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Penn Dixie is closed for the season and will reopen in April 2023. We accept bookings for Private Expeditions through the offseason as weather permits. We are currently booking School & Group Tours for spring 2023. Can’t wait? We also offer outreach programs for classrooms and community groups.

Penn Dixie opens to the public weekends-only beginning April 29th. We open daily from June 12th to September 4th, and then return to weekends-only until October 22nd. Penn Dixie has normal hours on Independence Day (July 4th), and Labor Day (September 5th). We will be closed on Memorial Day (May 29th).

The park opens each day at 9 am and closes at 4:30 pm. The first tour departs at 9:15 am and the final tour departs at 2:45 pm. There is no non-member entry after 2:45 pm. The park is open rain or shine — see below for our lightning policy.

AdultsSeniors 62+MilitaryStudentsChildren 3-17Members

We do not charge for children under age 3. Senior, military, and student discounts offered with valid ID. Veterans with a valid Erie County β€˜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.

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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.

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.