Pittsburgh is best known for being a blue-collar, steelworker city. Yet, the City of Bridges does know how to have a good time with a selection of historical, artistic, sporting, and cultural attractions. Whether you are looking to spend a day exploring the city with the grandchildren, a friend, or on your own, here are some reasons to get out of the house.
There are five major art museums in Pittsburgh: the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Andy Warhol Museum, Mattress Factory, Frick Art & Historical Center, and the Carnegie Museum of Art, which is located in the Oakland neighborhood and holds a distinguished collection of contemporary art, including video and film works. The Andy Warhol Museum is on the North Shore of the city and is the largest museum in the United States that is dedicated to one artist.
The fourth best national history museum in the country is located in Pittsburgh. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in the Oakland neighborhood consists of 115,000 square feet of galleries along with library, office, and research space. There are about 22 million specimens.
Also in Pittsburgh is the Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. It is the largest history museum in the state and is situated in the Strip District. Some of the permanent exhibitions are Glass: Shattering Notions, Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation, Heinz 57, and Senator John Heinz: A Western Pennsylvania Legacy.
For over a century, the city has been served by Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the National Aviary, and the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, which has more than 4,000 animals spanning 475 species. It is one of only six major aquarium and zoo combinations in the US. Exhibits include bears, tropical forest, Kid’s Kingdom, Cheetah Valley, African Savanna, and more.
Voted the “Best Sports City” in the US by the Sporting News and known as “the City of Champions,” Pittsburgh is home to three major professional sports teams. Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates play at PNC Park and have won seven World Series titles. The National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers play at Heinz Field and have six Super Bowl wins to their name. And, the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins have collected four Stanley Cups.
Pittsburghers know how to celebrate. This is evidenced by their many annual events held throughout the year. One of the most prominent is the Three Rivers Arts Festival held each June in the Downtown district. There is live performance art, vendors selling their wares, live music, and visual art. Also, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade attracts an estimated 200,000 people each March.
There are several ways to pamper yourself in Pittsburgh when you just want to take it easy. In Shadyside, Miss T’s Beauty Lounge is a popular option for nail and hair removal services. On the South Side, Judit European Visage is the perfect place for a massage. Enjoy a nice, relaxing experience with a partner or on your own.
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