Fun Things for Couples to Do in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

by Krista Lee Childers

Pittsburgh was named after the British Secretary of State, William Pitt, in 1758. A community rich in arts, pop culture and sports, it's a popular destination for singles, couples and families. No matter what time of year you visit, there's something fun to do with your significant other. If you live in the area, you can easily bypass the tourist spots to find a unique and entertaining place to relax, enjoy and explore.

Sightseeing/Parks

Walking along the popular streets in the city can be very romantic. The Gulf Tower is one of the many historical landmarks in downtown Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation offers walking tours -- both self-guided and organized -- for Grant Street, Market Square, Penn-Liberty, Fourth Avenue plus the "Bridges and River Shores" area. Pittsburgh has gorgeous parks, perfect for walking, jogging, biking, watching entertainment and having a romantic picnic or date. Frick is the largest regional park, featuring with widespread trails and wooded areas. Highland Park is beautifully decorated with a fountain and flowers and hosts jazz concerts in the summer. Riverview Park has steep topography along with a pool, playground and playing field. Allegheny Observatory, also found in Riverview Park, features a visitor's center and activities building. Schenley Park hosts sporting events and provides a welcome area for the community to spend their free time. With a cafe, golf course, sportsplex, conservatory and swimming pool, this park provides many activities for couples.

Theaters

Couples can take in a play or concert at one of the many theaters around Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (pittsburghsymphony.org) at Heinz Hall always has a new lineup of musicians and shows. The performing arts center, Pittsburgh Playhouse (pittsburghplayhouse.com) is the theater of Point Park University. Pittsburgh Musical Theater (pittsburghmusicals.com) always has the latest and most popular musicals, as well as classes available.

Amusement Park/Museums

Kennywood amusement park (kennywood.com) is one of the oldest and most beloved in America, according to the park's website. The park not only has roller coasters, water rides and dining areas, but live shows on various days and nights -- the schedule is available on the website or at the park. The Andy Warhol Museum (warhol.org) celebrates the famous pop artist who was born in Pittsburgh. The museum has an extensive amount of work by Warhol, including paintings, drawings, photographs and video. The Carnegie Museum of Art (web.cmoa.org) is a great place to take a date who loves art of all kinds, with new and eye-opening exhibits opening every few months. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History (carnegiemnh.org) has an ever-changing lineup of informational and surprising new discoveries about nature and animals. If you and your partner love old cars and learning about the history of automobiles, Frick's Car and Carriage Museum (frickart.com) is a fine place to spend a few hours. The Frick is also an art and historical center, focusing on architecture and fine art.

Sports

PNC Park (mlb.mlb.com/pit/ballpark.index.jsp), home to the Pittsburgh Pirates, is one of the most popular sports stadiums in the country. The stadium holds more than 38,000 people and cost $262 million to build. The baseball season runs from April to September with tickets available online or at the stadium box office. The park also provides walk-up tours during the baseball season for a fee. Heinz Field, home to the Pittsburgh Steelers (steelers.com) football team has games during football season, but is also available for events and tours for a fee.

Nightlife

Pittsburgh has dozens of bars and nightclubs with different themes, events and live music. The "Strip District" (neighborsinthestrip.com) is a hotbed for energy and entertainment. With restaurants, historical landmarks, bars and nightclubs, you and your partner won't be bored. The Rivers Casino (theriverscasino.com) has dining, gaming and several bars and lounges as well as live events throughout the year.

About the Author

Krista Lee Childers has been actively writing since 1998. Her work, both creative and journalistic, has been featured in several school-affiliated publications including "Euphemism" and "The Indy." Childers' favorite subjects to write about are arts, crafts and hobbies. She received a Bachelor of Science in print journalism from Illinois State University with a minor in technical writing.

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