Cool Things To See in the 'Burg -- There's a Book for That!
"100 Things To Do In Pittsburgh Before You Die" has surprises even for natives
Did you know one of the largest waterfalls in the region is in Shaler? How about a world-renowned collection of music machines in O'Hara? Or that the oldest known site of human habitation in North America is about an hour south west of Pittsburgh?
These are three of the 100 little-known and better-known places to visit listed in a new book 100 Things To Do In Pittsburgh Before You Die (second edition) , compiled and authored by Rossilynne Culgan, director of The Incline website.
Culgan says narrowing the list down to 100 was a challenge. "That was one of the hardest parts of this entire process," Culgan told KDKA Radio's Lynne Hayes Freeland. She asked family and friends for recommendations, even went to social media for ideas. "I tried to include a little bit of something for everyone, something for a date night, something for families. I tried cover as many neighborhood as possible."
Yes, she talks about some of the obvious "must-do's" like a day at Kennywood, but some of the places she discovered were new to her, and probably will be to you. "That was one of the most fun parts. I thought I knew a lot about this city but turns out there are a lot of hidden gems," said Culgan.
One of them is the Bayernhof Museum in O'Hara, 20 minutes east of Pittsburgh, a 19,000 square foot, world-class collection of music boxes and other antique automatic music machines. "It's fantastic even if you're not interested in music," assures Culgan. "The house is an architectural masterpiece and it has a view of the city I'd never seen before." The museum offers guided tours, and you must book your visit in advance ( click here ).
"Be prepared to be surprised." Rossilynne Culgan, author
A natural wonder listed in the book is the Waterfall at Fall Run Park in Shaler , about 15 minutes north of the city . The 30 foot waterfall in the park is one of the largest in the region, rivaling the Laurel Highlands, but "this one is right in Pittsburgh's backyard," said Culgan. The fall is about a mile long hike from the park entrance with a marked trail and overlook.
When water over the fall is low you can observe it from the bottom.
Maybe the most historic attraction on her list is the Meadowcroft Rock Shelter in Avella, Washington County, about an hour southwest of Pittsburgh. North America's first inhabitants lived in rock shelters there, and you can see them, like the one in the featured image. Along with the shelters, there are displays and demonstrations of how early civilizations lived, according to the video on their Facebook page:
The Book 100 Things To Do In Pittsburgh Before You Die is available on-line at Amazon and other digital sellers, and in stores beginning May first. And there's a launch party at Nova Place on Pittsburgh's North Shore on May 15th where you can meet the author and get your book signed. Click here for more information.