Pittsburgh February 23, 2018
7 Underrated Places In Pittsburgh That Even Natives Have Never Heard Of
So much to do, so little time. Do you ever feel that way? Life seems to throw so much at us these days that we often don’t have enough hours in the day to get everything done. Then, when we do get time to relax, we are bombarded with things to do in and near Pittsburgh. That means some amazing spots get overlooked. Here are several underrated places in Pittsburgh that even some natives haven’t heard of.
1. Crooked Creek Lake — 114 Park Main Road, Ford City, PA 16226
Nestled in Ford City, Crooked Creek Lake offers the perfect outdoor experience. Sunbathe on the sandy beach. Swim or boat in the lake. Or, try your hand at water skiing. Camping is permitted at the lake and features picnic pavilions, a playground, and games like corn hole.
2. Bayernhof Music Museum — 225 St Charles Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Step back through time when you visit Bayernhof Music Museum. The museum hosts an impressive collection of instruments from the 19th and 20th centuries. Browse music boxes, disc players, and harps from the late 1800's. Take a self-guided tour through the museum's room, including the family room, the dining room, and swimming pool room.
3. Trundle Manor —7724 Juniata Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Trundle Manor sells itself as a tourist trap. But, this is one tourist trap you'll definitely want to visit. The unique attraction offers a 45-minute guided tour where you'll see taxidermied animals, coffins, and unusual medical devices.
Call ahead to make a reservation.
4. Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden — 4905 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden holds the distinction of being only one of three of North America's biblical gardens. Stroll through the lush garden that features plants found in Israel. Each year since it opened in the 1980's, the garden features a different theme. Recent themes include The Forests of Ancient Israel. The garden welcomes visitors annually from June 1 through September 15.
5. Powdermill Nature Reserve — 1847 PA-381, Rector, PA 15677
Find tranquility when you visit Powdermill Nature Reserve. An extension of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the pristine nature reserve features both a nature center and hiking trails. Explore the indoor stream and exhibits at the nature center. Powdermill Nature Reserve also hosts events for kids and adults throughout the year.
6. Photos Antiquities Museum — 531 East Ohio Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Carve out plenty of time to visit the Photos Antiquities Museum. The museum hosts a collection of more than a half a million photographs from the past. Stop by the Pittsburgh Room, which features vintage photos of the city from the early 1830's on. More than 2,000 cameras are also on display.
7. Allegheny Islands State Park — Cheswick, PA 15024
Allegheny Islands State Park certainly isn't your typical state park. Tucked away in Cheswick, visitors must take a boat to reach the charming island. The nearly 50-acre state park offers boating, fishing, hunting, and wildlife watching. Explore the island on the footpaths; the park does not have any developed hiking trails.
These are just several underrated places in Pittsburgh that certainly deserve a visit. Would you agree that Pittsburgh is underrated as a city?
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