Pittsburgh is a city in the state of Pennsylvania, and is best known as an industrial capital. However, this city has much to offer in terms of modern art, food, sports, and more.
If you get the chance to visit Pittsburgh, follow our list of recommended must-do’s!
Visit the National Aviary
The National Aviary is a zoo entirely for birds; showcasing over 500 birds and 150 unique species. Experience an interactive display, as most birds are mixed within exhibits and free to fly throughout. This is perfect for parties and even one-on-ones (yes, you can hand feed many of the birds!).
If you would like to help the National Aviary, as it is a non-profit organization, come bearing gifts! Check their site for a list of requested donations, including bird food that you can donate upon entry.
- Address: 700 Arch St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA
- Telephone: +1 412-323-7235
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offer a wonderful and dynamic experience for the whole family.
Walk through their state-of-the-art greenhouse; built in 1893.
Enjoy beautiful displays and flowers that just keep getting better with the changing seasons and years – from bonsai trees to flower collections and plants from around the world.
Heinz History Center
The Heinz center is an affiliate to the Smithsonian and is Pennsylvania state’s largest history museum.
Talk about a diverse center – this complex focuses on educating the city on the past in order to prepare it for the future. In doing so, it features a sports museum, a conservation center, a historic village, a library, and a war-tribute Fort Pitt Museum that all offer a full spectrum of American and Pittsburgh-specific culture.
In addition, there is a Heinz exhibit that walks visitors through the entrepreneurial process of how the Heinz Ketchup business came to be.
- Address: 1212 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
- Contact: +1 412-454-6000
Ride the Duquesne Incline
The Duquesne Incline is the perfect way to enjoy an unparalleled city and river views.
Built in 1877, this steep railway, or uphill trolley, climbs up Mount Washington. It now serves as a tourist attraction – with an observation deck, museum and gift shop when you reach the top.
- Address: 1197 W Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, USA
- Contact: +1 412-381-1665
Go to an MLB Game in PNC Park!
PNC Park is home to the Pittsburgh Pirates; Pittsburgh’s Major League Baseball team.
The park opened in 2001, yet maintains a classic style that reflects on the history of the game.
This ballpark is centrally located in the city, offering a lovely backdrop of the skyline on one side and a view of the Alleghany River on the other.
- Address: 115 Federal St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA
- Contact: +1 412-321-2827
Go to the Andy Warhol Museum
Andy Warhol – American pop-artist – is a Pittsburgh native; born and raised. Appreciate his work and follow the stages of his career and life in this restored warehouse, the perfect background to his unique work.
This museum contains just under 1000 paintings, 100 sculptures, and thousands of prints and photographs. You can also see Warhol’s student work, videos, and way more.
- Address: 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA
- Contact: +1 412-237-8300
Walk through Point State Park
The Point State Park is defined by point at which the Alleghany and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio River.
The park is most known for its iconic fountain that shoots water to nearly 50 meters high.
The park also honors history in remembering the city’s role in The French and Indian War.
- Address: Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA
- Contact: +1 412-565-2850
Visit Market Square
Just like much of Pittsburgh, Market Square celebrates past and present with its local offerings. Market Square has an amazing Farmer’s Market, and when the weather is nice you can catch a number of free events and concerts.
If you like bright, bold color, then Randyland is for you.
The home of artist Randy Gilson, Randyland is a free-entrance public courtyard against his own home on the North Side of Pittsburgh, that displays his unique and light-spirited art.
- Address: 1501 Arch St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA
- Contact: +1 412-342-8152
See a Jazz Show
Jazz played a pivotal role in the development of the US, and certainly of Pittsburgh. The city is home to a large number of Jazz musicians, including George Benson and Ray Brown.
Some of our favorite jazz spots are:
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