Groundhog Zoo.

Groundhog Zoo: Home of Punxsutawney Phil

Field review by the editors.

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

America's foremost weather forecasting groundhog, a rock superstar in meteorological circles, officially works one day a year: February 2nd. The other 364 days he spends in "Groundhog Zoo," a warm terrarium built into the Punxsutawney library. The wall that faces the outside is made of glass, so visitors can pay their respects at any time.

When we visited late in the summer season, Phil was a chubby, snoring heap, sprawled upside down against the glass. This fat-and-happy celebrity was probably not even dreaming about his public appearance five months henceā€¦.

Phil sleeps it off.

The library is on Barclay Square, where statues of Punxsutawney Phil are exhibited in fiberglass, carved in wood, and cast in bronze. To us, they all seemed more dynamic than the real Phil. At first we feared that his furry, prone form was dead.

But then Phil opened one eye, looked us over, yawned, stretched, and went back to sleep. Just saving up his energy for the big day.

Groundhog Zoo: Home of Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Memorial Library

Address:
US Hwy 119, Punxsutawney, PA
Directions:
Downtown. At the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, which is on the east side of Barclay Square, which is on the south side of Hwy36/US 119.
Hours:
Visible from outside.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
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