What to do in Pittsburgh, PA

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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.

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What to do in Pittsburgh

Free Things to Do in Pittsburgh

A visit to Pittsburgh need not cost a fortune. You can leave your wallet behind if you check out:

Randyland - Speak to the staff and find out about the interesting collections on exhibit here.

Mr. Rogers' Memorial Statue - This is a terrific place to get your culture hit and learn more about the vibrant local arts scene.

Schenley Park - Make this your first stop if you're chasing fun during your break.

Pittsburgh Water Steps - This modern landmark is an interesting backdrop for that vacation profile pic.

Fort Pitt Block House - Stroll around this historic place and learn a couple of secrets from times past.

Mexican War Streets - Amble down the streets and enjoy the vibe of this favorite local haunt.

U.S. Steel Tower - If you want to see a few of the more important or unique places in the community, this place is worth visiting.

Calvary United Methodist Church - Toss some spirituality into your getaway by stopping by this religious attraction.

Point State Park - Bring your camera and let nature spark your imagination.

Point State Park - Whether you know your cacti from carnations, it's not hard to find beauty in this spectacular display.

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's fun for the entire family no matter where you go in Pittsburgh. Here are some family friendly experiences you can do together that'll make your escape unforgettable:


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Frequently asked questions

What should I not miss in Pittsburgh?
If you’d like to see the best of this place, find time for these attractions in your schedule:

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

Are there cheap things to do in Pittsburgh?
What can you do in Pittsburgh for free?
You could even leave your credit card in the hotel safe for the day, because these great attractions will cost you nothing at all:

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

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