Top Things to Do in Pittsburgh
September 1, 2018
by Diamond Jackson
When you decide to travel and find yourself in Pittsburgh with no idea what to do next, I will happily be your guide. Pittsburgh is a great tourist city, there are plenty of things to pick and choose from. Here is a list of places to visit and things to do, after you have read the article you should have a better idea of what to do while you are in town.
Getting around in Pittsburgh is easy, the Port Authority public transportation system lets you get to just about anywhere. You can easily access any of the buses to get you where you need to go, or you can take the Light Rail system that runs from the North Side neighborhood to the South side of the city. If you aren’t interested in public transportation, Uber and Lyft both service Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.
If you are the type that likes to do guided tours when you are in a different city, here are a couple that you may like.
Pittsburgh Brewing Tour
This tour is great for those who love beer, by showing off some of Pittsburgh’s best breweries. The tour lasts around 5 hours and the current price is $99 per person, this includes the beer tastings and Lunch or Dinner. This is a great chance to learn about the city’s history and mingle with others who have the same interests as you.
Pittsburgh Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt
This tour is a fun and active way to explore Pittsburgh. You are given a set of clues, and you have to find them all before time runs out. Each clue leads to the next, as you are using a website as your guide through it all. This won’t break the bank either, as it costs only $11 per person. A great opportunity for anyone with kids, to have fun with friends, or if you just love being active.
For all of you who love shopping or even if you just want a simple souvenir, here is a list of few places to go. Some other great places to mention that won’t be on this article are: Shadyside, North Side, Southside and Lawrenceville. These places are all known for local shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants.
- Downtown Pittsburgh – While you are walking in the city, you will see stores here and there.
- The Mall at Robinson – About 25 minutes west from City Center, you’ll find the Mall at Robinson. One of my favorites, this mall has many shops with Macy’s and JCPenney as its anchor stores and a food court with great tasty options.
- The Strip District – This neighborhood sits right beside Downtown Pittsburgh, which makes it easily accessible without worrying about traffic. When you make your way over there, you’ll find it to be quirky, multicultural and upbeat. There are many little shops, boutiques, restaurants as well as food stands.
Museums & Art Galleries
- Andy Warhol Museum – The Warhol, a lovely museum, and the only Andy Warhol museum in America. Admission for adults is $20 and $10 for children (3-18) If you visit on Good Friday the price of admission is half off.
- The Mattress Factory – Contemporary Art & Experimental Lab, located in Pittsburgh’s North Side neighborhood. Admission is only $10 for adults and $8 for children.
- Carnegie Museums of Art & Natural History – Located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, that is about 10 minutes away from City Center. Price of admission is $19.95 for adults and $11.95 for children.
- Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium – You can buy your tickets online, $16 for adults and $14 for children (2-13). The Zoo and Aquarium is located in Highland Park, slightly further from the city but it is on the bus line for easy accessibility.
- Silver Eye Center for Photography – If you are strictly looking for Photography, you should visit Silver Eye. It is located in the Lawrenceville part of town, which is a popular neighborhood. The gallery focuses on contemporary photography, they also hold workshops and lectures. Gallery admission is free and open to the public.
- Kennywood Park – Pittsburgh’s amusement park, Kennywood is located in the West Mifflin area that is also on the bus line. This park has a number of great rides and rollercoasters, with new rides in development. Kennywood has different admission options, but a regular ticket to get you in the park costs $46.99 for adults and for the kids it costs $27.99. This park has many options, including some great tasting food. I’ve been here so many times, it may be my favorite amusement park in America. Be sure to check out all the ticket options on their website to get the best price for you.
- Sandcastle Water Park – This awesome water park is in the West Homestead area, you can also get here by bus. Sandcastle has 14 water rides, Regular admission prices are $28.99 and Junior admission is $20.99. For the remainder of 2018, the park has a special deal going on. If you buy one Regular admission ticket, you can get admittance to the park for free the next time you visit.
For all the party goers, I’ve got all the places you should be visiting during the night time. I have a list of the most popular bars and nightclubs, and popular areas to visit.
- Hidden Harbor – If you travel to this quaint tiki bar in the popular Squirrel Hill neighborhood, you will not be disappointed. This Zagat rated bar’s specialty is Polynesian inspired cocktails, and they are oh so good. The rising popularity of this bar is great, and always crowded on the weekends. Be sure to also stop in on a Wednesday for what the bar calls, “Weird Science Wednesdays” for molecular potions.
- Social House 7 – One of the places to be, located downtown in the trendy Cultural District. Social House 7, is a cozy bar/restaurant with a dance floor. Serving Japanese, Korean and Thai food and amazing cocktails. The ambiance here is great, which is why it’s one of my favorite places.
- Tako – Also located Downtown, is a small taqueria dishing out creative Mexican street food and cocktails. The atmosphere at Tako is upbeat but intimate at the same time, you will find the decor to be interesting. The bartenders here know what they are doing, they are knowledgeable and friendly.
- Muddy Waters Oyster Bar – This East Liberty bar/restaurant serves up inspired New Orleans style dishes and innovative drinks. Great service and ambiance, stop in with your friends for creative cocktails and items from their raw bar. Muddy Waters is a great place to start off your night of fun, there are also a number of bars surrounding the restaurant.
- Burn by Rocky Patel – Burn is an upscale Cigar lounge in the trendy North Shore area of Pittsburgh, offering entertainment, great food and drinks in a beautiful environment. You must visit this place if you are looking for a place with a relaxed atmosphere, where you can sit back to smoke a cigar and sip on something great.
Some other areas you should visit are: Shadyside, Strip District, Lawrenceville, Southside, East Liberty and North Shore. All of these popular areas have multiple bars on the same street for you to bar hop, or just casually sip.