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Penn Dixie is open daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm through September 6. We return to weekends-only until October 17. Penn Dixie has normal hours on Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (September 6). Each day, the first tour departs at 9:15 am and the final tour departs at 2:45 pm. The park is open rain or shine — see below for our lightning policy.

Adults Seniors 62+ Military Students Children 3-17 Members
$12 $11 $11 $11 $9 FREE

Reservations are required for nonmembers. 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. We accept cash and credit/debit cards on site. Got a coupon? Contact Us for your discount code.

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

  • Do not visit Penn Dixie if you were recently diagnosed with COVID-19 or are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
  • Face coverings are required for guests 3 & up in the parking lot, at check-in, in/near bathrooms, in our brown pavilion, on our main trail, and during select programs. Face coverings are optional in all other areas.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet (2 meters) or more is required between parties at all times.
  • Additional policies are in effect — see our 2021 Safety Policies and Social Distance Fossil Dig rules.

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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.

Healthcare Heroes: Your private tour is on us! Check out our terms and policies and let us know when you’d like to visit.

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.