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Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania: the Weather Capital of the World

How did Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania become the Weather Capital of the World? Well, it just so happens that this rural Pennsylvania town has a pretty big claim to fame.

Exterior of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce
Punxsutawney Phil statue wearing a top hat in downtown Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

Now, I’m not a person who gets particularly excited about rodents (of any kind). But this small town just happens to be the home of Groundhog Day and the famed Punxsutawney Phil — even though the iconic movie was filmed in Woodstock, Illinois.

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Punxsutawney Pennsylvania signage with ceremonial groundhog photo at downtown library

While we didn’t visit during the right time of year to see Phil’s famed weather predictions, we spent a little while wandering around the Groundhog Day obsessed little town. First, we stopped by Phil’s burrow (located at the Punxsutawney Public Library and visible from outside) to say hello. Then we visited the Chamber of Commerce to peruse every possible groundhog-themed souvenir imaginable. Finally, we took a short drive to Gobbler’s Knob where the February 2 festivities take place each year.

Punxsutawney Phil’s Burrow, 301 E. Mahoning Street in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
Chamber of Commerce, 102 W. Mahoning Street in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
Punxsutawney Phil statue dressed as the Statue of Liberty in downtown Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

The Best Places to Stay in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

Best Bed & Breakfast: The Barclay Bed and Breakfast offers cozy accommodations in the heart of Punxsutawney.

Best Chain Option: Cobblestone Hotel & Suites – Punxsutawney is located a short drive from Gobbler’s Knob, making it a great place to stay for Groundhog Day revelers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Exterior of Punxsutawney Phil's Burrow in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

Where does Punxsutawney Phil live the rest of the year?

When he’s not predicting the weather, Punxsutawney Phil lives in a burrow at the Punxsutawney Public Library. Don’t worry if you visit on a day other than Groundhog Day. There’s a window where you peek in on him any time.

Is Punxsutawney Phil the same groundhog?

If you choose to believe local lore, there has only ever been one Punxsutawney Phil. Despite the fact that groundhogs only typically live to be six or seven years old, Phil is said to have been sustained for more than 100 years by drinking a special dandelion potion.

Clock carved from a fake tree in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

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