Although State College, Pennsylvania, is most known for being a college town, the area actually holds a wide array of activities and attractions for all types of visitors. Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park is one such attraction. An affordable activity that is perfect for families, groups of friends, and couples, Penn’s Cave first opened in 1885 as a commercial show cavern. Its history dates back several centuries to the Seneca Indians and the legend of the famous Indian maiden Nita-nee. The attraction, along with the Penn’s Cave House, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park offers a range of tours and activities for visitors, from gemstone panning and a miner’s maze to nature and cave tours. Cave tours take visitors through the cave’s three main rooms on a flat-bottom motorboat while guides share information, history, and various stories about the cave. Tours last roughly 45 minutes and can accommodate around 20 to 22 individuals each.