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“Elk Visitors' Centre”

Elk Country Visitor Center
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Benezette
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Owner description: The Elk Country Visitor Center is a premier location for viewing elk and other wildlife in Pennsylvania. The center offers interactive exhibits and displays and encourages a 'hands on' experience. Our 4D story theater immerses guest in the history of Pennsylvania elk and the Pennsylvania Wilds. Our gift shop sell Made in the USA product, many of those by local artisans and product makers. The best time to view is early in the morning or in the hours before dark. Elk are wild animals and you can't be promised you will see them.
Reviewed August 1, 2012

We don't have Elk in around Toronto and it was interesting to see them in their "natural" habitat. The visitors' centre guarantees a viewing because of the crops the facility grows to entice the Elk to stay. The centre itself is very welcoming and beautifully built. This is a must see if you didn't have luck on the Elk scenic roads.

1  Thank Streetsville
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

make sure you go see the elk. What a beautiful reserve and the wagon (sleigh in the winter) ride is delightful. The herd of eld are so accustomed to the horses they just stand there and watch the wagon go by. You get within ten to twenty feet of the elk. Also, make sure you see the movie which is excellent. The wagon ride is $6.00 and the movie is $3.00. The gift shop is worth a look and they science and lab center is wonderful.

1  Thank sandy0106
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

After hearing a show on NPR about "staycations", a group of us (17) headed to the PA Wilds for the day on our first ever staycation. We decided to start our trip following the PA Artisan Trail and made stops in Ridgway, PA Council of the Arts on Main Street. Something like 40 different artists are exhibited here. Personally I was amazed at the artist that photographed and framed flowers. We then stopped at a wood carving shop at the top of Bootjack Hill. The gentleman there was a great storyteller and shared with us how their Rendezvous festival got started.

Next, it was on to Emporium for lunch at CAbin Kitchen. It was good, homemade food at reasonable prices. We walked down the road to the Chamber for their "emporium" of more artisans on the PA Artisan Trail. My favorite was the wildlife photographs and handmade scarfs. The homemade jelly was a hit with kids. Back on the road we stopped at Grant's wrought iron store. Neat place to pick up those one-of-a-kind gift. Was surprised at how cute the shop was.

Next we traveled to Benezette for the highlight of our trip - the Elk Country Visitor Center. The road to the Center winds around and then you see this beautiful building. I mentioned that it kind of looks like fort wilderness at Disney. It turns out a consultant from Disney was involved and you see the influence. We arrived around 4:30 and it was hot and humid. The elk come out to the field once it cools down so we traveled down to the Benezette Hotel for a great relaxing dinner. Reasonable prices and LARGE servings. Kids loved the nachos. Fish fry a big fav. We stopped at a newly opened wine shop on the way down off the hill as well. Benezette Wines on 2nd. They offered some different flavors - we picked up a strawberry rhubarb and bought one that is named rattlesnake. Sampling was fun.

With cooler temperatures we returned back to the Visitor Center. We enjoyed the 30 minutes "movie" for $3. It was animated and well done. The kids LOVED it. Well, the adults did too. We next took the horse drawn wagon ride for $10 pp. It lasts about one hour. This is very popular and you would want to make reservation. We saw about 30 elk and other wild life. No other way to say it - awesome! We didn't have time to check out the walking trails but could tell from the ride that many people on the trails saw the elk we did from the wagon. We had great conversations with many of the volunteers - Char was great. You can see they are there because they love it! Char's husband was the driver of our wagon. Many interactive educational opportunities for the kids in the center as well.

Overall it was great to experience a day in the PA Wilds with the Elk Country Visitor Center as the highlight of the trip. We were also surprised at how relaxing AND reasonable everything was. overall, it was a great relaxing day. Just one other note- cell service is pretty much non-existent so make sure if you are connecting up with others that your plans are firm.

1  Thank Magabi
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

We didn't need to get close to the center to see the elk... they were everywhere!

Thank Chris B
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

On our way North to Niagara Falls we stopped over in Benzette to see the Elk Visitors center and try out the various Elk veiwing stations. Unfortunately, we were traveling in the off season so the center was only open I believe Thursday thru Sunday- we came thru on a Wednesday- so we missed out on the center. We also experienced a Mid-April snow shower - a few Elk could be seen laying in the tree line but nothing was moving.

Determined to see the Elk, we revisited on our way back from Niagara. We arrived a bit late in the afternoon- 4pm on Friday and only had an hour at the center as it closes at 5pm. What a gorgeous setting and view. The 4-D Theater was worth the money and a very neat experience for the whole family.

Upon exiting the Theater the Elk were moving into the grazing areas. If only we had more time before the facility closed. When the center closes- we found out- so do the gates. So, we just moved onto another viewing location. The only other viewing location we had any success with was at Hicks Run. We got to view several Elk coming down out of the trees to graze.

Love all the scenery this area has to offer. Great stop over location and a must see if you love and appreciate the outdoors.

1  Thank 72GSmith
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