Things to Do

Pittsburgh is a city with a hometown feel that is as historic as it is quirky.

You’ll quickly find that there is no shortage of interesting and engaging attractions, activities and fun – even in the winter! But before you head out for a day of exploring, here are a few suggestions from some in-the-know Pittsburghers.

  • City of Bridges

    Did you know Pittsburgh is home to 446 bridges? Each iconic city bridge connects the city and unites those that call it home. Here are a few notable bridges you definitely won't miss.

    Three Sisters Bridges
    Possibly the city's most recognizable bridges are the Three Sisters Bridges, the only trio of identical bridges in the United States. The bridges cross the Allegheny River and connect downtown and the North Shore. Each bridge was named in honor of an influential Pittsburgh resident including the Roberto Clemente (6th Street Bridge), Andy Warhol (7th Street Bridge) and Rachel Carson (9th Street Bridge). Check out the view of these bridges from the convention center!

    Fort Pitt Bridge
    The New York Times wrote that Pittsburgh is “the only city in America with an entrance” and that is thanks to the Fort Pitt Bridge. Visitors traveling from the airport into downtown exit from the Fort Pitt Tunnel and onto the Fort Pitt Bridge, where they are greeted by a stunning view of the city. The bridge crosses the Monongahela River near Point State Park and is structurally important as it is the world’s first computer designed bowstring arch bridge and the first double-decker bowstring arch bridge.

    Brush up on your Pittsburgh trivia and learn about 25 of our famous bridges!

  • Where to Watch Playoff Game Action

    The Steelers may be out of the run for this season, but your favorite team may be playing for a spot in the big game. If you need to catch the action and want to be surrounded by like-minded sports fans, Pittsburgh has lots of places to watch all of the playoff football action. All of the places listed below are within walking distance, stay downtown or hang out on the North Shore, an easy walk across the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

    Downtown
    Stay Downtown and you can walk to the best places to watch the games.

    • City Works Eatery and Pour House – they have more than 90 local and global craft beers. The walls are lined with TVs so you have a view of the game from anywhere you sit.
    • Redbeard’s on Sixth – game-time food and drink specials, fun atmosphere with lots of fans, live virtual sports betting and great menu.
    • Sharp Edge Bistro – More than 200 varieties and 36 taps make this a beer lover's paradise. Happy hours specials and awesome wings.
    • The Yard Market Square – cool gastropub, great food and beer and a good vibe for watching sports.

    North Shore
    Get close to the action, home to Heinz Field and PNC Park, the North Shore is where all the sports action is.

    • Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36 – owned by the famous Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl winning running back Jerome Bettis. Where else can you get an Immaculate Margarita? Good food, strong drinks and lots of TVs.
    • Local Brewhouse - Pub food and craft draft beer served in industrial digs with garage door windows.
    • McFadden’s - Good atmosphere and great beer selection. Awesome place to meet up and get your game on!
    • Mullen’s Bar & Grill - A branch of the sports bar chain serving up the big game on TV & pub fare with a Pittsburgh slant.
    • Southern Tier Brewery Pittsburgh – game day menu, great beer with some brewed specifically in Pittsburgh. Bring a growler to fill with your favorite brew.
    • Bar Louie North Shore - upbeat grill chain with great burgers microbrews and happy-hour deals.
  • Instagram-Worthy Spots

    In Pittsburgh, there is no shortage of scenic backdrops for you to enjoy. No matter where you are in the city, there are Instagram-worthy pictures to grab. Here are the top places to Instagram when you're in the Burgh.

    Fort Pitt Tunnel View
    When you're approaching Pittsburgh from the South, you'll want to go through the Fort Pitt tunnel. Why? The view on the other side. When you exit the tunnel, you'll see one of the best views of the skyline. Why is this shot so Instagram-worthy? This view has been featured on the big screen in the movie Perks of Being a Wallflower!

    Market Square
    Find the unlimited Insta-worthy spots in and around Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh. This location is filled with restaurants, coffee shops, art, and scenic architecture to fill your feed. The square is decorated with hanging lights and has pretty backdrops no matter which way you point your phone. We recommend picking up a local coffee to feature in your snap.

    Schenley Park
    Even in the winter, Schenley Park is full of artsy shots. Flagstaff Hill sits right across from Phipps Conservatory giving you the perfect long distance view of the skyline and Oakland's famous Cathedral of Learning. There are also trails that run through the park with creeks, train tracks, and tunnels that make the perfect photo opportunities.

    Mount Washington Overlooks
    The best view of Pittsburgh is just up Mt. Washington. You'll get a clear shot of the skyline, the point, North Shore, and of course the three rivers. There is no better place to see the city of bridges from up on the overlooks. You can find multiple overlooks around Mt. Washington but our favorite view is from the one on Grand View Ave.

    *Bonus tip: Take the Duquesne Incline up from Station Square to get pictures on the way up the mount.

    Strip District
    Pittsburgh history runs up and down Penn Ave through the Strip District. There are so many Instagram-worthy shots to grab, it will be hard to pick just one. We love the historic architecture of the local merchants that have been a part of Pittsburgh for years. Snap a picture of the local food, shops, and street vendors to have a true Pittsburgher's feed.

    PGH Museums
    On a rainy Pittsburgh day, you may find yourself in one of Pittsburgh's many museums (a perfect spot for an Instagram photoshoot). The infamous Andy Warhol red velvet couch is one of our favorite photo ops. It wouldn't be a trip to the Warhol without striking this popular pose. A few of our other favorite places to grab a photo are: The Mattress Factory, Heinz History Center, and the Carnegie Science Center.

    *Bonus tip: Be sure to check out the micro-museum located in the North Side called Randyland. This small but vibrant walk-through courtyard has an eclectic charm to brighten up your album.


  • Fun Things to Do Only in Pittsburgh

    If you find yourself with some free time between sessions here are some cool things to do and new ways to explore Pittsburgh.

    The Must-Do List

    • Duquesne Incline – ride one of the few funiculars remaining in the country. At the top is Mt. Washington offering spectacular, panoramic views of the entire city and one of the best skyline views in America. Note: exact change only, $5/roundtrip.
    • The Andy Warhol Museum – is located at the end of the bridge named after him. Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh and his museum tells his story and explores his legacy through the largest collection of Warhol art and archives in the world.
    • Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Senator John Heinz History Center - captures the unforgettable tales of Pittsburgh sports through hundreds of artifacts, more than 70 hands-on interactive exhibits and 20 audio-visual programs.

    Ways to get a Taste of Pittsburgh

    • 'Burgh Bits and Bites Pittsburgh Food Tasting Tour
      Sample Pittsburgh’s rich culinary history on the Strip District Market tour, a late morning/early afternoon weekday food tour featuring a behind-the-counter look at a variety of eateries in Pittsburgh's historic market district. This tour links local history with the eating establishments peppered along Penn Avenue with taste samples from around the world including Italian pastries, Mediterranean and Polish specialties, European meats and cinnamon bread.
    • City Brew Tours
      Learn all about Pittsburgh’s booming craft beer scene on an all-inclusive tour and beer-focused experience. The tour blends history, beer knowledge, transportation and great food with unrivaled access to an area’s top breweries and their beer.
  • Weird Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh can be downright wacky and weird. Here's a few places to check out if you like offbeat destinations!

    Gravity Hill
    Located in McCandless Township right outside of Pittsburgh, there is a mysterious road that defies gravity. When you get to the top of Kummer Road, put your car in neutral and prepare to get spooked. Instead of your car rolling backward down the hill, your car will start to move forward up the hill!

    Western Penitentiary
    An old state correctional facility sits at the end of one of Pittsburgh's many bike trails. You enter the trail from the North Shore, and if you make it all the way to the end, you'll find yourself upon the abandoned penitentiary. The facility was in use up to a couple of years ago before it eventually closed its doors. This building looks like it belongs in a horror film with the old guard towers and sharp pronged fences.

    Trundle Manor
    An attraction for the curious is in Pittsburgh's Swissvale neighborhood. Trundle Manor is a walk-through museum of the creepy and crawly. Schedule a tour to see the vast collection of creepy dolls, taxidermy animals, and much more. This manor was featured on MTV, and the owners are excited to welcome you into their home.

    St. Anthony's Chapel
    Did you know that Pittsburgh is home to the second largest collection of relics just behind the Vatican itself? St. Anthony's chapel may look like an average church from the outside, but when you enter, you will be in the presence of over 5,000 holy relics. Whether you are a believer or not, the collection and history behind it are breathtaking.

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