Caves and coal mines

Cave Tours

5374 Indian Trail, Spruce Creek, PA  16683
(814) 632-7578
American Indian history, guided tours, etc.
23.6 mi – about 37 mins

Penn's Cave is a rather exceptional cave, as the whole cave tour is made by boat. It is said to be America's only all-water cavern. The main cave passage is filled by a rather silent cave river. The tour is made by flat-bottom motorboats, which accommodate 22 persons. The cave was known to the local tribe of the native American, the Seneca Indians. Arrowheads, pottery and beads have been found in the cave entrance. They called the river from the cave Karoondinha. On early maps the river was called Big Mahany, later John Penn's Creek. There are many legends about Penn's Cave, most of them told by Henry W. Shoemaker, state historian and taleteller, in his book. The most famous story, though fictional, is the legend of the Indian maiden Nita-nee.
222 Penn’s
Cave Road, Centre Hall, PA  16828

(814) 364-1664
Cavern and wildlife park.
31.2 mi – about 48 mins
US Route
Huntingdon, PA  16652
(814) 643-0268
42.6 mi – about 58 mins

Woodward Cave
148 Woodward Cave Drive, Woodward, PA  16882

(814) 349-9800
42.8 mi – about 1 hour 13 mins

Coal Mine Tours

Seldom Seen Tourist Coal Mine
Once a small family operated coal mine in Cambria County, the Seldom Seen Mine is now run exclusively as a tourist operation. The mine was originally opened as Miller Run Mine no. 8 by Fred Maurer of Patton, PA, in 1939. Production at the mine, which became Chest Creek Mine 1 in 1942, increased rapidly throughout the 1940s, peaking in 1951 when 33,538 tons were shipped out of the coal mine by rail. Production at the mine was shut down in 1963, but the mine has continued as a tourist mine. From Rte 220/I-99 Altoona, take the Frankstown Exit and head into Altoona. This road will be Union Ave/Rte 36 North. Follow the 36 North signs. Take 36 North till about 4 miles past Patton, The Seldom Seen Mine will be on the right off Rte 36 (technically in St. Boniface, PA.)
Seldom Seen Tourist Mine                                
Route 36, Patton, Pennsylvania 16668  
814-247-6305 (In Season)
814-674-8939 (Days Closed or Off Season)    
54.7 mi – about 1 hour 19 mins                                                          

Ice Mine in Trough Creek State Park
52.0 mi – about 1 hour 22 mins

Johnstown Flood Museum, the Heritage Discovery Center, the Wagner-Ritter House & Garden, the Children's Discovery Museum
201 Sixth Ave. Johnstown, PA 15906
814-539-1889 x308.
Heritage Discovery Center, at 7th & Broad Streets in the Cambria City neighborhood of Johnstown,Pennsylvania.  
81.6 mi – about 1 hour 25 mins

Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine
Pioneer Tunnel is a horizontal drift mine. Its level tunnel runs 1800 feet straight into the side of theMahanoy Mountain. You make the trip in comfort, riding in open mine cars pulled by a battery-operated mine motor.
570-875-3850 or 570-875-3301
110 mi – about 2 hours 10 mins

Tour Ed Mine (near Pittsburgh, PA)             
748 Bull Creek Road, Tarentum, PA 15084
132 mi – about 2 hours 21 mins

No. 9 Mine & Museum
No. 9 Mine and Museum is located at the foot of the Pocono Mountains, just off U.S. Route 209 inLansford, Pennsylvania. Located halfway between the historic towns of Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua.
9 Dock Street, P.O. Box 287, Lansford, PA  18232
    (570) 645-7074
141 mi – about 2 hours 26 mins