Tours in Altoona

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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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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 Trl
Spruce Creek,
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
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The shores of the Juniata River abound with lofty trees and verdant plants, creating a scenic backdrop for Juanita River Adventures's aquatic excursions. The family-owned-and-operated company saddles guests into quality and clean tubes, canoes, and kayaks while pointing them toward scenic routes, plentiful fishing holes, and cozy campsites. Staff at their headquarters lease fishing rods and tackle, while their campgrounds speckle with picnic tables, horseshoe pits, and a beach-volleyball court. Throughout the trip, guests have the chance to witness diverse wildlife— such as bald eagles, smallmouth bass, and tech-startup employees on wilderness team-building retreats—in its natural habitat.

106 E River Rd
Mifflintown,
PA
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Sleepy Hollow of Gettysburg's candlelight ghost tours shepherd guests in search of specters through the spooky historic district under the cover of night. As the sun dips below the horizon, tourgoers follow their costumed guide on a 90-minute journey, tiptoeing down the same streets where soldiers marched more than a century ago. The captivating chaperones⎯with more than 50 years combined storytelling experience⎯recount eerie tales, ghostly legends, and firsthand experiences about the reappearing spirits of yesteryear and the android ghosts of the future. Adventurous souls walk through some of the most haunted territory in Gettysburg, running the spine-chilling risk of encountering phantoms along the route. During the 3–5-block trek, guides also chronicle facts about the history-steeped town, famous for the Gettysburg Address, which preempted regular network television programming in 1863.

89 Steinwehr Avenue
Gettysburg,
PA
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Land of Little Horses Farm Park awes visitors with pint-size miniature horses and a touchable menagerie of llamas, alpacas, donkeys, goats, and chickens. Each day brings a brand-new schedule of events for the farm's talented denizens, encouraging families and animal lovers of all ages to make tenderhearted contact with furry farm life. Visitors learn about the farm’s history and the daily ins and outs of maintaining a playground for its fuzzy stars. Goats demonstrate their generosity by producing rich, creamy milk for the farm's dairy workers, and mini horses enjoy grooming and luxurious sponge baths, sans the rubber ducky. The magnificent equine miniatures flaunt their finesse in arena performances, pulling off charming tricks and height-defying feats. Adults and children alike get up close during petting-zoo time, showing farm-dwelling critters just how well humans have mastered the hug.

125 Glenwood Dr
Gettysburg,
PA
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