The Trinity Cathedral is immediately visible from anywhere on Sixth Avenue. Inspired by 14-century English style, Architect Gordon Lloyd of Detroit built this Gothic edifice in 1871. Although the church was partially destroyed by fire in 1969, the interior continues to reflect a Victorian style. In addition to a historic courtyard, the cemetery houses some of the oldest graves in Pittsburgh. Although it may seem slightly out of keeping with the cathedral's past, the building hosts concerts in the spring and fall.
The Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers meet here to form the Ohio. Thirty-six grassy acres at the confluence of the three rivers of Pittsburgh bear witness to the more than 200 years of history. French and British forts, central to the Seven Years War of the late 1700s, were located here, with sparse ruins forming the basis of a modern museum. Located here is the famous fountain that shoots streams of water 150 feet high, and has become a symbol of the city. Its July 4th fireworks extravaganza draws massive crowds.
Pittsburgh may be best known as The Steel City, but that does not mean folks here do not have a little bit of country in their blood. Point State Park hosts the annual Dollar Bank Jamboree, an annual event featuring country music, a fishing competition and tons of children's activities. This year Wynnona headlines the music lineup. After the show, the evening ends with a fireworks display. The best part of the day is that the concert is free.
Each of the six beautiful Allegheny County Parks provides various recreational activities to people of all ages. The Boyce Park is a downhill skiing location—it also has a wave pool and can be booked for various outdoor events. The White Oak Park has a wedding garden, a children's playground and also features the famous Angora Gardens. Go golfing, boating or scouting in the scenic Hartwood Gardens, or play soccer or visit an exhibition at the North Park. If all these seem like too much action, just walk your dog at one of the parks and sit by the lake to read a book! Check the website for more details.
Located along the riverfront, Bessemer Court and Transportation Museum is an outdoor tour of Pittsburgh's industrial heritage. The Bessemer process was a technique brought from England to Pittsburgh by industrialist Andrew Carnegie for the making of steel. As they stroll along the river, visitors can view salvaged pieces of a Bessemer converter. Plaques describe the significance of each piece. The size of the machinery, even though it is in pieces, is amazing. The tour will provide visitors with a unique understanding of the steel industry. Admission is free, but parking is $1.
There is no better place to honor the American flag than at the Flag Plaza and Pittsburgh Scout Center. Every evening, if the weather is nice, a flag ceremony is held at the downtown offices. The 15-minute ceremony is held in addition to two short films that teach viewers the importance of the American flag and how to care for the nation's most identifiable symbol. Admission is free and recommended for children over 8 years old. Visitors should call to check the schedule for the flag ceremony. it is open Monday to Friday from 5 pm.
The Roberto Clemente Memorial Park honors one of the city's favorite baseball players. Roberto Clemente played for the Pittsburgh Pirates for 18 years and helped the team win the 1972 World Series. Months after the victory, Clemente died in a plane crash while supplying humanitarian aid to Costa Rica. A bronze statue depicts Clemente's ability with a baseball bat. The park sits on the North Side near the ballpark on the Allegheny River's north shore and has a water-taxi dock and facilities for boating, fishing and biking.
The Pittsburgh Voyager is docked outside the Carnegie Science Center on the North Side. The Voyager provides a floating scientific laboratory for children. Kids in grades five through 12 learn about river navigation, history, physical science and environmental science. The programs provide hands-on lessons. Children can also attend summer camp and weekend programs. Fees vary based on the type of program and camp.
Located in the historic side of Pittsburgh, this aviary has a treasury of beauty in store. Come by to enjoy wild life in the lovely woods of North Pittsburgh. This place houses more than 600 rare and endangered species of birds. Witness various flight atriums, bird-related exhibits, and demonstrations. Take a break from your TV set and get your children along to do some real bird-watching and learn more about nature and these lovely creatures.
Society for Contemporary Craft hosts a variety of exhibitions for local and national craft artists. The center includes a children's studio, where kids receive a hands-on experience in various artistic mediums. Various workshops are provided for adults and children, and have covered everything from creating jewelry, to puppet making, to tours of glass studios. Guided tours are available for schools. The store sells a variety of crafts. All proceeds benefit the society and the artist.
Founded more than 30 years ago, the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild was created to help inner-city youths develop a love of music and the arts. The guild features lectures and performances by artists and jazz musicians. Everyone from Chuck Corea to Maynard Ferguson has performed here. Tickets vary in price, but are usually between $22 and $30. Children under the age of 18 are admitted Thursday evenings for $10.
Playhouse Jr. is the second oldest children's theater in the United States. Since 1949, the theater has been introducing children to the exciting world of drama with productions that feature classic children's stories. The theater stages five productions each season. The plays revolve around tales about Sleeping Beauty, Robin Hood and the Pied Piper. More than 45,000 people a year attend these productions. The theater is associated with Point Park College.