Pittsburgh’s 4 Areas to Explore

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Pittsburgh’s 4 Areas to Explore
Strip District, PA Moon Township, PA Oakland, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill, PA Irwin, PA

Strip District, PA

Skyline of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania fron Allegheny Landing across the Allegheny River

Easy to get around, lots to do, melds a younger and older population

Distance from downtown: 4 minutes

Population: 3,214 with 5% of the population over 65 years of age

Places to visit:

  • John Heinz History Center: Named after Senator John Heinz and affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, there’s something for everyone when taking in over 250 years of regional history through 6 floors of engaging exhibitions. Relive the battles of the French & Indian War. Learn about Pittsburgh’s influence as a steel-making industrial powerhouse and see how its transformed into a global leader for technology, medicine, and education. If you’re looking for a fun photo op, take a selfie next to an 11-foot Heinz ketchup bottle or relive your childhood in the Mr. Roger's neighborhood exhibit.

  • Andy Warhol Museum: Experience art through one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world and the largest in North America. Pittsburgh native and pop art icon, Andy Warhol has a seven-story museum devoted to his life and artistic journey. Start your experience at the top floor and progress through each decade as you descend. View his celebrated illustrations, sculptures, photographs, paintings, and films as you gain a profound understanding of his enduring legacy.

  • St. Stanislaus Kostka Church: Steeped in a history dating back to its construction in 1891, this Romanesque-styled Roman Catholic Church has survived a major flood and explosion, to become a proud piece of Pittsburgh history. It sits 63 feet high, with towers supporting 7 bells, each dedicated to a different Catholic saint, and is adorned with some of the best “Munich Style” stained glass in the United States. Whether you take a tour, or attend a Sunday mass, you’ll appreciate why it’s been added to the National Register of Historic Places and why the future Pope John II was so fond of its beauty during his visit.

Moon Township, PA

The Sewickley Bridge spans the Ohio River in Pittsburgh, PA


Surrounded by nature, with access to the city and beyond

Distance from downtown: 15.6 miles

Population: 26,863 with 18% of the population over 65 years of age

Places to visit:

  • Whether you're looking to play, hike, bike, or explore, Moon Park, Montour Trail, and Robin Hill Park are just some of the parks that combine to offer over 600 acres of land perfect for staying active through all the seasons. 

Oakland, Shadyside, and Squirrel Hill, PA


Cultured, laid back, and family-oriented

Distance from downtown: 5 minutes

Places to visit:

  • Schenley Park: Named one of “America’s Coolest City Parks” by Travel and Leisure, this 456 winding acre area contains trails, woods, and attractions. Hike or bike the miles of trails, play on one of the 13 tennis courts, run the track, or play 18 holes of golf. Nomatter what you’re looking for, there’s plenty to do for all ages.
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: This green oasis in the middle of Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood has been entertaining visitors since 1893. Visit to discover breathtaking seasonal flower shows, stunning outdoor botanical gardens, and enjoy activities sure to satisfy every age.

Interesting facts:

  • Roslyn Place, the last wooden street remaining in Pennsylvania, can be found in the Shadyside neighborhood. Constructed in 1914 with 26,000 wooden blocks, this road is a must-see.

Irwin, PA

Pittsburgh neighborhood

Rural, close-knit community

Distance from downtown: 22 miles

Population: 3,894 with 16.4% of the population over 65 years of age

Places to visit:

  • Brush Hill: This historic “mansion-scale” house, also known as the “Old Scull House '' was constructed by Colonel John Irwin in 1798. One of three plantations owned by the family, its sheer scale and first of its kind west of the Appliacians, caused it to be added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

  • Logan Family Farms: Established in 1894 and widely recognized as the staple of quality meat and produce for four generations, this family farm is a frequent stop for residents and a must stop for visitors.

  • The Lamp Theatre: Tucked in the downtown amongst a variety of restaurants and small shops sits this unique venue that offers live concerts and plays for all ages.