10 Fun Ways to Experience Pittsburgh in the Summertime

Whether you're planning a trip to the great city of Pittsburgh this summer, or looking for something to do with visiting family members, clients or friends, you can't go wrong with this collection of eclectic ideas. This is the very best activities Pittsburgh has to offer in the summer months.

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    Ride the Duquesne or Monongahela Incline

    The Duquesne Incline in the morning sun.
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    Also known as funiculars, these "inclined planes" were built in the late 1800's to transport immigrant workers from work at plants along Pittsburgh's rivers to their homes atop Mt. Washington.

    While they still serve as transportation for area residents, they are also a great way to enjoy the beautiful panoramic Pittsburgh skyline, a view ranked as the second most beautiful place in America by USA Today. The Duquesne Incline, still utilizing the two original 1877 wooden cable cars, is also a working museum.

     

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    Have Lunch at Primanti's

    Primanti Brothers restaurant in Pittsburgh
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    While you may not want squeeze into a bikini after eating one of these world famous sandwiches, but it's not a true trip to the Steel City without a stop at Primanti's. These massive sandwiches are served with the meat of your choice and topped with up with coleslaw and French fries. Several locations exist around the city, but the original 1933 location in the heart of Pittsburgh's historic Strip district, open all day and night, is the best.

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    Can't Miss Point State Park

    Point State Park in Pittsburgh.
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    This tiny state park in downtown Pittsburgh is built on land once coveted by three empires, and where the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers meet to form the Ohio River.

    It contains one of the tallest fountains in the nation (a 275-foot geyser that blasts 6,000 gallons of water per minute)is fed by an aquifer found 53 feet underground, which is sometimes referred to as Pittsburgh's fourth river. While there, explore the Fort Pitt Block House museum located among the remains of the famous British fort or just sit and watch the boats go by.

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    Spend an Afternoon at a Museum

    A T-Rex at the Pittsburgh Museum of Natural History
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    Beat the heat with a visit to the Museum of Natural History, with one of the best dinosaur collections of anywhere in the world. Or, treat yourself to a day of browsing the renowned architecture collection at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

    For pop art fans, take a glance at the Heinz ketchup boxes, and seven stories of contemporary art at the Andy Warhol Museum, the most comprehensive single-artist museum in the world.

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    Take in a Game

    PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
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    It's hard to think of Pittsburgh and not think about sports, and in the summertime, it's all about baseball. Get into Pittsburgh's strong steel spirit by cheering on their hometown heroes, the Pirates. Even if you're not a sports fan, a trip to PNC Park is still a must, as it one of the most beautiful ballparks in major league baseball.

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    Visit the Cathedral of Learning

    The Cathedral of Learning in Pittsburgh.
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    Another great way to escape the summer swelter is visiting the 42-story neo-Gothic structure at the center of the University of Pittsburgh campus.

    This enormous cathedral contains 26 Nationality Rooms designed by the different ethnic groups that resided in Allegheny County. On the grounds of the site, you'll also find the beautiful Heinz Memorial Chapel which, with its 23 enormous stained-glass windows, is a favorite Pittsburgh wedding location.

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    Have A Screaming Good Time at Kennywood

    The rollercoaster at Kennywood.
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    One of only two amusement parks in the country to be designated a National Historic Landmark, Kennywood is a favorite with roller coaster aficionados worldwide.

    You'll get the chance to face your fears when boarding the venerable Jack Rabbit and Racer, the 30-year-old Thunderbolt (considered one of the best wooden coasters in the world), or the fire-breathing Phantom's Revenge.

    There is also an impressive collection of classic rides, charming buildings and old-fashioned fun.

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    Wander Through Allegheny Cemetery

    The Winter Mausoleum at the Allegheny Cemetary in Pittsburgh
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    One of the most picturesque places in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Cemetery is also unexpectedly romantic with 300 acres of rolling hills and beautiful monuments.

    The cemetery houses gravesites dating back to the French and Indian war. Stop and get a map of the graves to pay your respects to some famous Pittsburghers including composer Stephen Collins Foster and America's first glamour girl, Lillian Russell.

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  • 09 of 10

    Board the Good Ship Lollipop

    The gateway clipper Majestic in Pittsburgh.
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    All aboard! The best way to see the city is by boat, and the Gateway Clipper Fleet offers a wide variety of cruises including lunch and dinner cruises, locks tours, and narrated sightseeing tours which truly capture the personality of Pittsburgh.

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    Experience the South Side When the Sun Goes Down

    Pittsburgh's South Side neighborhood.
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    When the sun has set, head to East Carson Street on Pittsburgh's historic South Side, where old buildings have been converted into trendy bars and local bands provide great entertainment nightly.