Free things to do in Pittsburgh this summer

Whether you’re staying in Pittsburgh over the summer for conducting research, to do a summer semester, to work or just to explore the city, there are tonnes of things you can do, even when you’re on a budget. Here’s a list of free things you could do in the ‘Burgh this summer from the usual bucket list items to things you may have even never heard of previously.

  • See the most colorful place in Pittsburgh: Randyland










  • Drive the steepest road  in the US: Canton Avenue
  • Explore Pittsburgh Museums
    • Andy Warhol Museum
    • Carnegie Museum of Natural History
    • Mattress Factory
    • BigMac Museum
    • Bicycle Heaven

Have a look:

  • Walk around Market Square in the evening
    • Have a look at:
  • Have a look at Nationality Rooms in Cathedral of learning
    • Have a look at:
  • Go for the summer’s farmer market on a bright sunny afternoon
  • Take a hike in the Frick Park
  • Visit the Space gallery in downtown Pittsburgh
  • Take salsa lessons at Seviche
  • Enjoy the view from Mount Washington

  • Go to the Heinz Memorial Chapel
  • Walk down/Grab lunch at the Strip district
A walk through Pittsburgh's Strip District - ***
  • Visit the beautiful Walled Garden in Mellon Park
  • Head to the Miller Gallery to see the works of upcoming artists
  • Grab a bite near the fountain at Point State Park
  • Take a tour of the Allegheny Observatory
  • Enjoy free events at the Three Rivers Film Festival this summer
  • See all the beautiful bridges of Pittsburgh

  • Take a tour of the Old Allegheny County jail
  • Watch the Pittsburgh Banjo Club perform
    • Take a look:
  • Have a picnic at Schenley Park with friends/family


* Art from the Mattress Factory Webpage
** Photo by  Renee Rosensteel


Saniya Agarwal | Undergraduate Business 2021
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