Going to Pittsburgh for a few days

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  1. Fuzz

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    The wife and I are going to be in Pittsburgh for a few days this week. For anyone who lives in the area, I was wondering what are some fun/interesting attractions to check out.

    Also, what are some good restaurants to try for lunch and dinner?


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    It all depends I suppose on what area of Pittsburgh you will be in.

    - There is the Gateway Clipper fleet that has cruises up and down the rivers. Some are just quick sightseeing cruises, others are dinner and dancing cruises.

    - There is point state park so if you just want to walk around downtown, you can end up there. There is a big fountain there at the confluence of the three rivers.

    - You can also take a stroll through the strip district. In the daytime there are little shops selling anything and everything mixed in with some really good places to eat. And then at night they have some nightclubs if that is your thing.

    - Kennywood amusement park is also an option. They have 5 or 6 coasters among other amusements.

    - Down by Heinz field across the river from downtown there is a casino if that is your thing. I have never been there personally but a few of my coworkers have been there and have had some fun.

    - There are also "riverwalks" nice concrete and paved trails that run up the Allegheny and Mon rivers. And there are various little automated stands to rent bikes throughout the city.

    - Primantis Bros. is a Pittsburgh Staple when it comes to eating. Though check the menu, it may not be your thing. They have places throughout the city and outlying areas.

    - The Pittsburgh zoo is also a very nice zoo. I enjoy taking my wife and kids there. It's a nice walk around if anything.

    - Station Square on the southside of Pittsburgh across the Mon river from downtown is also a nice little nightime area of clubs, shops, and eating.

    - There are also a few places to catch a show, Benedum Center, and Heinz Hall. Not sure if anything is playing this week.

    - Senetor John Heinz History museum in the Strip is also a popular place, and just down from there is Eides. Eides is a comic book, collectible shop.

    - The overlook on Mount Washington is also a very popular tourist attraction. It is on the southside and you get a nice view of the whole city.

    That's not everything, just some stuff off the top of my head.
     
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    Ok, I'm seeing some good stuff in here. Anything that involves walking is good. My wife likes to walk around to site-see and take pictures.

    The zoo was already a possibility maybe on Thursday. We also heard there's a botanical gardens and maybe a bird aviary. Any good?

    I also looked up Primantis Bros., and it looks like there's quite a few around the city, so I'm sure we'll be near one at some point.

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    I have never been to the botanical gardens or aviary. So I have no comment on those. Also forgot to mention, there are two inclines you can ride up and down from station square to get up to mount Washington. Not sure on fares.
     
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    Beware of traffic. I went there for a concert and the traffic was terrible.
     
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    I'm not sure there is a fare, at least there wasn't one when me and the wife were on it a couple years ago. She was too drunk to remember though, she has no idea until she saw the pictures :lol 
     
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    Check out Burgatory, uncle Sams, aiellos, deluca's, Pamela's, sienna mercato, and the pub chip shop. Those are a few of my favorite restaurants

    There's no games at PNC park this weekend but talk a walk by the park if you can.

    While you're over there talk a walk by Heinz field and visit the mr Rogers statue

    The cathedral of learning in Oakland is also a cool landmark

    Take a ride up the incline and get the best view of the entire city up on mt Washington. I can't recommend this enough. This is a must do
     
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    Awesome! Thanks for that list of restaurants!

    I'm definitely interested in seeing that Mr. Rogers statue, and we'll most definitely be checking out Mt. Washington.


    Also, I'm going to have a vehicle. What's parking like in the city? Will I need plenty of quarters for meters, or do you guys have parking kiosks, or both?
     
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    Street parking is free after 6pm on week days and Saturdays. Most garages have a flat rate of 6 bucks after 5 pm. Sunday is free street parking. We have kiosks all over the place. I haven't seen a quarter meter in a long time. I think they got rid of all of those.
     
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    Great. I hate having to keep tons of change on hand. Buffalo is slowly installing kiosks, but there's still a ton of quarter meters.
     
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    I would keep a few quarters on hand just in case but you should be ok. Hope you enjoy your visit!
     
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    OMG, the hills.........and traffic...
     
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    Eide's is still around? Huh. Kind of surprising

    There's also Oakland and the Carnegie Museums. That whole area is pretty nice, and the restaurant "The O(original)" is awesome.
     
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    Ok, so here's how our trip to Pittsburgh last week went:

    Day 1 (Wednesday): Arrived in town around 12:30pm. Spent a few hours at the Botanical Gardens. Then spent some time in the Oakland area. Ate dinner at a Primati Bros. The french fries on the sandwich thing is interesting. Then headed up to the top of Mt. Washington for some pics from the overlook. I bitched out and didn't get out of the car. Too high for me! Finished off the evening in the strip district.

    Day 2: Spent the morning and part of the afternoon at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Then headed over to the Heinz field area. I wore a Bills shirt and got a few comments from folks. Nothing negative, though. Got some pics with the Mr. Rogers statues and then ate at Burgatory. That place is awesome! The Fiddy-Fiddy beef/bacon patty was amazing! Wish we had one in Buffalo. Finished off the evening on Carson street. Ate dinner at Pub Chip Shop and stopped by The Milkshake Factory.

    Day 3: Went to the Bird Aviary in the morning. Great place! Ate lunch at Market Square and headed home.


    Of course, there was also a bunch of walking around and shopping mixed in those three days, but I won't bore you with all of that.

    Overall, we had a great trip. Pittsburgh is an interesting town. My only gripes are the hills and traffic. Buffalo is pretty flat, so getting used to the hills took some time. And the traffic was a little brutal at times due to all the road and bridge work.

    And I'll end this with "thank God for GPS!" I don't know how anyone who isn't local could possibly figure out the maze of ramps and expressways without GPS.
     
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    My brother would drive around Friday and Saturday nights through Pittsburgh so I go to know the town at a young age. Yeah, if you are local and know all the secrets, the traffic can be minimal, but if you are there during rush hour.....may God have mercy, lol.

    Nice to see you had a good trip.
     
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    Glad you enjoyed your trip!
     
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    I started with Guardian Protection as a service IT technician 3 weeks ago. Thank god they give me a GPS in the van, I'd never find my way around without it. And I imagine once you do start to know your way around, construction pops up and you have to take a detour :( 
     
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    I worked for guardian a few years ago. I'm glad they quit being cheap and got you guys GPS's
     
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