North Side is an area of Pittsburgh, just across the Allegheny River from Downtown. In years past it was the independent city of Allegheny, but has long been incorporated into the City of Pittsburgh itself. Today it is home to many of the city's museums, the stadiums of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Steelers, historic neighborhoods and much recent development, including a splendid riverfront promenade.
By carFrom Downtown there are several bridges you can use to cross the Allegheny River. The most direct is I-279 (the Fort Duquesne Bridge), a freeway bridge that will connect directly to the stadium area and with other freeways heading north. Another fast option is the I-579 bridge, another freeway which takes you directly from the Downtown area into North Side. From Downtown directly there are three bridges which carry street traffic - the 6th St. Bridge (also known as the Roberto Clemente Bridge), 7th St. Bridge (or the Andy Warhol Bridge), and 9th St. Bridge (or the Rachel Carson Bridge). All three are nearly identical historic steel suspension bridges of an interesting design. Bear in mind that the 6th St. Bridge is closed to vehicular traffic during Pirates and Steelers games.
To the west of Downtown is the West End Bridge, which crosses the Ohio River and connects to the South Side area. To the east of Downtown are two bridges which link the North Side to the Strip District - the 16th St. Bridge and the 31st St. Bridge.
By public transitFrom Downtown, the 8, 11 and 16 Port Authority bus routes are good, frequent routes which will bring you directly to the North Side. The 8 is also the best option for visiting Riverview Park. The 54 will get you directly from the Strip.
The Port Authority has just finished work on extending the "T" light rail line underneath the Allegheny River, with two stops. The North Side Station puts you within easy walking distance of PNC Park and the Andy Warhol Museum, while the Allegheny Station serves Heinz Field, the Carnegie Science Center and Rivers Casino.
On footDue to the proximity of most North Side attractions to Downtown, it is quite easy to get from there into North Side by walking. Four bridges - the I-279, 6th St., 7th St., and 9th St. Bridges - have pedestrian walkways. During Pirates and Steelers games, the 6th St. Bridge is closed to vehicular traffic, making it a pedestrian bridge.
phone: +1 412 330-2569address: south of North Ave between Brighton Rd and Cedar AvePittsburgh's oldest park, the commons is a historic and very lovely park with lush green lawns, sculptures, and a small lake among its many shady trees.
phone: +1 412 323-7235address: Allegheny Commons WestThe only "national" aviary in the entire country, this small but splendid place has lots of exotic birds to enjoy - eagles, penguins, lorikeets, parrots, flamingos, etc. A couple of exhibits allow you to stroll through with birds flying around you, and the aviary offers a constant program of feeding times and bird shows to enjoy throughout the day, bringing you even closer to their lovely birds.
Mexican War StreetsThese streets are so called because they were named for the battles and generals of that war by the original developer in 1848. Today they are notable for fine examples of the restoration of old urban homes. The neighborhood has a dedicated website Mexicanwarstreets.org and holds annual house tours which bring in tourists from surrounding states. Neighbors celebrate the unique architectural heritage here in a neighborhood some could compare to Boston’s Beacon Hill or Greenwich Village, without the million dollar price tag.
North Shore Riverfront ParkSituated along the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers, this park offers a chance to get close to the rivers and enjoy excellent, unobstructed views of downtown. A trail runs the length of the park, which stretches from the Carnegie Science Center to beyond downtown, and there are numerous lawns and public artworks, as well as boat tie-ups and facilities for canoes and kayakers. The , just west of PNC Park, is a large interactive fountain which children often play in during the summer.
address: on Riverview Ave just off Perrysville AveA large wooded and hilly park with an extensive network of trails, a swimming pool, a playground, and great views of Pittsburgh.
phone: +1 412 321-2400address: 159 Riverview AveListed on the National Register of Historic Places, the University of Pittsburgh's Neoclassical observatory, completed in 1912, was home to several historically significant astronomers such as Samuel Langley and John Brashear. The observatory is still actively engaged in conducting astronomical research.
phone: +1 412 323-1200address: N Shore DrG. Heinz Field, the home of one of the winningest NFL franchises of all time and the heart of the fiercely loyal Steeler Nation, is where the Pittsburgh Steelers football team play their home games. The stadium is also the home of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers football team. The stadium is massive and a "Great Hall" on the east side of the stadium holds a collection of Steelers and Pittsburgh Panthers memorabilia. Be aware that all Steelers home games sell out, so if you want to go, try to get your tickets early or on a resale website, or scalp.
phone: +1 412 323-5000address: 115 Federal StThe Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team, known locally as the "Buccos" or "Bucs", play their home games here. The Pirates have had a hard time in the last twenty years, but they've recently found new competitive energy, with a loyal fan base at their backs. Their ballpark is widely considered one of the most beautiful in the major league, with a stunning view of downtown past the outfield. If you don't make it for a game, you can still take a tour of the stadium on non-game days during the season; check the website for a schedule.
phone: +1 412 231-7777address: 777 Casino DrA newly opened casino with a lot of slot machines and a few restaurants and bars overlooking the river.
phone: +1 412 779-2929address: on the Allegheny River next to PNC ParkKayak on the Pittsburgh rivers.
phone: +1 412 322-0800address: 1815 Metropolitan StGreat live jazz from some of today's living legends and an eclectic gallery featuring renowned contemporary artists and student showcases.
- The Galleria of Mt. Lebanon
phone: +1 412 231-1899address: 537 Suismon StA restaurant serving German food with a long history.
phone: +1 412 237-9400address: 800 Vinial StreetCraft brewery serving various ales and lagers brewed at this location. Offering traditional food favorites from Germany and Eastern Europe and hosts an annual Oktoberfest.
phone: +1 412 231-6544address: 604 W North Ave
phone: +1 412 231-3338address: 614 Pressley StFormerly a Benedictine monastery dating back to 1888, the historic building is now a modern hotel.
phone: +1 412 323-9005address: 223 Federal St