Headed to Rivers Casino Pittsburgh? Well, you’re in for a treat as this article covers six entertaining hotspots to enjoy if you’re looking to explore the area and perhaps take a day or two off the endless casino gaming the venue offers.
And since you’re in the Steel City, you’re in America’s Number One cultural, historical, and innovative town. From its humble beginnings as a manufacturing sector to becoming one of the most livable places in the world, you’ll get a thrill out of everything Pittsburgh offers outside the casino.
So take a day and visit the six hottest locations listed below. If you’re traveling with family, use this list to create the perfect vacation which Rivers Casino will be just a slice of the pie.
Ready for a quick tour of the Steel City?
You’ll find everything you need below to enjoy a day when taking a break from gambling in Pennsylvania.
Kennywood Amusement Park
Located in West Mifflin, yet so close to the city you can still see Pittsburgh’s historic skyline lies Kennywood, an 80-acre amusement park in an area known as the South Hills.
Open from May until December, this is the perfect summer and fall destination for you and the entire family if you’re looking for a day away from the gaming floor at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh.
Kennywood offers 45 attractions, eight roller coasters, and two water rides, among other amenities, so excitement awaits in every direction.
Enjoy seasonal events like Phantom Fright Nights if you’re in the area during October as well as Nationality Days that recognizes Greek, Irish, Serbian, Croatian, Polish, Slovak, Hungarian, and Italian Cultures.
Some fun facts about Kennywood include that it was the sight of the Battle of the Monongahela, one of the opening battles of the French & Indian War back in 1755.
George Washington participated in the battle as a colonel to British General Edward Braddock, who was mortally wounded in the British’s quest to capture Fort Duquesne. The land later became a popular picnic area during the Civil War when it became part of a farm owned by Anthony Kenny.
And in 1987, Kennywood became a National Historic Landmark just two years before its 90th birthday.
If you’re into adrenaline-pumping rides, roller coasters, and dark funhouses the park is known for, then Kennywood is the perfect place for thrills if need something other than real money slots or table games.
The open hearth stacks recognize one of Pittsburgh’s greatest shopping destination’s former use as US Steel’s Homestead Works Steel Mill before the plant closed in 1986.
So, just how much real-estate are we talking about at the Waterfront? How do 700,000 square feet encompassing three boroughs (Homestead, West Homestead, and Munhall) sound?
Or, if you want to take an alternate route, feel free to take Route 837 and loop around the city to avoid all that traffic along the parkway that Pittsburgh is infamous for. And I can tell you from experience, nothing is worse than sitting in bumper to bumper traffic for 90 minutes on the parkway.
But once you make it to the Waterfront, it’s smooth sailing. You’ll find places like Barnes & Noble, Loews Cineplex, Victoria’s Secret, and more. On the east end, you’ll find familiar big box outlets that resemble your typical strip mall.
Stores like Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Dicks Sporting Goods, Target, and other large chains reside in this area of the shopping center.
And you can’t forget about the dining options if you’ve been through the works at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh. The Waterfront offers options like Panera Bread, Longhorn Steakhouse, Uno Chicago Grill, P.F. Changs, and T.G.I. Fridays.
This is overall the perfect place for a shopping spree after a long day at the casino floor and with its number of dining options, you’ll never get bored.
Carnegie Science Center
The science enthusiast in you can rejoice when you go to the Carnegie Science Center. Located within walking distance from Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, you don’t need to go far to access one of America’s premier science centers and perhaps Pittsburgh’s premier destination.
Carnegie Science Center holds the distinction as the most visited museum in Pittsburgh and its major attractions include SportsWorks, the USS Requin, the Robot Hall of Fame, and the Miniature Road and Village.
It is often referred to by baseball enthusiasts as the ‘Best Stadium in Baseball.’ And that includes legendary stadiums like Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, New Yankee Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and other historic venues.
You don’t need to be a pro baseball gambler to appreciate the architecture that PNC Park holds, as well as its absolutely breathtaking view of the Pittsburgh skyline.
Which I can assure you, many will buy a ticket to a Pittsburgh Pirates game just to appreciate the view they’re getting of Downtown Pittsburgh and its surrounding bridges.
Planning for the venue began as far back as 1991 when those on the city’s council wished for their city’s ballpark venues to replicate the architecture and aesthetics of classic ballparks, rather than functionality. As was the case with the multi-purpose Three Rivers Stadium, the park’s predecessor.
And to say the City of Pittsburgh hit a ringer is an understatement. Populous, then known as HOK Sport, designed the ballpark with characteristics resembling the likes of Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, and Forbes Field, which PNC Park’s predecessor, Three Rivers Stadium, replaced.
So if you’re hitting up Rivers Casino Pittsburgh between April and September – never in October – perhaps you should place a bet at the Sportsbook located in the casino and venture on over to PNC Park to catch the game live and in person.
And if you win or lose your bet, you’re guaranteed two things: A view of the Pittsburgh skyline you’ll never forget, and a few hours in arguably the best ballpark in Major League Baseball.
West-End Elliott Overlook Park
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has the greatest skyline of any city in America hands-down. I’ve been to many cities in my life, and there’s no comparison. There is nothing like driving eastbound through the Fort Pitt Tunnels to watch the city skyline emerge as you exit the tunnels.
Well, a day exploring the city’s surrounding hills and neighborhoods make for outstanding views as well. One such place is West End Overlook Park, often shortened to West End Overlook by locals.
It serves as perhaps the most scenic view you’ll find outside the city. And if you ever wondered where those popular images of the Pittsburgh skyline are taken by photographers, there’s your answer.
The park contains landscaped gardens plus a walkway under shaded trees. And you don’t need to worry about bringing anything to sit on, as the city has taken care of that with terraced stone banks.
If you’re a nature lover and breathtaking views of the city’s Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers flanking Downtown Pittsburgh rocks your boat, venture away from the casino floor, and catch this experience firsthand.
Yeah, it means leaving the casino table games for a few hours, but you’ll be glad you did.
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Sitting on 77 acres and offering over 475 species of animals and 20 endangered species is the 122-year-old Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium. This is one of just six zoo and aquarium combos in the nation, so you’re in for something special when you step foot in one of Pittsburgh’s most popular attractions.
Your most notable exhibits include the Forest Passage, African Savannah, PPG Aquarium, Tropical Forest, The Islands, Jungle Odyssey, Water’s Edge, and Kid’s Kingdom, with each offering its own unique brand of species among the 4,000 animals taking up residence in the zoo.
So, if you’re an animal lover, take advantage of this rare treat of which there are so few in the United States. It provides the perfect stress reliever if the day didn’t go well on the casino floor and if you’re in Pittsburgh with the family, your kids will love this more than anything else in the city.
Give yourself a break from the gaming floor and catch the best Pittsburgh offers in exotic wildlife. You’ll be glad you ventured away from the Rivers when you catch this experience of a lifetime.
Rivers Casino Pittsburgh is just a sliver of what makes the City of Pittsburgh one of the greatest vacation destinations in the United States. Sure, Rivers Casino provides enough gaming and entertainment to keep you busy for a week.
But it’s really worth venturing off the casino grounds to catch the culture, science, nature, and scenic aspects the city offers. From the shopper in you visiting the Waterfront to the nature lover in you taking a walk to West End Elliott Overlook Park to catch the best view of the city around.
This article contained just six hotspots that lurk near Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and there is definite room for more that the city and the Chateau Neighborhood in which the casino is located offers.
Have you been to any of the locations listed above or have you tried your hand at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh? Let us know in the comments.