Let’s face it. We all probably complain there’s nothing to do in Pittsburgh, at least once in a while. But, did you know that jaw dropping experiences are, in fact, always within reach in the Burgh? Whether you’re in the mood to really make your adrenaline flow or you just want to soak in the natural beauty around you, you’ll find exactly what you want to do in Pittsburgh. Check out the eight best things to do in Pittsburgh:
1. Soar across North Park on a zip line.
We all as kids, even if for just a flicker of a moment, dreamed of flying high in the air alongside the birds. Soar across North Park on a zip line, while enjoying stunning views of the lush green below, and you'll get pretty close to knowing how it feels to fly. Kids (10 and older) and adults face a fun yet challenging treetop obstacle course – including zip lines and Tarzan swings – at Go Ape USA in North Park. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.
2. Board a helicopter for a bird's eye view of Pittsburgh.
Grab your beloved, your best friend, or strike out on your own, boarding a helicopter for a jaw dropping bird's eye view of the Burgh. Be prepared to be blown away by the spectacular view below and have your smartphone or camera batteries charged before you lift off. Several helicopter companies, including Spiker Helicopters and Geo Heli Pittsburgh, offer scenic tours of downtown Pittsburgh and beyond.
3. Face the Sky Coaster at Kennywood.
Experience a view of Kennywood that few others will ever see. Strap in to the Sky Coaster high above the ground, 180 feet to be exact, and wait in eager anticipation of the bungee release. Soar back and forth over the water and the paddle boaters below. The Sky Coaster reaches speeds of up to 75 miles per hour and a maximum of three people can ride at a time.
4. Kayak the Three Rivers.
Drink in the Pittsburgh skyline as you cruise down the Three Rivers aboard a kayak from Venture Outdoors. Never kayaked before? No worries. Venture Outdoors asserts that new kayakers, under their instruction, will master the art of kayaking within minutes. Unlike white water kayaks, the flat water kayaks provided by Venture Outdoors promise a sturdier, safer experience and easier steering.
5. See the city by segway.
We've all seen the mall cops guarding the mall while on their segways. Who among us hasn't wished that we, too, could roam the mall on a segway? Well, it may not be the mall, but Segway in Paradise leads adventurers, age 14 and older, on unique segway tours of the city. Choose between one of four tours: the Golden Triangle Experience, Original Downtown, North Shore, or the Sunset Tour.
6. Join a haunted ghost tour.
Really in the mood for a jaw dropping experience? Discover the spooky side of Pittsburgh with a walking tour of the city's most haunted sites. Led by an expert guide with Haunted Pittsburgh Tours, each tour includes plenty of scary stories and tales of Pittsburgh's past. Haunted Pittsburgh Tours provide exclusively outdoor tours rather than going inside buildings.
7. Visit Allegheny Cemetery.
Roam the Allegheny Cemetery, one of Pittsburgh's oldest, where you will uncover Pittsburgh's remarkably rich history, dating back to 1844, and encounter the wildlife that wanders and lives within the 300 acres. Allegheny Cemetery is the final resting place of such notable Pittsburghers as Don Brockett (from Mister Rogers), Stephen Foster (songwriter), and General Alexander Hays. Allegheny Cemetery is open daily with specific hours dependent on the season.
8. Tour Pittsburgh by bike.
Embrace Pittsburgh's rich history and enjoy some gentle exercise on a bike tour of the Burgh. Bike the Burgh offers riders of all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult) easy, jaw dropping two hour tours of different areas of Pittsburgh. Tours include the Beauty of the Burgh Tour and the Glass & Steel City Tour, with new tours added periodically. You can rent a bike and a helmet from Golden Triangle Bike Rental, if desired.
So, what do you think of the eight best things to do in Pittsburgh that may just leave your jaw dropped to the floor? What else would you add to the list?