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“We Saw Elk!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Elk Country Visitor Center

Elk Country Visitor Center
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Benezette
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“We Saw Elk!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

This was my first visit to the Elk Country Visitor Center. On the drive-in, we saw a lot of people gathered on a hill above the road, looking into the field. As we drove further, we could see a heard of at least 20 elk gathered. Although there were signs indicating otherwise, many people pulled off the road to take look, as did we.

The visitor center itself is first-class in it's design (save for 2 details - more later). The gift shop has many unique and interesting items, and the exhibits are very informative. The building is beautiful with lots of wood, stone, tall windows and vaulted ceilings.

For $3, we saw the "4D" movie. It was worth the $3, but seemed to be geared a bit too much towards children. Some people in our group found having to scan 3 movie screens a bit distracting. The dramatized breaking news clip played while waiting to enter the theater was a bit tacky.

Two problems: They do not have near enough bathroom capacity in the building (two stalls and one urinal in the men's room) resulted in having to wait in line. Also, the signage for the movie could be better, as well as the layout. You may not even realize there is a movie to see, or that you first have to buy a ticket in the gift shop before you get in line. The line waiting to go into the theater crosses over access to the restrooms, which creates a bottleneck and congestion.

Visited October 2012
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State College, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Big Elk... and crowds”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

Plan to take a stroll outside the visitor center to see elk cloe up. There are many elk to be seen on former coal mines in the area too.

Visited September 2012
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Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
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74 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great Place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

Beautiful new building with lots of interactive things for both kids and adults. Very nice gift shop. While we were there we saw lots of elk! A must visit when in Benezette Pa.

Visited September 2012
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Thrilling!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

Cannot express how exciting it is to see actual wild elk so lose to home! Fall Is the mating season and to hearth emailers bugle is a thrill. The center itself is amazing, you can stay inside and sit and read, use the spotting scopes and click a pick to send an e-post card. FACility is so clean and bathrooms are great

Visited September 2012
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Lock Haven, PA
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85 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“WOW, don't miss it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2012

This is a beautiful Visitor's Center with many exhibits, huge picture windows looking out to the fields, and a very nice gift shop. It's also next to an area where you can rent horses, as I recall (I was there last fall). It's also near an area where the elk tend to congregate, which is why you're there in the first place! Beautiful scenery; rural Pennsylvania at its best

Visited October 2011
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