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Punxsutawney is a small town in the Pennsylvania Wilds, famous nationwide for the nation's most important animal, Punxatawney Phil, the groundhog of Groundhog Day fame, who determines 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 the U.S. can be assured that it will be in for a cold, long, rainy spring!

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Punxatawney is really in the middle of nowhere—about two hours west of State College, a little less than two hours northeast of Pittsburgh, and an hour and a half northwest of Altoona. It's right off I-80—take exit 101 to PA-255 S, then turn left on Brady St/US-119, which will take you right to the center of town.

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.


Time to brush up on your Pittsburghese [4]! Rest assured, the Groundhog Day Ceremonies will be conducted in English, though likely in an accented, regional dialect. Punxsutawney, known as 'Punxy' to the locals, is situated in Western Pennsylvania, where the majority of residents speak American English with a Pittsburgh regional accent.

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  • Weather Discovery Center, 201 North Findley Street, +1 814 938-1000, [1]. A museum dedicated to educating visitors about weather, what causes certain natural phenomena, and the history of weather prediction.  edit
  • Gobbler's Knob and Groundhog Zoo, 1548 Woodland Ave. Gobler's Knob is where the annual Groundhog's 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.  edit
  • Punxsutawney Historical & Geneological Society, [2]. A 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 etablished his own residence.  edit

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  • Groundhog Day, [3]. 2 Feb 2010 3AM-2PM. Virtually the only day of the year when Punxatawney sees any visitors, Groundhog Day sees the local population rise from about 6,000 to 40,000.  edit

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