Recently, the New York Times featured Pittsburgh in their 36 Hours: City by City column. Perhaps you’re new to the area and you need ideas of things to do spanning more than 36 hours. Or, maybe you’re old to the area and you ran out of things to do. Either way, here it is.
36 Hours of a Pittsburgher (on a budget) in Pittsburgh:
Friday 4 pm: Beat the rush hour traffic, long lines in restaurants and pack a picnic lunch and hop on your bicycle while it’s still summer. Regardless what neighborhood you live in, there’s a park or grassy area nearby.
7 pm: Now what? The New York Times went to The Warhol on a Saturday afternoon, but this 36 hours is on a budget. The Warhol offers half-priced admission from 5 – 10 pm every Friday as part of their Good Fridays event. Often there’s live music, films and other happenings.
10 pm: This is proving to be an inexpensive and busy night. If you’re not ready to go home yet and depending on your mood, people watching can provide hours of free entertainment. A sure way to locate parades of people is going to E. Carson Street in the South Side, where there’s never a dull moment on a weekend evening.
Saturday 11 am: Sunday brunches are exploding in popularity. What this means? A long wait on Sunday mornings when you are absolutely starving. My suggestion? Move brunch to Saturday, plan a menu in advance, call some friends, take inventory of what everyone has so that you buy as little as possible. Pick a place and time and start cooking.
1 pm: Assuming it’s a great day for being outside, riding bicycles is the perfect way to enjoy the day. Use a free bike map to figure out where to go.
7 pm: Pizza party. Everyone knows that pizza is not only cheap, but it is also a very good source of nutrition. Like any city, Pittsburgh is not lacking in pizza joints. Pick your neighborhood and pick your pizza place of choice. Eat.
9 pm: We’re staying in. After picnicking, people watching, making brunch, shopping and bike riding, we are tired. Good thing the library has a great selection of films.
Sunday 10 am: Saturday is the default day for many Strip District shoppers. The down side? Crowds. Lots of them. This is the primary reason I nominate Sunday as my Strip District shopping day. There may be less stores to choose from, but you’ll have a few less people to navigate around.