8 Amazing Things To Do In Steel City

Pittsburgh, the second largest city in Pennsylvania has so much more to offer than an abundance of steel.

Also known as Steel City, you may picture an energy focused on industrialization and warehouses, but it is much more than that. When visiting Pittsburgh, you may be surprised by the stunning views of the three rivers or stunning bridges. From parks, museums, to gardens; there are many activities in Pittsburgh that would make your trip all the more amazing.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phipps Conservatory
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Located only a few miles from downtown, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a 15-acre conservatory featuring various gardens, a glass house, flower shows, exhibits, and more. The Phipps Conservatory opened to the public in December of 1893 by Henry W. Phipps, who not only gifted the estate to the city but continued to be the benefactor until his death. The famous glasshouse was designed by Lord & Burnham and was completed one year after construction began.

Carnegie Museum of Art

4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Carnegie Museum Of Art
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If you are looking to see tens of thousands of art pieces, the Carnegie Museum of Art is the place to go. It is the first museum of contemporary art in the United States and offers a wide variety: photographs, paintings, architectural pieces, and more.

The museum focuses on the perspectives of present-day artists, and creativity behind our generation as well as their role in social issues. It officially opened up for public use in November of 1895. It gained its current name in 1986 to accommodate three other Carnegie Museums: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum.

Andy Warhol Museum

117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

The Andy Warhol Museum
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As the largest museum dedicated to a single artist in North America, the Andy Warhol Museum is a gem for modern art lovers since it contains: seven floors, 17 galleries, 900 paintings, 2,000 works on paper, 1,000+ prints, 77 sculptures, 4,000 photographs, 4,000+ films and videos. Warhol, a Pittsburgh native, passed away in 1987. 2.5 years later, the museum was conceived. This is a deep dive into the creativity behind one of modern imagination’s greatest legends and the birth of Pop Art.

Senator John Heinz History Center

1212 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Senator John Heinz History Center
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Although a famous ketchup company, the Senator John Heinz History Center is not a ketchup center. The History Center is dedicated to sharing the background of western Pennsylvania since it’s the largest history museum in the state as well as the oldest cultural institution on the west side of Pennsylvania where past residents wanted to save their local history, so they creative the historical society which eventually led to the building of the History Center. It is located in the Strip District in downtown Pittsburgh.

Strip District

The Strip District
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Pittsburgh’s Strip District is like a huge flea market filled with many little shops and boutiques that line the streets. It is, however, much more famous due to the food. There are a variety of grub choices to satisfy whatever you are craving for, in addition to a plethora of dessert and coffee shops.

This half-mile strip grew quickly during in the 1800s. Formerly called the “Northern Liberties of Pittsburgh,” it was more known as Bayardstown, named after one of its founders George A. Bayard. At the time, it was an ideal location that businesses and factories flocked to set up shop here, and therefore, its popularity rapidly grew. Today, it’s a vibrant area for strolls and meals.

Duquesne Incline

Duquesne Incline
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The Duquesne Incline is the place to go if you want the most beautiful view of Pittsburgh. A red cart takes you up a hill to its observation deck where you can capture aerial views of the city and surrounding areas.

The Incline was designed by Samuel Diescher and was opened to the public May 20, 1877. It is elevated 400 feet with a 794 foot track and operates at six miles per hour. The incline is open 365 days a year and costs $5.00 round trip for people ages 12-64, and $2.50 round trip for kids ages 6-11. Adults 65 and older, and children five and under ride free.

Randyland

1501 Arch St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Randyland
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Randyland is not your ordinary art museum. Located on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Randyland is a colorful outdoor art museum filled with paintings and other artworks. Due to its magnificence of color, you literally cannot miss coming here.

Randy Gilson, the artist, purchased a house on the Mexican War Streets in 1995. Today, that home is now Randyland which is vividly painted and filled with recycled pieces that he made into art. Gilson was inspired to create this piece of art while the neighborhood was enduring tough times. Randyland has been nicknamed “the happiest place in Pennsylvania.”

Point State Park

601 Commonwealth Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Point State Park
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At this National Historic Landmark; you’ll find trails, a beautiful water fountain, and a view of three rivers. Located at the tip of Pittsburgh’s “golden triangle,” you can hike, bike, kayak, boat…and much more. It is situated where the Allegheny, Ohio, and Monongahela rivers connect.

First United States president, George Washington, had passed through the park in 1753 on his way to negotiate an agreement with the French. Permission was granted in 1945 for the park to be developed, and it was completed in 1974.

Kennedy Kollar

Content Associate

Kennedy is an entertainment junkie hailing from Pennsylvania. When she is traveling, you can find her searching for the best gluten-free foods as well as matcha and chai teas. She loves immersing herself in new cultures and wishes to visit the less-traveled hidden gems.

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