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Five Inexpensive But Memorable Date Spots in Pittsburgh

These spots are tailored for couples who are looking for a simple, chill night out on Valentine’s Day (or any other day). If your significant other isn’t the type to be wooed by expensive wines and chocolates, this is the list for you.

photo courtesy of carnegie science center


Carnegie Science Center
The Science Center would be the perfect fun, goofy date if it weren’t for all those darned kids hogging up all the exhibits. Luckily, the Science Center periodically puts on adults-only events that regularly feature a cash bar and live DJ.

On Friday, Feb 17, the 21 and over event “Sex, Love, & Science” will include demonstrations about the spread of STDs, highly scientific condom stress tests and a collection of experts on-hand to answer any kind of sex questions that you can’t find the answer to on Web MD.

Even if these event-specific offerings aren’t your thing, you and your partner still will have access to all four floors of the Science Center (with no kids), as well as discounted tickets to the Omnimax theater and laser shows that evening.

photo via flickr creative commons

Self-Guided Art Tour
For sophisticated art buffs as well as those who are just curious about what the heck is up with the weird sculpture that sits outside their office building, the Pittsburgh Art Council has put together five self-guided art tours across five areas: the Cultural District, Grant Street Corridor, the Retail District, North Shore and North Side.

Each tour takes around 80-120 minutes, meaning that you and your date will have some ground to cover hunting for these storied pieces of public art. This outing is a great way for the two of you to get more acquainted with the city and perhaps explore a Pittsburgh neighborhood you haven't spent much time in before.

A free PDF of each tour can be found here.

photo by dave dicello


Mount Washington
There are few things as genuinely “Pittsburgh” as taking a drive up to the city’s favorite photo spot and snapping some pictures of you and your significant other in front of the city skyline.

Besides the stunning view, Mount Washington visitors can also take a stroll through Emerald View Park or the picturesque Chatham Village residency, located a few blocks from Grandview Avenue. Along with the perk of getting to add some standout pics to your obligatory Valentine’s Day Facebook post, the real draw of this date is getting to explore some beautiful, oft-forgotten areas of Pittsburgh with your better half. Stop by The Summit on Shiloh Street for a post-walk cocktail.

photo via flickr creative commons


The Strip District
The Strip has enough restaurants, bars and stores to spend a large chunk of time (and a chunk of change) on your Valentine’s Day date. So how do you give your significant other a memorable V-Day in the Strip without waiting hours to get into the original Primanti Brothers?

Go exploring. The Strip District has a rich history, and there are so many things new and old to see. Instead of going to the regular tried-and-true establishments, just walk and go into every single weird, little store that piques your interest. Go Halloween shopping in February at Costume World or dig around Yinzers, the Mecca of Pittsburgh sports merchandise.

If you’re creative and adventurous, next Valentine’s Day you and your partner will be the couple who recommends that have-to-see place that they found roaming around the Strip.

photo via flickr creative commons


Schenley Park
Nothing beats a simple walk in the park with a loved one. And the 300-acre patch of grass that runs through Oakland, Greenfield and Squirrel Hill is better than your average park.

Arrive early at Schenley Plaza and grab a quick bite to get your Valentine’s Day started off right. Walk along Schenley’s hiking trails or visit the lake at Panther Hollow for a taste of the outdoors. Don’t forget to stop at Phipps Conservatory to take a look at some exotic flora and topiaries.

Finally, to cap off the day, you and your partner can partake in an Oakland tradition. Couples often can be spotted along the Schenley Park Bridge putting hand locks with their names on them on the chain link fence. Then, they toss the key into Panther Hollow, cementing their love for years to come.

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