Top 10 Things to do after your Carnegie Mellon College Visit

by Chelsea Merget

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA | 6,203 undergraduates | 6,290 graduate students

After wrapping up your campus tour of CMU, why not take some time to explore Pittsburgh? This vibrant city is packed with family-friendly things to see. Check out the following list of attractions recommended by the professionals at the Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau as teen favorites: 


  1. SciCtr01Carnegie Science Center
    : The Carnegie Science Center boasts more than 250 exhibits including the largest permanent robotics exhibit, a submarine from WWII and a four-story, domed OMNIMAX® theater. Exercise your brain and have a blast at this science center.
  2. Carnegie Museum of Natural History: This museum is home to one of the most impressive dinosaur collections on the globe. It also houses a plethora of Egyptian artifacts and a stunning Hall of Minerals and Gems.  The Hall American Indians is one of the largest tributes to Native Americans in the country, complete with artifacts, dioramas and several interactive computer activities.
  3. The Frick Art & Historical Center: The Frick Art & Historical Center takes guests back 100 years to the home of Pittsburgh's industrialist Henry Clay Frick. See what life was like at Clayton, Frick's home on "Millionaire's Row." The museum houses a collection of antique cars, steam-powered carriages and several other important parts of our automotive history.
  4. Monongahela or Duquesne Incline: Venture across Pittsburgh's hills on the Monangahela or Duqesne Incline. See how Pittsburghers traveled across the terrain before electric streetcars and automobiles were in the picture. Visitors are brought to the top of Mount Washington for a breath-taking view of the city and its rivers.

  5. Kennywood LOG JAMMERKennywood Park
    : The "roller-coaster capital of the world" also resides in Pittsburgh. Kennywood Park is a whopping 115 years old and provides fun for adrenaline junkies of all ages. Don't miss this family tradition when you visit during summer months.

  6. National Aviary
    : The National Aviary houses more that 600 exotic birds and is located on Pittsburgh's North Shore. Our College Mom Minute Dr. Nancy Berk (also a TravelingMom) recommends feeding the Lories while you're there. With species ranging from tiny hummingbirds to giant Andean Condors, the National Aviary remains the country's premier bird park.

    National Aviary Penguin Point 2

  7. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: The Stroll Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens remains on of the most impressive gardens in the country and even has living plants dating back to the 1890 Exposition. With both indoor and outdoor gardens, a bonsai collection and even a butterfly garden, the Stroll and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens should not be missed.
  8. Kayak Pittsburgh: Rent kayaks under the Robert Clemente Bridge and check out the city from a view of one if it's three rivers. 
  9. The Senator John Heinz History Center: The Senator John Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution shares the story of immigrants coming to America as far back as the 1750s to the present. The History Center also houses the Western Pennsylvania Sports museum, telling the story of the development of sport in the region.
  10. Just Ducky! Tour: Tour Pittsburgh both on its streets and through its 3 rivers on a WWII amphibious vehicle.

Author: cmerget

Chelsea Merget is currently an Account Coordinator at Grayling PR in Seattle, WA, specializing in B2B and enterprise tech startups. She was previously an intern and social media specialist on the Smart College Visit team. Chelsea earned her BS in Communications and minor in psychology from Boston University.

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