Virtual Oakland


Things to Do for Fun in Oakland

Getting Around
Hotels in Oakland
Cultural Amenities


You do not need a car to get around the city of Pittsburgh. Oakland is one of the easiest places to catch a bus because it is a major destination as well as through way to downtown.  On line or over the phone, get information on all bus routes. 

Peoples Cab Company: 412-441-3200

Port Authority:
Customer Service: 412-442-2000
For hearing impaired TTY: 412-231-7007

Yellow Cab: 412-665-8100


Best Western
3401 Blvd. of the Allies

Hampton Inn
3815 Hamlet Street

Holiday Select University Center
100 Lytton Ave.

Wyndham Garden Hotel
3454 Forbes Ave.

University Club
123 University Place



There is no shortage of places to eat in Oakland. Whether you are looking for Indian, Korean, Italian, Middle Eastern, or American, you'll find a great restaurant here.



Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History
The Carnegie museums were founded in 1895 by Pittsburgh industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie was a philanthropist who believed in people's lives could be improved through education. Millions of people visit the museums each year.

Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080
Phone: 412.622.3131
Check the website or call to find out about current exhibits.
Monday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.
The museum is closed on legal holidays. Admission:
$8.00 for adults $5.00 for seniors $5.00 for children ages 3 and aboveand full-time students
Free for Carnegie Museums' members.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4 billion years of history are here for you to explore.
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Call or visit the website for the latest information on exhibits.
Sun 12-5,
Tues- Sat. 10-5
Monday 10-5 (through labor day)


Phipps Conservatory

Located across from Schenley Park, Phipps Conservatory has thirteen rooms and an outdoor garden. Spend an afternoon strolling through the different rooms exploring the beautiful plants.  Special events throughout the year.
Check the website or call for the most current events.

Admission: Adults $6.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 Students with ID $4.00 Children 2-12 $3.00 Under 2 FREE Members FREE

Tuesday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Mondays
Phipps is now open every Friday until 9 p.m.!
Hours extended to 9 p.m. on specified dates during seasonal Flower Shows.
Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Melwood Screening Room

Pittsburgh Filmmakers is one of the largest and oldest independent media arts centers in the country. We are committed to the advancement of artistic excellence in film, video, photography and digital media, and accomplish this with programs in education, equipment access, community outreach and exhibition. Founded in 1971 to provide media-making tools to artists, Pittsburgh Filmmakers serves everyone from emerging artists to established artists to fellow non-profit organizations and students.
477 Melwood Avenue
Phone: 412-681-5449

Pittsburgh Park Play House of Point Park College

Located in South Oakland, the theater is part of Point Park College. It is a ?three-theatre performing arts center with four resident companies producing professional theatre, Playhouse Jr. for family audiences and conservatory theatre, dance and musicals.?
412- 621-4445
222 Craft Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Schenley Park
Schenley park has 456 acres of rolling hills, woods, trails, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a golf course, Frisbee golf course, an ice/roller rink and a visitors center. Spend an afternoon taking a relaxing stroll around the park or bring a book and picnic on Flagstaff Hill. Stop in the visitor ?s center for coffee and get information and maps on the park. 

Stephen Foster Memorial Theatre & Museum
The Stephen Foster Memorial Museum, located in the Stephen Foster Memorial on the University of Pittsburgh's campus.
Forbes and Bigelow
Phone: 412-624-4100

University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms
26 rooms encircling the Commons Room on the first floor were completed between 1938 and 2000, each showcasing a different nationality. Take a tour of these rooms and learn the history of the rooms.
Cathedral of Learning (Use Fifth Ave. entrance)
Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Blvd.
Oakland Section of Pittsburgh
Mon. - Fri.: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm (last tour)
Sat.: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm (last tour)
Sun./Holidays: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm (last tour)
Closed on: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Fees Adults $3, Senior Citizens $2, Youths ages 8-18 50¢

There are plenty of ways to spend leisure time in Oakland.  Below is a brief listing of how to get around, hotels, dining and cultural amenities.  Because Oakland is also a very safe community, please feel free to roam the various business districts on Forbes, Fifth, Craig and dozens of cross streets for new coffee shops, delis and great local taverns. 


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