Things To Do In The 'Burgh

Exploring our city: from museums and green space, to Kennywood Park and riverboat tours


Carnegie Mellon's home city, Pittsburgh - or 'the 'Burgh' - has been named among the best places in the world to visit, the most livable city in the United States, a top mid-sized metro city for students, and an urban hub of global innovation. What makes Pittsburgh so remarkable is that the city buzzes with activity and abounds in places to explore. Between Pittsburgh's 88 neighborhoods and districts, and the 10 colleges and universities whose collective student body surpasses 86,000 undergraduates, there's many things to do in the 'Burgh.

Pittsburgh offers such a wide variety of places to go and activities to participate in - understandably, such an eclectic diversity of activities may make some students' heads spin. To point you in the right direction, here are a few must-see destinations our admission staff and Carnegie Mellon students recommend you visit. 

Pittsburgh Tours
For starters, what better way to get a Pittsburgh primer than embarking on a city tour! There are several types of tours available, and each offers a unique experience and a different window into the city.

Green Pittsburgh
The Steel City (nicknamed when the city was one of the largest steel producers in the world) has become known for its green living. For instance, Pittsburgh has more trees per square mile than any other U.S. city, 1,700 acres of city parks and is bike-friendly. The city also has one of the world’s largest concentrations of certified "green" buildings, including Phipps Conservatory.

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. In the winter, take the bus downtown to PPG Plaza and skate around the 2,000 square foot outdoor rink. For those who enjoy climbing, visit The Climbing Wall, an indoor gym with over 14,000 square feet of climbable walls. 

Through the sponsored Arts Pass Program, Carnegie Mellon students can gain free admission to many of Pittsburgh’s renowned museums, art galleries and other venues – all they need to do is show up and simply swipe their Carnegie Mellon Student ID cards at the entrance!

Amusement Parks and Attractions
There are also things to do and places to go in Pittsburgh for you adrenaline junkies, animal lovers and nature enthusiasts. 

Dining in Neighborhoods Around Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh's lively, ever-expanding food scene is one of our favorite things about calling this city home. Pittsburgh has garnered more and more national attention for its culinary accomplishments, including recognition in The New York Times and Zagat. So if you love eating quality food, you can explore the many restaurants that call Pittsburgh home.

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