Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh for Under $10
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1. Be your own guide and explore Pittsburgh on a bike! You can rent one from Golden Triangle Bike Rental for only $8 per hour. This is a fun and active way to visit the most significant landmarks of Steel City including Point State Park, Heinz Field, Washington's Landing and Station Square. A 20+ mile long biking path will take you on an exciting trip bordering all three rivers of Pittsburgh.
2. Curious about the history of photography? The Museum of Photographic History of Pittsburgh allows you to go back in time and learn about the camera's evolution. With digital media being so common nowadays, it is hard to imagine that a hundred years ago photography was a very complicated and time-consuming process. While enjoying photo antiques from the museum collection, you will also get a chance to see what Pittsburgh looked like in the past. Designed in the Victorian style, this museum offers you an exciting lesson on photography. Adult admission: $10, Students: $8
3. Today, kids spend hours playing video games curled up at home. They likely don't realize that video games once started as clunky, coin-operated machines that you may remember. Do you feel nostalgic and want to revisit your childhood for a while? Or perhaps you've never played an arcade game before? At Games N'at, for $5 an hour or $8 for two hours, you can play the most popular arcade games of the 80s -- air hockey, Super Mario, Pac Man, Donkey Kong and Frogger.
4. Looking for the coolest party in the city? Inspired by the Roxy roller skating party in New York, Down & Derby brings the fun to Pittsburgh. Put on roller skates, order cheap drinks, and enjoy funky music spinning all night long from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. The dress code encourages 80s style and you can bring your own skates if you have them. Tickets: $6 with RSVP, skate rentals: $3
5. Want to explore 29 countries at once? Visit the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh. Each room was designed to represent an ethnic group that helped build the city of Pittsburgh. These rooms are in constant use as classrooms. Guided tours are available every weekend when school is not in session. Members of the student organization, Quo Vadis, spend a lot of time studying each room individually to be able to answer all of the visitors' questions. Adult admission: $4
6. Have you heard of Pittsburgh's famous Friday Nite Improvs? Everything started in 1989 when students from the University of Pittsburgh got together to play improvisational theatre games. Today FNI attracts visitors from all over the country. Some of the performers are volunteers pulled from the audience. The rules are simple: "Failure is OK", "Welcome the Performers", "Thank the Performers", "No Booing", "Everybody Have Fun." The home of FNI is the Studio Theater based in the Cathedral of Learning. Admission: $3
7. In 1929, Mary and John Lawrence built their dream house in Hartwood. The design elements were borrowed from a manor house they saw in Oxfordshire, England. For $6, you can take a guided mansion tour and look at all 31 rooms that portray the elegant lifestyle of the Lawrences. This 629-acre park will impress any visitor with its beautiful stable complex, riding trails, gate lodge and public gardens.
8. If you happen to be in Pittsburgh from June to October, go to a free stargazing party offered by Wagman Observatory. Once your eyes adjust to darkness you will see planets, star clusters and even whole galaxies. This star party is sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh. Knowledgeable and friendly astronomers will be more than happy to answer your questions. Bring your own refreshments and enjoy! Admission: FREE!
9. Opened to the public in 1987, the free Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden will blow your mind with its breathtaking beauty. You will find more than 100 different plants that grew in Ancient Israel, including dates, figs and olives. Every plant is labeled with a biblical passage that describes them. The garden also has a desert, a waterfall and a miniature river Jordan. Find your own oasis in this magical garden inspired by the ancient times.
10. The Duquesne Incline, or funicular, designed by Samuel Diescher was built in 1877 to carry cargo up and down Mount Washington in Pittsburgh. Later on, it started to carry passengers, but was eventually closed in 1962. In 1963, the incline was restored by local residents and re-opened. Nowadays it is one of the most popular attractions in the city. Once on top of the mountain, you can enjoy a spectacular view of Steel City from an observation deck. Admission: $5 round-trip
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