Pittsburgh has an incredibly rich history, all of which carries over to its modern infrastructure—many of its attractions are landmarks, like the Carnegie libraries and museums, and people are always proud to call this black & gold city their home. The website Livability annually evaluates cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000, and has ranked Pittsburgh number 19 among the Top 100 Best Places to Live for 2017. The eight categories the judges at Livability consider are economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education, and health care.
There are many sites to see in Pittsburgh, and Nova Place isn’t a far distance from many of the historical landmarks that define the city. Below, we’ve taken the liberty of listing some attractions within city limits that are family-friendly, historic, and fun—all the things that make Pittsburgh an incredibly livable city!
- South Side Works is essentially an outside mall, complete with grocery stores, retail shops, coffee houses, and a movie theatre! If you’re in the mood to walk and shop around, this is definitely the place for you.
- Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall: this is the nation’s only military memorial that honors the men and women from all branches of service and generations. The building was erected in 1910, and the museum offers a glimpse into American military history by detailing the stories from the Civil War and onwards. To Learn more, visit http://soldiersandsailorshall.org.
- Point State Park: The development of this park was authorized in 1945, and complete in 1974. It symbolizes great history, as it commemorates the heritage of the area during the French and Indian War. Because it’s so rich in history, the park was named a National Historic Landmark in 1975. Not only is it historic, it’s fun! There are many events that are hosted at Point State Park today, including one of Pittsburgh’s favorites, the Three Rivers Art Festival. What’s more, this park is incredibly close to Nova Place, making it easily accessible via biking, bussing, or walking. To learn more about the park in general, visit www.pointstatepark.com.
- Right by Point State Park is the Fort Pitt Block House, which was originally constructed in 1764 as a defensive redoubt in the French and Indian War. It is the only surviving structure left of Fort Pitt, which makes it very significant for Pittsburgh. To find out more go to http://www.fortpittblockhouse.com/.
- PNC Park is home to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and everybody who knows Pittsburgh knows that we take our sports very seriously. Just across the street from Nova Place, PNC is considered by many to be one of the best ball parks in America due to its open design and location right next to the river.
- Another Pittsburgh landmark located right by Nova Place is the Children’s Museum, which was founded in 1983 in the old Allegheny Post Office. The museum offers interactive exhibits, art workshops with different media, after school programs, performances, and more. It’s often a site of educational field trips during the school year, and is a great place to visit during the summer holiday.
- Mount Washington: It’s one of the most visited locations in Pittsburgh, and there’s no surprise why—this neighborhood is the home of the “overlook,” which is an excellent spot to see the entire cityscape. After appreciating the amazing view, there are tons of restaurants to visit and shops to explore. Check out more at https://www.visitpittsburgh.com/about-pittsburgh/neighborhoods/mt-washington/.
- Many people know about the Carnegie Libraries, however, the very first public library established by Andrew Carnegie and Allegheny City in 1890 is located in Pittsburgh’s North Side—it was the first of 2,509 libraries built worldwide, and the new facility opened in 2009 features the Allegheny City history archive with over 1,500 items pertaining to the history of Western PA, Pittsburgh, and Allegheny City. If you want to learn all about historic Pittsburgh, this library just might be the place for you. If you work in one of the Nova Place complexes, you’re especially in luck, as the library is located just 12 minutes (walking!) from your location.
These are just a few examples of the many things Pittsburgh has to offer. We’re a proud city with rich history and more modernly are always adapting to people’s interests, whether it’s hosting events around the city or opening artisanal restaurants for the foodies. At Nova Place, we’re incredibly fortunate to have such a prime location that allows us to easily navigate through the city and access cultural hotspots easily. If you would like to explore a list of more landmarks, visit TripAdvisor to start planning your adventure around town. If you want to learn more about Pittsburgh in general, you can find information at www.visitpittsburgh.com. It’s no wonder we’re on the list of the Top 100 Most Livable Cities—Pittsburgh is beautiful, exciting, and historic, which makes the city one-of-a-kind. If you have any favorite spots around town, share with us on Instagram @novaplace with the hashtag #PittsburghLiving, or get in touch with us on Facebook for more information on Nova Place in general at www.facebook.com/NovaPlace/.