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The Hidden Attractions in Pittsburgh
Hi I’m Jesse, the owner of Pittsburgh Appliance Repairs, I have an unique insight into all the great things this city has to offer. When I’m not busy fixing the city’s appliances, I am most likely exploring one of the many hidden attractions that Pittsburgh offers.
- Visit the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The Carnegie Museum of Natural history is a prestigious world class museum which boasts a variety of permanent exhibitions including the Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs in Their Time, Ice Age Animals and the Hall of African Animals. Children are also well catered to as the museum boasts an interactive, hands on dinosaur excavation quarry.
- Drive to the top of Mount Washington. For an unobstructed view of Pittsburgh’s skyline simply drive to the top of Mount Washington, where you’ll be able to stunning panoramic photographs of Pittsburgh. If you don’t foresee yourself having access to a rental car on your Pittsburgh vacation, a variety of tour companies offer city tours of Pittsburgh, which include a drive to the top of Mount Washington.
- Explore the National Aviary. Pittsburgh is the home to the National Aviary, where you’ll get a chance to glimpse a variety of birds including penguins, flamingos, Andean Condors, bald eagles, toucans, macaws and owls. As a bonus, if you tour the Tropical Rain forest exhibition, you’ll also get the chance to glimpse a two-toed sloth.
- Book a tasting tour at Wigle Whiskey. If you’re interested in sampling locally brewed whiskey and bourbon, head to the Wigle Whiskey distillery where you can take a guided tour of the distillery and sample a variety of the beverages on offer. If you’re a history buff, you may also be interested in the distillery’s history, as it was one of the first distilleries opened after the prohibition.
- Shop for souvenirs at the Pittsburgh Public Market. The Pittsburgh Public Market is located on the Strip and is the perfect destination to pick up ingredients for a picnic lunch as there are a multitude of special stores which offer gourmet locally produced products such as fresh pastries as well as pasta, cheeses and chocolate.
- Visit the USS Requin. If you have any interest in military history make sure to visit the USS Requin, a WW2 submarine which holds the honor of being the US Navy’s very first Radar Picket submarine. By touring the USS Requin, you’ll get a rare glimpse into what it would be like to serve on a submarine during WW2.
- Visit the Andy Warhol Museum. Andy Warhol is world renown for his Pop Art pieces which include his Campbell’s soup inspired paintings as well as brightly colored portraits of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe. Should you visit the Andy Warhol Museum, you’ll get to explore seven stories of Warhol exhibitions and will get an opportunity to gain an insight into the main behind the easel.
- Visit the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. If you’re an avid sports fan, make sure to spend a few hours exploring the exhibits at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. Which include exhibitions centered around some of Pittsburgh’s most successful sporting teams the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Steelers and the Penguins.
- Escape from one of the rooms at Escape Room Pittsburgh. Escape Room Pittsburgh offers small groups the opportunity to work as a team in order to solve an interactive puzzle and escape from either a prison cell or a creepy laboratory. Each team has exactly one hour to escape from their chosen room, in order to win the their game.
- Visit the Carnegie Science Center. The Carnegie Science Center is an interactive museum which boasts a planetarium, live science shows and an Omnimax theater. Better yet it also boasts a permanent robotics exhibition as well as a two story replica of the International Space Station. If you’re traveling with children they’ll also enjoy learning about kinetic energy through the interactive games in the Highmark Sportsworks exhibition.
So, if you’re in the process on planning your next trip to Pittsburgh and are unsure of which sites you should visit, you simply can’t go wrong choosing to visit any of the attractions listed above. In fact, if you have time up your sleeve you may want to seriously consider spending a week in Pittsburgh and visiting all ten attractions! After all a few days, is far too short a time span to discover all that Pittsburgh has to offer.