It’s time to start packing, yinz! Melbourne Orlando International Airport (MLB) is now offering low-fare, nonstop flights to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) on Allegiant! That’s right – take advantage of these easy nonstop flights to the Steel City, access to major league sports and so much more. This new ultra-low-cost option is perfect for the weekend getaway you desire!
If you’re looking for what to do in Pittsburgh, then we’ve got the answers for you. We’re here to help you plan your trip with this complete guide to all the great things to do in the Burgh!
First thing’s first. How many days do you need to explore Pittsburgh? Ideally, Pittsburgh can be enjoyed over a long weekend, 3-4 days. If you can spend longer, you can dive even deeper into Pittsburgh’s rich history and culture. Ready for the good news? Allegiant’s new flights from MLB are conveniently scheduled on Thursdays and Sundays, perfect for a long weekend.
It can be difficult and overwhelming to plan a weekend getaway in a city you have never explored. Simply use these lists to help narrow down your plans or compile your official Pittsburgh bucket list.
Sights to See
So much to do, so much to see! Here’s a list along with helpful links to learn more, purchase tickets and get a preview of the fun:
- Duquesne Incline is located on Mount Washington and public parking can be found at 1197 West Carson Street in the South Side. This iconic site is open seven days a week. Important reminder: Exact change is required.
- Nature Parks and Trails are a great way to take in the natural beauty of Pittsburgh. Check out these parks within Pittsburgh city limits: Point State Park, Highland Park, Riverview Park, Schenley Park, Frick Park, Mellon Park, Seldom Seen Greenway, Emerald View Park, and Hays Woods Park. If you’re looking for hiking, be sure to check out other state parks including Laurel Hill State Park, Racoon Creek State Park, Ohiopyle State Park, and more! To explore your park options, click here.
- Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has been around since 1893 providing a world-class garden experience to countless visitors! It’s a true green oasis in the middle of Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood!
- Carnegie Museum of Art offers the special opportunity to immerse yourself in beautiful works of art. You can even book a “Date with a Docent” for a special small group, mini-tour of the museum!
- Carnegie Museum of Natural History is noted as one of the top natural history museums in the U.S. and has become a Pittsburgh icon inspiring visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures.
- Heinz History Center is the Smithsonian’s very own home in Pittsburgh! This museum provides the opportunity to discover 250 years of Western Pennsylvanian history!
- Andy Warhol Museum is the perfect way to absorb multiple works of art through the film and video gallery, conservation lab, galleries, and photography. This museum prides itself on its dynamic accessibility accommodations.
- Fallingwater is Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece! Here you can find tours, dining, lodging, or even host a special event at the barn.
- Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium is an opportunity to enjoy nature through exhibits, educational programs, and many conservation projects.
- Carnegie Science Center is the last Carnegie Museum on our list, but not the least! This award-winning science center inspires and entertains by connecting science and technology with everyday life. The center is located on Pittsburgh’s Northshore along the Ohio River and is accessible to persons with disabilities.
Tastes to Try
Don’t say we didn’t warn you, you might come back from the Burgh with a little more work to do at the gym! There are endless opportunities to try amazing bites while in the Burgh. We have outlined a few local favorites and some iconic bites & sips for you to try!
- The Strip District:
- DeFer Coffee & Tea: This locally owned tea and coffee bar is founded on choosing responsible and ethical products to help make the world a better place.
- Primanti Brother’s: From a humble beginning as a small sandwich cart in the Strip District during the Great Depression to the lore of their more recent French fry sandwich, this local legend is a must-eat while in Pittsburgh.
- Roland’s Seafood Grill: The deck is a beautiful place to enjoy a meal and drink while taking in the view.
- Pamela’s Diner: This is a local favorite for one of the best breakfasts in the Burgh.
- DiAnoia’s Eatery: Nominated one of Yelps! Top 100 places to eat in the U.S. in 2021… what else can we say?
- Pennsylvania Macaroni Co.: (a.k.a. PenMac): Your authentic Italian grocery store you never knew you needed.
- Umi Japanese Restaurant: If you’re looking for Sushi in Pittsburgh then Umi should be a stop on your trip.
- Penn Brewery: As the oldest and largest craft brewery in Pittsburgh, this is a must-sip! There are over 30 breweries in Pittsburgh to check out while you’re in town so you can choose one per trip and keep coming back to something new each time! What about a brew tour? Click here to check out the Pittsburgh Brewery Trail.
- La Gourmadine Bakery: A local favorite with a true taste of France in Pittsburgh.
- Altius Elevated Cuisine: If you’re looking for fine dining in Mount Washington, near Pittsburgh, then this is the place to go with incredible views overlooking the city.
- The Goldmark: If you’re looking to bust a move, we’ve found your dance floor and it’s here.
Tunes to Enjoy (& more!)
Pittsburgh’s music, theater, and performing arts scenes are blooming! You can enjoy music, comedy clubs, theater shows, concerts, and so much more while visiting. Catch what’s playing during your trip by clicking here.
- The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: Showcased in the beautiful Heinz Hall the two-time 2018 GRAMMY® Award-winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are sure to entertain.
- Arcade Comedy Theater: Catch a live comedy show and even kid-friendly shows with affordable tickets ranging from $5 to $20. With free video games in the lobby, it’s no wonder this family-friendly option for entertainment was voted Pittsburgh’s Best Comedy Venue. Plus, adults, they have a BYOB policy.
- PPG Paints Arena: Big arena with the big names in music. Make sure to see who’s on stage while you’re in town.
Don’t miss out on the best way to explore Pittsburgh!
Grab a Pittsburgh a la carte pass from VisitPittsburgh.com. This is the best way to plan an art-centric trip and get the best deals, and most of our top ten picks are on the pass list. No app needed. You can get your passes texted right to your phone!
Places to Stay
While booking your trip to Pittsburgh you’ll need a place to stay, consider checking out:
- Hampton Inn: Free parking in Downtown/Strip District
- Embassy Suites: Stellar views in many rooms from high floors
- Sheraton Pittsburgh: Excellent city view in river view rooms
- Hotel Monaco: Great value option Downtown (dogs stay free!)
Immerse your family in history, culture, art and fun with our family-friendly picks:
- The Children’s Museum
- A Pirates Game at PNC Park or a Penguins match at PPG Paints Arena
- Carnegie Science Center
- Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium
- Phipps Conservatory
Looking for more? Our friends at Visit Pittsburgh have everything you need with lists of things to do, events and festivals, resorts and hotels, culinary options and more! Check them out at www.VisitPittsburgh.com.
Book now at AllegiantAir.com!
Is your itinerary planned yet? Last thing to do is book your flights with the new nonstop option out of Melbourne Orlando International Airport (MLB) on Allegiant. Flights begin this November and can be booked now at www.AllegiantAir.com.
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