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3 Flying Saucer Roadside Attractions to See in Pennsylvania

Tonya Prater, Owner

Add these flying saucer roadside attractions in Pennsylvania to your itinerary the next time you find yourself road tripping near Pittsburgh.

When it comes to road trips, I’ve devised a fun formula. I plan my route and then find roadside attractions and stops along the way to enhance my experience.

Flying saucer roadside attractions

Let’s face it, is it really fun to drive from Point A to Point B without seeing a few things along the way? I don’t think so.

I often seek to find stops along the route I travel so I can stretch my legs and see something new without deviating too far from my course.  

This past summer, my husband and I traveled to the Outer Banks and, in the process, spotted some roadside attractions that are out of this world!

If you’re interested in other places to stop on a road trip make sure to read this post with 30+ things to do on a road trip that is free or low-cost.

Flying Saucer Roadside Attractions you won’t want to miss!

Playthings etc
Photo provided by Playthings, Etc. Click the photo to visit their website to learn more.

Playthings, Etc. is a Flying Saucer Shaped Toy Store

Address: 2483 William Flynn Hwy, Butler, PA
Phone Number: 724-285-7529
Hours: Monday- Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Our first stop should have been to Playthings, Etc. but unfortunately, I didn’t find out about this unique store until we were too far out of the way. My husband humors me and will drive me to nearly every quirky attraction my heart desires to see- he only has one rule. We do not backtrack. Period. So as hard as I tried to convince him to bend his rule this one time, he was steadfast. A visit to the stealth bomber shaped (I know, it’s not really a UFO) toy store will wait for another day but I did take a bit of time to learn about the store.

According to the website, this family-owned and operated store features more than 3,000 unique items that range from classic to futuristic toys, for toddlers to adults.

About an hour north of Pittsburgh, this fun toy store claims to be “the world’s coolest toy store,” and while I’ve not yet stepped foot inside, there are plenty of 5-star reviews on Google and TripAdvisor agree. And until I have a chance to return to the area, I’ll cast my vote in that direction based solely on the exterior. After all, how could you go wrong with a building like this?

Read the reviews about Playthings, Etc. on TripAdvisor.

A Flying Saucer Roadside Attraction in Mars

Me at the flying saucer in Mars, PA

Address: 100 Pittsburgh St, Mars, PA 16046

About 30 minutes south of Playthings, Etc., you’ll find Mars, Pennsylvania, where the small town wholly embraces the extraterrestrial name. My husband and I made a quick stop downtown to snap a few photos of the flying saucer on display.

The town was originally called Marshall before being shortened and renamed to Mars, though no one seems to know why. At this point, does it matter? Two thousand people who live in the small burb seem to have embraced the title of Martians. And they’re not the only ones. NASA has even held a conference in Mars, and each week tourists are spotted taking photos in front of the UFO.

The flying saucer was made about 20 years ago from two oil tanks and weighs about 2,800 pounds, enough to ensure that no one walks off with the town icon.

The Real Deal- A Must Stop for UFO Lovers

Kecksburg UFO Sighting

Address: 5123 Water Street, Kecksburg, PA
Phone: 724-423-9540

Just over an hour southeast of Mars lies the even smaller town of Kecksburg. While Playthings, Etc. and the Flying Saucer in Mars is fun and kitschy, the community of Kecksburg shares a tale full of controversy and possibly a conspiracy. Why? Because on the night of December 9th, 1965, they claim to have seen a ball of light flash across the sky and crash in the nearby woods. Shortly after, the U.S. military arrived, cordoned off the crash site, and whisked something away giving rise to what some claim was a UFO landing. You can read the tale here, which I admit is fascinating whether you are a proponent of UFO’s and aliens or not.

Eyewitnesses from that night claim the object resembled a large acorn. Today, you can see a replica of the object, complete with weird hieroglyphic-like markings near the Volunteer Fire Department. The “Space Acorn” as Roadside America calls it, was constructed by the TV show Unsolved Mysteries when filming a show about the Kecksburg UFO.

When the filming was over and the crews were ready to depart, they decided to leave the object behind. The Space Acorn was bolted to the town’s barn and forgotten until 2005, when the town decided to capitalize on the 40th anniversary of the crash. Today, the town hosts an annual UFO and Paranormal Festival and sells UFO-themed souvenirs in their gift shop, which you’ll find at the above address. Just pull up and ring the bell or call ahead.

Are you ready for UFO encounters? I admit the UFO sightings in Pennsylvania on my road trip are as close as I ever want to get to the real thing. If such a thing is out there.

More Quirky and Roadside Attractions in Pennsylvania for you Enjoy

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And don’t forget to grab your copy of the roadside attractions adult coloring book before you start your road trip. 

Have you visited any of these flying saucer locations? Do you want to?

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Did you know you can see UFO's in Pennsylvania?

Charles McCool

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Love this theme. Finding quirky, odd, and unusual roadside attractions is so fun.

Tonya Prater

Friday 5th of February 2021

I seek them out everywhere I go! Do you have a favorite roadside attraction that you've found?

Connie Reed

Saturday 22nd of September 2018

And I thought UFOs were only in Roswell, New Mexico.

Tonya Prater

Thursday 29th of November 2018

That is where we tend to think when thinking of UFO's, isn't it? I'd love to visit Roswell too but PA is closer to home. Not sure that's a good thing though when thinking about UFO's. :) Protection Status
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