BLOG: Early Spring This Year, Says Punxsutawney Phil!

By: Carrie Lepore, Deputy Secretary of Marketing, Tourism, and Film

February 02, 2016

Pennsylvania’s world-famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted an early spring after emerging from his burrow without seeing his shadow this morning in the Pennsylvania Wilds.


Thousands of fans watched as Phil made his highly anticipated weather prognostication, commemorating 130 years of Pennsylvania’s unique Groundhog Day tradition.

According to holiday folklore, if the groundhog emerges in the early morning on February 2 and does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. If he sees his shadow, six more weeks of wintry weather are expected.

The annual event that started with a small group of men known as the ‘Inner Circle’ now attracts up to 30,000 visitors to Punxsutawney, Jefferson County — located about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.


So with the promise of warmer weather, here is a sampling of what Pennsylvania has in store for travelers this spring:

Phipps Conservatory Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show, through February 28, Pittsburgh

The Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will provide breathtaking strolls through gardens of colorful orchids and tropical bonsai. Visitors can also experience the beauty of other unique plants in the glass Victorian greenhouse. Chase away the winter blues through striking displays designed by the talented Phipps staff.

Philadelphia Flower Show, March 5-13, Philadelphia

Boasting the world’s oldest and largest indoor exhibition of its kind, the 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show, “Explore America,” will celebrate 100 years of National Park Service with themed displays, live entertainment, and special events. The annual show is an international favorite and the major fundraiser for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s City Harvest program, which feeds more than 1,200 families each week during the growing season.

Annual Tour de Tanks of the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, March 5-20, Saturdays and Sundays, York

Each Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of March, the award-winning wineries and distilleries of the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail offer exclusive tank and barrel tastings to preview the season’s wines before they are bottled. A single ticket is good for all three weekends and offers wine lovers discounts on purchases during the events.

Opening Days of Trout and Salmon Fishing Season, April 2 and April 16

With more than 86,000 miles of streams and rivers and a large variety of fish, Pennsylvania is every fisherman’s dream. Fishing begins for 18 south central and southeastern counties on April 2 and statewide on April 16.


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