Think about where to watch beautiful sunsets and your first thought may be the beach. But have you considered Pittsburgh, PA, as a sunset viewing destination? If a visit to the city proper is on your radar, from an eagle’s eye view to a classic amusement park ride, here’s seven amazing places to watch sunsets in Pittsburgh!
Don’t get me wrong, I love sunsets on the beach, in the mountains, on the water – you name it. But when I really think about gorgeous sunsets I’ve been able to share with my family, I always think of our own “big city,” Pittsburgh, PA. We love checking it out anytime of year, but when the weather warms up it’s especially gorgeous. Here are my top places to watch sunsets in Pittsburgh with the kids.
Think about romantic spots in Pittsburgh and Mount Washington will always be on the very top of the list. There are two options to get there: drive or take an incline. The Duquesne Incline has a pretty viewing platform complete with pay binoculars, but feel free to walk outside and stroll along Grandview Avenue.
Kennywood Park in West Mifflin has plenty of photo-worthy spots, but if you hit the timing just right, a ride on the Kennywood Turtle ride at sunset will provide gorgeous sunset views of the Monongahela River Valley.
Hear me out on this one. Yes, the sun will be in your face if you score a southwest-facing view of the game, but you’ll get to see a stadium sunset. Grab a seat on the opposite side of the Pittsburgh Pirates stadium and you can watch the light dim over the Sister Bridges.
Smithfield Street Bridge
The Smithfield Street Bridge connects the Station Square area to downtown Pittsburgh and it’s highly walkable. Head across it when the sun is setting and you’ll score photos of the Fort Pitt Bridge glowing.
Point State Park
Point State Park is right at the confluence of three rivers (Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio) and sitting right on the park’s edge during a sunset is not only lovely, it’s fun! So many events – including Fourth of July, Three Rivers Arts Festival, and the River Regatta – take place in that very park (and are free!), so grab a blanket or fold-up chair and admire the scenery and sunset all at the same time. Don’t feel like you need to visit during a holiday, though. Point State Park is pretty any day of the week. Its iconic fountain works during warmer weather and it’s a huge draw for families with kids.
Mr. Rogers Statue
If you want to see Mount Washington from a different side, take a stroll on the North Shore. It’s here you can check out a sunset with Mr. Rogers. Fred Rogers was a Pittsburgh hometown hero as well as a beloved television figure, and anyone can be his neighbor by a visit here. The statue honoring Mr. Rogers is beautiful any time of day – but at sunset it’s extra special. The kids can play in and around the statue; it makes for memorable photos.
I never realized how beautiful the city is from the southside of Pittsburgh until I saw it for myself. There’s a lit path along the Monongahela River perfect for strolls and sunset views and the kids can play, too. If you want to enjoy a meal while the sun is setting, check out Hofbrauhaus. It’s got an open-air patio that’s perfect for dining and checking out the views of Pittsburgh proper.
Do you have a favorite place to watch sunsets in Pittsburgh that we missed? Please let me know in the comment section below!