P ittsburgh, the home of our bed and breakfast, is an extremely rich cultural town. When it was settled, the European immigrants settled together and defined very distinct boundary lines to their neighborhoods. Polish Hill and Deutschtown are clear examples. Slovaks settled Southside to be close to the emerging mills. Bloomfield became the home of many Italians settling here. The Northside became famous for the industrial giants that created “Millionaire’s Row” two blocks behind The Parador.
Whether you’re new to Pittsburgh or a lifetime resident, we can help you make the most of your stay with us. Here are just a few of the destinations that make Pittsburgh such an attractive getaway.
Get tickets to the Natural History, Art and Architecture Museums for $9 at The Parador. ($18 at the door)
The Warhol Museum
Explore the avant garde work of Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol. $9 tickets at The Parador. ($20 at the door)
The Mattress Factory
Immerse yourself in exploratory installation art at the Mattress Factory. $10 tickets at The Parador. ($15 at the door)
The nation’s premier bird zoo – conveniently located on the North Shore. $9 tickets at The Parador. ($13 at the door)
Neighborhood purveyor of exceptional new, used, collectible and rare books. (See Ed for a special guests’ coupon)
Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, dedicated in 1971 and renovated in 1995, is the cornerstone of the Cultural District of Pittsburgh It was built as the Lowe’s Penn Theater in 1927. It is the home of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Benedum Center was built in 1927 as the Stanley Theater by James Bly Clark, one of the founders of MGM. It was built for $3 million and the renovations in the 1980′s cost $48 million. It is predominately used for plays and concerts.
Harris Theater emerged from its steamy past as an adult theater to the Pittsburgh Filmmakers media arts center.
The Cabaret at Theater Square
The Cabaret at Theater Square is the home of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, offering many lunch and dinner shows.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theater
The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater is home to the world renowned Pittsburgh Ballet.
Pittsburgh Public Theater created The O’Reilly Theater as a state-of-the-art facility to host music, theater and other performances.
The Carnegie is actually five museums. In Oakland, you will find: the Carnegie Natural History Museum, a huge facility dedicated to the evolution of Earth species and the Carnegie Art Museum, with an extensive permanent collection as well as traveling exhibits.
The Carnegie Library is located in many neighborhoods around the city. However, its main facility in Oakland is a gorgeous spot to visit. Browse the collections and enjoy grand architecture or take in live music or an after hours gathering amongst the texts!
Andy Warhol Museum
The Andy Warhol Museum is dedicated to the art of this Pittsburgh advante garde artist. Located nearby and also part of the Carnegie Museums family.
The Mattress Factory is located here on the Northside and is a research and development lab for artists. It hosts a permanent collection as well as rotating exhibits by artists currently in residence.
The National Aviary is the only not for profit bird zoo in the United States is located here on the Northside and has over 600 birds in residence.
Opened in 2016, City Books is a neighborhood treasure, offering avid readers a place to find new, used, collectible and rare printed treats in a great space on Galveston Avenue.
Carnegie Science Center
The Carnegie created the Science Center, right here on the Northside. This is a hands on experience that is great for children and children at heart. This replaced Buhl Planetarium as the science museum in Pittsburgh.
Where it’s all fun and games! Slots, table games and poker are all available at Rivers Casino as well as dining, live music and entertainment.
After moving the Buhl Planetarium to the Carnegie Science Center, the building, also here on the Northside, was turned into the Children’s Museum – a great interactive museum to entertain the young ones.
City of Asylum
CoA is a non-profit dedicated to housing dissent poets and artists that have been exiled from their home countries. They offer poetry readings, performances and other cultural activities – and will soon be opening a location a few blocks away.
Senator John Heinz History Center
Pittsburgh History Center is a research facility and museum dedicated to the history and heritage of Western Pennsylvania. Located in the Strip District.
Frick Art and Historical Center
The Frick Art and Historical Center the former residence of Industrialist Henry Clay Frick has an extensive art and automobile display as well as the restored mansion and grounds. Located in Shadyside.
Fort Pitt Museum
The Fort Pitt Museum located right in the famous Point State Park is dedicated to recounting the struggle between the French and Indians against the British for control of this crucial waterway.
Allegheny Portage Railroad
Allegheny Portage Railroad was the first railroad connection over the Allegheny Mountains from the east and was considered and engineering marvel at the time. A cog train would take the train cars over the highest mountains. This National Historic Site is about an hour and a half northeast of Pittsburgh near Altoona.
George Westinghouse Museum
The George Westinghouse Museum located in the Wilmerding section of Pittsburgh; it is about twenty minutes from the Parador. The “Castle”, as the main house is refered to is a stunning piece of architecture. The museum and grounds are dedicated to Mr. Westinghouse’s life and that of other innovators of the time.
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
The Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild is located here on the Northside and its mission is to educate and inspire urban youth through the arts. It offers courses for children as well as adults and special exhibitions and events for the community.
Soldiers and Sailors Museum
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum is located in Oakland with a myriad of artifacts, equipment, uniforms and art.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a Victorian greenhouse in Oakland that has inspired Pittsburgh for over a hundred years. It has an extensive collection of local and exotic plants and has special exhibits several times a year.
The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium hosts a large assortment of animals and fish in natural settings on seventy-seven acres.
The Bayernhof Museum was the home of a turn of the century millionaire that was obsessed with mechanical creations and automatons – a very bizarre place, but not to be missed.
Cathedral of Learning
The Cathedral was erected in the 1920s as the tallest educational structure in the world so anywhere in the city, kids could look up and perhaps be inspired to stay in school. Later, in the 1930s, Pitt got the original immigrants to create classrooms inspired by their their home countries the year Pitt was founded (1787).
Photo Antiquities Museum
Photo Antiquities Museum offers a history lesson on photography. The Museum, designed in the Victorian style with period music playing in the background, lends to the feeling of being in another era.
The ToonSeum is a small boutique style museum dedicated to the comic and cartoon arts. While the museum itself is quite small there are on average over 100 pieces of art exhibited at any given time. Exhibits rotate every few months.
Trundle Manor is a private collection of weird things that has been made availible to the public, of unusual items such as taxidermy, jarred specimens, medical implements, and bizarre weaponry that has been made available to tour by the general public. (Open by appointment or for events.)
Pittsburgh Glass Center
Pittsburgh Glass Center is a nonprofit, public access school, gallery and state-of-the-art glass studio dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting glass art. World-renowned glass artists come here to make studio glass art. People interested in learning more about glass come here to take a class, explore the contemporary glass gallery and watch live hot glass demonstrations.
Artifacts is supplying the public and designers from more than 300,000 square feet of Pittsburgh facilities containing the country’s most unique and diverse collections.
The world’s largest bicycle museum and shop, featuring bikes vintage and new, accessories, Bowden Spacelander bikes and all manner of bike related material.
Randyland is the home of artist, Randy Gilson. Located in the Mexican War Streets, the Randyland courtyard is open most everyday and visitors are welcome to come and explore the public art.
Boyce Park Skiing
Boyce Park Skiing is a small facility located right out in Monroeville.
Hidden Valley has a nice mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain slopes available in the Laurel Mountains and is about an hour away.
Seven Springs is Pennsylvania’s largest ski resort located in the Laurel Mountains about an hour away.
Sandcastle is a water park with 15 slides and wading pools right along the Monongahela River.
Kennywood Park is Pittsburgh’s oldest amusement park founded in1898. It has a history of having cutting edge roller coasters; the Racer was originally built in 1910. There are several buildings still in use from the turn of the century. . .
Allegheny Park System
Allegheny Park System boasts ice-skating in both North and South Parks in the winter. North and South Parks have golf courses for summer time activities. Wave pools are in Boyce Park, Settler’s Cabin Park and South Park. A traditional pool is in North Park. There is tennis available at Boyce, Settler’s Cabin, North and South Parks.
Pittsburgh Tour Company
The Pittsburgh Tour Company’s double decker tour offers Pittsburgh’s only hop on/hop off tour in historic red double decker buses from London. Our guided and humorous, historic tour of Pittsburgh showcases some favorite areas for shopping, live entertainment, stadiums, museums, restaurants, bars and architecture.
Just Ducky Tours
Just Ducky Tours takes riders on Pittsburgh’s only adventure through the city – on land and water. Each excursion begins at historic Station Square before waddling downtown for the ride of your life.
Segway in Paradise
Segway in Paradise offers tours of downtown Pittsburgh. We provide each customer with individual instruction to ensure a safe and enjoyable glide, with a two hour tour. Tours open to anyone ages 14 & up.
Golden Triangle Bike Rental
Experience our beautiful city from 20+ miles of traffic-free riverfront trail! Ride by Point State Park, PNC Park, Downtown, the South Side and so many more iconic Pittsburgh landmarks.
The Kayak Pittsburgh project of Venture Outdoors makes available kayaking gear for rent. Brave the trolls under the 6th Street Bridge to get started on your own river adventure!
PA Brew Tours
PA Brew Tours has a passion for exploring local and off the beaten path breweries in the great state of Pennsylvania. After years of organizing their own trips to local breweries, the team decided to share their passion with other local beer enthusiasts, providing tours to local breweries and brew pubs.
Pittsburgh Flying Disc Society
not on map, various locations
The purpose of the Pittsburgh Flying Disc Society is the promotion of flying disc sports and games. This group achieves its purpose through events, programs and publications dedicated to public education, community involvement and other related activities.
The fifth-oldest franchise in the NFL, the Steelers were founded on July 8, 1933 by Arthur Joseph Rooney. Art passed the team on to his son, Dan in 2000 and along the way, the pair has seen many winning seasons, including the most Super Bowl wins in the start of the modern game in 1970. “The Black and Gold”, as known by the fans, play at Heinz Field, just steps from The Parador.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were originally founded as Allegheny in 1882 and has won five World Series championships. The team plays in PNC Park where its fans cheer on their beloved “Bucs” on many warm Pittsburgh evenings. Walk down from the Inn or take the convenient T, the city’s light rail system.
The Penguins first five years were played as the NHL’s “Pirates” (from 1925 to 1930) and are the first Pittsburgh sports team to wear black and gold. Since their expansion-era beginnings in 1966, fans have cheered the team on to multiple Stanley Cup victories. Catch a game at the Consol Energy Center during your stay with us: it’s a short drive or 20 minute T ride/walk.
3G Gallery has original art, prints, and handmade items like jewelry and scarves by local artists and craftsmen.
James Gallery and Frame Foundry have distinguished themselves in the art and framing field by moving away from the typical and expected and venturing into areas that challenge preconceived images of art and the predictable gallery experience.
707/709 Penn Gallery
A project of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and managed by the Trust’s Education and Community Engagement department, 709 Penn Gallery features exhibits by local and regional artists working in multiple disciplines. 709 Penn Gallery is located at 709 Penn Avenue near the intersection of Penn and 7th Street.
Built in the late 1920s, over the years 943 Liberty Avenue housed a variety of retail businesses, from home furnishings to hardware and for a brief time, during the 1960s, this space was an arcade and then used as an accordion school. Now owned and operated by the Trust, the 943 Liberty Avenue showcases exhibitions curated by the Trust’s visual arts department.
Art Institute of Pittsburgh Gallery
The Gallery at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh serves the campus by featuring work by students, faculty, alumni, and extended artistic community. Exhibitions support the school’s mission by enhancing the students’ educational experience.
August Wilson Center for African American Culture
One of only two major arts institutions in the world named for Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright and Pittsburgh native August Wilson, the August Wilson Center for African American Culture engages regional and national audiences in its mission of preserving, presenting, interpreting, celebrating and shaping the art, culture and history of African Americans utilizing the rich history, legacy and culture of African Americans from Western Pennsylvania as a foundation.
The mission of SPACE is to realize a working example of an integrated and open art ecosystem in Pittsburgh. SPACE values the creation of new works in multi-disciplines, presentation of artwork to the broadest possible audience, inclusion of established and contemporary technologies and the promotion of local artists outside of the region.
Wood Street Galleries
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust operates Wood Street Galleries, which features new media artists from around the globe. Located above the T-Station at Wood Street and 6th Avenue.
Box Heart Expressions
Box Heart: The term used when the pith (soft core occurring in the structural center of wood) falls entirely within the four faces of a piece of wood anywhere in its length.
Borelli-Edwards was established in 1978, in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, PA, where it evolved into an exhibition space for regional artists and Japanese prints and paintings. In addition, owner Joy Borelli-Edwards offers the services of fine art appraisals, estate sales, general and archival framing, installations and print and painting restoration.
The Gallery has always been attached to the personality of founder, Steven Mendelson. Intimate relationships with his artists and clients have marked his 30 plus years as an artist, gallery owner, writer, world traveler and art collector.
The Gallery on Baum
From the cartoon art that was his first love and makes up the bulk of his collection, Mr. Greco lists original pieces by Charles M. Schulz, Bill Watterson, Theodor Seuss Geisel, Charles Addams, Matt Groening, Gary Larson and others.
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Founded in 1945, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is a non-profit community arts campus that offers arts education programs and contemporary art exhibitions, providing services and resources for individual artists throughout Western Pennsylvania. The Center is where the community can create, see, support, and learn about visual arts.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers Gallery
PF/PCA is committed to the artist and the advancement of artistic excellence in visual arts – specifically film, digital video, photography, media, and fine and creative arts and crafts.
Shaw Galleries was founded in 2007 by art critic and appraiser Kurt Shaw. Having a passion for prints from a young age, Mr. Shaw spent seven years laboriously tracking down and obtaining the extensive collection that now comprises the gallery’s holdings – over 4,000 antique maps, rare prints and vintage photographs.
Future Tenant provides a laboratory setting for artists, arts managers and audiences to explore the limits of the creative expression, presentation and interpretation of various art forms.
Union Project and Corner Gallery
Positioned at the literal intersection of some of Pittsburgh’s most racially and economically diverse urban neighborhoods, Union Project is a community hub and literal and figurative common ground for surrounding neighbors.
Gallery on 43rd Street
Located just off Butler Street in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Lawrenceville, Gallery on 43rd Street features fine art and craft by Western Pennsylvania artists. Owner Mary Coleman opened the gallery in November, 1994.
ModernFormations Gallery and Performance Space was founded in June of 2001, and since then, has been committed to contributing to the growing artistic culture of Pittsburgh, the Penn Avenue arts community, and to the surrounding neighborhoods.