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A Look at Penn’s Cave

Penn’s Cave in Centre County is a unique attraction.

It’s America’s only all-water cavern that offers farm, nature and wildlife tours.

This year, it’s celebrating 135 years of operation

“The cave tour is unique in that it’s given entirely by boat. The inside temperature is 52 degrees. It’s still an active, living cave, which means that you’re going to get drips. Depending on the rain conditions, the water seeps through the ground, and that is how the formations continue to grow. We say that it’s an active, living cave. Without that, there would be increased development of the formations, which take many, many, many years to develop. I still “ooh” and “ahh” over it.”

“As many times as I’ve been in that cave, there’s just something so unique and spectacular about seeing those formations, knowing that they were naturally formed, they weren’t man made, and the lighting effects that we use really help to enhance the different formations.”

“We feature native North American animals in our farm/nature/wildlife park. Bison, Texas Longhorn cattle, our elk and the deer. We also have other species including Timber wolves, mountain lions or the real Nittany Lion, as we like to call them, bobcats, bears, bighorn sheep and foxes. With our elk and the deer, the males, they’re ever-changing because their antler growth is just exceptional. So, someone may have come two weeks ago, and if they would come today, they would see a change in the antlers of the elk and the deer.”

“We are on about 16,000 acres here at Penn’s Cave. Some people just like to come and do some gemstone panning. They are real gems and fossils. Now they are not from Pennsylvania, or they’re not from our cave. Our cave is protected, so nothing is permitted to be removed the cave, but they’re real amethyst. Some have real emeralds, some have quartz crystals, rose quartz, so that’s a lot of fun. There’s always that element of surprise. We have several people that are from the central Pennsylvania area that come here just to do the gem panning, because they’ve begun to collect them as well. It’s interesting when they do find an amazing large specimen, they get really excited about it.”

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