A Visitor's Guide to Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh Famous Yinzers



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Sports Teams




Sets of Steps

‘Burgh Creations

‘Burgh Firsts Broadcast radio station (KDKA, 1920) Community-supported television station (WQED, 1954) Gas station (1913) Modern movie theater (1905) Retractable stadium roof (Civic Arena, 1959)

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Christina Aguilera Jeff Goldblum Michael Keaton Wiz Khalifa Joe Manganiello Dan Marino Joe Namath Andy Warhol August Wilson

Banana splits (1904) The Big Mac (1967) The Clark bar (1917) Ferris Wheel (1892) Heinz ketchup (1869) Mr. Yuk (1971) The smiley emoticon (1982)

Pittsburgh Residents Allegheny County Residents

University of

Pittsburgh 535 feet

Founded in Named a staterelated institution in


1787 1966




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Famous Pitt Students

The Cathedral of Learning is the tallest academic building in the US at



Michael Chabon Myron Cope Mark Cuban Mike Ditka Terrance Hayes Gene Kelly Andrew W. Mellon Fred Rogers Art Rooney II Zelda Rubinstein Jonas Salk

Arts + Culture Museums, galleries, live performances, visual arts, and more. If you can think it, you can probably find a place in Pittsburgh to see it, learn it, or experience it.

Visual Arts

Performing arts

Andy Warhol Museum

City Theatre

The largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials on display in his hometown.

The largest theatre in Pittsburgh specializing in new works with plays by writers at the forefront of the industry.

Carnegie Museum of Art + Natural History

Pittsburgh Ballet

A museum of culture, art, and history that’s fun for the entire family.

Mattress Factory A contemporary art museum and experimental lab featuring both a permanent collection and rotating installation artists.

Phipps Conservatory

Year-round ballet performances ranging from classic tales to modern stories.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Events include visual arts, contemporary dance, musicals, family programs, and more at a number of downtown venues.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

An indoor/outdoor botanical garden featuring seasonal flower shows, art collections, and more.

Instrumental performances, modernday music, speaker series, and live entertainment offer an amazing experience for all ages.

The Frick Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Opera

An art and history museum featuring ongoing art collections, exhibitions, and vast gardens.

An opera house featuring performances for every taste, including low cost and free events year-round.

e Art Crawls Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl Held quarterly, the Gallery Crawl features dozens of exhibitions, live music, theater, dance, film screenings, hands-on activities, and more.

Unblurred: First Fridays Sponsored by the Penn Avenue Arts Initiative, this monthly crawl features artists, galleries, restaurants, and local shops.

Honorable Mentions August Wilson Center Bicycle Heaven Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Contemporary Craft Fallingwater Heinz History Center

Kelly Strayhorn Theater Pittsburgh Glass Center Silver Eye Center for Photography The Clemente Museum Westmoreland Museum of American Art

Festivals + ann Picklesburgh From pickle fanatics to the pickle curious, enjoy this multi-day event with food and music on the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

Pittsburgh Children’s Theater Festival Bloomfield Little Italy Days The Pittsburgh region’s largest heritage festival celebrating the Italian in all of us.

First Night Pittsburgh A New Year’s Eve celebration for the entire family (fireworks included) in downtown Pittsburgh.

Perfect for kids of all ages, experience professional, international theater performances and educational activities.

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week PCBW highlights the region’s craft beer culture with tastings, education, collaboration brews, and more.

Holiday Market A German-inspired holiday market in downtown Pittsburgh’s Market Square.

OpenStreetsPGH Free of charge and open to the public throughout the summer, bike, walk, skate, run, shop, and create through some of Pittsburgh’s most iconic streets.

Honorable Mentions

Pittsburgh Marathon Participate in the full or half marathon, 5k, or other events each spring.

Art All Night + R.A.N.T. Deutschtown Music Festival Kennywood Phantom Fright Nights Joy of Cookies Cookie Tour

nual events There’s always something happening in Pittsburgh. Experience new cultures, eat new foods, shop for new art, and more at these festivals and annual events.

Pittsburgh PrideFest

Three Rivers Arts Festival

Each June, celebrate PittsburghPRIDE on Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh.

Ten days of free music and art held in beautiful downtown Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

Three Rivers Regatta

A ten day celebration of motor sports history, spanning six venues and two counties with car races in Schenley Park.

An annual event celebrating Pittsburgh’s three rivers with water sports, races, live music, family fun, fireworks, and more.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade The second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the world, complete with marching bands, floats, and other events.

South side Soup Contest A fundraising event soup contest highlighting some of Pittsburgh’s best restaurants and chefs.

Thrival Innovation + Music Festival Explore the intersection of humans, technology, and creativity through curated programs, multimedia, and innovation.

Light Up Night Pittsburgh Fringe Festival Pittsburgh Irish Festival Pittsburgh Pierogi Fest

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival Pittsburgh ZooBoo Silk Screen Asian American Film FEstival The Great Race

Food It’s impossible to list all of the great food and restaurants you can try in Pittsburgh. With new restaurants always opening, there’s no shortage of good eats in the city.



B52 Cafe


A vegan cafe featuring American-Middle Eastern taste.

Deluca’s Diner After one visit you’ll know why this diner with classic breakfast fare usually has a line down the block.

Pamela’s Diner Get the hotcakes and the Lyonnaise potatoes at this cash-only diner.

square Cafe Enjoy a seasonal menu made with fresh, local products.

Waffles, Incaffeinated If you have never had a savory waffle, then this is the place to try it.

Made-to-order burgers and shakes in a cool, casual atmosphere perfect for the entire family.

Noodlehead Asian noodles, shareable snacks, and BYOB.

Primanti Brothers A Pittsburgh staple, sandwiches are piled high with french fries and coleslaw.

Gaucho Parilla Argentina Argentinian food in a casual setting (your steak craving can be satiated here at an affordable price).

Carson STreet Deli Handmade sandwiches and a taplist of some of the region’s best craft brews.

Bakeries + Desserts

Dinner Baby Loves Tacos Some of the best tacos in all of Pittsburgh.

Casbah Mediterranean-inspired cuisine made from local ingredients.

Butcher and the Rye Craft foods with a rustic flair and an extensive whiskey collection.

Pork & Beans A daily rotating menu of house-smoked meats and an ample beer list.

Morcilla Spanish cuisine featuring family-style dishes and a quiet, cozy atmosphere.

Legume A sleek bistro serving seasonal, locally sourced fare.

Chengdu Gourmet Sichuan Chinese cuisine made by a head chef with multi-year James Beard Foundation nominations.

Bar Marco Handmade pasta and seasonal dishes perfect for a special night out or a casual get-together with friends.

Apteka A vegan restaurant with a central and eastern European twist.

The Twisted Frenchman For a fancier night out, enjoy multicourse French cuisine made with modern techniques.

Cure An urban Mediterranean menu based on the local farms in Western Pennsylvania.

Breadworks Jean-Marc Chatellier’s La Gourmandine naturoll Creamery

Oakmont BAkery Prantl’s The Priory The Milk Shake FActory

Drink Pittsburgh knows a good drink when it sees it. The city is home to tons of breweries, juiceries, coffeehouses, and more, all designed to quench a thirst of any kind.

Breweries + taprooms

Distilleries Boyd & Blair Quantum spirits McLaughlin Distillery Red Pump Spirits Maggie’s Farm Rum Wigle Whiskey

Brew Gentlemen Cinderlands Church Brew Works Dancing Gnome Cocktails East End Eleventh Hour Acacia Full Pint Butterjoint Grist House Grapperia helltown Hitchhiker Hop Farm Mindful Penn Reclamation Roundabout Southern Tier Wineries + Spoonwood Cider Houses Strange Roots ARsenal Cider House Voodoo Courtyard Winery

Hidden Harbor Mixtape Smallman Galley

Enginehouse 25 Pittsburgh Winery Threadbare Cider House Wooden Door winery

Largest Tap selection Bierport Tap Room Caliente Pizza & Draft House Fat Head’s Saloon Hough’s Taproom House of 1000 Beers Industry Public House Piper’s Pub Southern Tier Brewing Co. The Urban Tap

Juice Bars Clean Juice East End Food Co-op Fresh from the Farm Juices Kahuna Poke and Juice Bar Pittsburgh Juice Company Reed & Co. Salud

Tea Houses Coffee Shops 4121 Main Big Dog Coffee Black Forge Coffee Commonplace Voluto Constellation Coffee Espresso a Mano La Prima Espresso Co. Zeke’s Coffee Shop

21st Street Coffee & Tea ARnold’s Tea Bantha Tea Bar Dobra Tea Tazza D’Oro

Family Fun There’s no shortage of fun things to do for the entire family in Pittsburgh. Kids of all ages can visit hands-on museums, enjoy thrills, and explore the city.

Kennywood Park The city’s traditional amusement park featuring classic rides and modern thrills.

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Hands-on workshops, educational exhibits, and concert series for children of all ages.

Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium A zoo and aquarium that features multiple exhibits, year-round events, and educational programs.

Sandcastle Waterpark A family-friendly waterpark overlooking the Monongahela River.

Carnegie Science Center Laser shows, children exhibits, hands-on learning, and more that’s fun for the whole family.

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Take a ride into Pittsburgh’s past with a scenic trolley ride, exhibits, tours, and more.

Go Ape North Park

An outdoor adventure experience featuring ziplining through beautiful public parks.

National Aviary An indoor zoo dedicated to birds and featuring hands-on activities and multiple events year-round.

The Climbing Wall From beginners to those more experienced, scale indoor walls and boulders for an awesome vertical experience.

RAndyLand One of America’s most colorful public art landmarks, this free museum is a colorful adventure for all ages.

Duquesne Incline Kidsburgh An online resource to find all things kid- and family-related in the city.

Play Pittsburgh An online resource listing all of the fun, cheap, and free things to do in the city with family.

A historic museum, group tours, and a chance to see one of the best views of the city.

Outdoors + Cit Three Rivers Heritage Trail A 24-mile riverfront trail that runs through the three rivers, city neighborhoods, and local attractions.

Boat Pittsburgh Rent a pontoon and cruise the city’s rivers at your leisure.

The Pittsburgh Tour Company A historic tour of Pittsburgh in a doubledecker bus that explores the best areas of the city.

Pittsburgh Party Pedaler A unique way to see the city and visit local bars and restaurants while having fun with friends.

Gateway Clipper See the best sights of the city from a river boat as it cruises through the three rivers during the day and at night.

City Brew Tours Tour local craft breweries throughout the city without worrying about driving; perfect for big groups.

‘Burgh Bits and Bites Tour A food tour through the city’s historic neighborhoods featuring local eateries and small businesses.

Greater Allegheny Passage Explore this 150-mile, nearly level trail that starts (or ends, depending on your direction) at Point State Park.

ty Tours See the best views of Pittsburgh with guided tours and outdoor events held every year. Explore, learn, and experience in a variety of ways.

Stand Up Pittsburgh Paddleboard one of the city’s three rivers with an experienced instructor; perfect for families and groups.

Kayak Pittsburgh Kayak on any of the city’s three rivers alone or in a group; no experience necessary.

Pittsburgh Segway Tour the city on a Segway with an experienced guide to see the best views of Pittsburgh.

Fallingwater Tour one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most architecturally beautiful houses.

Healthy Ride Rent a bicycle for 30 or 60 minutes to explore the city and get some fresh air.

Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place

An outdoor ice rink open annually during the winter, perfect for families.

OpenStreetsPgh Free of charge and open to the public throughout the summer, bike, walk, skate, run, shop, and create through some of Pittsburgh’s most iconic streets.

State Parks Hike, camp, and swim at any of Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks, with 24 located in Western Pennsylvania alone.

Sports They don’t call us the City of Champions for nothing. Cheer on your new favorite sports team or just take in the views with games and matches all year round.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Six-time Super Bowl Champions. Heinz Field serves as the home of Pittsburgh Steelers football as well as Pitt Panthers football, live concerts, and other yearround events.

Pittsburgh’s pro-soccer team whose home is the Highmark Stadium.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Passion The most recognized full-contact women’s football franchise in the world.

Five-time Stanley Cup Champions. The PPG Paints Arena is the home of the Penguins and also hosts other live concerts year-round.

A professional Ultimate Frisbee franchise in the American Ultimate Disc League.

Pittsburgh pirates

Steel City Roller Derby

Five-time World Series Champions. The Pirates play at PNC Park, where some of the best views of the entire city can be found.

Pittsburgh Thunderbirds

A women’s flat-track roller derby league, the Derby Demons, with classic roller derby action and a punk rock twist.

Pitt Athletics From football to gymnastics, from wrestling to baseball, the students at Pitt are involved in sports of all kinds. The Pitt Athletics website hosts a full schedule of upcoming games, matches, and events and an opportunity to purchase tickets and follow sports news and updates.

Concert Venue From local talent to national acts, Pittsburgh hosts all genres of music and performance year-round. Enjoy your favorite band at these venues of all sizes.

Benedum Center See the next big Broadway show, right in Pittsburgh, as well as comedy, ballet, and other theatrical performances.

Brillobox Music from every genre imaginable, comedy shows, and speaker series highlight this cultural space.

Heinz Hall The year-round home to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and a host for comedy, dance, and live music of all genres.


Carnegie Library Music Hall

A neighborhood bar and music venue in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood.

As part of the Carnegie Library of Homestead, visit this historically stunning venue for music, comedy, and family entertainment.

Keybank Pavilion

Club Cafe

Located 30 minutes outside of Pittsburgh in Burgettstown, this open amphitheater hosts modern and classic musicans and bands on tour.

A renowned live music venue in South Side with a nightly lineup of touring and local acts.

es Mr. Smalls Theatre In this repurposed former 18th century Catholic church you can find local and national artists year-round.

Petersen Events Center When the Pitt Panthers are away, other big musical acts and sports games come to play at this Oakland space.

PPG Paints Arena When not hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins, this venue serves as a go-to for concerts and family shows in downtown Pittsburgh.

Rex Theater Originally opening as a vaudeville theater in 1905, this South Side venue offers shows for a variety of music lovers.

Stage AE The second indoor/outdoor concert venue in the US with state-of-the-art lighting, acoustical systems, and an innovative reversible stage.

The Mr. Roboto Project A cooperatively-run all-ages DIY show space and art gallery in Pittsburgh.

The Smiling Moose A restaurant, bar, and music venue all wrapped into one in South Side.

Relocation + li Looking to relocate to the beautiful city of Pittsburgh? Start your search here for the best neighborhoods, relocation guides, and transportation resources.

All-Around Resources Discover the Burgh - A Complete Relocation Guide www.discovertheburgh.com/moving-to-pittsburgh

Next Pittsburgh - Guides for many of the city’s neighborhoods www.nextpittsburgh.com/pittsburgh-neighborhoods-map-and-guides

HOward Hanna - A Guide to Homebuying in Pittsburgh www.howardhanna.com/communities/pittsburgh-pa

iving Best Hotels


Ace Hotel Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel Monaco Omni William Penn Renaissance Shadyside Inn

Port Authority

Hotels Near PIT Airport

Healthy Ride

Courtyard by Marriott DoubleTree Extended Stay America Hampton Inn Hyatt Regency Sheraton

Pittsburgh Port Authority runs public buses, light rail, and funniculars throughout the city.

Transit App Not sure which bus to take? The Transit app utilizes Port Authority’s TrueTime tracking system for easy navigation.

Bicycle rentals with hubs throughout the city for easy pick-up and return.

Scoobi On-demand electric scooter rentals.

RideSharing + Taxis Lyft, Uber, and Z-Trip all run often throughout the city and its suburbs.

Odds + Ends Parking Permits

Getting Around

Many neighborhoods require permits for street parking. Find which neighborhoods require permits and apply for a permit on the Pittsburgh Parking Authority website.

Google Maps offers the easiest way to find your way from Point A to Point B whether driving, biking, walking, or using public transportation.

Free + almost f You don’t have to break the bank to explore and have a good time in Pittsburgh. Check out some of the free (or almost free) things to do in the city.

Chatham Arboretum

Located on the Chatham University campus, the 32-acre arboretum features 115 different variety of species.

Allegheny Observatory An astronomical research institution that offers observations and illustrated lectures to the public.

Cinema in the Park An annual event where famlies can enjoy movoies and take in the view of the city at night, from a variety of locations.

Cathedral of Learning Nationality Rooms Beautiful rooms inside the Cathedral of Learning designed to represent the various cultures and ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County.

Heinz Memorial Chapel A nondenominational chapel given by the H.J. Heinz family to the University of Pittsburgh.

free Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy McDonald’s Big Mac Museum Restaurant Located about 40 minutes outside of Pittsburgh in North Huntingdon, find a combined restaurant and museum celebrating the creation of the Big Mac.

Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum A museum exhibit featuring a miniature railroad and village during Pittsburgh’s Industrial Age.

St. Anthony Chapel Home to 5,000 relics of the Catholic faith, featuring self-guided and audio tours.

Encompasses the nine historic city parks found around Pittsburgh, featuring maps and things to do in each park.

Self-Guided Walking Tours Join the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council in learning about the public art found in different neighborhoods around the city.

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum The nation’s only military memorial dedicated to honoring those who have served in all branches of the military.



Ready to learn more? Check out these guides for even more guides, tips, and recommendations with everything and anything Pittsburgh has to offer.

Pittsburgh Magazine

Visit Pittsburgh

A combination of food and drink, culture, and living that brings you the best of the ‘Burgh.

A site dedicated to showcasing the city’s one-of-a-kind beauty, featuring hotels in the area, events and festivals, and things to do.

Local Pittsburgh Bringing you the best of all things local, from restaurants and bars, to music festivals and the arts.

Urbanist Guide The city’s best guide to everything Pittsburgh, updated annually.

Whirl Magazine A lifestyle magazine that features a behindthe-scenes look at the people and places that make the city what it is.

Thrillist: best of pgh All the best food, drink, and culture of the city in one place, including the best neighborhoods to eat in and ideas for date night.

Made in PGH Articles and guides on health and fitness, innovation, and more to keep you updated on everything going on in the city.

Discover the Burgh The best sights, attractions, and restaurants in the city, plus hotels, transportation, and a moving guide.

Popular Pittsburgh Articles on living in, exploring, and enjoying the city.

Living Pittsburgh An events calendar and guides on what to do and where to go right at your fingertips.

Beaux Arts Find your new home in this guide of some of Pittsburgh’s hippest neighborhoods.

Downtown Pittsburgh Visit, live, play, and eat with guides and tips from the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership.

Pgh Brewery Guide Craft a custom trail or use a premade trail and take a tour through all of the breweries in your neighborhood.


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