If there’s anything on which most Pittsburghers can likely agree, it’s that life in Pittsburgh is never boring. But, sometimes we get stuck in the monotony of doing the same thing over and over, even in our free time. Break out of the monotony by trying these 10 unusual things to do in Pittsburgh.
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1. Tour the city on a segway.
Forgo the traditional walking or biking tour of the Burgh in lieu of a leisurely segway tour. Segway Pittsburgh offers a full menu of segway tours, including the Golden Triangle Segway Tour, the Downtown Segway Tour, and the Sunset Segway Tour. Enjoy a unique view of Pittsburgh with Segway Pittsburgh at 125 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
2. Take in a roller derby game.
Cheer on the Steel City Roller Derby amateur roller derby team, an all-female team, as it takes on competitors from around the country. If you're more of a participant than a spectator, you may want to tryout to become a team member or an official.
3. Go roller skating.
It may be unusual in the 21st century, but roller skating was all the rage in Pittsburgh, especially in the 80s. Lace up a pair of roller skates (or roller blades, if you prefer) at Neville Roller Drome. The roller skating rink hosts birthday parties and regular themed sessions, such as family skates, adult skates, and open skates. Enjoy a good, old-fashioned roller skating session at Neville Roller Drome at 5109 Neville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15225.
4. Take a glass blowing class.
Channel your creativity in a glass blowing class at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, which offers multi-week classes and one-day workshops in everything from glass blowing to bead making. The Pittsburgh Glass Center also welcomes guests to watch artists in action and to explore artists' exhibits. Plan your trip to the Pittsburgh Glass Center at 5472 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.
5. Visit a bicycle museum.
Even if you're not a bicycle enthusiast now, you just might be after a trip to Bicycle Heaven, a combination museum and bicycle shop. Bicycle Heaven sells an assortment of bicycles, parts, and accessories, including those that are hard-to-find. Stop by Bicycle Heaven at Casey Industrial Park, 1800 Preble Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233.
6. Watch pierogies race.
Pittsburghers love pierogies - eating them and watching them race. That's right. If you haven't seen a pierogi race at PNC Park during a Buccos game, you really haven't lived yet. Add a Pirates game, complete with a pierogi race, to your to do list next summer. Catch the Buccos next season at PNC Park, 115 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
7. Enjoy another country's cuisine.
Experience another culture without leaving Pittsburgh when you order from Conflict Kitchen, a take-out restaurant that serves food, offers literature, and encourages discussion on a country with which the United States is currently in conflict. Conflict Kitchen is currently featuring the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Immerse yourself in a new culture at Conflict Kitchen at 221 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
8. Throw snowball in the summer.
Save your snowballs this winter. Stick one or two in the freezer because, come June, you'll want to shoot them straight into the river. The Carnegie Science Center hosts an annual Snowball Day every June. Launch your winter's snowball into the Ohio River next summer at the Carnegie Science Center at 1 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.
9. Go lawn bowling at Frick Park.
Prepare to spend spring 2017 at Frick Park, one of the city's largest parks that offers a plethora of activities, including hiking, biking, tennis courts, a playground, and a public lawn bowling green. You can also enjoy the public lawn bowling green, the only one in Pennsylvania, by joining the Frick Park Lawn Bowling Club.
10. Eat at all of Pittsburgh's popular restaurants in one afternoon.
Okay, so maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration. You won't get to eat at ALL of Pittsburgh's restaurants but you will stop by some of the best on the Burgh Bits & Bites Food Tour. Choose from a food tour of one of several Pittsburgh neighborhoods, including the Strip District Market, the South Side, Brookline, Bloomfield, Lawrenceville, and the North Side. Book your food tour by emailing
or by calling 412-901‑7150.
These are just 10 unusual things to do in Pittsburgh. Cap off your unique experience with a visit to what’s undoubtedly
Pittsburgh’s most unique restaurant.