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Things to do in Pittsburgh

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“Better than you might think! Has so much in their exhibits and collections, all of which are well done - from Mr. Rogers, Heinz, and Pittsburgh sports to history of Pittsburgh's African American, Jewish, and other communities. If you like exploring the history of this city, a great place to visit!”
  • 44 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“Quirky and unique, Randyland has been awarded as a must see attraction from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Pedudo. There is no way to describe its charm.”
  • 39 locals recommend
“Interactive play for kids from MAKESHOP (a place to tinker with tools, a loom, sewing machine), an Art Studio, Water play area and more”
  • 32 locals recommend
“On the first floor they have created classrooms from many different countries that has been designed and decorated based on that country ”
  • 35 locals recommend
“University with one of the greatest medical colleges in US. Many historic buildings as well.”
  • 19 locals recommend
“Great for gaming if so inclined. The Buffet on the 2nd floor is fabulous with Italian, Asian, and American choices with a huge dessert bar. Also it overlooks the city and River.”
  • 21 locals recommend
“a 5 minute walk to the best pastries in the city. favorites are the citron tart and almond croissant.”
  • 43 locals recommend
“Home of the Pittsburgh Penguins and many special events from concerts or headlining comedy shows. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
“Noodlehead is the kind of place you go to when you want to feel bougie but still don’t want to spend more than $10 on dinner. The rustic-meets-modern interior coupled with a Thai-fusion menu and no dish over $9 makes Noodlehead a winner in any book. Try the Chiang Mai Curry for a fun play on yellow curry, or stick with the tried-and-true Pad Thai for a phenomenal $9 dinner.”
  • 35 locals recommend
“Incredible outdoor dining experience and food. It does favor Thai hot so please order spice level accordingly.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Argentinian Restaurant
“Voted 8 th in the country by Yelp of all restaurants in the United States Gaucho Parilla (Strip District) is currently a 15 minute walk from this building. If you choose to dine in, then expect to wait in a line that is wrapped around the block. (They have announced a move 10 blocks West towards downtown, so double check.) Get it to go!!! Look up the menu online and call them in the morning before they open for the evening. Then call them and place your order for a specific time. When you go to pick it up, walk right past the line, through the doors and straight up to the register. It will likely be ready for you. Pick it up, walk out the door, and eat it on the back deck here overlooking downtown. Fold out tables, and patio chairs are up there already.”
  • 34 locals recommend
“The crown jewel of the cultural scene in Pittsburgh - and my workplace. A beautiful rococo-style interior, and the Grammy -winning Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra cannot be beat. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
“My favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh! :) Chic, modern gastropub making New American dinners, eclectic brunch items & inventive mixed drinks.”
  • 27 locals recommend
“Highland Park is a quiet residential area dominated by the vast, leafy park of the same name, with trails, a lake, picnic areas and the Victorian-style Entry Garden. The park is also home to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, featuring themed global habitats, polar bears and underwater viewing tunnels. Dining options in the area include relaxed bistros, cafes, and Thai and Italian restaurants.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“Local movie theater within walking distance! Shows both popular and independent films, and has a small bar in the lobby! Love supporting this local movie theater!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“83-seat single screen theater in a historic row house in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. Each week they choose a theme and show movies to match. They serve locally made concessions and their famous all-natural popcorn, and have a huge selection of beer available on tap in the concession stand or in the adjoining bottle shop (Bierport).”
  • 30 locals recommend