As the second largest city in Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh is a unique city home to a wide variety of activities, from sporting games to restaurants and museums. They have 90 unique neighborhoods, 68 colleges, a pre-revolutionary fortification, two inclined railways, 30 skyscrapers, and 446 bridges- more than any city in the world! Though they’re known as the Steel City from when they were the center of America’s steel industry, today they’re home to a rising number of technology firms and offer vibrant hospitality. Below are 8 accessible activities to check out the next time you’re in Pittsburgh!
- Phipps Conservatory
This conservatory has been a center for education and sustainable innovation for 125 years. They have over 20 different rooms featuring a wide variety of flowers and plants from throughout the world.
- Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
There are four museums in the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh: the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Carnegie Science Center, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Andy Warhol Museum. The museums started in 1895 when the Carnegie Institute was established and grew over the next several decades to include four entire museums today.
- Senator John Heinz History Center
The Heinz History Center, a Smithsonian affiliate, is the largest history museum in all of Pennsylvania. The six floor History Center tells the history from Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. In addition to this history museum, there is also the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum and the Fort Pitt Museum, where you can learn about the sports teams in the area or the role of Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War.
- National Aviary
The National Aviary is the only independent indoor nonprofit zoo in the US that was created just for birds. The museum features more than 150 species and 500 different birds from throughout the world, many of which are endangered. The zoo has many different exhibits including a tropical rainforest, Penguin Point, Steller’s Sea-eagles and bald eagles, their Wetlands, a Rose Garden, and Condor Court.
- Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium
With nine different exhibits, including the 45,000 square-foot two story PPG Aquarium, the Pittsburgh Zoo offers a wide range of attractions for the whole family. The zoo is wheelchair accessible and has partnered with KultureCity in an initiative to improve their accommodation of guests with sensory needs.
- Frick Art and Historic Center
The Frick offers a unique dive into the Gilded Age, through many different buildings and exhibits. The Frick Art Museum, the first floor of the Clayton, the restored home of the Fricks, the Car and Carriage Museum, the Grable Visitor Center, the Education Center and a Café are all accessible via wheelchair. Here you can see and learn about the many aspects of life during the late 19th Century.
- Duquesne Incline
For a great panoramic view of the city, take a ride in a century-old cable car! Though are multiple incline stations, the Upper Station offers wheelchair accessibility, as well as a museum of Pittsburgh’s history. The incline was opened on May 20th, 1877 and was restored for the use of visitors in 1963.
- Flight 93 National Memorial
The 40 passengers and crew members that were on board Flight 93, one of the flights in the September 11th attacks, are remembered in this memorial. The monument, The Tower of Voices, is a 93-foot tall musical instrument with forty wind chimes, representing the voices of those on board the airline.
With all the enjoyable things to do in Pittsburgh, it is the perfect place to rent an accessible vehicle from MobilityWorks. During the month of August, we are excited to offer 10% off Accessible Van Rentals * at our Pittsburgh location. All of our rental vans come equipped with easy-to-use retractable tie-downs and are available for a day or weeks at a time. You also have peace of mind with our 24-hour emergency hotline in case of emergency.
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