Today is a blank slate. You have no responsibilities, no place to be, and nothing but time. Fortunately, you live in one of the best cities in the country for exploring. How will you spend your time? Here are 15 ways to have the best Pittsburgh day ever.
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1. Start the day the old-fashioned way.
You'll need plenty of energy to embark on the best Pittsburgh day ever. Fortunately, you'll find no shortage of delicious breakfast spots in the city. Opt for an old-fashioned breakfast at Pamela's Diner, Deluca's Diner, Nadine's, or Cherries Diner.
2. Hop on a bus or…
Avoid the traffic by hopping on a PAT bus - because that's a normal part of many Pittsburghers days - and heading to the city...
3. Merge onto the parkway.
Or, if you're in one of the suburbs, merge onto the parkway. While riding the bus or sitting on the parkway in traffic may not be the best way to spend a day, it sure is a typical part of a Pittsburgh day.
4. Go to a museum.
Pittsburgh boasts plenty of world class museums so start your epic day at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Heinz History Center, or the Carnegie Science Center.
5. Take in a show.
Soak up the culture of Pittsburgh with a show at one of the theaters in the Cultural District. Heinz Hall, the Byham Theatre, and the Benedum Center all host eclectic entertainment ranging from symphony performances to children's plays.
6. Stop for lunch or…
Mmm...mmm...after a busy morning exploring the Burgh, find the perfect spot for lunch. Indulge in a Pittsburgh tradition with an over-sized fish sandwich, paired with fries, at the Original Oyster House, the city's oldest restaurant. Order a hot dog at Franktuary. Opt for a famous Primanti Brothers sandwich or...
7. Let lunch stop for you.
Stop by one of the food trucks that roam the city. Treat yourself to one of Pittsburgh's favorites: Pierogies.
8. People watch at Market Square.
Market Square may have lost its lunch tables but you can still grab a spot on a bench, read a good book to unwind, or simply people watch as Pittsburghers travel through the popular spot.
9. Take a leisurely stroll to Station Square.
Stroll to Station Square, crossing over the Three Rivers on the Smithfield Street Bridge. Stop in the middle of the bridge to take stunning photos of the views, including Heinz Field in the distance.
Explore Station Square, dotted with charming shops and eclectic restaurants. Stop by the Water Fountain that promises a spectacular show, set to popular music and illuminated by colorful lights, as the water juts up and down.
11. Ride the Duquesne Incline.
Climb aboard the Monongahela Incline or the Duquesne Incline, a Pittsburgh tradition since the late 1800s. Watch as the city landscape unfolds before your eyes as you slowly ascend to the top of Mount Washington.
12. Watch the sun set from atop Mount Washington.
Marvel at the glittering Pittsburgh skyline from one of the observation decks on Mount Washington. For a particularly memorable experience, watch the sun set behind the city.
13. Cross the Roberto Clemente Bridge.
Pittsburgh's a sports town and no day would be complete without going to a sporting event. Summer means Buccos baseball. Park your car downtown and join a sea of other fans, all in high spirits, journeying across the Roberto Clemente Bridge to PNC Park.
14. Go to a Buccos game.
Cheer on the Buccos - and laugh at the Pirate Parrot's antics - as they take the field. Of course, a Pirates game means much more than baseball. Eat good food, including pierogies and Manny's BBQ. Watch an epic pieorgi race. Don't forget your glove - just in case a foul ball or a homer comes your way.
15. Cruise the Three Rivers.
Embark on a sightseeing tour of the Burgh aboard the Gateway Clipper, which offers holiday cruises, dinner cruises, shuttles to and from PNC Park, and sightseeing cruises.
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