Discover Pittsburgh

Each weekend we plan activities for our seven-day boarders that take advantage of all the City of Pittsburgh and the Western Pennsylvania region have to offer: a thriving arts community, beautiful rivers and parks, great professional sports teams, neighborhoods with distinct personalities and much more.

Sports

  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Outdoors

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Kayaking

Museums

  • Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
  • Carnegie Museums of Art & Natural History
  • The Frick Pittsburgh
  • The Andy Warhol Museum
  • Mattress Factory
  • Pittsburgh Glass Center

Neighborhoods

  • Aspinwall
  • Bloomfield
  • East Liberty
  • Highland Park
  • Lawrenceville
  • Shadyside
  • Squirrel Hill

Accolades

Pittsburgh is among the top places to live, work, and visit in the United States:

  • Pittsburgh was ranked the second most livable city in America by The Global Liveability Index 2018, just behind Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • National Geographic listed Pittsburgh among 30 of the Best Cities in the United States based on unconventional metrics believed to lead to happiness, including: green spaces, galleries, coffee shops, music venues, "Instragrammable" moments and more.
  • Pittsburgh was named America's Most Underrated City, and ranked No. 4 of the 17 best places to travel, in 2017 by Harper's BAZAAR.
  • Worth Magazine selected Pittsburgh as one of its 15 dynamic cities for 2016.
  • Pittsburgh was one of seven U.S. cities on Travel + Leisure's international survey of best places to visit in 2016.
  • Travel + Leisure readers voted Pittsburgh one of its favorite U.S. cities in 2015.
  • Pittsburgh ranked as one of the most affordable places to live in the U.S. in 2015 by U.S. News.

Learn more about our beautiful city at VisitPittsburgh.com.

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"It's impossible to know who my daughter would be now if she were not boarding, but I believe that her boost in confidence and improvement in academics is directly related to being a seven-day boarder. She has dozens of friends, role models and support people. She has learned to be responsible and has been encouraged to be empathetic and supportive of others."

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"I really do believe that my education at Shady Side would not have been as complete without my boarding experience. I became a more complete person as a boarder, and I gained valuable friendships that continue to grow today."