5 based on 17 reviews
Enter the Imaginarium is part escape room, part immersive adventure and completely unlike anything you’ve ever encountered before. The Imaginarium is not meant to be frightening, but some may find it disorienting, as its rooms are highly sensory based and intentionally deceptive. Recommended for adults through age 12.
Had an absolute BLAST! Highly recommend it for any group get together- played with ten people and we were all active, challenged and thoroughly entertained. The staff was a joy. Both rooms were well thought out and beautifully designed. Can't wait to go back, especially with a new room coming soon!
4 based on 5 reviews
From the outside this place looks like an absolute dump. Now to their credit, I believe they are in the middle of updating it to make it look appealing, but as it stands, you'd think it was an abandoned building. When you walk inside, it's a completely different feel. It's a very sleek bowling alley, with some of the latest technology, including bumpers that stand up and retract, based on your bowler's preference. Perfect for bowling on 1 lane, with small kids and adults. The food here was actually pretty good. They charge you for the lane per hour, and shoes for all players are included. We really enjoyed it. Hopefully they get a better facade, so more people will know it's a really nice place.
5 based on 101 reviews
I was visiting Pittsburgh and my friend suggested the Bayernhof Museum. She mentioned it was a music box museum so I imagined small music boxes in an elegant old home. WOW! Words cannot describe this lesser known and amazing museum.
The Bayernhof requires reservations and my friend and I were lucky enough to be the only ones on our tour. Our guide Jim was an enthusiastic man who treated us like we were personal guests of his. A tour hour tour for $10! This is a 19,000 square foot home built by the quirky Charles Brown. The mansion was completed in the early 1980's to have a German Bavarian feel.
Each bedroom has a bathroom and bar and there are secret doors and passages in the Brown private rooms and study. Hey, this house even has a man made cave in the basement. Mr. Brown was certainly eccentric but left us with a marvelous home.
Here is the fun part, Charles Brown loved music boxes but the gem of this collection are the HUGE automated music machines from the late 1890's and early 1900's. These are player pianos and player music machines that would have entertained patrons in hotels and arcades before motion pictures. You won't find a collection like this on display anywhere else. Jim played several of the machines for us and it is a truly amazing experience.
5 based on 1 reviews
Puzzle Room Pittsburgh is an exciting interactive escape room experience located just outside of the city in Verona, PA!
We made a visit to Puzzle Room Pittsburgh after finding them via RoomEscapeArtist.com. I was impressed from the beginning when they called us on the day of our booking to keep us updated about their parking situation. By the way, it is street parking and...MoreThank you so much for the awesome review! We can't wait to show you all of the excitement we have waiting for you in The Study! Thanks again for your on-going support!
4.5 based on 68 reviews
We are lucky to live less than a mile away from this great place. It is wonderful for walking/jogging through the beautiful wooded property. Also, every Sunday night they have free summer concerts. It’s really nice to bring the family, some chair, a blanket and picnic basket and enjoy the concert. It is not to be missed if the weather is nice and you live in the North Hills.
4 based on 2 reviews
My ladies club toured the home of this famous author of The Silent Spring. If you are expecting loads of fancy antiques and decorated rooms you will be disappointed. Rachael Carson and family lived a simple life with the mother cooking in a dirt floor lean to kitchen.Very narrow steep steps lead to the upstairs of the house which precludes visitation by anyone with physical limitations. Of far more interest than the house itself is the presentation by the oh so informed volunteers. My tour guide made history come alive for me and I could see Rachael in my mind's eye.I loved every minute.Many pictures of Rachel including one of her testifying in Congress. There is a small gift shop for organic teas,soaps, books and CD's.
4.5 based on 158 reviews
Great winery with a new restaurant attached (La Vite).
We joined friends at La Vita Ristorante which is inside the La Casa Narcisi Winery. They set out several bottles of wine for us to sample. I tried the Concord, Moscato, Riesling and Niagara. I enjoyed them all, but liked the Niagara the best. For appetizers, I sampled the calamari fritti (very good) and zucchini fritti served with marinara sauce (very good). I did not try the grilled Portobella Mushroom. They served bread and butter. Salads are a la carte. I ordered the Caesar Salad (good, but small). I ordered the Seafood Canneloni ( 3 homemade tubes of pasta stuffed with shrimp, lobster, crabmeat, spinach and ricotta cheese topped with mozzarella cheese and baked in a sherry cream sauce.) I felt for the price it was not a large serving compared to what others had ordered. My husband had the Chicken Milan (breaded chicken panned seared and baked with a mozzarella topping and served on herb linguini with marinara sauce. He said it was OK. For dessert, I had the cheesecake topped with strawberries (OK). My husband had the cannollies. They were drizzled with chocolate and the ends were dipped in chopped pistachio nuts. He prefers them plain. They have a diverse menu which is on the expensive side. I guess all in all the meal was OK, but wine and friends made it special. You can just come for the winery. They have an outdoor pavilion where you can bring your own food, but buy their wine and listen to music. Check their website for events. You can sample a variety of wines inside and they have a gift shop.
4.5 based on 13 reviews
Channel your inner tightrope walker as you take on Pittsburgh's largest indoor ropes course that stands 32-feet tall. It's made up of zig-zag beams, cargo nets, rope ladders and includes a 69-feet long zip lines you can soar across over and over. Participants 48-inches and taller can go on the course alone. For kids under 48-inches tall, there is the Sky Tykes ropes course at a lower height to match the skill level of younger thrill seekers. With a course perfect for all ages, this is exhilarating fun for the whole family.
This is a really neat thing to do in the local area. The top rope course is pretty high-up too. Definitely a thrill for kids. The staff were very accommodating and helpful.
5 based on 2 reviews
A green oasis in the middle of Pittsburgh’s vibrant Oakland neighborhood, Phipps has provided a world-class garden experience to its visitors since 1893. Visit to discover breathtaking seasonal flower shows and special exhibits, a nationally-recognized orchid collection, butterflies, botanical gardens, fun family activities, and much more.
wow!...the smell of springtime is amazing and phipps captured it in lovely themed rooms...benches were everywhere to take a break and really experience the beauty...the chihuly sculptures were artistically placed thru out the conservatory...stunning!...gift shop was large, but as with most gift shops in this setting, a bit overpriced...our only beef was the parking...instead of allowing guests to have prime parking, they have staff w/prime parking...walking is not an issue for us, per say but we did see several people exhausted from the long walk from parking...maybe offer an open air shuttle or better yet, have your staff park far away from the building instead of you patrons...
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Carnegie Museum of Natural History is the place for kids to discover science and the wonders of the natural world. Dig for bones in Bonehunters Quarry, get hands-on with real and replica specimens in Discovery Basecamp, grind corn in a Hopi home, and more. Dinosaurs are just the beginning! Free family-activities, touchables, and Bonehunters Quarry available each weekend and weekdays during the summer.
Everyone knows the dinosaurs are the reason to head to the Carnegie, so I'll cut to the chase.
First off, Dinosaurs in their Time offers unparalleled presentation, right down to recreation of the plant life of the time. I've never felt so immersed in the Mesozoic, and that's a selling point in itself.
Then, there's the fossil collection. Although there are nice little Triassic and Mesozoic Ocean Life sections bookcasing the exhibit, the big focus will be on the Jurassic and Cretaceous sections. While the Cretaceous section can more than hold it's own against many others, the centerpiece being dueling T-Rexes, it's the Jurassic section that is the museum's claim to fame.
With access to many of the best dig sites the Utah section of what is now Dinosaur National Monument had to offer during the Bone Rush, the Carnegie is home to what is probably the greatest Morrison Formation dinosaur collection in the world. Ceratosaurus attacks a Dryosaur. Stegosaurus and Camptosaurus amble about. Allosaurus terrorizes and disturbs the peace. But the highlight - and the reasons this is one of the great dinosaur collections - are the three stunning sauropods: A juvenile Camarasaurus which is the most complete sauropod ever found, a gorgeously robust Apatosaurus Louisae, and the museum's mascot - the original, world famous, Dippy the Diplodocus - which might still be the world's most famous dinosaur thanks in part to casts that Carnegie himself had sent to other natural history museums around the world.
An essential dinosaur collection, especially if the Jurassic is your period of choice.
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