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Penn Dixie Fossil Park opens for the season

Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Preserve opens for its 24th season Saturday.

The public can participate in guided fossil tours and unlimited collecting of ancient creatures, including the park's famous fossil, the trilobite, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults; $9 for seniors, military and students, and $7 for children. There is no admission charge for Penn Dixie members or children under 3. Veterans are free with a valid Erie County "Thank A Vet" Discount Program card. Basic collecting tools are provided to all visitors and sets of hammers and chisels may be rented for $5. Tickets are available online or at the check-in station.

Penn Dixie was ranked as the No. 1 fossil park in the United States in a 2011 study and welcomes 15,000 guests annually to uncover trilobites, brachiopods and other marine fossils that lived in Western New York 380 million years ago.

Penn Dixie is open to the public on weekends through Oct. 20, and open daily to the public from June 17 to Sept. 6.

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