December 16, 2017

“ON YOUR OWN, SELF GUIDED TOUR”. Idea’s for Thursday, JULY, 26, 2018.

Thursday’s information will be tagged as red. Any information in your goodie bag, or on the website color coded red will be a Thursday area to be covered by the “on your own, self guided tour” bus.

The following are just a few of the things to do on Thursday’s “on your own, self guided tours”.

Thursday,  JULY, 26, 2018. Strip District/Cultural District/Downtown/Oakland destinations.


John Heinz History Center. Explore Pittsburgh’s rich tradition of innovation and discovery. 250 years of Western Pennsylvania history. Pennsylvania’s largest history museum and a affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute. Open 10:00am – 5:00pm daily.

Fort Pitt Museum. The museum that tells the story of Western Pennsylvania’s pivotal role during the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and  the birthplace of Pittsburgh. Open daily 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Society Of Contemporary Craft. Presenting contemporary art in craft media by international, national and regional artists since 1971, Contemporary Craft offers cutting edge exhibitions focused on multicultural diversity and non-mainstream art. Open 10:00am – 5:00pm, daily. Admission is free.

Lidia’s. Lidia Bastianich’s of PBS TV fame’s restaurant. Fine Italian cuisine.

Primanti’s. The original restaurant that started it all. All that is pilled on italian bread. French fries and cole slaw. Many varieties to choose from.

Wholey’s Fish Market. Full service grocery store specializing in fresh seafood and fish. Grab a giant fish sandwich or other specialty at there kitchen/restaurant on site.

Roland’s Seafood Grill. Restaurant specializing in seafood, with full service bar. There lobster roll is famous, better than those in Maine.

Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor. Same apothecary style as when opened in 1923. Home made ice cream treats.

Kaya. Restaurant with the culinary customs of the Caribbean Islands, South America, the Pacific and beyond.

Enrico Biscotti. Traditional Italian bakery, specializing in Biscotti.

Parma Sausage Company. Since 1954, homemade Italian salamis and cured meats.

Pennsylvania Macaroni Company. Commonly known as Pen Mac, this Italian grocery store has a international inventory of Italian meats, cheeses, olive oils, pastas, and other imported foods.

Jimmy and Nino Sunseri Company. Another Italian grocery store. Though there are many of this type , they are not the same. All have  different items to choose from.

Kelly O’s Diner. Breakfast is king here. Also featured on food networks, Diners, Drive-in’s, and Dives.

Many Shops from Boutiques to Crafts to International flair stores, and everything in between. For more information see:


Benedum Center. The 2800 seat Benedum stage is home to Cultural District resident companies including Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and the Pittsburgh Opera.

Heinz Hall. Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony.

Byham Theater. The 1300 seat  Byham Theater is home to a wide variety of performing arts, including dance, music, theater, film, and family-friendly events held throughout the year.

O’Reilly Theater. This 650 seat, thrust stage theater was designed  to create a downtown home for public theater and to create additional venues for theater, music and other performances.

August Wilson Center. August Wilson venue offers multiple exhibition galleries, a 492-seat theater for performances.

For more information on events and times, please see website;


Toonseum. ToonSeum is a museum of Cartoon Art, devoted exclusively to the cartoon arts, and is one of three museums dedicated to cartoon art in the United States.

Eides Entertainment. Founded in 1972 as Pittsburgh’s first comic and sci-fi shop, Eide’s is on of the oldest shops in the U.S..

Pittsburgh Running Tours. Various running tours of Downtown and other area’s. 10% discount using promo code; CSA18.

Many more shops, from jewelry, chocolates, bakeries, clothing, boutiques.  Restaurants from McDonalds, to fine dining. For more information see website;


Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The museum gained prominence in 1899 when its scientists unearthed the fossils of Diplodocus carnegii. Today its dinosaur collection includes the world’s largest collection of Jurrasic dinosaurs and its Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibition offers the third largest collection of mounted, displayed dinosaurs in the United States. Other major exhibits include Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems, Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians, Polar World:Wyckoff Hall of Arctic Life, Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt, Benedum Hall of Geology. This museum is connected to the Carnegie Art Museum.

 Carnegie Museum of Art. Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the “Old Masters of tomorrow” since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America of more than 30,000 objects. This museum is connected to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Phipps Conservatory. Currently, the facilities house elaborate gardens within the fourteen room conservatory itself and on the adjoining grounds. In addition to its primary flora exhibits, the sophisticated glass and metalwork of the conservatory offers an interesting example of victorian greenhouse architecture.

Henry Clay Frick House and Museum. Tour the Henry Clay Frick family home, Clayton—one of the best preserved Gilded Age mansions in America . . . enjoy masterpieces of European art and changing exhibitions in the art museum . . . and explore the collection of historic cars and carriages.