Fun Things to Do Around Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania

by Victoria Thompson

If you are searching for fun activities, Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania is near attractions in Pittsburgh, Greensburg and Wildwood that keep tourists and residents entertained. Lower Burrell is in Westmoreland County, within the Pittsburgh metropolitan area northwest of the city. Whether you desire adventure or calm sightseeing, these attractions should satisfy a diversity of tastes.

Carnegie Museum

Carnegie Science Center has four floors of exhibits and is 15 miles from Lower Burrell. Its laser shows feature live, "sight-n-sound spectacles" choreographed to music. The Henry Buhl Jr. Observatory is a full dome, and gives shows on outer space and the human body. Visitors to the science center can view an Omnimax show in a theater with a large screen and surround sound stereo. The Sea Scape exhibit is a 2,000-gallon aquarium home to more that 400 animal and plant species. Visitors are welcome to observe animals' scheduled feedings.

Palace Theater

The Palace Theater opened on September 6, 1926, and is a venue for live entertainment in Greensburg, about 25 miles from Lower Burrell. The theater has 1,369 seats; recent shows have included the Temptations, Steve Hackett, "Lord of the Dance" and "Stomp." The Westmoreland Symphony also performs at the Palace Theater.

Gateway Clipper Fleet

The Gateway Clipper Fleet is a riverboat that provides tours of the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela rivers. It is in downtown Pittsburgh, 18 miles from Lower Burrell. The captain narrates this one-hour excursion and gives information about the rivers and Pittsburgh. Dinner cruises are available with a live disc jockey. Visitors can choose from an Italian Dinner, Summer Breeze, Thank God It's Friday or Oldies Dinner Dance Cruise with live music. All dinner cruises set sail between 6:30 and 7 p.m.

Wildwood Highlands

Wildwood Highlands is a year-round entertainment center in Wildwood, 18 miles from Lower Burrell. Kiddie City has four levels of tubes, balls and slides for kids to explore. There is also a toddler area safe for play. Wildwood Highlands has an arcade, and outside go karts with 1,000 feet of raceway. In winter, all age groups can go snow tubing down Wild Mountain for a taste of adventure. Large groups are welcome, as well as individual families.

About the Author

Based in North Carolina, Victoria Thompson has taught middle school for the past 15 years. She holds a Masters of Education in middle school instruction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She teaches English daily to English as a second language students.