Forget everything you think you know about Pittsburgh (we haven't had steel factories here since the '70s).  Today, the city is breathtaking and also the envy of metro areas twice our size.

view of Pittsburgh from North Shore

Things to Do

Pittsburgh as a center for activity and entertainment may be one of the best-kept secrets around. With its museums and galleries, local charm, and champion sports teams, Pittsburgh has things to do for any audience, tourists and residents included. Explore much of what Pittsburgh has to offer at Visit Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh’s wealthy industrialists and philanthropists helped to build a city that’s also a culture maven’s dream. The Carnegie Museums (Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History) in Oakland offer visitors modern and classical art, cultural exhibitions, ecological and geological exhibits, and even dinosaurs. Art galleries dot the city, from the room-sized installations of the Mattress Factory to the more intimate displays of the Society for Contemporary Craft and the Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Pittsburgh plays host to some phenomenal performing artists as well. Singers, speakers and comedians frequently stop in Pittsburgh at venues like  PPG Paints Arena, Stage AE and the Carnegie Library of Homestead Music Hall. Pittsburgh boasts its own talented artists through the Cultural Trust, including the much-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

The city’s working-class roots also make a great place to enjoy some more laid-back activities. If you’re planning to stay in Pittsburgh for more than a day, you’ll need to become a fan of our six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, and home-town favorites, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The city’s rugged terrain and natural beauty practically beg everyone who lives for outdoor adventure to hike, run and bike its trails; ski its nearby slopes; kayak or float down its rivers; and tackle a few of the city’s 712 public stairways for a little vertical work out.

You could take a trip to Kennywood Park where historical roller coasters sit side by side with state-of-the-art thrill rides. If the weather is warm, Sandcastle Waterpark is another Pittsburgh favorite for thrills or relaxing. No matter how you spend the day, a great way to end it is to kick back over an authentic German meal at Penn Brewery or Hofbrauhaus.

Active Life

Running, hiking, sightseeing, fishing, rock climbing, kayaking, showshoeing, skiing — the list goes on and on. Pittsburgh's steep hills, lush valleys, and scenic parks, trails and rivers create an ideal environment for anyone who loves to get outside and play.

Arts and Entertainment

Roam Oakland, the North Shore and the city’s Cultural District in search of great art museums, history museums, theaters, and visual and performing arts companies.

Family Fun

Bring the kids and have fun at America’s best traditional amusement park (Kennywood), our 4,000-animal zoo (Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium), award-winning children’s museum and the nation’s only bird zoo (National Aviary).


Pittsburgh rocks after dark, so enjoy a well-earned night of fun at the city’s bars, dance clubs, casinos, coffeehouses or live music venues.


The area’s factory outlets, department stores, shopping malls and boutiques let you relax and indulge, no matter your shopping tastes.


Find concerts, shows, sporting events, musicals, community gatherings and festivals — there’s an activity for each day of the week.