Pittsburgh was once the industrial hub for coal mining and steel production, and while in some ways it does still remain true to its manufacturing roots, the city has transformed into a metropolitan center filled with beautiful parks, cultural attractions and so much more that make it a great location for a summer vacation.
The Golden Triangle of Rivers – the Ohio, Monongahela and Allegheny – make Pittsburgh a great summertime getaway for nature lovers and city dwellers alike. Here are just some of the countless attractions to help kick your summer into high gear in Pittsburgh!
Surrounded by rivers, filled with trails and packed with parks, the city of Pittsburgh is a true urban oasis filled with endless opportunity to explore the great outdoors. If nature is what you’re after this summer season, check out these outdoor activities for the ultimate urban adventure.
Even if you’re not a baseball fan, you should experience PNC Park, the home of Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates. Often heralded as one of the best ballparks in the nation, PNC Park provides spectators with stunning skyline views from across the Allegheny River. Enjoy the spirit of the game, catch a hot dog from a cannon and cheer on your favorite Pierogi to victory in this one-of-a-kind sporting experience.
Get out on the river for a unique way to tour the city with Kayak Pittsburgh. The flat-water kayaks for rent are easy enough no matter your age or skill, allowing you to safely paddle alongside Pittsburgh’s transformed riverfront for an outdoor adventure you won’t soon forget.
If you happen to be in town on the last Sunday of July, you won’t want to miss Open Streets Pittsburgh. This unique event allows you to take control over the city’s streets as the city shuts off traffic and opens up the streets to countless activities, shops and so much more to see and do.
Pittsburgh is home to two golf courses that rated four-and-a-half stars in Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play in 2006-2007. Olde Stonewall and Nemacolin Resort’s Mystic Rock are fantastic courses that any golfer would enjoy on their vacation, but there are many others in the area that will challenge you. With 38.3 miles of shoreline, you could grab a rod and tackle to fish at Point State Park or North Shore Riverfront Park. The river is stocked with plenty of freshwater game fish.
Indoor Tourist Spots
Pittsburgh’s summer months can reach temperatures an upwards of 80°F on the warmest of days. If you’re looking for some cooling relief from the summer sun, try out these indoor activities filled with fun and excitement for all ages.
The Phipps Conservatory is a glasshouse featuring beautiful gardens that change along with the seasons. Enjoy flowers, butterflies and birds in an array of colors while you relax in the soothing tropical atmosphere no matter rain or shine.
The Carnegie Museum of Art is just one of four museums that hold the name of the founder, steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. To this day, the museum holds one of the most extensive collections of Impressionist and post-impressionist art in the United States. Don’t forget to stop by its neighboring museum, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for a unique journey through our existence. If science is more your thing, the Carnegie Science Center has everything from marine biology to space and more.
For the adults in your travel group, a trip to the Rivers Casino is an excellent way to chance their luck and enjoy some of the finest dining and entertainment opportunities the city has to offer.
Planning Your Summertime Getaway
There are many different hotels in Pittsburgh for the perfect stay for you and your family. Pittsburgh Cultural District Suites provide some of the best opportunity to help you stay in the center of all the action and experience everything the city has to offer.
Best of all, getting around the city of Pittsburgh has become easier than ever with the addition of Healthy Ride Bike Rentals. These bike rental kiosks are located all over the city, and provide tourists and city dwellers alike with a chance to gain some new perspective into the city’s streets and bike trails. Beyond bicycle rentals – segways, trolleys and boat charters are other unique ways to make your way from one downtown Pittsburgh attraction to the next.
Pittsburgh has a rich heritage, and in recent years it has become a city that offers a lot for families and adults in need of the ultimate summer getaway. Book your trip now and stay in one of the beautiful hotels in Pittsburgh for a fun-filled vacation this summer season. You’ll find everything you could imagine to help you plan the adventure of a lifetime.
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