Top 10 Pittsburgh Attractions

Growing up in Pittsburgh, I was fortunate to have all the many restaurants and attractions to choose from for the perfect day or night out.  In this post, I shared my Top 10 favorite attractions in Pittsburgh, enjoy! 🙂

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1) Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
Spend a beautiful day exploring what the Pittsburgh Zoo has to offer. Enjoy the sites of many animals from across the world and relax by hearing the heart-warming sounds as you walk the grounds.

2) LeMont
Are you looking for a romantic night out on the town? Then the LeMont is your place to go.  When you come to LeMont, except to be splurging because it is an expensive restaurant! Enjoy fine dining as you overlook the beautiful skyline.

3) Gateway Clipper
Travel the rivers of Pittsburgh on a Gateway Clipper Cruise for an evening of dining and dancing, it will be an experience you won’t forget!  Explore Pittsburgh in the best kind of way, by sailing the rivers!

4) Red Fin Blue
Escape from reality and pretend you’re at the beach by enjoying dinner down by the river at Red Fin Blue.  Enjoy a delicious, inexpensive meal while relaxing on the deck.

5) Andy Warhol Museum
It’s the only museum in the country dedicated to a single artist.  Spend the day at the art museum enjoying the many different art pieces.

6) Beer Market
I’ve only been to Beer Market once, but I definitely plan on going back soon. I’m very picky when it comes to beer and trying new kinds. However, when you go to Beer Market you have to try unique, delicious craft beer. Beer Market also serves wine.

7) Point State Park
This is my favorite place to go in the summer. It’s the perfect ending to a romantic date night. Enjoy the breathtaking fountain, as it lights up at night down by the river.

8) PPG Place/ Market Square
It’s the perfect place for a date night or just walking around and looking at the scenery, it’s surrounded by PPG’s glass buildings. It’s my favorite place to go during the holiday season to ice skate and enjoy the cheerful atmosphere.

9) Nakama
If you like Sushi or Hibachi, then the place to go is Nakama. While you’re there, you might even run into a famous athlete from Pittsburgh.

10) Kennywood
Spend the day at Pittsburgh’s well-known amusement park.  Make sure to try the Potato Patch French fries you won’t be disappointed.

I enjoy venturing around Pittsburgh, exploring new places and trying new things. If you have any suggestions of where I should try let me know, I’d love to hear!



12 thoughts on “Top 10 Pittsburgh Attractions

  1. It makes me laugh that everyone loves Pittsburgh so much! As a city, I love it, but driving in it makes me nauseous. Those hills! Haha, I’m just kidding. I love Pittsburgh. Growing up so close to it, I always begged my parents to take my brothers and I to the zoo or to a Pirates game. We loved the science center too. I’ve actually never been to the majority of the places you listed, which makes me a little sad. Hopefully I’ll have some time to check a few out this summer. Although, I’ll admit most of my free time in Pittsburgh is spent in Ikea. Whoops!

    • Lily, after growing up in Pittsburgh my whole life and then coming to Ohio was a huge difference. Ohio is so flat, but I don’t mind that! I love going to Pirate games and enjoying the atmosphere! Pittsburgh has so many things to do! I hope my blog can serve as a guide for you on your next visit to the city!

  2. I think I would add to the list REI and kayaking on the North Shore. Pittsburgh is chock full of fun stuff to do outside. REI is probably one of my favorite stores and sells camping and athletic equipment, but I usually cheat and get Cheesecake Factory cheesecake when I’m over that way. And being able to kayak Pittsburgh sounds awesome even though I’ve never done it. I think that would be the best way to see the river and get a little exercise, too. I was always impressed by the artwork you can see in Pittsburgh just walking around, though I can’t think of any specific places. What would you recommend for the outdoor enthusiast in Pittsburgh?

    • Thanks for your suggestion! I was actually thinking about kayaking on the river this summer. I have always been wanting to do it, but could never find anyone to join me! I’ve always heard people talking about the bike trails in Pittsburgh. Since you’re an outdoor enthusiast, I would recommend going on a bike ride on the Steel Valley Trail that will wind through the city of Pittsburgh, it’s a great way to experience the city as well.

  3. Pittsburgh is hands down one of the best cities in country. I’ve spend a lot of time in Pittsburgh and although the drivers are maniacs and navigating the city is confusing, it’s one of the best places to visit. Everyone is friendly, the food is absolutely amazing, the sports teams are great and the view from the tower of learning at the University of Pittsburgh is breathtaking. And you’re right, Point State Park is definitely a great place to end a romantic night! Great review! I’ll have to check out some of the places you suggested.

    • Thanks for your comment Chase! I’m with you, Pittsburgh is absolutely the best city in the country! I’ve never experience the view from the tower of learning, I’ll have to check it out!:)

  4. I know you’re going to hate me for this but I have never been to Pittsburgh. Aside from having the Steelers and the Pirates, it seems like a DECENT place. 😉 I like this list you’ve compiled. It seems like there are a lot of fun things to do in the and around the city. Although I know there are a few of these in Ohio, if I had to choose one place on this list to go to it would probably be Beer Market. (This shouldn’t surprise you, Heather.) LeMont also sounds like a great place to grab dinner before heading out in the city. I do have to say, I’ve gone through Pitt a few times at night. The skyline is gorgeous.

    • The skyline is one of my favorite things about Pittsburgh! You would definitely like Beer Market Bryan! They have probably over 100 different kinds of craft beers! If you ever get to Pittsburgh, make sure you make a day out of it and explore a little!:)

  5. This post is an absolute asset to my travel blog Heather! I love it. I plan on traveling to Pittsburgh soon and this post will definitely help me navigate the most popular attractions in the Pittsburgh area. Originally, Pittsburgh was not one of the places I has planned to travel but after checking out your blog it is definitely I city I want to visit sometime soon. Great post!

    • Thanks for your response Cassi! Pittsburgh is definitely and underrated city for those who don’t live there or travel there. It is filled with many popular attractions and restaurants that you wouldn’t want to pass up! I believe everyone should visit Pittsburgh at least once in their life! I’m glad my blog can be a guide for your future travels! Have fun. 🙂

  6. I love so many of these places! The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium is top notch, and sometimes they even have promotional days where certain counties in PA can go for free! I have also attended weddings there, and it’s beautiful. I have been to Kennywood countless times because I used to get in for free from working at its sister park, Idlewild. Sandcastle is a good one, too! I am going to have to check out a bunch of these places, though. The LeMont looks awesome, and the Red Fin Blue also seems like a nice place. Thanks for the good ideas!

    • Thanks for sharing your experiences as well! I also enjoy going to Sandcastle in the summer as well! I’m looking forward to summer in Pittsburgh to add new experiences to my list. I’m glad you enjoyed my post! I hope some of my ideas are helpful for you. 🙂

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