(Closed) Things to do in Pittsburgh, PA?

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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MsGinkgo:  I love Pittsburgh! It’s a fun place but it depends on what you’re into.

For casual bar food and excellent beer, my recommendations are Fatheads and D’s Six Packs and Dogz.

For fine dining, Altius which up on Mount Washington is excellent, and so is Monteray Bay Fish Grotto if you like seafood.

For really trendy bars and restaurants, Meat and Potatoes as well as the Butcher in the Rye are the way to go (but you will probably need reservations!)

If you like zoos, PGH has a zoo, but I would recommend taking a 40 minute drive in the other direction to a place called Living Treasures where you can feed the animals (like giraffes!)

Pittsburgh downtown isn’t all that amazing unless you’re near the cultural district. It’s sort of the outlying neighborhoods that are really fun. In the cultural district you can go to see a play though, and there are tons of great restaurants. 

PGH also has dinner boat cruises, though I’ve never been on one so I can’t speak to that personally.

 

Hope this helps!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

There’s a whole lot to do in The ‘Burgh!

Phipps Conservatory

Mattress Factory

Warhol Museum

Shopping the Strip District

Restaurants and Bars on the South Side

The Duquesne or Monongahela Inclne 

Kennywood Amusement Park

Sandcastle Waterpark

Shopping on Walnut Street in Shadyside

Point State Park

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Pittsburgh Zoo

The Nationality Rooms at the Tower of Learning (UPitt)

The National Aviary (one of my very favorites)

Schenley Park

 

 

 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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MsGinkgo:  Your DH might like the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, then. There are also a few art museums, including the Carnegie and Warhol ones.

The PGH zoo is fun, but I definitely like Living Treasures better because I love giraffes and getting to feed one basically makes me totally happy, haha. The PGH zoo has a litte aquarium in it though, which is pretty cool.  

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I can’t believe no one has suggested Kennywood! Growing up in the burg, we counted down the days until it opened every spring. I haven’t been in years so not sure what is new there, but the old wooden coasters were always my favorite. And the ppotato patch fries are a must!!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Oh and the strip district on the weekend is a must do. check out primanti’s for lunch and walk the streets for cheap Pittsburgh souvenirs.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Phipp’s and the Aviary are some of my favorites. But when you say two weeks, do you mean mother’s day weekend? Be forewarned that most attractions will be packed. 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2015

If your DH loves history, there is so much here!  Beyond just museums, there are plenty of historic sites, particularly during the Carnegie/Rockefeller era.  Fort duquesne was a major battle site and outpost for the French and Indian War.  If you can catch a show downtown, Heinz Hall is a stunning historic landmark, same as the Benedum.  Another place of interest near Pittsburgh may be the Flight 93 Memorial (the flight that crashed, but would have been involved in 9/11).

I’m biased for the Museum of Natural History because my uncle is actually one of the taxidermists there so I grew up going behind the scenes.  There is also the Carnegie Museum of Art as well close by.  There is also the Heinz History Center if you want to check that out, and the Bayernhof Music Museum.  And, of course, for the kid in you, the Carnegie Science Center!

I second Kennywood (it’s an amusement park, but also has an entire section devoted to the historically preserved rides which your DH may be interested in. There are some old racer wooden coasters, and my favorite, the Thunderbolt!)

Schenley park is nice for walking around, but I would say Frick Park (named after the general manager of Carnegie Steel, the same man who caused the Johnstown Flood) seems like it might be more to your liking.  There is a museum there (the Frick Art and Historical Center), and it is beautiful to walk around during the day.

I second and third Phipps Conservatory, it’s beautiful.  There is a butterfly room where the butterflies land all over you.  People have mentioned the Zoo (I highly recommend PPG Aquarium), but the National Aviary is also here if you’re into birds.

If you are willing to travel a little further, and love architecture like me, you could go visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s FallingWater. 

Pittsburgh is also home to one of the 4 sites in the country where Hofbrau beers are brewed in the United States for distribution (using the old German recipe), and there is a huge replica of the brewery in Germany, complete with great German food and a lovely outdoor beer garten.  It’s in South Side Works.

The Strip District is a fun place to walk around and shop during the day, there are a lot of vegetable and fruit stands, a fish market, etc.  At night, a lot of the hottest clubs are down there as well.

Like a lot of people have said, downtown is historically dead on weekends/after business hours, though there is a sudden influx of young people living downtown now.  Market Square in downtown has a lot of hot restaurants, and there is a 3 restaurant stack (Sienna Mercato) near there which has a two restaurants and a rooftop beer garden; the bottom restaurant specializes in meatballs — you can pick your meat and pick your sauce and try different combinations.

 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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MsGinkgo:  I’ve done all of these things and I can whole heartedly recommend them 🙂  Thank for posting for suggestions.  I miss Pittsburgh and brainstorming activities for you brought me back to happy memories

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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MsGinkgo:  Ah, good. Then you’ll be fine. Have fun! 

And Eleven has an amazing brunch. 

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

If you like corny jokes and sight seeing on a bus I recommend the duck boat tour.  I had a blast, but I understand that’s not for everyone.

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MsGinkgo: It’s so nice in Pittsburgh right now 🙂  I second the zoo!  

Taking one of the inclines up to Grandview on Mt Washington is a MUST. (If you stay downtown you can take the T to station square and hop on the monogahela. Purchase a ticket for the T and ask for a connection for the incline – it’s free!)  If you take the monongahela incline up there’s a street called shiloh right off of grandview there’s restauraunts, bars, bakery, coffee shop.  We like the micro diner and shiloh grill.  The duquesne incline has a little bit of a better view.  But the inclines are only about a mile apart and a walk along grandview is beautiful.  Restuaruants by the Duquesne incline are pricey.

 Point state park downtown is lovely and there’s a little museum about the fort and some of the history of Pittsburgh that’s really well done.  

I would definitely spend some time in Oakland.  The semester just finished so it’s less busy.  There’s tons of restauruants.  If you’re here on a Sunday you can tour the nationality rooms in the cathedral of learning. (now that the semester’s over you may be able to do that on other days too) Even if you don’t go see the rooms, definitely go see the cathedral of learning.  It’s like hogwarts inside.  You’ll be waiting for the stairs to start moving.  You can visit the natural history museum/art museum.  Phip conservatory.  There’s also a nice park.  

The strip district on Smallman’s street is really cool too.  Tons of little shops/restauruants. 

I also recommend stopping in at one of the Pittsburgh popcorn company stores.  I know there’s one in Oakland as well as downtown.  

If you like hiking and are up for a bit of a drive McConnell’s Mill State Park is beautiful!  You’ll also pass some great outlets on the way.  

 

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