Hours & Rates

Penn Dixie is open Saturdays and Sundays through October 23. The park opens each day at 9 am and closes at 4:30 pm, final ticket sale is at 2:45 pm. The first tour of the day departs at 9:15 am, with tours running every 30 minutes until the final tour at 2:45 pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance online for a quicker check-in, or on-site upon your arrival. We accept both cash and card on-site. The park is open rain or shine — see below for our lightning policy. 

AdultsSeniors 62+MilitaryStudentsChildren 3-17Members
$14$13$13$13$11FREE

We do not charge for children under age 3. Senior, military, and student discounts offered with valid ID. Veterans with a valid Erie County ‘Thank A Vet’ Discount Program card may Contact Us for free admission. Please see our Cancellation and Refund Policy. Got a coupon? Contact Us for your discount code.

For your safety, all guests must adhere to our pandemic policies:

  • Masks are recommended for unvaccinated guests and children in high traffic areas such as check-in and on tours.
  • Masks are optional for all vaccinated patrons.
  • Patrons feeling ill or recently diagnosed with COVID-19 should not attend. Unvaccinated patrons are at risk for contracting the virus and, particularly when traveling, should monitor themselves for flu-like symptoms.
  • Reservations are recommended, but not required. Patrons arriving without reservations may be subject to a 30-minute wait for the next available tour time.
  • Face coverings are optional for vaccinated employees.

Purchase Tickets

Private Tours: Want your own guide? We offer Private Expeditions for a more intimate fossil hunting experience for your family. Private Expeditions are available on any day of the week, even when we are closed to the public. Advance booking is required.

Members: Please read our Member Guide and Contact Us to arrange for offseason access.

New to Penn Dixie? Please see our Frequent Questions.


Lightning Policy: Though Penn Dixie is open on rainy days, we reserve the right to close due to lightning. We follow the National Lightning Safety Institute guidelines for outdoor sporting events. Should lightning be observed within a 5-10 mile radius, staff will close the site for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Heat Policy: Penn Dixie reserves the right to close due to hot weather. For the safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers, we typically close early when regional heat advisories are issued.