The main-stage of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Heinz Hall was built as an ornate movie theater in the late 1920s. It was only in 1971 that it was rechristened to its present name after a major renovation. Acoustically rich and adorned with elegant fittings, this grand venue also hosts comedy shows and other live performances. Besides the symphony orchestra's concerts, well-known artists such as Steely Dan, Amy Schumer and Jason Mraz have performed here in the past.
Located approximately 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Pittsburgh, in O'Hara Township, the Bayernhof Music Museum features many popular as well as rare musical instruments from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Apart from this, it also displays various ephemera and artifacts related to music. The museum is housed within an old German mansion that overlooks the Allegheny River. Open all week, the Bayernhof Museum makes for an interesting visit.
Home to Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates, this ballpark, with its seating capacity of more then 38,000, has been entertaining thousands upon thousands of fans since 2001. It is considered one of the best facilities in the country. Once you are here, take the time to check out the imposing arches and brick exterior. Parking is ample around the ballpark.
As you walk into the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, you feel like you've been transported to another world. The lush tree cover and plants create a pleasant and calm atmosphere. The park offers a wide variety of educational programs teaching various methods to preserve the environment. It also offers grants to students wanting to pursue their studies in botany and other related fields. Moreover, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes which is found within the conservatory is environmentally sustainable, earning four stars from the Sustainable SITES Initiative.
Located just about 3 miles (4.9 kilometers) from Downtown Pittsburgh, Mount Washington is primarily an imposing hill overlooking the river valley. From here, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and its bridges. Home to many thriving businesses and popular restaurants, Mount Washington is often ranked amongst the most scenic places in the United States.
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History rivals similar institutions in larger cities like New York and London. The museum makes for a great day out with the kids, and the surrounding area also offers many attractions. Exhibits have included displays on the Amazon rainforest, ancient Egypt, African and North American wildlife and the perennial favorite for kids as well as adults, dinosaurs.
The Fourth Avenue Historic District was once a thriving commercial hub of the city. The district still features many historic buildings that are a part the area's history. PGP Place, Allegheny County Office Building, Dollar Bank, Grant Building are few of the many buildings that are still intact. It featured in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh is a renovated outdoor plaza that is very popular with the locals. The square has a variety of restaurants, including the famous Primanti Brothers restaurant. Many people enjoy eating at the gazebo in the square or out in the sunshine. The square is an interesting mixture of historic and modern architecture, with some buildings dating back to 1821.
Both the City of Pittsburgh and the County of Allegheny have offices in this historic building. The designers of the interior incorporated insignias of both offices, as well as those of the building's historical functions, into the decor of the lobby. With large windows, high painted ceilings, towering columns, and a grand lobby, this is an impressive sight in the Downtown area.
The sleek skyline of this university town unfolds along the confluence of the three rivers of Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela. A city that underwent a cultural renaissance after World War II, Pittsburgh was known for its booming steel industry that flourished through the sixties, only to collapse in the following decades. A few vestiges of the city's steely past still manifest in landmarks like the U.S. Steel Tower, a vertiginous skyscraper that compellingly reminds one and all about its once-thriving industry. Unfazed in the wake of its steel industry's unfortunate decline, Pittsburgh moved its focus to other industries and services like education, medicine and technology. Today, Pittsburgh's diverse cultural scene is fueled by eminent universities like the University of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Mellon University that draws students from around the globe. Pittsburgh also hosts an eclectic array of architecture, from turn-of-the-century stone structures and government buildings, to semblances of Gothic Revival architecture immortalized in landmarks like the Heinz Chapel and the Cathedral of Learning. Besides a colorful history and a volatile industry past, Pittsburgh boasts of a wonderful cultural milieu that spans a vibrant arts and music scene, a bevy of museums, a riveting culinary tenet, and an undying passion for local sports.