Find Your Inspiration With Things to Do in Pittsburgh

You can always find something new in the city of Pittsburgh. Between the 88 neighborhoods and districts and the 10 colleges with 86,000 students in the area – there’s so much to explore and so many different types of people to meet along with things to do in Pittsburgh.


Oakland, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill are the closest neighborhoods to campus and easy to explore by foot. But if you’re looking to go beyond the nearby vicinity and have mapped out a plan to see more than the obvious, your Carnegie Mellon student ID will double as your bus pass throughout Allegheny County – including the Pittsburgh International Airport.


If you ever spend a summer in this “City of Bridges” you’re likely to get a taste of Pittsburgh’s famous fireworks displays (particularly on the Fourth of July). And sporting events through the year include cheering on the six-time Super Bowl winning Steelers, the three-time Stanley Cup winning Penguins or the five-time World Series Champion Pirates.

If you’re an avid biker, check out the Great Allegheny Passage, one of America’s best bike trails connecting 150 miles across state lines. And in the winter, take the bus downtown to PPG Plaza, grab your ice skates (or rent them there) and skate around the 2,000 square foot outdoor rink.

Ready to take on the outdoors? Whether riding one of the Inclines up to Mt. Washington and taking in the Pittsburgh skyline, or having an afternoon picnic in on of the many city parks, Pittsburgh offers many opportunities to enjoy some time outside. Thrill seekers may visit Kennywood Park, named among the best theme parks in the nation for its old-fashioned atmosphere and big-league roller coasters.

Depending on the time of the year, you’ll also find many season specific activities to do throughout the city:


Three Rivers Arts Festival
Pittsburgh Marathon
Folk Festival


Movies in the Park
Three Rivers Regatta
Gateway Clipper


Irish Festival
New Work’s Theater Festival


Light Up Night
First Night


Pittsburgh is also rich in culture; visit the restaurants and ethnic shops that provide an opportunity to try nearly everything. From the Saturday morning wholesale mecca atmosphere in the Strip District to high-end dining in various neighborhoods including South Side Works.

Rainy day in Pittsburgh? Not a problem! Take cover in one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, visit some exotic birds in the National Aviary or attend a Broadway show in the Cultural District.


Hungry? There is no shortage of great food in Pittsburgh. Stop by one of the city's popular restaurants and grab a bite to eat.