I was always a somewhat fascinated by Punxsutawney and Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog. But when I saw the movie Groundhog Day, I knew I had to visit Punxsutawney sometime. When my wife and I moved from Seattle back to Rochester, NY, it was close enough to easily drive to. So a couple years later, we took a driving trip that took use through Punxsutawney (not on Groundhog Day).
Punxsutawney, PA is a quiet little town. There are a few places here that sell souvenirs, but it doesn’t resemble a tourist trap at all. If you have seen the movie Groundhog Day, the town will look familiar. But if you remember in the movie, Bill Murray walks from the bed and breakfast down the street to Gobbler’s Knob. But if you visit Punxsutawney and go to Gobbler’s Knob, you will see Gobbler’s Knob is actually about a mile and a half away. You can walk there, but it would probably be easier to drive. In town, there is a little park, and I think they may have used that as Gobbler’s Knob for the movie. If you drive to Gobbler’s Knob, there is a big field for cars to park. The stage is at the bottom of a hill where people can watch from. There are trees behind and to the sides of the stage. Like I said, not like the movie.
At Punxsutawney Memorial Library which is in town you can see Punxsutawney Phil and other groundhogs behind glass windows. They were really cute.
One of these days, I want to get down there for Groundhog Day. It will probably be a zoo…no pun intended.