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Pittsburgh Activities

A City of Cultural Significance and Entertainment

One of the greatest benefits of being a Pitt Law student is fare free transportation on Port Authority buses, the T (light rail), and campus shuttles with a valid Pitt ID. This puts most of the city's nightlife and attractions within walkable distance. A 2014 University of Georgetown study ranked Pittsburgh the 9th most walkable city in the United States, just behind Portland and Seattle. Oakland's proximity to downtown Pittsburgh keeps students close to major attractions such as the Steeler's Heinz Field, the Pirate's PNC Park, and the Penguins' Consol Energy Center. Downtown's cultural district teems with galleries and theaters such as the renowned Wood Street Galleries and the Harris Theater. Outside of downtown, the vibrant neighborhoods and night life centers of Lawrenceville, the South Side, and Shadyside are a short bus ride away. The university's seamlessness with the city means students don't have to feel locked away on a campus. 

More information about night life and entertainment in the city of Pittsburgh can be found on Cool Pittsburgh

Restaurants and Sights In Detail

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law is located in the neighborhood of Oakland, in the mountainous and beautiful city of Pittsburgh. There are many fine restaurants in Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhoods (Oakland, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, East Liberty) as well as Downtown. 

For restaurant listings in Oakland (sometimes listed under “East End”) and other neighborhoods, see: Pittsburgh - Restaurants, Bars & Regional Recipes
Cool Pittsburgh’s Places to Eat
Hello Pittsburgh Restaurants Places to Eat in Pittsburgh

For ideas about things to see and do in Pittsburgh, see: Pittsburgh  | Visit Pittsburgh | Cool Pittsburgh

For an up-to-date listing of events in Pittsburgh, see:


An annotated list of some of the more popular sights in Pittsburgh:

The Carnegie Museum of Art ($15; $11 students; 5 min. walk) offers a distinguished collection of contemporary art that includes film and video works. The Hall of Architecture contains the largest collection of plaster casts of architectural masterpieces in America and one of the three largest in the world. 

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History ($15; $11 students; 5 minute walk) is ranked among the top five natural history museums in the United States. It boasts the world's largest collection of Jurassic dinosaurs and The Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems, which contains more than 1300 specimens and is one of the finest and most important mineral exhibitions in the country. 

The Carnegie Science Center ($20; 4 miles) has an interactive planetarium, three live demonstration theatres, a Cold War-ear submarine, and more than 400 hands-on exhibits including Highmark Sportworks® and Roboworld™. 

The Cathedral of Learning Nationality Rooms ($3; 5 minute walk) comprises 26 functional classrooms in the towering Cathedral of Learning and displays the rich ethnic heritage of the Pittsburgh area, each designed and decorated in a style that exemplifies the country they represent.

The Frick Museum ($3; 2 miles) and its collections are the legacy of Helen Clay Frick, daughter of Henry Clay Frick, one of America's greatest industrialists and art collectors. During your time at the Frick, you can view fine and decorative arts and artifacts, magnificent exhibitions and vintage cars and carriages. 

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens ($12; 10 minute walk) is a great steel and glass Victorian greenhouse, offering a world of botanical gardens in Pittsburgh, from equatorial tropics to desert blooms to Japan's sacred forests.  

Attend a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game at one of the most beautiful stadiums in the nation, overlooking downtown and the Allegheny River ($9-$20 depending on seats; 4 miles).  

Pittsburgh 'Rivers' Casino (As much as you care to risk! 4 miles) Opened in August 2009, Rivers Casino is located next to the Steeler's home field and sports 3,000 slots, video poker, exciting progressives and also the latest in virtual blackjack and roulette games.  

Ride a funicular at Station Square and Incline ($5; 3 miles). Station Square's 52-acre riverfront complex thrives with over 1.2 miles of the city's most unique dining, entertainment and boutique shopping. Next door is the Monogahela Incline which takes passengers up to the top of Mt. Washington. Overlooking downtown Pittsburgh, this spot is ranked Second Most Beautiful View in America by USA Weekend Magazine.  

The Warhol Museum ($18; $10 students; 3 miles), housed in a renovated seven-floor warehouse building, displays more than 500 works of art, drawn from its extensive collections of works by Andy Warhol in all media, as well as from its huge archives and a collection of works by other artists.