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.
In 1880, the final fasteners and sleepers on the Valley Railway were tightened into place. It wouldn’t be long before a billowing cloud of steam announced the arrival of the first train running through the Cuyahoga Valley, a territory that had served as a passageway for foot traffic for thousands of years. Over the next century, the railway contributed to the growth of commerce between Akron and Cleveland, changing ownership multiple times, and transforming from a freight train, into a passenger train, back to a freight train, and finally into a UFO.
Now celebrating its 41st year of passenger-rail service, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad transports sightseers over the historic rails through 33,000 acres of land owned by the National Park Service. With a year-round roster of trips, including wine- and beer-tasting excursions, passengers can set forth on morning, afternoon, and evening journeys that sweep past meadowlands, pinery, and rivers and give glimpses of native wildlife, such as fox, deer, bobcat mascots, and owls.
Come September every year, though, the course?the size of a football field?transforms into a creepy, crawly stomping ground for ghouls and goblins. During the weeks before Halloween, visitors putt their way past eerie creatures and props to the tunes of spooky music, and glow-in-the-dark golf balls let them play into the night without affixing a little headlamp to each ball. Players of all ages are welcome.
Located in Hopewell Township, The Windmill has entertained local families with its 18-hole miniature-golf course for more than half a century. Away from the obstacle-laden course, a snack bar produces tasty treats, including nachos, corn dogs, and the Windmill's renowned ice cream.
Located on the Montour Trail—a 46-mile stretch of flat, non-motorized trail paved with crushed limestone—The Tandem Connection stands as a convenient stopping point to outfit customers for two-wheeled excursions. Folks can stop in for daily or hourly rentals of 3-, 7-, or 21-speed bikes, such as retro-styled tandems from Sun Bicycles and pint-size rides from KHS Bicycles. The bikes feature hand or coaster brakes and may be attached with kid-friendly add-ons such as tagalongs and trailers. Once atop bikes, riders confront bridges and tunnels on their scenic adventure before heading back to Tandem for trail snacks, locally roasted coffee, and weekend barbecue.
Lenzner Coach Lines has transported and entertained travelers on trips throughout Pittsburgh and its neighboring communities since 1939. These days, the company accommodates voyaging visitors with a fleet of more than 75 vehicles, including 25-passenger vans and 47- and 55-passenger motor coaches. With commuter service and shuttles between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia's international airports, guests stay on schedule to their destinations, which also include casinos, amusement parks, and other East Coast cities. Lenzner’s fleet of trolleys accommodates passengers on narrated historical tours of the city, trekking past cherished landmarks and sites such as Millionaire’s Row, PPG Place, and Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle.