Going to a Steelers game is something every fan finds gratifying, especially if it’s a home game and you are giving your best to show support. However, if you are traveling to Pittsburgh from quite a distance, it would make sense doing more than just watching a football game in the city. You will probably want to explore the city after witnessing the game and cheering for your favorite team.
The following are some of the best activities you can do after watching a Steelers game in Pittsburgh.
1. Drink and Dine Out
You will likely be hungry after you enthusiastically cheer for your team, so dining out would be an obvious next thing to do. One of the top-rated dining destinations in the area is Wigle Whiskey, which is the first distillery in Pittsburgh offering a range of spirits made from local and organic ingredients. You can also visit East End Brewing Company and taste its excellent beers. If you want to walk, talk, and eat, head to Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tours. If you want to experience an unforgettable tour of the Pittsburgh neighborhood while experiencing the city’s culture and cuisine, consider visiting Food Guy Adventures.
2. Visit PNC Park and Notable Arenas and Stadiums
This modern-yet-retro urban park features a distinctive look and appeal as it incorporates modern amenities and classic design elements. PNC Park is a fine ball park located on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, only a short walk away from the downtown area. The park features a playing field with natural grass and seats that can accommodate more than 38,000 people. It’s regarded as one of the best Pittsburgh destinations for athletes and spectators.
After visiting PNC Park, you may want to see more of the notable sports facilities of Pittsburgh. Take a trip to see Stage AE, Forbes Field, Heinz Field, PPG Paints Arena, Highmark Stadium, and The John M. and Gertrude E. Petersen Events Center.
3. Go Sightseeing
Pittsburgh has several landmarks and areas of interest. While you’re in the city, it would be great to pay these tourist spots a visit. Some of the most notable ones are Market Square, the Pittsburgh Water Steps, Sri Venkateswara Temple, the Fort Pitt Block House, Mr. Roger’s Memorial Statue, Andy Warhol Bridge, as well as the North Shore River Park. You may also want to see Pittsburgh’s nature sites and parks such as the National Aviary, Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Schenley Park, Frick Park, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Mount Washington, Point State Park, the West End Elliott Overlook Park, Point of View Park, and the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. If you are into historic sites, consider a trip to Monongahela Incline, the Heinz Memorial Chapel, and the USS Requin.
4. Visit Museums and Art Galleries
If you are interested in art and museums, there are several options in Pittsburgh. Some of the best worth visiting include the Frick Art Museum [image], the Nationality Rooms, Bicycle Heaven, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Cathedral of Learning, Senator John Heinz History Center, Carnegie Science Center, Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. If you fancy visiting art galleries, consider going to the Pittsburgh Glass Center Studios, The Society for Contemporary Craft, ToonSeum, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, James Gallery, and the Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center. There’s a lot to learn about Pittsburgh through these museums and art galleries.
5. See Pittsburgh’s Churches and Cathedrals
Pittsburgh has a number of interesting churches, chapels and cathedrals. If you’re the religious type and you feel like showing some gratitude for the “divine guidance” that you believe helped your favorite team win, you may want to go to some of the city’s churches. Your options include the following: Saint Anthony Chapel, St. Paul’s Cathedral, East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Smithfield United Church of Christ, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Saint Stanislaus Church, and Calvary United Methodist Church.
6. Go Shopping
Definitely, a visit to Pittsburgh wouldn’t be complete without some shopping. The city is not exactly known for being a top shopping destination but there are a number of shopping centers in the city that should satisfy your shopping cravings. You may want to go to Station Square located on the riverfront of Pittsburgh’s historic district. The Station Square features several boutiques, specialty stores, as well as various ethnic restaurants. If you prefer shopping at a public market, a good place to go is Pittsburgh Public Market in the Strip.
Interested in clothes and accessories? Head to 5th Avenue’s Larrimor’s, an upscale family-owned store that specializes in contemporary and designer clothes, jewelry, and accessories. Lastly, if you are looking for a shop where you can buy sports gear, sports souvenirs, and fan collectibles, go to The Pittsburgh Fan located right across from the PNC Park. This specialty store offers a wide variety of interesting items and has an accommodating staff.
7. Play at a Casino
Pittsburgh has a good number of casinos worth visiting. After a Steelers game, it would be fun visiting Rivers Casino, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, or Conjelco. These casinos offer at the very least a decent casino experience. They may not be comparable to what you would find in Las Vegas, but they can be a good stopover after you leave a Steelers game. Just make sure you impose self-discipline (to avoid excessive gambling losses) and observe casino etiquette. Use this casino etiquette guide by Planet 7 if you’re not familiar with general casino etiquette.
If you are visiting the city from another city or state, make sure to the most of your time in Pittsburgh. Supporting your favorite team shouldn’t be a reason not to enjoy other things you can find in Pittsburgh. Enjoy the city’s food and drinks. Go sightseeing and experience Pittsburgh’s unique culture and wonderful people. You may also be interested in learning about Pittsburgh’s past and landmarks. If you want to shop for souvenir items, Pittsburgh has several destinations for shopping.