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Spring into Pittsburgh

I may be biased as a Pittsburgh native, but I don’t think CMU students realize how great of a city Pittsburgh really is. Spring is a great time to be in the ‘Burgh because the weather starts to get warmer and the city starts to become more lively. Here are 6 things you should do this spring in Pittsburgh:

1. Go to a Penguins Game

If the weather isn’t too warm, head to PPG Paints arena to see the 2016 Stanley Cup Champions. Penguins games are so much fun and they are in the middle of another great season, so be sure to look out for student rush tickets.

2. Strip District on a Saturday Morning

The Strip is one of my favorite places in Pittsburgh because it is contains so much culture. Saturday mornings are always the best time to go since the streets are always swimming with people. There’s a Pamela’s and a Deluca’s, which are definitely worth the wait. While you’re there, stop into Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop for some old fashioned candy. You can also find some fresh produce at the outdoor market.

3. Take the Incline to Mount Washington

If you haven’t been on the incline, you truly haven’t experienced Pittsburgh. The inclines are part of what makes Pittsburgh so unique, so take a ride up to Mt. Washington and take in the views of the downtown area.

4. Pittsburgh Pirates Home Opener

The Pirates open the season on April 5th against Boston at Fenway Park, but they come back home to face Atlanta on Friday April 7th. Even if you do not like baseball or the Pittsburgh Pirates, I recommend going to a game because PNC park features stunning views of the city and you are guaranteed to have a good time whilst watching the Pierogi races.

5. Randyland

Randyland (pictured above) is sure to be one of Pittsburgh’s coolest attractions and it’s free to the public because it’s an artist’s home which was turned into a museum to show off his artwork. Be sure to take a camera with you because there are too many picture taking opportunities that you don’t want to miss.

6. Kennywood opens

Kennywood is set to open during the weekends in May, starting with May 6th. Kennywood may not be Cedar Point, but it is definitely something you should do if you’re still in Pittsburgh. And if you don’t like roller coasters, go for the food. Although the wait is long, I recommend the potato patch fries.

Lauren Kelly is a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University with the plan of studying creative and professional writing. In tenth grade, Lauren published her first novel through the Young Writer's Program in her creative writing class. As a senior in high school, Lauren was a staff writer on her school's newspaper.
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