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2011 Pittsburgh Summer Plans – Business Travel, Vacation Planning & Local Family Fun – 1st Day Of Summer Is Here!

Now that Spring weddings, graduations and the school season has ended, many families are finalizing their summer plans. This includes deciding whether a family vacation is in the picture as well as which additional activities will keep the kid(s) busy during a down time. The problem is that many are recovering from the effects of the recession and gas prices are still taking a toll on finances for traveling. So, how can budget conscious families and business travelers have a fun summer in Pittsburgh without sacrificing what they are used to doing? There are a lot of economical things to do in the ‘Burg. It is just a family friendly and affordable city. It helps that business owners know that people are traveling to Pittsburgh for vacations. They offer discounted services and plan events that make Pittsburgh summer fun obtainable for all (locals and visitors). The City of Pittsburgh is notorious for planning free activities that people look forward to each year. Local churches, galleries, community centers, YMCA / YWCA, non-profits, etc. are also excellent resources for Pittsburgh summer fun. Plus, we have tons of park, historical locations and “hot spots” that make Pittsburgh a treat. We have come up with a quick guide to help with vacation planning, business travel and families wondering how to create their own fun filled summer in Pgh, PA.


Here is a full list from the City of Pittsburgh website (http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks). Look on the left hand side of their pages! The menu has an Events and Recreation link to where you can get more details about the following events and services listed here for your 2011 summer fun:
– African Arts in the Park (August 13)
– Bach, Beethoven and Brunch (6/19 to 8/14)
– Broadway at the Overlook (August 11 – 20)
– Brookline Breeze 5k (August 13)
– Cinema In The Park (6/12 to 8/31)
– Community Festivals (5/15 – 10/28)
– Community Footraces
– Farmers Market (5/9 – 11/23)
– Greenfield Glide (June 5th)
– Mellon Square Summer Concert Series (6/2 – 8/4)
– On Your Mark w/ Highmark (June 1st)
– Reservoir of Jazz (8/7 – 28)
– Riverview Park 5k Run (June 10)
– Riverview Park Heritage Day (June 11)
– Roving Art Cart (6/21 to 8/12)
– Run Around The Square (August 27th)
– Run for Roch (July 30th)
– Senior Games (6/1 – 10)
– Stars at Riverview Jazz Series (6/11 – 8/27)
– Summer Soul Line Dancing (6/11 – 8/28)
– Swimming Pools (6/16 – end of summer)
– The Great Race (September 25)

4th of July Fireworks
The City of Pittsburgh 4th of July fireworks display is at 9:35 p.m. at “The Point” (Point State Park – Downtown Pittsburgh) . This is an awesome fireworks diplay, plus fantastic day to picnic with the family, take your boat out on the Allegheny River, Ohio River, Monongahela River and just have a spectacular time with residents of Pittsburgh, PA and surrounding areas as we celebrate Independence Day.

Cinema in the Park
Make the evening special for family, dates or group of friends by joining other Pittsburghers for a movie in the park. This is one of the free summer activities hosted by the city of Pittsburgh and available at 1) Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park, 2) Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, 3) Memorial Park in Brookline, 4) Grandview Park in Mt. Washington, 5) Observatory Hill in Riverview Park (North Side / North Shore area) and Elliott Overlook in the West End. Visit the City of Pittsburgh website for more information and schedule for Cinema in the Park: http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/cinema_in_the_park.htm

Not quite as common as baseball, though an increasingly popular activity for kids / teens in Pittsburgh, going to the skate park makes for great summer and year round fun. The city of Pittsburgh has 3 free skate parks (McKinley Skate Park in Beltzhoover, West Penn Skate Park in Polish Hill and Tuxedo Street Site near Sheraden Park). Other communities like Bethel Park, Boyce Park, South Park, etc) also have free skate parks. You can Google the locations by typing “skate parks near” and your zip code (ex: skate parks near 15206) to find the closest locations.

Swimming Pools
Outdoor Pools and Oliver Bath House (Indoor Pool) are open for business. This is an affordable option for families in the City of Pittsburgh and non-city residents that do not have summing pools at their homes. The Citiparks pools include times for lap swimming, water aerobic classes (age 16 to seniors), swim teams for the kids (including the Citiparks Championship Swim Meet), water carnivals, swim camps and more. Get the rules, rates and exact locations at http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/swimming.htm and don’t forget the both South Park and Boyce Park have fantastic wave pools for public use. There is a fee to use these pools, though well worth the experience if you llive in South or East Pittsburgh or have not visited a wave pool on your last vacation in Pittsburgh.


Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
– Discounts Page: http://www.carnegiemuseums.org/interior.php?pageID=138
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
– Discounts Page: http://www.pittsburghzoo.org/PlanYourVisit/Discount
The Children’s Museum
– Discounts Page: http://www.pittsburghkids.org/Templates/CMP_Level3_List.aspx?CID=532&SECID=2&MENUID=434


Kennywood – “Must Do” when in Pittsburgh for the summer!
No summer would be complete without at least one visit to Kennywood Park. Most of our local schools plan a Kennywood Park day for their students, but if you are not from Pittsburgh or just want to do something fun for the day, Kennywood Park ranks high on the list of activities for all ages. Giant Eagle helps make this amusement park more affordable by providing an $11 discount if you purchase tickets through their grocery stores. You can save money by taking drinks, snacks and sandwiches in a cooler, though the potato patch serves large portions of fries; the corn dogs and ice cream cones are reasonable, too. There are lockers for storing items that you do not want to carry. Tables and empty pavilions could serve well for family meal times. Plus, Kennywood has a few specials on their website: June 30th – July 5th are Celebrate America days at Kennywood. Save $10 off gate admissions with a coupon printed from thheir website, July 8th, 14th and 18th are BOGO (Buy one, get one) days at Kennywood Park, etc. You can read the details and print coupons at http://www.kennywood.com/site/events.html

Idlewild & Soakzone
Idlewild Park has a rich history. This park is perfect for kids of most ages; some teens might find it a bit “boring” because there are no roller coasters. On the other hand, there is an awesome water park (with something for all ages) that includes a salt water wave pool. Teens typically enjoy splashing with siblings and playing games. In addition to these features, it is important to note that a lot of the rides are old Kennywood classics which continue to be favorites over the years. There is a Mr. Rogers Neighborhood of Make Believe and the infamous Story Book Forest for younger children. Both are part of the long history of the park – http://www.idlewild.com/site/information.php – It is no wonder that Idlewild was 1) Voted Best Kid’s Park in the World by Amusement Today, 2) Voted Best Park for Families by National Amusement Park Historical Association and 3) Ranked as One of America’s Most Beautiful Theme Parks. It is located in Ligonier, PA which is about 50 miles from Pittsburgh. Their remaining BOGO days are June 20 – 24. Again, Giant Eagle grocery stores help with discounts to this amusement park. There other promotions and events are found on the Idlewild website – http://www.idlewild.com/site/events.php


Point State Park
Yes, Pittsburgh is known for it’s many bridges, but we also have a ton of beautiful parks to explore. One of the most popular is the Point State Park (“The Point”) in downtown Pittsburgh. It is also called the “golden triangle” as it s the historic location of the French and Indian War (1754 – 1763). This is also where the 3 rivers (Ohio River, Allegheny River, Monongahela River) come to a point and where a lot of our events are hosted because of the spacious beauty, history and cultural impact of the location. The park is open for your enjoyment. Walk down to the HUGE water fountain at the tip of the point and watch the boaters riding by. Visit the The Fort Pitt Museum and Fort Pitt Blockhouse to learn the history of this cherished park. You can have a picnic just about anywhere you choose … This Point is the epitome of Pittsburgh Summer Fun. The Regatta (July 2 – 4), Historical Events, Summer Concerts and 4th of July fireworks are hosted at this park.


PNC Park / Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball
Nothing says summer like a good old fashioned baseball game. Baseball is America’s favorite past time after all. There are always adult and little league team games in the different communities, though the Pittsburgh Pirates are obviously our favorite team and PNC PARK is our favorite place to watch the Pirates baseball game. Just check out the game schedule to know when the Pittsburgh Pirates are playing and the PNC Park schedule (http://mlb.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=pit) lists their special promotions for each game day. So, whether you live in Pittsburgh or a visiting on vacation, don’t forget to plan for a day at PNC Park (115 Federal Street Pittsburgh, PA 15212 pHONE: 412-321-BUCS or 1-800-BUY-BUCS); baseball games always make summer fun and create memorable occasions.
Many events are hosted at PNC Park. If your company is hosting a business meeting / fund raiser / corporate event; or your family has rented a room for a Bat / Bar Mitvah, Wedding Reception, Birthday or Anniversary Party, do not hesitate to contact us for a QUOTE for limousine, party bus or luxury car service. We are also available to transport you to and from the Dave Matthews Band concert of July 10, 2011.


East Carson Street / South Side Pittsburgh
Ask any Pittsburgher where the fun is and they are sure to mention the South Side as a place that you should go. If you live here, then you know that the South Side has gained popularity for more than just the Duquesne Incline and Station Square over the years. The South Side is a place for shopping, culture and places to party at night. There is a potpourrie of venues to chose from depending on whether you are shopping for the day, want to eat gourmet food at Grand Concourse Restaurant or “party like a rock star” a little further down the road. There are too many activities to mention in just this one blog post, so please refer to the Shadow Lounge are three Shadyside “hotspots”. There are also a few special events in Shadyside this summer. Here are a few that you’ll want to ad to your Pittsburgh summer fun list:
Summer Jams (June 25, July 23, August 20 – Saturday Nights from 7-11 PM)
“Come join the rest of the Pittsburgh community to help the fight to cure cystic fibrosis as we shut down Walnut Street to bring you a block party like no other. Party it up with performances from the hottest local bands and get down with friends for a concert series that will turn up the heat all summer long! The stage is located outside of Doc’s Place in Shadyside (5442 Walnut Street). For more information contact: Cheyenne Warriner @ CF 412.321.4422″
Vintage Grand Prix Car Show On Walnut (7/18 from 5-9 PM)
Shadyside Sidewalk Sale (7/27-7/31)
All of the boutiques host a community side walk sale where you can get great deals and have a great time shopping.
The Art Festival On Walnut Street (8/27-8/28)
Annual Shadyside House Tour (Sunday, September 25)
Hosted by The Shadyside Action Coalition, this is an annual fundraiser and self guided tour of 7 to 8 homes in the Shadyside neighborhood. They make this event fun by providing a variety of contemporary, traditional and classic Victorian that are characteristic of the Shadyside community. Guests get decoration and renovation ideas. People from all over the tri-state area come to the Shadyside House Tour each year. Call (412) 361-3771 to get the specifics on times and agenda. Proceeds are “put back” into the community.
Oakland Summer Fun
Ask any college student where the best spots are in Pittsburgh and Oakland is more than likely to be on their list. It is an urban, cultural, health and academic community. Oakland is home to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne University. Trust us! It is not boring in Oakland and there is a ton of “stuff” to do for free and very economically, as it is our “college town”, though filled with family friendly and cultural activities. This has always been a spot for nightlife and daytime activities. Some popular attractions are Essie’s Original Hot Dog Shop (The Dirty O”)”, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Frick Environmental Center, Carnegie Museum & Library, Schenley Park, Soldiers and Sailors National Military Museum and Memorial and much more. Best of all, Oakland neighbors other popular areas in Pittsburgh such as Squirrel Hill – near Pittsburgh’s Waterfront area – and Shadyside (mentioned above). We suggest that you check out this website – http://www.onlyinoakland.org/visit.php – to learn more about Oakland and all of the fun things to do!


Don’t forget to make at least one summer night a little extra special by renting a limousine or party bus from TDF Limousine. They take all of the stress out of driving and parking in Pittsburgh, plus provide a safe alternative to on occasions when you plan to drink. Best of all, you can pamper loved ones and friends by hosting your own party in one of these luxurious limousine buses … THIS IS SUMMER FUN FOR ALL!!!

Pittsburgh is definitely an awesome city to live, visit for family vacations and business travel; especially when you have inside tips on the “hot spots” and who hosts events that contribute to Pittsburgh summer fun. We hope that you enjoy!

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