Time for a little fun! Pittsburghers have plenty of favorite spots around the Burgh. So many that there are probably too many to list, right? And, many tourists discover the same attractions that we frequent year after year. Our thriving city has become a hot spot for tourists.
Here are 10 places that Pittsburghers love just as much as tourists do.
1. Kennywood Park — 4800 Kennywood Boulevard, West Mifflin, PA 15122
Summer means trips to Kennywood for Pittsburghers
and plenty of tourists. Whether you go for the rides or the food (mmm...Potato Patch fries), you're guaranteed a fun day out. Kennywood beckons roller coaster enthusiasts in the summer and holiday revelers during the Christmas season.
2. Mount Washington
Everyone loves Mount Washington and, more specifically, the spectacular views from high atop the mountain. Of course, there's no better way to ascend the mountainside than aboard the Duquesne Incline or the Monongahela Incline. Once at the top, head to one of the observation decks for unforgettable views.
3. Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens — 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Experience the vibrancy of flowers, plants, and art all year around at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Spend hours leisurely strolling through the different exhibits, including the Japanese gardens, the Butterfly Forest, and the tropical forest. Relax with a delicious snack or meal at the cafe or browse the unique items in the gift shop.
4. Sandcastle Water Park — 1000 Sandcastle Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15120
Pittsburgh might not have its own boardwalk and sandy beaches. But, we've still got Sandcastle Water Park. The popular water park boasts a wave pool, rides, and water slides. Meander down the lazy river. Or, sunbathe while watching people zoom down the slides.
5. Station Square — Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Station Square promises spectacular eye-level views of the Pittsburgh skyline and plenty to do. Hop aboard a Just Ducky Tour, where you'll explore Pittsburgh by boat and by land. Shop at the quaint stores. Or, dine at one of the restaurants, such as Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh, the Melting Pot, or the Grand Concourse.
6. The Strip District — Pittsburgh, PA 15222
A vibrant neighborhood that draws both Pittsburghers and tourists, the Strip District is always bustling with people. Spend a few hours shopping at the many stores and markets. Stop by Wholey's Fish Market and Pennsylvania Macaroni Company before visiting the Heinz History Center.
7. Carnegie Museum of Natural History — 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History has been a popular attraction with Pittsburghers and out-of-towners for decades. Carve out plenty of time for your visit. The museum features such exhibits as Dinosaurs in Their Time, Bird Hall, and Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems.
8. National Aviary — 700 Arch Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
What's cuter than a bunch of penguins at the National Aviary? Watching them eat
orbuying one of their paintings. More than 500 birds — including bald eagles and penguins — call the aviary home. Stroll through the many exhibits, such as the Cloud Forest and the Wetlands.
9. PNC Park —115 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Even non-sports fans
love PNC Park. Of course, it's the home of the Buccos. You'll also find an assortment of delicious restaurants and food stands. But, the real attraction is the views. Meander around the stadium for jaw dropping views of Pittsburgh and Mount Washington.
10. Frick Park — 1981 Beechwood Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Discover lush trees and nature at its finest right in Pittsburgh when you visit Frick Park. The picturesque park, spanning 644 acres, features hiking, biking, and walking trails, tennis courts, and playgrounds for the kids. Bring your pooch to the dog park, where she can run off-leash.
So…what other places do Pittsburghers love just as much as tourists do? Share below!
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