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Pittsburgh: Evening Ghost Tour

1. Pittsburgh: Evening Ghost Tour

Enjoy a fun twist to a guided history tour with this spooky ghost tour. See all of the historical landmarks of Pittsburgh while you learn about the mysteries and darker secrets that they hide. At these later hours, the landmarks are even more beautiful to behold as they are lit up, especially during the winter. Embark on this outdoor tour and take a deep dive into Pittsburgh's history with your expert local guide, all the while listening to local ghost stories along the way.

Pittsburgh: Beauty of the Burgh Bike Tour

2. Pittsburgh: Beauty of the Burgh Bike Tour

Get to know Pittsburgh on a 3-hour bike tour that’s perfect if you’re new to the city and like to see Pittsburgh’s most interesting spots. But if you know the Burgh already, have no fear: you’ll learn some lesser-known fun-facts of this great city. Meet your guide near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Cruise down the streets of the Financial and Cultural districts on this “best of” tour. Explore the Strip District and check out the North Shore. If you're a local, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn details about places you’ve walked by hundreds of times, but didn’t even notice. Dive into the history of Pittsburgh, and learn about the people who shaped this beautiful city. Discover the city’s old and new buildings, city squares, and public art. Take part in a quiz and receive a Pittsburgh souvenir.

Pittsburgh: Downtown History and Architecture Tour

3. Pittsburgh: Downtown History and Architecture Tour

Join this tour to explore the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh and its unique architecture by foot with a knowledgable local guide. See the city's "Golden Triangle" which includes Point State Park and the Financial and Cultural Districts and learn of the city's wealth and opulence at it turned into an industrial powerhouse in the 1800 and 1900's. The tour highlights the best of the "Burgh" but also points out unseen details and hidden gems. Walk down major avenues and explore small alleyways which will give you a great introduction to the city of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh: South Side Haunted Walking Ghost Tour

4. Pittsburgh: South Side Haunted Walking Ghost Tour

Uncover the chilling corners and hauntings that have plagued the Steel City for generations. This haunted walking ghost tour gives you an unwavering view of Pittsburgh’ dark history. Our unique collection of well-researched and authentic accounts will unlock the torrid secrets that make this city one of the most compellingly haunted locations in the country. Walk past the most haunted sites in Pittsburgh while learning about its dark history from your experienced and knowledgeable ghost tour guide. As you walk through Pittsburgh’s South Side on this tour, you will learn compelling facts about the city’s history along with some stories and happenings that nobody on the Pittsburgh Tourism Board would want you to know. You will visit interesting historical locations like the South Side Traveler’s Rest, as well as some storied modern locations like the George K. Cupples Football Stadium. You will hear stories about terrifying ghost clowns, paranormal paintings, and mysterious bloody packages. Find out how a ghostly child tries to contact his mother, and why you may not want to visit the bathroom at a local bar located on the site of a former industrial steel factory. Not everyone who visits Pittsburgh will understand the darkness that lurks at its corners, but for those interested in exploring that side of the city, our tour is perfect. Your trip through Pittsburgh’s South Side will help you understand that even in the City of Bridges, a beacon of hard work and the American Dream, the insidious side of human nature can infect the edges of society. Only when you start to get chills and the hairs stand up on the back of your neck will you truly grasp the true terror of the Steel City.

Pittsburgh: Historic Downtown City Exploration Game

5. Pittsburgh: Historic Downtown City Exploration Game

Explore Pittsburgh’s historic downtown in this engaging phone exploration game. Use your phone to follow clues and solve puzzles, as you explore the city and learn more about it. See landmarks like Mellon Square, PPG Place, and more. Start the game at Fort Duquesne, and take on the role of a groggy butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, excited about an upcoming migration. As you solve challenges, the story will unfold and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. It will take between 1-1.5 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, PPG Place.

Pittsburgh: Troy Hill & Spring Garden Staircase Walking Tour

6. Pittsburgh: Troy Hill & Spring Garden Staircase Walking Tour

Join this unique adventure to discover some of the more than 800 stairways located throughout the city of Pittsburgh. Walk up and down the iconic public staircases, particularly emblematic of the Troy Hill and Spring Garden neighborhoods. While Pittsburgh is commonly known as the "City of Bridges", it also tops the charts in the number of public steps. Take a guided adventure through two local neighborhoods to discover the relevant but undervalued stairways used every day by local people. Learn about the history and special significance of this special form of pedestrian travel and the two neighborhoods that played essential roles in the city's early economic development.

Pittsburgh: Public Art Walking Tour

7. Pittsburgh: Public Art Walking Tour

Explore Pittsburgh's cultural district on a short but eventful guided walk that'll bring you to all kinds of vibrant public artworks. Get to know this iconic district, bustling with diverse art forms, such as theater, music, and outdoor performances. Immerse yourself in the local art scene by joining this fantastic adventure and see the city from a new perspective. Browse through an extensive selection of pieces that'll open your eyes to the important history and culture of the area, as experienced by its native people. You will get to analyze colorful murals and intriguing light installations, as well as captivating sculptures, all that within only a few city blocks.

Pittsburgh: Guided Family-Friendly Walking Tour

8. Pittsburgh: Guided Family-Friendly Walking Tour

Take a walking tour around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a professional local guide. Stroll around the city center, see the most famous cultural and architectural sites, and learn their history. Enjoy a tour that has a comfortable pace perfect for the whole family. Discover the city’s architectural treasures and most iconic spots while hearing stories, legends, and other tidbits about this “Steel City.” Benefit from a family-friendly guide that will make sure kids have as much fun sightseeing as adults.

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Our tour guide Kane was very knowledgeable about the history and city of Pittsburgh, and the pace of the bike ride around the city was great. I recommend an early morning tour, as the city was less crowded and easier to see everything, and it also allowed for time afterwards to do things in the city that we saw during our tour. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience that I would recommend to anyone visiting the city for the first time, or if you are returning and want something fun and affordable to do, either alone or with others.

Kane did a great job telling us sroroes about the dsrk side of the city. He also was very educational about how the city evolved, history of the buildings as well as many of the personalties of Pittsburgh.

Great tour of major buildings in downtown area. Wonderful and memorable history with ghost lores mixed in for more entertainment. Loved touring the city at twilight!! Hannah was a super tour guide!

The guide was very knowledgeable ,and explained Thoroughly of some of the great history of our beautiful city. She was very professional and made the experience fun and exciting.

Kane was a great tour guide ! He was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Pittsburgh and made it fun and enjoyable ! Highly recommend !