Summer is coming to an end and fall is nearly upon us. Whether you are a fan of the autumn season or not, there is no argument that there are plenty of events and places around the 'Burgh to keep you and bae busy.
Between the abundance of haunted houses to a simple walk in the park admiring the beautiful fall foliage, Pittsburgh is a city full of great date-night opportunities. So save the Netflix and chilling for winter, pack up your boo and take her to these secret places around Pittsburgh for a fun-filled 2018 autumn season.
Pittsburgh Zombie Fest
The great people of Pittsburgh are no strangers to zombie infestations - after all, we have earned the bragging rights for being part of one of the biggest cult-classic zombie films to date, think Dawn of the Dead. So, it goes without saying that there is a huge zombie-loving following in and around the city, and the Pittsburgh Zombie Fest is our very own yearly "infestation" dedicated to bringing together the thousands of local undead fanatics in one location. Keep an eye on the website for official date and event updates.
Living Dead Museum
Where: 121 E Main St, Evans City
While we're on the subject, if you can't get enough of the zombie scene, make it a point to stop at the zombifying Living Dead Museum. Located a little ways North of Pittsburgh in Evans City, the museum is a great place to learn all about the undead history of Western, PA and maybe pick up a souvenir or two.
Big Idea Bookstore
Where: 4812 Liberty Ave
Treat your love to a pumpkin spice latte at this local hidden gem cafe. This place is great when you just want to relax and bond over a hot (or cold) beverage — but don't take my word for it, go see this adorable anti-profit bookstore and cafe for yourselves.
Games N' At
Where: 2010 Josephine St
Where are my gamer couples at? This is not just another arcade, this is what an arcade wishes it could be. From retro Nintendo games to the classic pinball machines, pool tables, and bowling alley's, Games N' At, has a lot of games — n' at.
Eons Fashion Antique
Where: 5850 Ellsworth Ave
As always, the changing seasons will be warranting an updated wardrobe full of sweaters and cardigans, so why not stock up at the coolest clothing store you never knew existed? Browsing the racks at this vintage fashion shop is like clothes shopping at a museum, plus you never know what you might find and some items are surprisingly fashionable. At the very least, you could get some authentic vintage Halloween costume accessories.
Where: 549 Moon Clinton Rd, Moon
All this talk about vintage stuff reminded me that one of the region's few drive-in theaters still in existence is only a short drive from Pittsburgh. The Dependable Drive-In is conveniently open in the fall, so when that new horror film comes out that your girlfriend is dying to see, make it a point to go to take her here. Check the website for show times.
The Church Brew Works
Where: 3525 Liberty Ave
Can you imagine the attendance at this church? This inconspicuous brewhouse offers a unique and spacious atmosphere to order up some Pittsburgh favorites like beers, pizza, pierogis, and bratwurst — to name a few.
Where: Carrie Furnace Blvd, Swissvale
'Tis the season for ghouls, ghosts, and goblins. Carrie Furnace is a former blast furnace, built in the late 1800's, and currently remains a hotspot for paranormal activity, according to many ghost hunters. While guided tours of the furnace can be taken during the day, if you're looking for a little more adventure you can sign up with Ghosts N' At to do a paranormal investigation of the place at night. Ghost N' At's website is linked below.
Where: 945 Liberty Ave
BANG! POW! WALLOP! ToonSeum is one of three museums in the entire United States devoted exclusively to showcasing cartoon and comic book arts.
The Twisted Frenchman
Where: 5925 Baum Blvd
If you don't have the budget to take your lover to Paris, playing pretend at The Twisted Frenchman may be the next best option. From appetizer to dessert, this upscale restaurant features some of the finest modern French cuisines for you to fully immerse your taste buds in — and forget that you are not actually in France.
The Lourdes Grotto
Where: 600 Forbes Ave
And while we're on the topic of France, located on the southwestern-most tip of the Duquesne campus, The Lourdes Grotto, a replica of "Our Lady of Lourdes" in Lourdes, France, is a peaceful viewpoint perfect for meditators and sunset watchers alike.
Where: 4715 Penn Ave
Two really cool things about this cemetery: a shark headstone and caves. If you wander the cemetery long enough you will stumble upon the shark headstone — the easier of the two to find. The caves, on the other hand, will take a little more persistence to locate but are well worth the effort.
Maggie's Farm Rum Distillery
Where: 3212a Smallman St
Captain Jack Sparrow would be in heaven at Maggie's Farm Rum Distillery. Forget going to the Caribbean, head on down to the Strip District for some of the best rum cocktails going. I also highly recommend partaking in one of their rum tastings.
Where: 231 Perry Hwy
Pittsburgh is home to the nations largest pinball museum — with 270 machines and counting, Pinball Perfection doubles as an arcade where you can play some of the very first pinball machine games. Oh, and their website looks like it's pretty retro too.
Where: 7724 Juniata St
Trundle Manor is a locally owned oddities parlor with tons of items that look like they were plucked straight out of Silence of the Lambs.
This Famous House
Where: 8 Circle St, Perryopolis
In fact, did you know Buffalo Bill's house from Silence of the Lambs is located in a town right outside of Pittsburgh? While you can still admire the house from the outside, photos taken of the inside, from when it was recently put up for sale, show it still maintains the eerie horror film interior.
Note: this home is private property, you can only view it from the street. But it's still cool to see in real life from a distance. Who wants to go in a serial killers house anyways, fictional or not?
Bantha Tea Bar
Where: 5002 Penn Ave
Talk about trendy; this eco-friendly cafe prides themselves on their energy saving, organic and ethical choices. Their shop utilizes solar power and is constructed primarily of recycled materials, tea and food is locally and ethically sourced, and they use a triple-filtered, reverse-osmosis water for all teas and coffees. All considered you can feel good about treating your girl to a caffeinated drink here.
Temple of the Dog
Coordinates: +40° 25' 54.46", -79° 59' 10.34"
Known locally by some as the Temple of the Dog, this riverside hang out is truly a secret — hence the use of coordinates instead of an address. It's located along Mong River, right off the Riverside Trail in Southside and features groovy stonework, a firepit, and some great river views.
The Fountain of Youth
Where: 10100-10170 Kummer Rd, Wexford
Who needs plastic surgery when you could just drink from the Fountain of Youth? The Fountain of Youth is located in Wexford's North Park, also home to Gravity Hill. Built in the 1930's, this mysterious spring house was coined the "Fountain of Youth," and has remained open to the public since. The warm, dark, humid atmosphere inside is often compared to that of a mother's womb.
William Penn Speakeasy
Where: 530 William Penn Pl
Like any good speakeasy, this one is hidden away. Located in the Omni William Penn Hotel, the 1920's atmosphere makes it feel that much more authentic, really bringing you back to the prohibition period. On another note, aren't you glad those days are over?
The Murals of Maxo Vanka
Where: 24 Maryland Ave
For those who appreciate fine art, The Murals of Maxo Vanka is a must see. While many of the murals are of religious scenes, Vanka also admired and portrayed the lifestyles of hard-working men and women in society.
Center for PostNatural History
Where: 4913 Penn Ave
Forget the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, what you really want to see is the genetically modified specimens at the Center for PostNatural History. From watermelons to goats, you can bet that humans have genetically modified it for one reason or another — and the hard work is on display in this postnatural museum.
Arsenal Cider House & Wine Cellar
Where: 4913 Penn Ave
There's no better time of the year to drink some hard apple cider. The Arsenal Cider House offers a variety of hard cider, wines and mead options — all perfectly fermented to perfection.
City of Asylum
Where: 40 W North Ave
Not only is the City of Asylum a great place to take some Instagram-worthy couples photos, it's also a pretty cool hole-in-the-wall non-profit organization dedicated to the support of artists, readers, and writers.