Top three unusual things to do in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is one of the oldest cities in America, with a strong history and incredible people that call it home. Here are the top three unusual things to do in the city.

If you’re planning a trip to Pittsburgh, the city’s rich history may make you wary that it’s going to be only suitable for re-enactors and nerdy fanfare.  However, while Pittsburgh is proud of its history, the city is also just as fun and exciting as any younger city you could compare it to. 

These three unusual and fun things to do while you’re in town will wipe the bars and parties from your memory in place of something more exciting!

1) Picnic in the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden may not sound the most thrilling day out, but if you give them a chance, you’ll soon realize you could spend days exploring them both. 

Pack yourself a lunch, and head in for an exciting time learning more about the wonderful natural world around us. The botanical gardens offer gorgeous flowers and plants, some of which you can find anywhere else in the state.  

There’s nothing quite like bringing a meal and sitting on one of the benches with those you love while you take in the natural beauty around you.

2) Tour a real-life Willy Wonka’s factory

Inventionland, in the heart of Industrial Park, is a birth spot for some of the most creative and innovative ideas, including the polio vaccine. This experience isn’t something you can live out online since no photography is allowed, coating everything in a thick layer of secrecy. 

You can enjoy watching people invent and create and feel some of that infectious inspiration. Seeing brilliant minds at work may even inspire you to consider looking at Pittsburgh houses for sale. As long as you don’t take any pictures, they’ll be happy to see you come back again and again!

3) Get historic with fried oysters

If you’re not from the East Coast, then fried oysters may sound bizarre, but these salty and crispy treats are better than tater tots or pizza if you get them from the right place. 

In Market Square, the Original Oyster House stands proudly apart from the other restaurants.  This restaurant is the oldest eatery in the state, and it just celebrated its 150th birthday in 2020.

There’s more to the menu than only the fried oysters, but if you really want a taste of Pittsburg and aren’t scared to try something new, order some of that crispy salty goodness, and you’ll never look back!

Of course, while you’re in Pittsburgh, you should take in the historical sites, learn more about our history, and get to know the arts and sciences offered at one of the dozens of museums. But you can also break up that learning session with some excitement and fun.

Just remember, you can come back whenever you want and take in more of the city. But you can’t blame Pittsburgh if you fall in love with its fun and deeply historic sites and decide to move into town!

Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen