This is a day trip that you can take any time of the year. And whether there are leaves on the trees or soggy weather -- it just doesn't matter very much because the cave stays the same temperature and climate -- 52 degrees. Two separate guided tours are offered at Penn's Cave: a 50-minute tour of the water cavern by boat and a 90-minute tour of the wildlife park by motor vehicle. We passed on the wildlife park tour, deciding to visit the nearby Penn State campus at State College so I could introduce my sons to my alma mater.
Tip #1: Even on a hot day, a sweater or jacket is recommended because the temperature is 52 degrees inside the caverns.
Tip #2: Penn's Cave is located close to State College -- home to the
Tip #3: Plan a few hours to check out the many craft and antique shops in towns like Boalsburg, Centre Hall, and Lemont, many featuring works by local artists and craftspeople. If you take a drive on Route 192 through Madisonburg and Rebersburg, you can see Amish farms unchanged for nearly two centuries.
Getting there: 222 Penns Cave Road, Centre Hall, PA 16828
Dogs: Sad, droopy tails for this day trip -- Fido should stay at home.
Hours: The caves are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and all of January. From June - August, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; September and October, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Please check the website for winter and spring hours.