4 Fun Things To Do In Downtown Pittsburgh

4 Fun Things To Do In Downtown Pittsburgh

There are a lot of things to do in downtown Pittsburgh, but here are the four uniquely Pittsburgh things you can do any time of year.

Ride an incline up Mt. Washington

While not technically in downtown Pittsburgh, right across the river is the Duquesne Incline. At 140 years old, it’s one of the oldest inclines in the United States, and has been in use for all but one of those years. It used to carry coal miners and equipment up and down “Coal Hill,” but now it’s a popular tourist attraction and method of transportation for Pittsburghers who live in Mt. Washington.

A round trip ticket costs just a few dollars. When you get off at the top, stop at the viewing platform for the best view of Pittsburgh. While you’re up there, walk around historic Mt. Washington, an old neighborhood full of cute shops and restaurants.

We recommend the Duquesne Incline because it has a small museum in the station and is tourist friendly, but if you want to see the oldest continuously operating funicular in the United States, go down the street to the Monongahela Incline. You can get to it from downtown for free by taking the “T” (our subway system) to the Station Square stop. Of all the things to do in downtown Pittsburgh, this is certainly the most unique.

Take in some culture in the Cultural District

100+ years ago, the people of Pittsburgh, as well as titans such as Heinz, Mellon and Carnegie used to come to this part of the city to enjoy the latest theater productions. The neighborhood became Pittsburgh’s red light district in the 1970’s but has been restored to its former glory and is now known as the Cultural District.

When you’re in town, be sure to get some tickets to one of our theaters that show popular music acts, plays, and musicals every day of the week.   

Additionally, the Cultural District is home to some of Pittsburgh’s hottest restaurants, including…

Learn about Pittsburgh at the Heinz History Museum

For those who want to learn about Pittsburgh, the Heinz History Museum has something for everyone. Check out their exhibits on the French & Indian War, early Pittsburgh, the steel industry, Pittsburgh sports, the technology that’s come out of Pittsburgh, and much more.

The museum has a great gift shop and cafe, and is conveniently located close to the Strip District, which has a ton of great shops and restaurants.

Take a free walking tour of downtown Pittsburgh

A walking tour is a great way to see the sights of downtown Pittsburgh with a knowledgeable local who can tell you things you wouldn’t otherwise learn. And because you decide the price for this walking tour, it can fit into anyone’s budget.

Free Pittsburgh Walking Tours will take you by the Cultural District, show you the inclines, and you’ll get to see a lot of what’s covered at the Heinz History Museum up close and in person. Click here to learn more and reserve your spot for free.

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My 10 year old niece and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Russell's knowledge and use of technology made for a well rounded experience. I've taken walking tours in Boston, NYC, and Williamsburg. My Pittsburgh tour has just topped my list.

TracyGaithersburg, Maryland

Leila did an amazing job! She knows everything about Pittsburgh! The iPad of old pictures was great to see how Pittsburgh has changed.


Russel was very enthusiastic and in love with the city of Pittsburgh and had a lot of interesting facts to tell us. We learned quite a lot about the city, its founders, and its architecture that we otherwise would have not known walking about on our own. Recommend it if you enjoy walking tours!

JasmineToronto, Canada

Even though we are from Pittsburgh, we greatly enjoyed the tour of our beloved hometown. Russell provided a great summary of the city's history and added many fun facts. I highly recommend Free Pittsburgh Walking Tours for your next visit to the 'Burgh!

VickiPittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Super interesting tour with an awesome tour guide! I visited a friend in Pittsburgh in February and decided to book this tour to get to know the city a bit better. It was pouring rain but that did not stop Russell from giving an awesome tour. I feel like learned a lot during this tour. Russell knows a lot about the city, not just about the history but he also gave great recommendations on where to eat typical Pittsburgh food - and even taught me how to speak with a Pittsburgh accent! Overall a very fun tour which I would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Pittsburgh.

RobinAmsterdam, The Netherlands

I've lived in Pittsburgh for about 4 years and learned more about the city in Leila's hour and a half tour than I have during my entire time here! I'd recommend it for all ages as there were plenty of places to sit if need be. It's also very accessible to non-native English speakers - my German companion had no problem keeping up, and even mentioned wanting to start her own walking tour in her home city! The starting point is easy to find, with plenty of parking nearby, and the tour wraps up in the perfect spot if you want a bite to eat afterwards. If you like Pittsburgh, history, or are just looking for a little exercise, this tour is for you!

YariPittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Our daughter has been at Pitt for three years and we have never taken this tour—boy, we didn’t know what we were missing! It was cold out but Russel’s informative and often funny storytelling of Pittsburgh’s complex history made us focus on the stories and not the cold!

CyndieJersey City, New Jersey

Leila is a great tour guide. She makes the tour really interesting and entertaining, it is full of data, historical facts and curiosities. I learnt a lot and got to know the city a lot better. In addition, you can see that she really enjoys her job! If you come to Pittsburgh don’t hesitate to book this tour!

FlorianGalway, Ireland