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Top 9 Things To Do Alone In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Things To Do Alone In Pittsburgh
Jonathan
Jonathan
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Pittsburgh is a cosmopolitan city that has amassed a reputation for being one of the most livable cities in North America. It is safe, affordable and diverse, providing an array of activities for locals and tourists alike. The city sits at the intersection between the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers. Formerly an industrial hub, Pittsburgh retains strong remnants as a city of stone and steel, with towering skyscrapers and grand structures. There are many accommodation options, tourist attractions and public spaces, along with cosy restaurants and cafes lined up along the streets. Solo traveling in any city is always a daunting task, coupled with the fact that Pittsburgh is a huge city, leaving travelers potentially feeling lost in such an environment. However, our recommendations of activities to do when alone in Pittsburgh will provide some fantastic options to maximize your solo holiday in the Steel City, creating an unforgettable holiday experience.

1. Self-guided Pittsburgh scavenger hunt (from USD 12.0)

Explore Pittsburgh by yourself or with a team of new-found friends through this 15-clue scavenger, making the most of your time in this place to explore the richness of the city’s history and culture. Simply download the launch codes and start your journey around the city, capturing Pittsburgh’s hidden gems and off-the-beaten paths. This adventure caters to those of all ages and interests, and takes roughly two hours to complete.

Pittsburgh Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt

Duration: 2 hours

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2. Pittsburgh puzzling adventure (from USD 30.0)

Following a similar concept to the Pittsburgh scavenger hunt (third recommendation), have a delighted and enjoyable experience in the city by transforming your exploration into an educational and interactive game. This two-hour walking adventure utilizes one’s smartphone as a guide. Participants are given clues and challenges to undertake, visiting a series of popular locations along the way. At the end of your adventure, see your rank in the real-time standings!

Pittsburgh Puzzling Adventure

Duration: 1 to 3 hours

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3. Private Pittsburgh city tour (from USD 75.0)

Enjoy a private and educational guided tour around downtown Pittsburgh and find out the history behind the Steel City. Tours are curated for the individual’s preferences and requests, but a typical itinerary is available that covers the local flavors and national features of the city. Expect to visit a series of iconic buildings, attractions and public spaces. The guide comes from a multi-generational line of ‘Yinzers’, and has years of experience guiding tourists and corporate clients. Pick-up and drop-off at one’s accommodation are included in the package.

Pittsburgh, North Shore and Oakland Private Guided Tour

Duration: 2 hours

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4. Gardens of Sound and Motion at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (from USD 17.0)

things to do alone in pittsburgh | gardens of sound and motion at phipps conservatory and botanical gardens

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens finds its home in the Schenley Park, and features a spectrum of things to see and do, including themed outdoor gardens and seasonal showcases. One of the popular exhibitions is the Gardens of Sound and Motion, a breathtaking sensory adventure of visual and kinetic installations. With interactive art, music and flower activities, guests can wander around the likes of the butterfly exhibition, wind sculptures and the enchanted woodland. An average self-guided tour takes about 90 minutes, but nature lovers are bound to spend more time in this magical delight!

Gardens of Sound and Motion at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Duration: 2 to 3 hrs

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5. minute sightseeing trolley tour

minute sightseeing trolley tour

Venture through the beautiful city of Pittsburgh with the iconic trolley tours on the historic white and gold trolleys. Delight yourself by spending 90 minutes sightseeing in the wealth of culture, history and heritage that the city provides, particularly amongst the best landmarks and attractions that include the Southside, Northside, Northshore, The Strip District, Downtown, The Cultural District and Uptown. The tours depart from the Southside Works, on Sidney Street between 26th and 27th Streets. Participants are free to alight and board any trolley as part of one fare. Private tours are available on request.

90 MINUTE SIGHTSEEING TROLLEY TOUR

Duration: 90 minutes

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6. Crazy dash walking adventure (from USD 9.0)

crazy dash walking adventure

Independently explore the abundant tourist attractions of the city, accompanied by the trusty aid of your remote guide and your phone! After getting introduced to your remote guide, set off to one of the checkpoints spread within walking distance across the city. Complete crazy challenges and see amazing sights, from monuments, landmarks and other areas of historical significance, having a blast with your friends, family or as a solo explorer. Don’t worry about how long you take, what matters is that you have a bundle of fun and learn a thing or two along the way.

Crazy Dash Walking Adventure - Pittsburgh, PA

Duration: 2 hours

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7. Wacky adventure walk game (from USD 9.0)

wacky adventure walk game

Wacky Walks is a unique walking game that follows the concept of a board game. Participants navigate through the quiet and bustling streets of Pittsburgh, having some fun learning about the historical legacies and current momentum of the city. Players are assigned specific roles, that include the King, Queen and Pawns. Pawns are assigned to perform an entertaining ‘dare’ for their superiors at the checkpoint, but don’t worry, the responsibilities change at each checkpoint! The game is done on foot and requires about two hours.

Wacky Adventure Walk Game - Pittsburgh, PA

Duration: 2 hours

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8. Clue gathering adventure game (from USD 9.0)

clue gathering adventure game

3Quest Challenge is a great option for travelers who want an unconventional take to sightseeing Pittsburgh. Participants are required to complete quests using their smartphones, with various checkpoints and challenges around the city. With a well-induced blend of fun in learning, it creates a unique environment for one to explore the city with a smile! A remote guide is just a phone call away if you require any assistance along the journey.

Clue-Gathering Adventure Game - Pittsburgh, PA

Duration: 2 hours

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9. Operation City Quest scavenger hunt

operation city quest scavenger hunt

Operation City Quest utilizes an open world gaming concept, similar to that of Pokemon Go, where players refer to their smartphones to explore the city to find more than 150 items that include points of interest and things-to-do across Pittsburgh. Challenges and quizzes pop up as players make progress in this real-life adventure. The game takes about two hours to complete by foot. Find your rank on the leaderboard based on how many objects you find and challenges you complete!

Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - Pittsburgh, PA

Duration: 2 hours

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Have a fun-filled solo trip in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a vibrant and exciting city with a wealth of activities that cater to the solo traveller. We have curated a concrete list of recommended things to do alone in Pittsburgh to mound an enjoyable and educational experience, be it through being one with nature or participating in one of the many city tour iterations. It’s time to put on your thinking caps and start planning a great holiday!

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Jonathan comes from Singapore, but currently resides in London for his undergraduate studies. He seeks out opportunities for travel, adventure and relaxation, but maintains a strong sense of...Read more

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