Suzie & Peter

September 5, 2010

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Local Attractions

Think you'll have some free time over the weekend? Take an opportunity to do a little exploring around Pittsburgh. Here are some of our favorite local activities and attractions.

Sightseeing | Arts + Cultural | Amusement + Sports | Shopping | Outdoors


Gateway Clipper

Station Square

See downtown from the water on a traditional paddlewheel riverboat.

Just Ducky Tours

Station Square

Quack around downtown on a guided tour on land and in the water.

Segway Tours

Station Square

Glide down the sidewalk and tour downtown in style.

Tour Anytime

Take a self-guided cell phone or mp3 tour of downtown and other historic areas.

Duquesne Incline

1197 W Carson St, Pittsburgh

Park at the lower station and ride to the top of Mt. Washington for the classic view of the point.

Monongahela Incline

Station Square

Ride the oldest continuously operating funicular in the country and enjoy the scenic views from the top.

Amusement + Sports

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

1 Wild Pl, Pittsburgh

Wander through an aquarium, a tropical forest, an African savanna and a coastal fishing village home to two polar bears.


4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin

Get your thrills at this classic amusement park dating back to 1898 with six roller coasters and plenty of other exhilarating rides.


1000 Sandcastle Dr, Pittsburgh

Cool down at this water park right on the Monongahela River with fourteen waterslides, pools and a lazy river, and a sister park of Kennywood.

Pittsburgh Pirates

PNC Park, 115 Federal St, Pittsburgh

The Pirates take on the Washington Nationals Friday and Saturday at 7:05 and the Atlanta Braves Monday at 1:35.


Strip District

Smallman St/Penn Ave between 16th and 23rd St, Pittsburgh

Saturday mornings are the best to take your pick of fresh produce, meats and baked goods from places like Wholey's and Penn Mac (Pennsylvania Macaroni Co.) and see what all the street vendors are offering.

Robinson Town Center and Mall

Robinson Town Center Blvd and Park Manor Blvd, Pittsburgh (1 exit east of the hotel on I-376)

A convenient shuttle from the hotel will take you to this mall and other big-box stores, including IKEA.

Walnut Street shops

Walnut St between S Aiken Ave and S Negley Ave, Pittsburgh

Restaurants, cafes and boutique shops like American Apparel, Apple, Banana Republic, Gap, J.Crew and Williams-Sonoma form a small business district in Shadyside near the church.

South Side Works

E Carson St and 27th St, Pittsburgh

Shop at national and local boutique and specialty stores or catch a movie at this former steel mill site, now transformed into a mixed-use gem on the South Side.

Arts + Cultural

Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History

4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh

Roam through the Dinosaur Hall and see 2 T. Rexes; then wander through the Hall of Architecture and Hall of Sculpture to see a distinguished collection of art.

Carnegie Science Center

1 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh

Visit an earthquake simulator, planetarium, model train exhibit of early 20th century Pittsburgh and the USS Requin, a WWII submarine.

Cultural District

Catch a show while you're in town! 'S Wonderful is at the Theater Square Cabaret (dinner theater) and The Phantom of the Opera is at the Benedum Center.

Phipps Conservatory

1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh

Immerse yourself in 17 distinct botanical experiences and look for the gargoyles in the garden at the gorgeous summer flower show.


1491 Mill Run Road, Mill Run 15464

Tour the beautiful home that stretches over a 30 foot waterfall! It's about 90 minutes from Pittsburgh, but well worth the drive. While in the Laurel Highlands, stop and see Frank Lloyd Wright's other creations, Kentuck Knob and Polymath Park.

Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum

1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh

Discover over 250 years of Pittsburgh's history in an interactive environment at Pennsylvania's largest history museum, affiliated with the Smithsonian.

Cathedral of Learning - Nationality Rooms

Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard, Pittsburgh

Explore the second-tallest educational building in the world and visit the 26 Nationality classrooms displaying the rich ethnic heritage of Pittsburgh. Where else can you visit 26 countries in one day?

Frick Mansion

7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh

Visit the home of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick and see the family's collection of art and classic cars.

Mattress Factory

500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh

Visit this contemporary art museum that lets you wander right through room-sized artwork and environments.

The Warhol

117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh

Stretch your art comfort zone at this in-depth exploration of the work of the Pittsburgh native and leading figure of pop art and avant-garde films.


Point State Park

Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh

With a prime location at the Point downtown, stroll along the river walkways or visit the Fort Pitt Museum, commemorating the area's strategic importance during the French and Indian War.

Kayak Pittsburgh

Under the 6th St Bridge, Pittsburgh

Paddle around the Point, under the bridges and by the stadiums in a bright yellow rental kayak.

Schenley Plaza

4100 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh

A former parking lot was turned into a green oasis in the heart of Oakland, offering public entertainment, cafes and the PNC Carousel, a re-creation inspired by the original 1913 carousel in Schenley Park.