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26 Things To Do In Pittsburgh When You're Bored And All Your Friends Are Busy

I know it sucks to think about, but sometimes there are and will be times when you are bored and your friends can't entertain you. I'm here to tell you that that's totally okay because, yes, while some things are better to do with friends, there is a multitude of other things that are best done on your own. So cheer up and spend some much needed time by yourself; here is a list of 26 things to do on your own around Pittsburgh when all your friends are busy.

Take some cool selfies around town

Where: Multiple locations

Do your friends give you a disapproving look when you pose for selfies? Believe me, you are not alone, and thus a selfie tripod was born — making it easier than ever to take dope selfies without the "help" of others. So go ahead, venture out on a photo excursion without judgment to the really cool spots around town, like the abundance of mural walls and skyline viewpoints.

Gamble at Three Rivers Casino

Where: 777 Casino Dr

Are you feeling lucky? We are fortunate enough to have a casino in our city, so take advantage of it and maybe win a little money during your visit. Go ahead and play those slot machines, I know you want to.


Shop at your own pace

Where: Multiple locations

Shop until YOU drop! There are some awesome malls and shopping centers around Pittsburgh, and let's be honest, there is nothing more annoying than shopping with someone who goes at a different pace than you. Whether they rush you or take forever, there is something to be said about shopping on your own — peace! 

Treat yourself to a spa day

Where: Multiple locations

Massages, facials, mud baths, the list goes on. Choose your favorite way to get pampered because this entire spa trip is about what makes you feel good. 

Visit the local animal shelter

Where: Multiple locations

If you find yourself craving companionship, think of all of the puppies and kitties at the local animal shelter that would love to keep you company! And who knows, maybe you will walk out with a new best friend who will always be ready to hang out. 

Take a cooking class

Where: Multiple locations

Refine your cooking skills by taking a cooking class. Then show off what you have learned when your friends are finally able to make room for you in their busy schedule.

Play some games at the arcade

Where: 2010 Josephine St

Sure, you have a gaming console at home, but sometimes the novelty hands-on games at the arcade are exactly what you need to remedy those busy-friend-blues. After all, it will show them you don't need 'em to have fun! 


Read a book and drink coffee at The Big Idea Book Store & Cafe

Where: 4812 Liberty Ave

This is one of the most hip bookstore/cafes around, that you can definitely feel good spending your money at. Not only is it anti-profit, the coffee is organic and the entire place is just full of good, friendly and inviting vibes. 


Paint some pottery at Kiln N Time

Where: 3801 Penn Ave

Let time pass by as you create the ultimate custom pottery masterpiece. From plates to mugs to dog bowls, there is a large array of items to choose from, so if you're feeling up to it you can make an entirely unique set!


Smell the flowers at Phipps

Where: 1 Schenley Drive

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has some of the most beautiful garden arrangements, some of which not only look amazing but smell it too (not the corpse flower though — that smells bad ... really bad). Don't forget to browse their gift shop full of cool and organic garden items to take home with you.


Align your chakras with a good meditation session

Where: Multiple locations

Learn to love being alone through a thorough meditation session. You can meditate just about anywhere, and if you don't know how to do it then hire an instructor to teach you or read up about it online, I mean, I would choose the latter since I'm cheap. One of my favorite places to meditate is at the creek of Seldom Seen Greenway along Saw Mill Run Boulevard. 

Work on your physique

Where: Multiple places

While we are on the topic of loving yourself, why not work on working out? There is hardly a better and more healthy way to pass the time than a good old fashion work out, so fill up your water bottle and hit the fitness center. Just remember, while gym selfies are great, try to do more working out than posting about it online for best results. 

Get a fresh 'do

Where: Multiple locations

Whether you choose to just trim away the split ends or redo your entire look, the best time to get your hair done is when there's nothing else going on — that way you can be prepared for when there is.

Rent a movie from Redbox and order takeout 

Where: Multiple locations

Things don't have to be complicated, sometimes the best way to hang out on your own is by renting that movie you have been dying to see (but all your friends weren't) and order your favorite takeout. No need to worry about what anyone else wants or sharing! 

Explore the secret places of Pittsburgh

Where: Multiple locations

Be a pioneer, look for the cool chill spots around the city so you and your friends are able to meet up again you have an awesome new place to hang out together.

Do a rum tasting

Where: 3212a Smallman St

Drink all your problems away. Just kidding, don't do that. Do, however, try the different variety of rums at Maggie's Farm Rum Distillery, and maybe buy some for that party you have coming up. 


Browse the Market District Giant Eagle

Where: Multiple locations

Sometimes you need to adult, and sometimes there are fun places to do just that. There is just something oddly exciting about the Market District Giant Eagles. I don't know if its the in-house eateries, booze room, or the novelty of dispensable candy machines, but they have way more than your average grocery store marketplace, making it truly a one-of-a-kind grocery shopping experience.


Take a Pittsburgh walking tour 

Where: 100 W Station Square Dr #450

There are quite a few historic buildings and sites in the downtown region, so if you are ever keen on learning more about the 'Burgh's history, check out the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and they will be able to point you in the right direction for a city walking tour. 


Get a tattoo

Where: Multiple locations

You've been itching to get some fresh ink for a while now, and let's be honest, no matter how good of a friend your friends are, they don't want to sit around for hours watching you get a tat. So book your appointment on a day when you know everyone is going to be busy.

Make new friends during a bar crawl

Where: South Side

Pittsburgh's is always poppin' with a hip young crowd. With plenty of bars and clubs to choose from, if you are ever feeling like you need a night out on the town then you should have no problem mingling in with the locals. 

Take some amateur landscape photos

Where: Multiple locations

With all the great views in the city, it is almost a crime not to at least try your hand at photography. Don't feel put off if you do not have a professional camera, these days cell phones nearly as good, all you really need is a good eye. 

Try different ice cream flavors at Handel's Homemade Ice Cream

Where: 9020 St Simon Way

Handel's knows how to make a mean batch of flavorsome icecream, which sometimes makes it hard to choose only one flavor. Thankfully they will allow you to sample their different flavors so you can get an all-around good idea of what your taste buds really desire.


Visit one of the many museums 

Where: Multiple locations

From the Carnegie Science Center to the Museum of PostNatural History, there is certainly no shortage of places to see and things to ponder around the city. Check out a list of public museums here. 

Reel in a catch

Where: Multiple locations

Fishing is a fun pass time for men and women alike. There are many species of fish you can catch in Pittsburgh, some of which you can take home for dinner, although I don't know if I would recommend eating any of it. 

Take a hike

Where: Multiple locations

Literally, take a hike! There are hundreds of miles of trails in and around the city for any skill level. Whether you prefer hiking along the city sidewalks or would rather be surrounded by nature there is a trail that fits your needs in Pittsburgh. 

Find the fairy houses hidden in Frick Park

Where: 1981 Beechwood Blvd

They're so cute! I'm not sure why or when this started becoming a thing, but there are hidden fairy/gnome houses throughout the trails of Frick Park, obviously put there by the tiny creatures themselves.

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