted six more weeks of winter or an early spring for more than 130 years. On Groundhog Day, he’s surrounded by thousands of his phans at Gobbler’s Knob, but he spends most of the year in his burrow, which is part of the children’s section of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library. Unless he’s out making a celebrity appearance, he and his wife, Phyllis, can be seen from both inside and outside the library, and kids often enjoy going in to read to him when the library is open. If they’d like to see where Phil makes his prediction each Groundhog Day, head up to Gobbler’s Knob for a great family photo op.

From there, go on to Punxsutawney’s Weather Discovery Center, where the science and folklore of weather come alive. Visitors can safely create a thunderstorm, see and feel the effects of lightning, become a TV weather forecaster, and more. Take a self-guided walking tour of more than 30 unique Phantastic Phil sculptures, and stop by the Official Souvenir Shop for Punxsutawney Phil/groundhog versions of everything from T-shirts to golf club covers to cookie cutters.

This Phantastic Phil sculpture outside Laska’s Pizza has brothers all over Punxsutawney.

Be sure to spend a meal at Laska’s Pizza, a locally owned favorite for 30 years. Depending on when you visit, you can find specialties like Nutella and strawberry crepes, tat-chos (tater tots, cheese, and jalapenos), or their famous pizza with any topping combo you can imagine. Don’t let the blank surface fool you – the chefs here bury the pepperoni under the cheese!

Finish out the day at Escape Room Punxsutawney, where you and your family can solve clues to different mysteries and make your way back to the world outside for the rest of your week of adventure!

by Danielle Taylor
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