Five Adventurous Experiences in Pittsburgh, PA


Are you looking for an exciting or out of the ordinary adventure on your next visit to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania? How does taking a ride one of the world's oldest wooden roller coasters sound? Or would you be up to trying some Pious Monk Dunkel in a magnificently restored church brewery? Maybe scale Mount Washington in a 100-year-old cable car? If these sound like fun, then be adventurous and try one or all five of the following fun points of interest the next time you are in town.

Ride the Jack Rabbit
The Jack Rabbit is one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the country that is still in service. The ride is located at Kennywood Amusement Park in West Mifflin. The coaster was built in 1920 and can still reach a top speed of 45 mph. Riders on the Jack Rabbit sometimes feel as their car jumps the track and they are airborne for a few seconds as they travel through the double dip section of the ride. The ride is a must do for adventure seeking roller coaster enthusiasts.

The Church Brew Works
The Church Brew Works is located in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh. The brewery and restaurant are housed in the former St. John's the Baptist church that was built in 1902. The restored church is a magnificent site to see and the attention to detail and care to keep the original architecture and fixtures intact is incredible. Today, visitors can sample some of the finest craft beer in Pittsburgh - from Pious Monk Dunkel to Celestial Gold to Pipe Organ Pale Ale, the beer is heavenly.

The Duquesne Incline
Scale up picturesque Mt. Washington in a 100 old cable car at the Duquesne Incline. The station opened in the spring of 1877 and has undergone several restoration projects over the years. It is still used to today as a viable means of transportation for those living atop of Mt. Washington who work in the city. At the top of the incline, riders can visit an observation deck that stands 400 feet above the three rivers. The panoramic view of Pittsburgh from the observation desk is one of the most famous and sought after views of the city.

Scotland in Pittsburgh
Pipers Pub, located on the South Side of Pittsburgh, is a great place to go for a "Taste of the British Isles." If you are looking to enjoy good food, drinks and take in a soccer or football match as the call it across the pond, then Pipers is the place to be. If you are daring, order the Scotch Eggs (Hard boiled eggs wrapped in sausage, breaded and deep fried and served with a side of hot sauce) you won't be disappointed.

Kayak Pittsburgh
Traverse the Three Rivers in a kayak while taking in one of the most beautiful city vistas in the world. Where else can you kayak under so many bridges in one location? Kayak Pittsburgh is run by Venture Outdoors which provides public programs designed to get everyone outdoors and moving. The North Shore kayak launch is located under the 6th Street Bridge next to PNC Park.


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Scott Kozelnik has called the North Hills of Pittsburgh home since 2003. As an historian and writer, he's been published by Arcadia Publishing - Images of America, the West Virginia Encyclopedia and can be found floating out in the blogoshpere. He manages the Pittsburgh.net events blog and social media assets.