Staycation 2013 | Frugal Fun in Pittsburgh

Staycation-2013

Pittsburgh has now been my home for 8 years and we have had fun discovering all the fun attractions.  Not only is it fun for us, but we love sharing the great city with our friends and family.  You don’t have to break the bank to do it either.

Two things that we always take our out-of-town visitors to are the Monongahela Incline and Primanti Brothers Restaurant.

Mongongahela Incline

 

The Mongongahela Incline is very frugal adventure and at the top of Mt Washington you will get a great view of the beautiful city.  It is the oldest and steepest incline in the US.   You can see all the bridges and downtown building plus  the meeting of the three rivers in Pittsburgh.

Fares are $2.50 one way for adults and $1.25 for children ages 6-11.  Children 5 and under ride for free.  Plus if you know you will be done with your trip in under 3 hours, you get a discount on your return trip.

Primanti-Brothers-Restaurant

If you ever watch Travel Channel or Food Network, you have probably heard of the famous Primanti Brothers Sandwiches.  Since it’s start in 1933, the Primanti Brothers Restaurant has been a Pittsburgh landmark known for their super-stuffed sandwiches.  Where else can you eat get french fries and cole slaw on the same sandwich.

In downtown Pittsburgh, there are four Primanti Bros Locations or you can visit one of the Primantis in the suburbs.  Prices are very reasonable with meals under ten dollars.

FREE EVENTS IN PITTSBURGH

Those are my two picks to definitely not miss out on in Pittsburgh.  Here are some great free events.

Cinema in the ParkWatch a movie with the family for free while enjoying the great parks of the city.  The 2013 schedule includes The Dark Night Rises, Jack Reacher, Finding Nemo, Jack the Giant Slayer, Chimpanzee, Skyfall, The Avengers, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and many other movie favorites for all members of the family.

Parks included are Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, Brookline Memorial Park, Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park, Grandview Park in Mt. Washington, Highland Park, Riverview Park, or West End/Elliott Overlook.

2013 Three Rivers Art Festival — From June 7 through June 16th you can see free live musical performance, arts exhibits, children’s activites and more at Point Stat Park, Hertz Gateway Center and the Cultural District in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Free Walking Tours — Get out and enjoy the fresh air and learn about the great architecture, history and famous Landmarks of Pittsburgh with Free MP3 tours found HERE or HERE or get a guided tour on Fridays.  While the tours are free, reservations are required.

MONEY SAVING DEALS IN PITTSBURGH

Gateway Clipper Fleet Savings datesGo site seeing on the rivers of Pittsburgh with the Gateway Clipper Fleet.  Normally adult tickets are $20 and kids are $10.  However for three weekends in 2013 (Memorial Day Weekend, Fourth of July Weekend and Labor Day Weekend), the kids can get on the cruise for only one buck.

This deal is valid on One Hour Sightseeing, Ice Cream Social, Good Ship Lollipop and Evening Sightseeing.

Pool Passes for Citipark PoolsFor a family of 4 who are city residents, you can get a pool tag for only $60.  Great deal for a whole summer of swimming.

Thursday Night Discount at Oakland MuseumsVisit the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History after 4 PM on Thursday and you will get a discounted rate.  Over 50% savings for kids.

Kennywood Amusement Park — Save on the tickets by picking them up at Giant Eagle.  They have other discounts available too.  It’s still not cheap, but definitely part of Pittsburgh history.

Planning an Staycation in Pittsburgh, be sure to check out the Daily Deal sites like Amazon Local, Groupon and Living Social.  For example, right now at Amazon Local there is a 50% savings on the Great Amazing Race Pittsburgh on June 16th.  There are many more deals to be had.

What’s your favorite Frugal Pittsburgh outing?

Find more great Staycation ideas here and here.

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  1. Just in the South Hills of Pittsburgh is an 18th century living history museum open on Sundays from 1:30pm to 4:30pm starting the first Sunday in May and going through the second Sunday in December. For $1 a person (sorry no kids rate or free admission) and $2 at the once monthly special event Sundays you can tour an 18th century homestead with a special focus on the Whiskey Rebellion. The homestead had been occupied by members of the same family from 1772 until 1927 when the property became part of South Park. Stop on by during your Vacation or Staycation.

  2. Thanks for promoting Pittsburgh! We love living here and always have lots to do. Last summer I wrote about Public Transit and Summer Fun in Pittsburgh. Three of our favorite free things to do are riding the light rail in Downtown and North Shore (you have to pay only if you ride south out of Downtown), wading at the Water Steps, and visiting city playgrounds like the Blue Slide Playground in Frick Park, Anderson Playground in Schenley Park, and Super Playground in Highland Park.

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