Attractions & Things To Do in Western PA

Here are the top things to do in western PA: tourist attractions, places to go and points of interest. They are the more well-known attractions and together create a “Pittsburgh must-see” list for visitors and locals alike. Includes attractions from within Pittsburgh and all around southwestern Pennsylvania.

Fort Necessity Battlefield

3543 National Pike, Farmington, PA 15437

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On July 3, 1754, Col. George Washington led the first battle on the French and Indian War at this site. Although he lost the battle, the British eventually won the war, paving the way for the Revolutionary War and America’s independence. The fort has been recreated, and the history of site well presented by the National Park Service to the public. A must for history buffs!

Kennywood Park, Pttsburgh

4810 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122

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What true Pittsburgher doesn’t have a special place in their heart for Kennywood? As the region’s premier park, Kennywood bills itself these days as “America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park” – and it may very well be! Founded in 1898 as trolley park to give trolley riders a reason to use the trolley line, Kennywood (and about a dozen other such parks) featured dancing, picnicking and a few rides. Today, the park boasts 6 roller coasters and 4 water attractions among the dozens of creative rides and games throughout the park. The magic about Kennywood is that it introduces newer and faster rides without taking away from its traditional roots and unique charm. The park is now open during the Halloween and Christmas seasons as well, with seasonal flair added to the rides and attractions.

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1491 Mill Run Rd, Mill Run, PA 15464

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In 1937, construction was completed on Fallingwater, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The brilliant design fused nature and function like no other – complete with a stream running through the house. This much celebrated vacation home in the Laurel Highlands of Edgar and Liliane Kaufman is now open to the public and under direction of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Plan to visit during all four seasons, as each season brings its own unique beauty.

Rivers Casino

777 Casino Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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Rivers Casino Pittsburgh lies along the North Shore riverfront, in walking distance to Carnegie Science Center and Heinz Field. This modern casino holds nearly 3,000 slots, 100 table games and 5 restaurants, and features live entertainment. Open 24 hours.

Fort Ligonier

200 S Market St, Ligonier, PA 15658

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In the 1760s, the British Fort Ligonier served as an important post between Fort Pitt to the west and more established territory to the east. Today, eight acres of the fort have been preserved with many reconstructions, within a 1,600-ft. retrenchment. There is also an expansive museum, with a history gallery, and art gallery, and a special George Washington collection. Check the website for current events and other educational programs.

Code Breakers Pittsburgh

412-837-1988

1130 Perry Hwy #101, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

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Code Breakers is “Pittsburgh’s Most Immersive Escape Room”, and is currently featuring “Return to Planet Earth”. In this hour-long experience, your team of up to 8 players is tasked with getting your disabled spaceship up and running in order to return home. You must solve puzzles, find clues and become code breakers to avoid being stranded in space forever. While the tasks may be too much for young kids, teenagers will love it. Code breakers is located in Ross Township in the North Hills, in Pines Plaza along Route 19 (Perry Highway).

National Aviary Pittsburgh

700 Arch Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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The National Aviary is the nation’s only indoor nonprofit bird zoo, with over 600 birds from over 200 species, many of which are threatened and endangered.  There is a special emphasis on birds from the rain forest or other wetland areas, but every continent is represented.  The Aviary holds special events, family camps and even Photo Safaris on Saturdays.  There is something for everyone!