7 Best Things to Do in Pittsburgh

By Sunny Liu |
|5 min read

Famously known as "The Steel City” and "The City of Bridges,” Pittsburgh is also home to scenic hills and rivers which make the city naturally beautiful. Located at the convergence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers and the Ohio River in southeastern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh boasts of a diverse culture owing to its immigrant history. Summer and fall are the right seasons to be there to do some outdoor activities, relish affordable food and enjoy the breathtaking views of the city's skyscrapers. There are numerous things to do in Pittsburgh. To make your planning easier, we have listed down some of the must-do's when in this city.

Watch a baseball game at PNC Park while enjoying the magical view of the city

This is a must-visit place when in Pittsburgh. One could watch a baseball match sipping some coffee and glance at the excellent view of the Allegheny River along whose shore the park is located. There is plenty of choices for food and beverages. Trust me, you will love the atmosphere even if you are not a baseball fan. Corridors are so large that you could walk freely even when the place is crowded. It is definitely one of the topmost things to do in Pittsburgh PA.

Be charmed by the greenery and colorful flowers at the Phipps Conservatory

A place to get rejuvenated with lush greenery and colorful flowers is the Phipps Conservatory. Even if you are visiting the place for the hundredth time, it will not fail to make you spellbound. The lighting, plants and the flowers are all excellent. There are numerous rooms like the Palm Court, Orchid Room, Gallery Room that can be explored. You may sometimes get the opportunity to sample some fruits as well. Though the place offers different things every season, Christmas time is considered to be the ideal time to stroll across Phipps Conservatory. Try visiting during the Christmas Choir Hours to make the visit even more special.

Hold your breath while viewing the city from Mount Washington

If you want to catch the most beautiful view of the city's downtown, rivers and bridges, then Mount Washington will not disappoint you. It's chilly there, so do not forget to carry your jacket or sweater. In spite of the cold, the view is worth all of it. This place is a great sight both at night and day. You can check out the restaurants and bars nearby such as Red Beards and Monterey Bay to hangout for a while. You can take the Monongahela Incline from the Station Square subway stop to reach Mount Washington.

Have a ride to the Duquesne Incline's Observation Deck in the 138-year-old Incline car

The incline takes you to the top of Mount Washington where a free historic museum awaits you. The view from the incline is good but I recommend to keep this for your last day in Pittsburgh as you can get a similar view from Mount Washington as well. If it is your first time in Pittsburgh you have to check out the incline at night when the view of the city is fabulous. The historic museum is worth a visit since it is old and is quite informative. Do carry some cash and change for tips.

Explore Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Are you fascinated by dinosaurs or Egyptian mummies? If yes, then please add this place in your list of things to do in Pittsburgh. It is suitable for all age-groups but recommended for kids. You have to applaud the staff for making the presentation of the artifacts in this museum very interesting and completely worth your time. You can opt for the dining facility on site or try out some of the restaurants nearby such as Onion Grill and The Porch at Scheneley.

Watch an exciting match at Heinz Field

Home of the champion Pittsburgh Steelers, Heinz Field is a stadium with a beautiful view of the three rivers. A perfect place to have fun with your friends and family! Every Steeler fan will appreciate being here. Grab some beers and watch the game. The view is clear from all seats. You can absorb the enchanting view of the city while enjoying the match. Or you can also opt for a tour of the field even when there are no matches and concerts happening. Check the available tours at http://heinzfield.com/stadium/heinz-field-tours/. The only downside is that the food available here is average and quite expensive.

Bring out the foodie by opting one of the Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tours

Even the people who have lived in Pittsburgh all their lives, wondering what to do in Pittsburgh on weekends will enjoy these tours and experience something new. Their food tastings are a hit among most people. The most popular ones are Greek specialties, cupcakes, pierogie. You get to try different local eateries and also learn a lot about Pittsburgh history. It is definitely one of the Pittsburgh things to do.


A two or three day trip to Pittsburgh would be sufficient to explore most parts of the city. It's a wonder that a city like Pittsburgh is known for its industries but also famous for its scenic surroundings and interesting outdoor activities.



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