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What to Do in Pittsburgh: Must See Attractions

Pittsburgh Attractions

Sitting in southwest Pennsylvania, this city of steel may have a history deeply steeped in the metal industry, but these days it is teeming with everything from art to sports. Things to do in Pittsburgh include visiting an elaborate waterfront complex brimming with restaurants and shopping, cheering on the local baseball team, and learning something new at one of the many local museums. Of course, Pittsburgh activities can also appeal to your stomach, since the city is no stranger to ethnic cuisine from around the world.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Pittsburgh

Neighborhoods in Pittsburgh each boast their own unique charm and appeal. While the city’s reputation may paint it as a bit of a rough and tumble character, make no mistake: Pittsburgh is also soft around the edges in many respects. It’s not just sports and steel that thrive here. Art and culture are also a huge part of the landscape in many Steel City neighborhoods.

Downtown — Naturally downtown Pittsburgh is teeming with lots of activity; this is the place where more than 20 miles of riverfront trailway, tons of shopping, and the historic Market Square make a home. While you’re downtown, you can also explore the nightlife when the sun goes down.

Oakland — In the mind of a foodie, the most fun things to do in Pittsburgh reside in a neighborhood called Oakland. In this district you are met with restaurants are serving up authentic cuisine from countries including Malaysia, China, and India.

Strip District — Don’t miss a chance to visit the Strip District, which is replete with sidewalk vendors and local sandwich shops. While the dining may not be fancy here, it is definitely delicious.

North Shore — This river city couldn’t be replete without a thriving riverfront neighborhood, and the North Shore fills the niche. Including venues like Heinz Field, PNC Park, and a local casino, this part of Pittsburgh can keep you very busy.

Of course, day trips from Pittsburgh let you explore western Pennsylvania, but you may find you have no desire to leave the city.

Things to See in Pittsburgh

Before you get busy taking Pittsburgh by storm, consider slowing down and visiting some of the best things to see in the city. Marvel at the works inside the Carnegie Museum of Art, take a leisurely stroll through the botanical gardens in the Phipps Conservatory, and pay homage to a world-class artist at the Andy Warhol Museum. Keep your camera handy, because you never know when Pittsburgh will present you with an excellent photo opportunity.

Sightseeing in Pittsburgh

From the great outdoors to thumping music festivals, The River City has many things to offer a traveler. Of all the things to do in Pittsburgh, PA, perhaps the most quintessential is a trip up the Duquesne Incline. The railway affords an unparalleled view of the city as it travels up the steep hillside. You can also go on a river boat tour, bike along the Great Allegheny Passage, or spend the day in nearby Kennywood®, where rollercoasters and other thrill rides are calling your name.

Things to Do in Pittsburgh with Kids

There are loads of fun things to do with the kids in and around Pittsburgh. Keep the crew happy with our family friendly experiences.

Free Things to Do in Pittsburgh

Traveling to Pittsburgh on a budget? The following can be experienced for zip.

Randyland - Young or not so young, this place will rouse your imagination and educate your mind.

Mr. Rogers' Memorial Statue - Spend a few hours here and gain a better understanding of the cultural and artistic side of the region.

Schenley Park - Make this place your first choice for a dash of fun during your break.

Pittsburgh Water Steps - If you're an admirer of modern architecture and design, add this landmark to your list of must-sees.

Fort Pitt Block House - Roam around this historic attraction and learn some secrets from long ago.

Mexican War Streets - Amble down the streets and appreciate the vibe of this lively area.

U.S. Steel Tower - Spend some time here and discover the importance of this place to the local community.

Calvary United Methodist Church - Get an understanding of the local religion at this sacred place.

Point State Park - Retreat from the city and reconnect with nature at this stunning place.

Point State Park - If you enjoy pottering about the garden, this place will fascinate your green thumb.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Pittsburgh

Downtown Pittsburgh

Abundant dining options, interesting museums and live music are just a few top things to explore in Downtown Pittsburgh. A visit to PPG Paints Arena or Benedum Center might round out your trip, and you can jump aboard the metro at Wood Street Station or Steel Plaza Station to get around town.

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Shadyside

Unique features of Shadyside include the restaurants and shopping. Make a stop by Walnut Street or Mellon Park while you're exploring the area.

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Oakland

Oakland is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Petersen Events Center and Carnegie Museum of Natural History while in the area.

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North Shore

Visitors often come to North Shore for its stunning river views, but many stay to explore sights like PNC Park and Heinz Field. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at North Side Station.

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Strip District

Travelers come to Strip District for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Pittsburgh Opera and Contemporary Craft while you're in town.

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South Side Flats

Visitors highly recommend South Side Flats for its abundant dining options, and you can make a stop by Rex Theater while you're in town.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I not miss in Pittsburgh?

If you'd like to explore the best of this place, find time for these attractions in your itinerary:

  • Heinz Field
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • PNC Park
  • Carnegie Mellon University

What can you do in Pittsburgh for free?

You'll hardly have time to take your wallet out of your backpack with so many terrific free things to do:

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • PNC Park
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Rivers Casino