Pittsburgh is a modern, innovative city that has transformed itself from a manufacturing hub into a center for research and development at its world-famous universities. It’s also been ranked as one of the most livable cities in the US by the Economist, just behind Honolulu, HI. Whether you live in Pittsburgh or are just visiting, it’s a great place for a team outing, with plenty of affordable, low-key activities to take part in all over the city. From outdoor trips to indoor event spaces and meeting venues, here are our top picks for team outing ideas in Pittsburgh.
1. Ride the Duquesne Incline
One of the first stops on any visit to Pittsburgh should be the Duquesne Incline, a cable car that takes passengers up and down Mt. Washington. Originally built in 1887, this funicular has been fully renovated and is open 365 days of the year. While the ride is short, it will take you 400 feet uphill to an observation deck with epic views of the city, all for only $2.50 each way.
2. Rent a venue on Peerspace
Whether you’re a local team that just wants to get out of the office, or you’re visiting the city for a convention, book a venue on Peerspace for memorable team outings in Pittsburgh. Rent an upscale yet rustic loft for a meeting or workshop; a versatile event space that features a pool table, lounge area, and fireplace; or this former church that can host corporate dinners, awards ceremonies, and more.
Since these venues are offered by local hosts, you’ll get a more personal experience than you would renting out a more mainstream event venue. You can also call up the Peerspace Concierge service for help with bartending and catering services, A/V and furniture rentals, as well as any other special requests.
3. See the local art Randyland
Randyland is a residential house in Pittsburgh that’s been turned into an art museum by a local artist named Randy Gilson. The outside is covered in paint, while the courtyard features murals, mirrors, and other recycled items, giving it a scrappy, homemade feel. Unlike some museums, Randyland welcomes photography, and has designated several great “Selfie Spots,” including the Mirror Wall and Psychedelic Staircase. Schedule a tour, or arrange to take team photos at Randyland for a colorful, vibrant team outing in Pittsburgh!
4. Rent bikes at Bicycle Heaven
Bicycle Heaven calls itself the largest bike shop and museum in the world! In addition to its huge inventory of bikes for sale or rent, it has a variety of exhibits, including vintage bicycles and memorabilia, a black-lit room with neon-painted bike parts, and a bike that became trapped in a tree trunk that grew around it! While entry to the museum is free, consider making a donation or renting a bike to help support this one-of-a-kind non-profit organization.
5. Get the keys to the Cathedral of Learning
This historic building is part of the University of Pittsburgh, and it makes for a fun and educational day trip for a small team. In addition to the vaulted, Gothic main hall, the building is known for its 31 “Nationality Rooms,” classrooms that are each designed in the style of a specific culture. A key and audio guide are available to access the rooms when they’re not in use. Visit during the holidays or on a weekend to ensure you can see all the rooms while classes aren’t in session.
6. See the stars at the Allegheny Observatory
Only four miles from downtown is this working research observatory that’s used by students at the University of Pittsburgh. It offers free tours to the public during the summer months starting at 8 pm on Thursday and Friday evenings. You can call ahead to make a reservation for groups of up to 45 people. It’s a great chance to see the inside of the telescope domes in person!
7. Take a boat tour with Cruisin’ Tikis
It would be a shame to visit Pittsburgh and not spend any time on the water. After all, the three rivers that surround Pittsburgh are part of what makes the city so unique! Fortunately, Cruisin’ Tikis makes it easy to navigate the city’s waterways on a tiki-themed boat that can fit up to six guests, along with a trained and licensed captain. You can bring your own food and drink on board for a relaxing team outing, as well as link two boats together for groups of up to 12. This is one of the most scenic team outing ideas in Pittsburgh.
8. Visit the Imaginarium escape room
If your team members are into escape rooms, then make a visit to the Imaginarium, one of the most immersive escape rooms in the world. With inventive sets that are as elaborate as a theme park attraction, as well as employees who stay in character the whole time, the Imaginarium is a great team outing idea in Pittsburgh. They have options for corporate team building and even office parties, making it easy to design a customized event for small to mid-sized teams.
9. Take a tour of the Carrie Blast Furnaces
Learn about Pittsburgh’s industrial history with a tour of this National Historic Landmark that will bring the city’s steelmaking days to life. Depending on which tour you choose, you can see the facility’s blast furnaces, machine shops, iron sculpture garden, and more. They also offer team-building workshops that allow you to experience the process of iron-pouring up close!
10. See a magic show at Liberty Magic
Finally, treat your team to an old-school magic show at this speakeasy-style performance venue with only 70 seats. Liberty Magic is a BYOB space that encourages cocktail attire, making for a fun and classy night out. Choose from world-class magic shows, such as “The Life and Death of Harry Houdini,” inspired by the famous escape artist who often performed in Pittsburgh. This is definitely one of the most unforgettable team outing ideas in Pittsburgh.
While many of Pittsburgh’s most popular attractions are located in the “Golden Triangle,” there are plenty more neighborhoods to explore, as well as sprawling outdoor spaces like North Park. Whichever part of the city you end up, consider booking a Peerspace venue to host your team.
It’s a great way to get out of the office, while still having all of the A/V gear and amenities you’ll need for a presentation, photoshoot, or catered dinner. Just call up the Peerspace Concierge to inquire about any additional rentals or services you want to add on to your booking!