The class of 2016 share some of their favorite activities in Pittsburgh that they like to engage in while taking a break from their studies.
“My favorite thing to do is train for Pittsburgh races (The Great Race, Half marathon) by running through our eclectic neighborhoods and Moraine State Park…And grabbing a craft beer at Church Brew Works. I also get a season pass to musicals that come through town which is $150-200 for 7 shows throughout the year!” –Amy B.
“I love going to movies and shows in the area. Local festivals are always a good time, and there are a ton of them, like Little Italy and Picklesburgh! There’s plenty of pretty unique things to choose from in the city” –Laura
“I enjoy biking Pittsburgh! There are 4 large parks within a 15 minute ride of my house, bike lanes on most roads, and trails along the river that take you to the stadiums. Grad students also get discounts to sporting events, so I have season tickets to Pitt football!” –Kerrianne
“I love hanging out in the Strip District on the weekends. Lots of ethnic markets, street food, outdoor vegetable stands and a great place to grab brunch while people watching.” –Bess
“I love kayaking along the Pittsburgh rivers! It is the best blend of the great outdoors and the city life Pittsburgh has to offer! I also love all the charming, quirky things Pittsburgh has to offer, such as Cinema in the Park, where every Saturday and Wednesday night during the summer there is a movie playing in parks across the city!” –Kelly
“Pittsburgh is all about its sports teams! The city is filled with super fans and it’s fun to go and be a part of one of the city's passions. Not to mention the awesome fireworks at the Pirate's games.” –Erin
“I like that there is always some sort of festival or activity going on in the city, especially during the summer. There is really something for everyone from free concert series like Jam on Walnut in support of the CF Foundation to more unique things like Picklesburgh and the Three Rivers Arts Festival. I also enjoy keeping track of how the Pens are doing and I hope to make it to a game or two in the next year.” –Kristin
“My favorite place to visit is definitely Randyland!! Closely followed by going up the incline and watching the sun go down on the skyline. That's followed closely by getting lost in the trails of Frick Park. I also went to Book of Mormon last fall, and the theater was beautiful and the show was amazing, so that's definitely on the list.” –Becca
“My favorite non-food related thing to do is probably the museums. Especially the Andy Warhol museum. It always has a featured exhibit from an outside artist that’s usually pretty cool.” –Tricia
“My favorite thing to do to take a break from the program is to get out of the city. There are national and state parks close enough to Pittsburgh to take a day trip: you can hike, bike, kayak, raft, etc. Ohiopyle is a favorite of mine, its trails are part of the Great Allegheny Passage which can take you all the way to Washington D.C.! The towns along the way are so charming and often have roadside farm stands, local treats and really great antiquing.”
“I enjoy going to the cultural district in downtown Pittsburgh, and attending musicals, operas, the ballet, or the symphony. Downtown is very accessible by bus, and grad students get really good rates on theatre tickets.” –Amy D.
-Some of our second year students at Mad Mex, voted as one of the top restaurants in “The Best of the ‘Burgh 2015”.