Coming to the #NCAN2018 Conference? Enjoy these Pittsburgh Attractions!

July 30, 2018

By Lindsay Broderick, Communications Intern

In preparation for our annual conference in September, we have asked some of our members from the City of Bridges to inform us of the best attractions their beautiful city has to offer. The staff at NEED and The Pittsburgh Promise suggested numerous activities to enjoy during our time in Pittsburgh.


Pittsburgh's culture and history are present throughout its neighborhoods.

  • NEED says The Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and the Senator John Heinz History Center are all world-class museums, especially because all three of their influential namesakes were Pittsburgh residents.
  • The Gateway Clipper Sightseeing Cruise is another great way to familiarize yourself with the city. The boat ride gives a fun and informative tour of the city from its waterways.
  • The City of Asylum is an organization that provides refuge for censored or outlawed writers from across the world. They host events with music, readings, and art shows featuring their writers as well as invited guest artists.
  • Mt. Washington provides a phenomenal view of the city, and our members can attest:
    • "From downtown you can fairly easily walk to Station Square and ride the incline up the hill to Mt. Washington. Best view ever!” says Heather Hackett, communications and project manager at the Promise. “There’s a lot of fancy restaurants up there, as well as a few more casual bars if you walk a few blocks off Grandview, and a delicious ice cream place called DiFiore’s."
  • Heather also recommends renting a bike and checking out The Pump House, where the historic labor strike and Battle of Homestead took place. The ride is short and mostly flat, and a great way to see some of Pittsburgh's history. Bikes can be rented along the trail that connects Southside to downtown.

 The 2018 NCAN National Conference site, the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, is pictured at center is located in the heart of the city.


If you're looking for places to eat you certainly won't run out of options. Pittsburgh has several areas with fantastic food.

  • Station Square has great restaurants with various cuisines. Grand Concourse, a refurbished old train station, is one of the many restaurants there.
  • Market Square is another great location for food. It's home to tons of restaurants and a night life.
  • The Duquesne Incline provides a more adventurous eating experience. A historic cable car takes passengers up the side of Mt. Washington to a beautiful panoramic view of the city along with fantastic restaurants.
  • "Pittsburgh is full of quaint neighborhoods that date back to the beginning of this nation,” NEED President and CEO Marcia Sturdivent said. “One such neighborhood closest to the event center is the Strip District, which is a few blocks from the hotel/convention center. It has a wealth of restaurants and dining facilities at ‘wholesale’ prices. If you want to get a taste of Pittsburgh, go there, walk around, enjoy the atmosphere and breathe in Pittsburgh!"
    • Smallman Galley and Federal Galley are two restaurant incubators in the Strip District. Each offers four featured chefs and restaurant styles to choose from, along with a full bar and tons of different cocktails.


The city also is full of activities – including some to keep the kids entertained.

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates will play home games on Sept. 22 and 23 for any baseball fans attending the conference.
  • The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh is filled with interactive exhibits to get kids involved in what they learn.
  • Pittsburgh also has its own zoo and aquarium, two great places for both kids and adults to enjoy.
  • After the zoo and aquarium, you may want to check out the National Aviary; it's a great place to see and experience the birds of the world.
  • Kennywood Amusement Park is another fun spot for kids – and adults who want to feel like one. Seeing as the conference will be after the major vacation season, many of the lines will be significantly shorter.

The beautiful City of Bridges provides a great deal of entertainment for all its visitors and locals. We can't wait for a weekend there and look forward to seeing you all!


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