Pittsburgh November 07, 2016
The Little Town Near Pittsburgh That Might Just Be The Most Unique Town In The World
Immerse yourself in small town life when you visit the unique town of Mars, a quaint spot that has retained its old-fashioned friendliness and charm. But, what makes Mars so unique is, well, its quirkiness that quickly wins over visitors.
Only a half an hour from downtown Pittsburgh, the enchanting town of Mars provides the perfect backdrop for a day trip.
Stroll through the quaint downtown where you're sure to meet friendly, welcoming Martians - yes, that's really what the nearly 1,500 residents of Mars call themselves.
How the small town got its name, however, is somewhat disputed. The town's original moniker, Marshall, came from its postmaster. Some say they simply shortened his last name to Mars while others believe his wife's love of astronomy is behind the name.
However the name originated, Mars pays tribute to the planet of the same name with a celebration of Mars New Year every other May and, of course, displays a space ship right in the middle of town.
Snap selfies or group shots in front of the famous spaceship and stay alert. You never know what little green men may be lurking, ready to welcome you to Mars.
Mingle with the Martians before you begin to explore the charming town that offers plenty to do for visitors and townspeople.
Take a moment to reflect on one of our country's most tragic moments in history with a visit to the 9/11 Peace Pole. Each of the four sides of the pole says "May Peace Prevail On Earth" in different languages.
Learn more about the history of Mars with a visit to the Mars Area History & Landmarks Society by...
The Mars Area History & Landmarks Society is located at 1 Brickyard Road, Mars, PA 16046 or call 724-625-1115.
Exploring the restored buildings that house such historical displays as the old Mars Theater and a butter churn powered by dogs. You may also want to stop by the unique gift shop before heading to your next stop in Mars.
Grab a hot mocha latte or cappuccino or cool down with a frozen coffee drink and a leisurely meal at the cozy Mars Brew House or...
Mars Brew House is located at 502 Pittsburgh Street, Mars, PA 16046 or call 724-625-2555.
Dine at the Springfield Grille that features a generous menu of steaks, poultry, seafood, pasta, and salads.
Springfield Grille is at 7001 Crider Road, Mars, PA 16046 or call 724-778-8700
Plan a visit to Mars during holidays like the Fourth of the July when the entire community comes together to...
Celebrate America's birthday.
Add the annual Apple Fest, held the first weekend in October, to your 2017 calendar. The vibrant festival, a tradition for more than three decades, features plenty of food, vendors, crafts, and live entertainment.
The unique town of Mars promises an out-of-this world experience. If you’re willing to travel a little further afield, plan a trip to the charming
town of Lititz.