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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.