Things To Do Near Pittsburgh

Here are the top things to do in Pittsburgh and across 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

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

3543 National Pike, Farmington, PA 15437

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.Read more…

Kennywood Park, Pttsburgh

Kennywood

4810 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122

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.Read more…

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Fallingwater

1491 Mill Run Rd, Mill Run, PA 15464

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.Read more…

Rivers Casino

Rivers Casino

777 Casino Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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.Read more…

Fort Ligonier

Fort Ligonier

200 S Market St, Ligonier, PA 15658

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.Read more…

National Aviary Pittsburgh

National Aviary

700 Arch Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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!Read more…

Monongahela Incline

153 W Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Opening on May 8, 1870, the Mon Incline became the first passenger incline and has been in continual operation since.  It is the oldest and steepest incline in the United States.  Today, it conveniently connects the attractions at Station Square with the overlooks on Grandview Ave. in Mt.Read more…

Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh

Carnegie Science Center

1 Allegheny Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Fun & educational, and never the same experience twice, the Science Center is a favorite for kids and adults alike.  There are always new, hands-on exhibits to explore, as well as creative theater shows located throughout the 5 story building.  Be sure to check out a planetarium show or an Omnimax movie as well!  Within walking distance, the affiliated “SportsWorks” provides physical challenges and active fun along the same lines.Read more…

Duquesne Incline Pittsburgh

Duquesne Incline

1197 W Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219

The more westerly of the Mt. Washington inclines, the Duquesne Incline is itself a working museum with a long history.  It still uses the original 1877 cable cars to traverse up and down the hillside!  A trip on the incline is a must for visitors, and the Duquesne incline in particular is close to many restaurants on Mt.Read more…

Gateway Clipper Fleet, Pittsburgh

Gateway Clipper Fleet

360 W Station Square Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Looking for fun on the three rivers?  The Gateway Clipper Fleet offers dozens of types of cruises – dining, dancing and sightseeing tours among them.  It also offers shuttle service for Steeler games and other events.  It definitely is a great way to see the city from a unique vantage point.Read more…

Pittsburgh History Center

Pittsburgh History Center

1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Officially known as the “Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center”, the History Center is one of the coolest attractions in the area and operates as both a museum and research facility.  It is housed in a converted 160,000 sf warehouse.  The exhibits are locally based, well done and in depth; plan to spend a whole day here.Read more…

Just Ducky Tours, Pittsburgh

Just Ducky Tours

130 W Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Looking for a unique sightseeing tour of the city?  A Ducky Tour is just what the doctor ordered.  Traverse along land and water in their authentic World War II “DUKW” vehicle while a narrator provides historic commentary in a quirky, humorous fashion.  Tours depart from near the Hard Rock Café at Station Square daily, April through October.Read more…

Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)

100 Art Rooney Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

As any “Yinzer” from the ‘Burgh will tell you – Pittsburgh is truly a football town.  If you are visiting during football season, good luck getting tickets – every game has been sold out for decades.  Check out Heinz Field, especially the “Great Hall”, or just come for the tailgating as many people do.  The Steelers are loved nationwide because of their legendary success, but also because of the Rooney family that has owned the team since 1933 and still lives within walking distance to the field.Read more…

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

600 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

If you have never spent an evening at Heinz Hall with the Symphony, you don’t know what you are missing.  The Pittsburgh Symphony is world class and is led by music director Manfred Honeck, who is also highly respected and world renown.  Be sure to view the performance schedule this season, and come and enjoy the wonderful acoustics and “sounds of the Symphony.”Read more…

Point State Park, Pittsburgh

Point State Park

101 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

The land on which the Point is situated is a central point for the region today and has been for over 200 years.  At these “Forks of the Ohio”, the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers come together to form the Ohio River.  This was a strategic point for the British and French, who were battling it out for control of the interior prior to the American Revolution.  The 36-acre park now features walking paths and scenic views, but was once the site of Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt, as well as the Blockhouse (built in 1764, the oldest building in Western…Read more…