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. The magic about Kennywood is that it introduces newer and faster rides without taking away from its traditional roots and unique charm.– 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 Pennsylvania.)  Due to its central location, Point State Park is the site of many citywide events throughout the year, including the Regatta, Marathon and Fourth of July Celebration.– Read More…

Frick Art & Historical Center

Frick Art and Historical Center

7227 Reynolds St, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Open to the public since 1990, the Frick Art and Historical Center is centered around “Clayton”, the mansion and Pittsburgh home of Henry Clay Frick and his family in the late nineteenth century.  Come enjoy a glimpse of the refined and cultured lifestyle of the Frick family in this historic setting.  Tours of Clayton are available, and admissions free for the Frick Art & Historical Center, Art Museum and the Car and Carriage Museum!  Reservations are recommended by not required.  Finish off your visit with a stop at the Frick Café and the Museum store.– Read More…

Sandcastle Water Park, Pittsburgh

Sandcastle Water Park

1000 Sandcastle Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15120

Sandcastle stands alone in Pittsburgh as the largest, most complete water park.  Sandcastle has it all – over 10 water slides, a lazy river, the “Riverplex Picnic Area” – even go-carts.  If you’re old enough, stick around after dark and have a few drinks or play some volleyball at Sandbar, the adjacent outdoor watering hole.– Read More…

Washington Grist Mill, Perryopolis, PA

Washington Grist Mill

411 Layton Rd, Perryopolis, PA 15473

Reconstructed in 1999, the Grist Mill is a close replica to the original that was owned by George Washington.  Washington had the mill constructed in 1774-1776 on land that he owned as an investment.  Although he didn’t run the day to day operations (he was busy being the first president), he frequented the site and inspected it.  The Perryopolis Historical Society offers tours of the Mill, as well as a Distillery, “Bake Shop” and other attractions on the site.– Read More…

Laurel Caverns Park

Laurel Caverns

200 Caverns Park Rd, Smithfield, PA 15478

Laurel Caverns is located on top of (and within) Chestnut Ridge, covering 435 acres and boasting Pennsylvania’s largest cave.  Two miles of passageway await the caver looking for an adventure, most of which remains undeveloped.  This is a great place for aspiring spelunkers to begin because the park enforces safety measures that are usually absent in wild caves.  It also offers reasonably priced “family guided” tours all day long through the “developed” part of the cave.  These tours are about an hour long and are both fun and educational.– Read More…

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

1001 Lafayette Dr, Farmington, PA 15437

Nemacolin is known as one of the area’s premier resorts, with luxury and recreational opportunities for all.  Golf is a major focus, with two fantastic courses, Mystic Rock and The Links, to choose from.  Pamper yourself at the Woodlands Spa and enjoy dining at one of the casual or fine locations.  During the winter, skiing at Mystic Mountain is also in operation.– Read More…

Quebec Run Wild Area

Quebec Run Wild Area

Wharton Township, PA 15440

With development these days, it can be difficult for outdoor enthusiasts to find a place of undisturbed nature.  This area of 7,500 acres on Chestnut Ridge has been designated as “wild”, meaning no permanent development will be allowed on it.  It is an area reserved for hiking, fishing and backpack camping, or just for enjoying the peace of nature.  The Quebec Run Wild Area maintains several hiking trails, and some of the streams are stocked with trout.  The remote nature of this area also helps to keep the crowds away!– Read More…

Somerset Historical Center

Somerset Historical Center

10649 Somerset Pike, Somerset, PA 15501

The Somerset Historical Center presents and maintains  the area’s rural history, from Somerset’s first farmers to present day.  Onsite, there is a large visitor’s center along with several historical buildings on the grounds which have been preserved and moved to this location.  There are educational programs and workshops on an ongoing basis, along with permanent and rotating exhibits.  The Visitors Center is also home to the Historical Society’s Genealogical Research Library, which is also open to the public.  Take a step back in time and visit this 150-acre history museum!– Read More…

Yough River Trail

Yough River Trail

130 W Main St, West Newton, PA 15089

The Youghiogheny River Trail is a limestone surfaced trail that extends 43 miles from McKeesport to Confluence.  It is one part of the “Great Allegheny Passage” that runs from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD.  Because it was developed on an old railroad line, the alignment is nearly flat and closely follows the river.  The trail is ideal for biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing and is open year round.  It passes through such locations as Boston, Cedar Creek Park, Connellsville and Ohiopyle, with ample parking at several locations.– Read More…

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra

951 Old Salem Rd, Greensburg, PA 15601

Since 1969, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra has been providing concerts and outreach to the Greensburg and surrounding areas.  See what is happening this season at the WSO – a Chamber Music Series, Youth Orchestra Program, and special events with renowned musicians.– Read More…

Laurel Mountain Ski Resort

Laurel Mountain Ski Resort

770 Ligonier Road, Rector, PA 15677

The Laurel Mountain Ski Resort is located in Laurel Mountain State Park.  It has not been open for several years, but plans are underway to revive it once again…  Check the website and Facebook page for updates on this ongoing project.– Read More…

Hartwood Acres Mansion

Hartwood Acres

200 Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Hartwood Acres is a quiet County park, based around the Hartwood Mansion, the park’s centerpiece. There are guided tours of the mansion and cultural events hosted within. Horse, cross country and hiking trails cover the park and are plentiful.– Read More…

Childrens Museum of Pittsburgh

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Nestled in the “square” of Allegheny Center on the North Side lies the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, housed in the old Buhl Planetarium building. Kids of all ages will find something interesting to discover and explore. The museum contains 3 floors and features several hands-on exhibits, as well as educational programs and special events.– Read More…

Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

Mattress Factory Art Museum

500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

If you are looking for a different kind of museum, be sure to check out the Mattress Factory Art Museum in the historic “Mexican War Streets” section of the North Side. The museum’s exhibits are unique in that they are room sized, allowing visitors to really “get into” them.– Read More…

Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Pittsburgh Riverhounds

510 W Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Take in some professional soccer by supporting the Riverhounds! Highmark stadium, located just west of Station Square, was built for the team a few years ago. The season runs from April through September, and tickets are reasonably priced.– Read More…

Fort Pitt Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

Fort Pitt Museum

601 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

The Fort Pitt Museum is located on the site of the English Fort Pitt, at Point State Park adjacent to I-279. The 12,000 sf museum features artifacts and life sized exhibits, providing visitors an overview of the role of western Pennsylvania in the French & Indian War and American Revolution.– Read More…

Pittsburgh Opera

Pittsburgh Opera

2425 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

The Pittsburgh Opera Company is a cultural fixture in Pittsburgh, being the 8th oldest such company in the country. Take in a performance at the Benedum Center or the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School Theater.– Read More…

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)

1001 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219

On a hockey night in Pittsburgh, take in one of the premier teams in the NHL – the Pittsburgh Penguins! – Featuring Crosby, Maulkin, Letang and others, the Pens are perennially within reach of a championship. At the helm, of course, is owner Mario Lemieux, who is much beloved in the city for his 2 decades of play and for helping to keep the team in Pittsburgh. The Penguins call The CONSOL Energy Center home, located near Duquesne University Uptown, not far from the site of the former Mellon (Civic) Arena, which has been torn down.– Read More…

Pittsburgh Pirates: PNC Park

Pittsburgh Pirates (NL – MLB)

115 Federal St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Baseball is back in the ‘Burgh with the resurgence of the Pittsburgh Pirates over the last few years! Spend a summer’s afternoon or evening on the North Shore at PNC Park, which is arguably one the best ballparks in the country.– Read More…

Andy Warhol Museum

Andy Warhol Museum

117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

South Hills native and CMU graduate Andy Warhol made his mark on the New York art scene in the mid to late 20th century. The Warhol museum now has the most extensive collection of his work, including 273 films and over 4000 works of art in various media. There are also archives available for research if you are into art history.– Read More…

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Housed near the Library and Art Museum, the Natural History museum features global and local exhibits in its extensive galleries and changing exhibits. It is also home to several ongoing research departments, including the areas of botany, anthropology, mammals and birds.– Read More…

Frick Park, Pittsburgh

Frick Park

1200 Lancaster Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15218

One of the City’s best kept secrets, Frick Park is an oasis in the middle of bustling development. It is well-known for its many hiking and biking trails and secluded locations, as well as the popular “Blue Slide Park” on Beechwood Blvd. Dog lovers also frequent the park, using the trails and the large “off-leash” area.– Read More…

Nationality Rooms - University of Pittsburgh

Nationality Rooms (Cathedral of Learning, Pitt)

4200 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Pittsburgh has always been a melting pot of world heritages, where traditional customs and ways are still celebrated. In this spirit, the University of Pittsburgh features 26 Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning. Each room, while serving as a student classroom, reflects the art, history and culture of a particular nationality.– Read More…

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

82 One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

The Zoo is one of the favorite family attractions in the City of Pittsburgh, and for good reason. The Pittsburgh Zoo is home to over 400 species of animals, including 22 endangered. The Zoo is home to the PPG Aquarium, with everything from stingrays to penguins to sharks, Kids Kingdom and a zoo train. The Zoo is open year round, and features educational and special events. Zoo camps are popular in the summer, as well as several “members-only” nights.– Read More…

Round Hill Park Farm

Round Hill Park & Farm

934 Round Hill Rd, Elizabeth, PA 15037

Round Hill Farm is the centerpiece of Round Hill Park, located in a rural setting of the county. The farm is in operation, an is open every day for visitors looking for a farming experience.– Read More…

Waterfront Town Center, Homestead, PA

Waterfront Town Center

270 West Bridge St, West Homestead, PA 15120

“The Waterfront” is a great example of redeveloping old industrial sites. Once the location of a steel mill, this riverfront property is now home to Pittsburgh’s most well-known mixed-use development.– Read More…

Kiski Junction Railroad

Kiski Junction Railroad

130 Railroad St, Schenley, PA 15682

Since 1996, the operators of the Kiski Junction Railroad have been offering tourist train rides in addition to their daily short-line freight runs. The line runs parallel to the scenic Kiski River, not far from it’s junction with the Allegheny River.– Read More…

Old Economy Village

270 16th Street, Ambridge, PA 15003

In 1824, the Harmony Society returned to Pennsylvania, this time settling in Beaver County along the Ohio River. There they founded “Oekonomie,” now better known as Old Economy Village. It was here that the Society gained worldwide recognition for its religious devotion and economic prosperity.– Read More…