Pittsburgh August 30, 2018
by Beth Price-Williams 7 Secret Destinations In Pittsburgh You Won’t Regret Visiting
Psst…Pittsburgh’s got a few secrets. Spots that we may not have yet discovered. And, places we just haven’t had time to visit…yet. These seven secret destinations in Pittsburgh – some right in town; others a bit further afield – illustrate just some of what our amazing city has to offer. So, the next time you’re on the hunt for something different to do or something you’ve never done, head to one of these eight spots.
1. Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve
Steelers fans know St. Vincent College as the host of training camp. But, did you know the college is also home to a spectacular nature reserve? The Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve stretches across 50 lush acres, brimming with vibrant meadows, wildlife, and trails. Of course, you can also visit during one of the many programs the nature reserve hosts. (Programs range from preschool age to adults.)
Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve is located 744 Walzer Way, Latrobe, PA 15650.
2. St. Anthony’s Chapel
St. Anthony's Chapel holds a pretty impressive secret: Approximately 5,000 Christian relics. That makes it the largest collection of Christian relics in the world, second only to the Vatican. And, it
is the largest public collection in the world. Among the relics on display are a piece of the cross on which Christ was crucified and the bones of several saints.
St. Anthony’s Chapel is located at 1704 Harpster St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
3. Allegheny Observatory
Gaze up at the stars at the Allegheny Observatory, a research facility of the University of Pittsburgh. The observatory welcomes guests - on select evenings from April through October - to embark on a tour of the observatory before, if the conditions are right, gazing at the nighttime sky through one of the telescopes. The family-friendly tour is ideal for kids seven and older.
Allegheny Observatory is located at 159 Riverview Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15214.
4. Jerry’s Records
Get your groove on at Jerry's Records. Yep, albums are making a comeback. And, Jerry's Records in Squirrel Hill is one of the area's most popular. In fact,
Rolling Stone named it one of the best record stores in the United States. Browse the collection of more than half a million records - available in singles, 45s, and EPs.
Jerry’s Records is located at 2136 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.
5. Kentuck Knob
Everyone knows about Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's famous home in the Laurel Highlands. But, did you know you can also visit and tour another of his masterpieces? Kentuck Knob, less than seven miles from Fallingwater, offers guided house tours. The home is open daily with varying hours, depending on the time of the year.
Kentuck Knob is located at 723 Kentuck Rd., Chalkhill, PA 15421.
6. Bicycle Heaven
Pittsburgh boasts some pretty amazing and
unique attractions. And, one of the most unique just might be Bicycle Heaven, the world's biggest bicycle museum and shop. Check out the nearly 4,000 vintage and modern bikes in the collection. Then, of course, shop for any bike accessories you might need.
Bicycle Heaven is located at 1800 Preble Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233.
7. Playthings, Etc.
Treat your childhood self to a simply spectacular experience when you visit Playthings, Etc. in Butler. The toy store sits in a building designed to look like - you guessed it - a stealth bomber. But, it just keeps getting cooler when you go inside. Rediscover the toys of your childhood. And, go ahead, try some of the toys before deciding what to buy.
Playthings, Etc. is located at 2483 William Flynn Hwy., Butler, PA 16001.
What are some other
secret destinations in Pittsburgh that Pittsburghers should uncover? Share with us in the comments! Still looking for places to go with the kids during these final days of summer? Then, plan a visit to one or more of these eight family-friendly destinations in Pittsburgh. Click here to read more.
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