Who said you have to spend money to have a good time? There are tons of free things to do in Pittsburgh!
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Here is a list of my favorite things to do in Pittsburgh:
- Free Wireless Internet. You won’t have to pay to stay connected in the ‘Burgh. Connect to the Internet anywhere downtown for free!
- Get Around Downtown Pittsburgh. Go underground in Pittsburgh’s subway, aka: the “T,” which you can ride for free within the Golden Triangle. Downtown stops include Wood Street Station, U.S. Steel Tower, First Avenue Garage and Gateway Center.
- Downtown Walking Tours. Download an MP3 walking tour of downtown Pittsburgh to hear stories of past Pittsburgh or see the best skyscrapers. These tours were created and recorded by Robert Morris University students and are available in 10 languages!
- View from Mount Washington. Drive up McArdle Roadway to Mount Washington any night to see why USA Weekend called this view “the second most beautiful view in America.” Daytime views are just as awesome. For additional sightseeing, visit the Emerald View Park, a 280-acre green space on top of Mount Washington.
- Park for free on Sunday. Heading downtown for Sunday brunch or just to explore? No need to bring extra money for parking expenses. Downtown street parking is free on Sundays.
Art and Museum Freebies
- Architectural walking tours. Thanks to the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, take a walk and learn about historic buildings on Grant Street and Fourth Avenue, in Market Square and the Cultural District, as well as the city’s bridges and river shores. An expert tour guide leads groups on tours through local neighborhoods and landmarks every Friday from May to October (from noon to 1 p.m.). A different neighborhood is featured each month, and reservations are required for the Friday tours. Or take a tour at your own pace: Download the “Self-Guided Walking Tours of Downtown Pittsburgh” for more information.
- Frick Art & Historical Center (7227 Reynolds St.). Get free admission to the Frick Art Museum and the Car and Carriage Museum (the grounds surrounding these museums are lovely, too). Take in the traveling exhibits, or transport yourself back through time while admiring the vehicle collection. Tours of Clayton, the historic home located on the property, are available for a small fee. There are also free, informative talks in The Frick Art Museum auditorium on most days at noon.
- Pittsburgh Glass Center (5472 Penn Ave.). Contemporary glass art and other exhibitions at the Pittsburgh Glass Center change to include a number of different experiences. In one memorable exhibit, visitors entered the Hodge Gallery through a replica of the Fort Pitt Tunnel and emerged to see a kaleidoscope view the city.
- Old Allegheny County Jail Museum Self-Guided Tours (440 Ross St.). The Old Allegheny County Jail was completed in 1886 and in use until July 27, 1995. A portion of one of the cell blocks has been preserved as the Old Allegheny County Jail Museum and is open for free tours on most days.
This has been a guest post by Candi from Pittsburgh, PA
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