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Sunday-morning visits to the grocery store are vastly improved by samples of toothpicked sausage bites and tiny cups of squash soup. Humanity's mysterious love affair with trial-sized morsels is in full effect with today's deal: for $20, you get access to one walking food tour of the Strip District from 'Burgh Bits & Bites, a $38 value (including tax and service fees). Tours meet at the Old St. Patrick's Church courtyard and depart at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Call ahead and namedrop your Groupon to reserve your spot on a tour.

1711 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh,
PA
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Urban Mommies is a great way to meet new moms through cultural and educational activities, all with baby in tow.

Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh,
PA
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Extending up to 140 feet below ground level beneath a foothill of the Allegheny Front, the natural limestone formations of Indian Caverns yield beautiful glimpses of the Earth's inner geological mechanics. The majority of the cave's stalagmites, stalactites, and flowstone are actively growing at a pace of 1 cubic inch every 120 years, just like the hair of a petrified cave mouse. Knowledgeable guides lead tours along nearly 1 mile of the cave's length in an hour, pointing out limestone formations and such cave wildlife as brown bats and salamanders from the comfort of an artificially lighted walkway. Guides recommend that visitors wear comfortable walking shoes and a light sweater, jacket, or the warmer half of a two-person horse costume as the cavern stays a constant 56 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year.

As tour-goers gaze on the cave's beautiful features, a guide elucidates its rich history from the first limestone deposit formed 405 million years ago to its opening to the public four months before the stock-market crash of 1929. Many Native-American artifacts were found in the cave during development and can be seen both inside the cavern and at the gift shop.

5374 Indian Trail
Spruce Creek,
PA
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Situated on more than 100 wooded acres, Polymath Park Resort is both a testament to nature and a celebration of fine architecture. The park's undisputed centerpiece is Frank Lloyd Wright's Duncan House, which exemplifies the legendary architect's Usonian style.

Now a private getaway that can be booked for overnight stays, the Duncan House is only one of the park's many gems. Others homes include Balter and Blum, both designed by Peter Berndtson, Wright's apprentice and notable for their creative use of natural light. Tours offer a peek into the mind of an architectural genius, and dinner at the Tree Tops Restaurant features a menu of upscale American cuisine served on authentic Frank Lloyd Wright blueprints.

1 Usonian Dr.
Acme,
PA
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In 1969, aficionados from six midwestern states formed the Midwest UFO Network?MUFON for short?to improve and organize their growing reports of UFO sightings. Now known as the Mutual UFO Network, MUFON's more than 3,000 members have formed chapters throughout the United States and various countries around the globe.

More than 900 of those members are trained field investigators who interview UFO witnesses and compose written accounts of sightings. Some of those findings, as well as the latest research findings, are showcased at MUFON's annual International UFO Symposium, which rotates through the United States and is sometimes held on Earth's second moon. MUFON runs similar events throughout the year, and prints more info about sightings and UFO science in its monthly journal.

145 Pavilion Lane
Youngwood,
PA
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The fish will never see you coming. That?s the goal, anyhow, when fishing in a float tube?you glide slowly across the water in an inflatable, single-seat watercraft, using fins to propel yourself. Acme Dam Fishing?s expert instructors teach novices and veterans alike the art of angling in a float tube before heading out to one of three nearby lakes for an 4- to 8-hour fishing and mermaid-stalking excursion.

140 Snowshoe Rd
Acme,
PA
US