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A Students’ Guide Of Places To Go In Pittsburgh

April 2, 2011 3:30 PM

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Photo Credit: phipps.conservatory.org

Photo Credit: phipps.conservatory.org

College can be incredibly stressful, especially during midterms and finals. Luckily, there are a lot of places in Pittsburgh where students can go to get their mind off of school. As a student, many of these venues have discounted rates with a valid college ID.

The Andy Warhol Museum

117 Sandusky Street
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15212
(412)-237-8300
www.warhol.org

The Andy Warhol Museum is home to many artistic exhibits, some of which are permanent and some are temporary or “traveling.” Admission to the museum is $15, but only $8 with a valid college ID. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Friday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

The Mattress Factory

500 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15212
412-231-3169
www.mattress.org

The museum is a non-profit establishment with 16 permanent, contemporary art exhibits. These exhibits are set up in single-room areas called “installations.” Since its opening in 1977, more than 300 artists have had exhibits on display. Roughly, 38,000 people visit the Mattress Factory every year.

Admission for adults is $10, but only $7 for students with a valid college ID. CMU students may visit the museum for free all year long, and Pitt students may visit the museum for free during the spring and fall semesters.

The Ice Rink at PPG Place

Downtown Pittsburgh
(412)-434-1900

The rink at PPG opens for the winter season on Nov. 19 during downtown Pittsburgh’s Light-Up Night celebration. Adult admission to the rink is $7, but students with a valid ID only pay $3 from Jan. 5 to March 8 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – Midnight
Sunday: Noon-8 p.m.

Phipps Conservatory

One Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213
(412)-622-6914
www.phipps.conservatory.org

The conservatory is an indoor and outdoor garden showcase with 19 exhibits. The Victorian greenhouse, made of steel and glass, encases all of the indoor exhibits of the conservatory. The conservatory’s hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays. Tours typically last 90 minutes, so be sure to allow yourself an ample amount of time to complete your tour. Adult admission is $12, but students only pay $11 with a valid ID.

Laser Storm Laser Tag

7715 McKnight Road
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237
(412)-364-3473
www.laserstorm.org

Heart-pounding adventure, lots of action – any college student looking for an escape would love laser tag! According to the website, “Laser Storm is a unique interactive laser tag adventure that puts players right into the heat of the action.” The arena consists of “barriers, police beacons, energizers, base stations, sentries and more.”

Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday: Noon-10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: Noon-Midnight

Game Pricing:
One game: $6
Two games: $11
Three games: $15
Four games: $19

The Gateway Clipper Fleet

350 West Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219
(412)-355-7980
www.gatewayclipper.com

The Gateway Clipper Fleet is a riverboat that takes passengers on tours of Pittsburgh while providing them with music, food and fun. There are many different types of cruises aimed towards different audiences based on age and interests.

Local Shopping Malls

Perhaps the best way to forget about the stress of school (especially for girls) is to go shopping! There are malls all over the area and they host many stores.

Ross Park Mall

1000 Ross Park Mall Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
412-369-4401
www.simon.com

Mall Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Mall at Robinson

100 Robinson Center Dr.
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15205
412-788-0816
www.shoprobinsonmall.com

Mall Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Monroeville Mall

200 Monroeville Mall Dr.
Monroeville, Pa. 15146
(412)-243-4800
www.monroevillemall.com

Mall Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-6 p.m.

South Hills Village Mall

301 South Hills Village
Bethel Park, Pa. 15241
412-831-8652
www.simon.com

Mall Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Pittsburgh Mills Mall

590 Pittsburgh Mills Circle
Tarentum, Pa.. 15084
(724)-904-9010
www.pittsburghmills.com

Mall Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-6 p.m.

Grove City Outlets

1911 Leesburg Grove City Road
Grove City, Pa. 16127
724-748-3875
www.premiumoutlets.com

Mall Hours:
www.premiumoutlets.com

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