Top 10 Places to Take Out-of-Town Holiday Guests

Don't make your Pittsburgh Christmas company sit around on your couch all day. Here are 10 places that you can show your guests.

1. CONSOL Energy Center
Here's a great idea for all of you with hockey withdrawal. The inaugural Three Rivers Classic is taking place on Dec. 28 and 29. The four NCAA Division I men's teams scheduled to participate are from Robert Morris University, Penn State University, The Ohio State University and Miami (Ohio) UniversityClick here to buy tickets.

2. Frick Art & Historical Center
Experience the culture and refinement of the Gilded Age. View arts and artifacts, check out vintage cars and carriages, and enjoy fine dining and more. The exhibition of Walter Gay masterpieces is now on view. Click here to plan your visit.

3. Senator John Heinz History Center
Check out "Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame" at the Heinz History Center through Jan 6. The most comprehensive exhibit ever created on the history of the sport features more than 200 football artifacts, rare photos and one-of-a-kind documents from the Pro Football Hall of Fame collection.

4. National Aviary
Baby penguins! Meet the fluffy, feathered friends among more than 600 other birds from around the world. Click here for details.

5. Phipps Conservatory
See the Winter Flower Show and Winter Light Garden at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh's Shadyside-Point Breeze area. Click here to learn more about the 17 distinct botanical experiences available.

6. The Inclines and Mt. Washington
Show your guests a spectacular panorama of Pittsburgh and its three rivers. Ride to the observation deck on Mt. Washington in an old incline car. More information here.

7. Heinz Field
Show your guests how fans do it on a Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. Head down to Heinz Field to experience tailgating, sports bars and, if you're lucky, the game on Sunday, Dec. 30, against the Brownies (aka the Cleveland Browns). Click here for more information.

8. Carnegie Museum of Art
The Carnegie Museum of Art's exhibition "Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fair, 1851-1939" presents more than 200 objects from 88 years of fairs. The exhibit explores the craftsmanship of decorative arts made for world's fairs—from London in 1851 to New York in 1939. More details here.

9. Cabaret at Theater Square
The Pittsburgh Cultural District's newest performance venue provides unique live music and theatrical productions. Get tickets for "A Grand Night for Singing," playing Dec. 26 through 30. "It will take you on a romantic musical journey from young infatuation to the touching and funny complexities of commitment and marriage, the joys of parenthood, and finally, the power of enduring love," according to the theater's website. Click here for tickets.

10. Carnegie Science Center
A great place to bring your kids or to feel like a kid yourself. The Carnegie Science Center offers four floors of interactive experiences. Wonder what would it be like to be an astronaut? Find out at SpacePlace—new and open now. Click here for details.

What did we miss? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below.

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This article originally appeared on the UpperSt.Clair Patch.


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