I went to the Pittsburgh area last year with my (somewhat willing) family.
I don't know if this is too late to get reservations, but I thought that the Bayernhof museum was shockingly good. The house was cool, and the tour guide was amazing. And if you are the slightest into architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater is super famous.
There's absolutely tons to do in Pittsburgh; just depends on what sorts of things you're interested in. If you're an animal person at all, they have a pretty fantastic zoo that has two tiny clouded leopard cubs now, and a world class aviary. If you're more into food, well...there's not much Pittsburgh doesn't have for food. Same for beer. Lots of museums. I'd very much recommend going up the Incline for views of the city at night, too, it's absolutely breathtaking from there. Then, events, you have...well, Picklesburgh coming up, maybe a bit of a niche thing, but...you don't go to a city because they do everything the same as everyone else, right?
How are the restraints for larger folk. Any comparisons to any other rides?
It’s hard to say, some of the larger riders got on with no problem but we did see some having to get off. Also the picture of the players riding the coaster, a couple had to get off cause the restraint didn’t fit over them.
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That's actually not 100% accurate. One player couldn't get on the first ride because they couldn't get the restraint locked properly. But he was able to get on the next ride. He's 6' 6" 330lbs which says alot about the seat design.
They are supposed to install a test seat at the entrance but it's not installed yet. And the sign does state that there's a 300lb weight limit per seat though I don't know how they go about enforcing this.
Pittsburgh is awesome! Full of great stuff. As far as food and drink goes, I'll post a few recommendations.
1. Gaucho Parrilla Argentina- Awesome, affordable place for the best steak in town. Also, have awesome vegetarian and other meat options. BYOB with no corkage fee, order at counter and assigned a table.
2. Southern Tier/Fatheads- Both awesome breweries. Fatheads has the better food, Southern Tier the better beer (imho).
3. Betos Pizza- Just totally different from most other pizza. Cold provolone and cold toppings. Delicious.
4. Noodlehead- Awesome Thai food, BYOB no corkage.
5. Pamelas/Delucas- Both have awesome breakfast diner food. Delucas feels more 'Pittsburgh.'
No shortage of things to do. Certainly hard to recommend just one thing. Gonnar repeat some things others have said, but take that as a double recommendation. Strip District is an awesome area to explore. South Side and Lawrenceville are quite popular areas at night. Incline to see Mount Washington is great (either one of the two will do the trick. $5 roundtrip). Cathedral of Learning is a marvel of architecture (biased as I went to Pitt). Andy Warhol and Mattress Factory are both niche art museums (can be super interesting if it's your thing), PNC Park is a beautiful stadium to see a ball game (and affordable tickets can always be found on StubHub). You can also do a Gateway Clipper sightseeing cruise at sunset. Check out groupon for discounted tickets. Well worth spending an hour doing this and learning a bit about the city with great views.
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