Happy Valley is home to many species of wild animals—bears, deer and wolves just to name a few. Yet unless you spend time frequently in the mountains, it’s unlikely you’ll ever see one up close.

Enter Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park.

Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park is only a short 20-minute drive from State College and features a 90-minute wildlife tour that brings you up close and personal to these animals and more. This wildlife tour is a terrific family activity because not only is it fun, but educational as well, as you learn about the agriculture and biology of Central Pennsylvania. In addition to deer, wolves and bears, you will also encounter bison, elk, bobcats and mountain lions on your trip through the Penn’s Cave grounds. You may even see a bald eagle that nests in the open-air park!

Penn’s Cave is a vast property, as the tour takes you through 1,500 acres of farm trails, forests and fields. As you’ll see throughout the tour, Penn’s Cave remains a working farm operation and the forests and fields have been carefully preserved to maintain a natural habitat for the animals. Penn’s Cave also has a wildlife adventure museum featuring animals from South Africa, which is the final stop on the tour.

During the fall, wildlife tours are offered weekdays at 12, 2 and 4 p.m., while operating hourly from 11-5 p.m. on weekends (11-4 p.m. on weekends in October). Come November, wildlife tours are offered on weekends at 12, 2 and 3:45 p.m.

In addition to the wildlife tour, Penn’s Cave offers a 50-minute cavern tour (by boat) that takes visitors deep underground. Talk about amazing! You have to see these geologic structures.

Be prepared when you go though. No matter the time of year, the cave is always a cool 52 degrees and water frequently drips from the top of the cave so be sure to bring a jacket.

Get Planning! Book your hotel below and make it a full weekend. After stopping by Penn’s Cave, venture into Millheim for the one-of-a-kind brewery restaurant, Elk Creek Café + Aleworks. This place is a real treat for beer lovers and is family friendly. Then, after your trip into State College for a good night’s rest, make Sunday unforgettable with a stroll through campus to the Lion Shrine, a hike up Mount Nittany or venture downtown for great shopping and dining options throughout.

Stay with Lion Country Lodging at one of our six properties when you visit State College. 

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Carnegie Inn & Spa  - 814-234-2424
100 Cricklewood Drive, State College, PA 16803 

Days Inn Penn State  - 814-238-8454
240 South Pugh Street, State College, PA 16801 

Hilton Garden Inn - 814-272-1221
1221 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801 

Quality Inn State College - 814-234-1600
1274 N. Atherton Street, State College, PA 16803 

Super 8  - 814-237-8005
1663 S. Atherton/Branch Road, State College, PA 16801 

Nittany Budget Motel - 814-238-0015
2070 Cato Avenue, State College, PA 16801