Arts & Entertainment

Free Things to Do in Pittsburgh 

Written by Laney Jessell

Who does not love free things, especially college students? Attending college is hard and empties just about everyone’s bank account. Pittsburgh has many great paid attractions, but there are multiple attractions that are free of charge. Here are a few things that can keep you occupied without emptying your wallet.  

1. The View at Mount Washington  

This attraction is a fun, free place to get an amazing view of the city’s beautiful skyscrapers and the bridges Pittsburgh is known for. We are not called the City of Bridges for nothing. There are also many restaurants around Mount Washington and even a local ice cream shop just around the corner. Grab a friend and take some Instagram worthy pictures.  

2. Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh  

Though we attend Carlow, you can sneak on over to the beautiful Cathedral of Learning down the street at the University of Pittsburgh. This building has 31 different classrooms assigned to different cultures and nationalities. This is a great way to travel to different countries without leaving the building.  

3. The Frick Art Museum 

How cool would it be to see Helen Clay Frick’s personal collection of art? This collection has multiple pieces of artwork like paintings from the early Renaissance. It is an intimate collection of art and a perfect place for a date. Admission is free, but timed tickets are recommended.

4. Schenley Park

If you are one with nature and need a quiet place to go, Schenley Park is the spot. The 456 acres of land has plenty of trails, if you enjoy walking. There are woods to explore and cool attractions to visit. Also, there is a beautiful view of the sunset if you get there at the right time.  

A sunset at Schenley Park.
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5. Randyland

This art museum was created by Randy Gilson. Gilson was also born around Pittsburgh and created Randyland with his paintings. His out of the box artwork is a fun way to color up your day. He does accept donations so that he can continue to share his artwork. 

Being in college does not have to limit your ability to have fun. These free attractions are an interesting way to liven up your experience here in Pittsburgh. Did I mention they’re free?  

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