Duquesne is Close to Many Must-See Places
Located at the intersection of Market Street and Forbes Avenue, Market Square is the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh and only a short walk away from Duquesne. This urban oasis contains several restaurants including Primanti Bros., Moe's, and several other bakeries, hip clothing stores, pizza parlors, hoagie and submarine sandwich shops. Other than the eateries, Market Square is always bustling with street performers and Pittsburgh natives. Special occasions such as St. Patrick's Day and Christmas springs Market Square into a frenzy of lights and crowds. In mid-November, Light Up Night comes to Market Square with horse-drawn candlelight carriage parades, music and holiday cheer. However, on any regular day during lunch and dinner, Market Square is bursting with life and Pittsburgh heritage; making it a must-see attraction for any newcomer.
PPG Paints Arena is houses nearly 20,000 visitors for hockey games, basketball games, concerts, and much more. Viewable from several places on Duquesne's campus, this arena adds a huge convenience to the life of a Duquesne student. Not only are there frequent "student rush" opportunities for cheap tickets to sporting events, the short walk from campus makes this venue as easy to access as the Hogan Dining Center. Whether your coming to cheer for the Penguins, the Pittsburgh Power, or coming to see Lady Gaga perform in front of thousands of fans, the proximity of the PPG Paints Arena is a great reason to put Duquesne at the top of your lists of colleges to attend.
Any well-versed Duquesne student would not know where to start when asked about the South Side. From the incredible culture shops and several convenient stores to the high-class restaurants and midnight diners, the South Side of Pittsburgh is any students escape from the hectic atmosphere of college academia. During the day, the South Side offers mouth-watering Pittsburgh cuisine and by night, it boasts over 100 bars and clubs on its nationally recognized East Carson Street. Stretching more than twenty blocks and filled with 506 businesses, East Carson Street is one of the largest Victorian main streets in the United States and is dictated by a strict set of rules regarding what the exterior of the buildings can look like. Over the past 20 years, countless buildings in the South Side have been reused and revitalized in order to propel the economy into a bright future filled with commerce and residential activity. Including a significant change in atmosphere, over the past decade the South Side has experienced an influx of students residing in the South Side during their stay at Duquesne, University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University. However, only for Duquesne Students is it an extremely short walk across the 10th Street Bridge; making the Duquesne presence overwhelming during the dynamic night-life of the South Side
The South Side Works is a shopping oasis for any avid fashionista. There are several high-end, corporate shops to be browsed, along with smaller "mom-and-pop" eateries that stays consistent with the South Side's antique style. Located between 26th Street and 29th Street, the South Side Works consists of Haufbrau House, state of the art cinemas, and the American Eagle corporate headquarters. The fountains in the town square and the taste of ice cream on a scorching summer day in Pittsburgh makes the South Side Works a great place to take a stroll through. Often times there is live entertainment playing in the heart of the South Side Works making it a swell place to lift your spirits. There are also bike rentals, pubs, and apartments for rent. The South Side Works, although a medium walk from Duquesne's campus, is another attraction that you will be glad you live near if you decide to make Duquesne your future.
The North Shore of Pittsburgh
Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers) and PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates) are both located in short walking distance away from each other on the North Shore and an easy jog from Duquesne's campus. Like the Consol Energy Center, both the Steelers and the Pirates offer student discounted tickets sometimes that Duquesne students take advantage of. Also on the North Shore are restaurants and bars, along with museums and science exhibits. The Carnegie Science Center is a complex located right next to Heinz Field and is a sight to behold as it contains many interesting and interactive experiments and seminars. Adjacent to PNC Park is the Andy Warhol Museum, the largest museum in America dedicated to one artist. A Pittsburgh-born, but internationally renown artist, Andy Warhol embodies a certain pop culture that still thrives in Pittsburgh today. The Carnegie Science Center and the Andy Warhol Museum are two of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and they are only a hop and a skip from Duquesne's campus. Finally, the North Shore is home to Rivers Casino, located right next to Heinz field. Built only a few years ago, Rivers Casino has slots and tables games available for any of-age party-goers. All of these attractions are short walk across the river from Duquesne and make for a wonderful time when any student has free time to go sight-seeing.
The Waterfront is a short bus ride from inner-city Pittsburgh and contains several outdoor shopping opportunities and entertainment. Shops in the Waterfront include Barnes and Noble, Abercrombie and Fitch, Best Buy, Target, Michael's, and many other big name shops. Restaurants are also not in short supply with Mitchell's Fish Market, Bravo!, Cucina Italiana, Pizzaria Uno, Rock Bottom Brewery, Dave and Buster's and much more. There is also a top of the line theatre in the Loews Cineplex and further entertainment in the Improv Comedy Club. Located in Homestead, the Waterfront is a huge attraction to Duquesne students who want to see the latest movies or shop at popular stores that are not located immediately around Pittsburgh.
Along with the previously mentioned Andy Warhol Museum and the Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh is home to tons of cool museums that anyone can enjoy. A few include the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. These museums bolster Pittsburgh rich heritage and dedication to the art and history of mankind. When taking a break from the hectic life of a college student, going to a museum is a great way to relax the mind and maintain an immersion in American culture. Furthermore, all of these locations are located within walking distance of Duquesne and lend to a one-of-a-kind experience you can only get in Pittsburgh.
Besides Downtown Pittsburgh, Oakland is the biggest center for economic and social activity in Pittsburgh. This neighborhood of Pittsburgh contains several universities (University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University), museums, and hospitals. Shopping and restaurants are also abound as the student population makes for great business. Also in Oakland is the Cathedral of Learning, located on Pitt's campus. Inside the Cathedral of Learning are classrooms outfitted to resemble different academic settings from throughout the world. These classrooms are nationally renown and truly a beautiful sight to behold. Another beautiful sight is the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens that are located in Schenley Park. A historical landmark, the Conservatory is a breathtaking exhibit of exotic plants within a 13 room complex that displays interesting glass and metalwork to make a phenomenal work of Victorian greenhouse architecture. Although some may perceive Pitt and Duquesne as rivals, a friendly relationship exists between the two schools and their students. There is a healthy rivalry on the basketball court, but many Duquesne freshman enjoy their night life in Oakland due to the easy access using the Port Authority Bus System.
Amusement Parks, Aquariums, and Zoos
Pittsburgh also has plenty of great ways to spend a nice spring day whether it is at Kennywood, Sandcastle, the Pittsburgh Zoo or the PPG Aquarium. Kennywood, which is only a 20 minute drive away, is packed with water rides and roller coasters that will take your breath away. Another thrilling amusement park is Sandcastle, which is slightly closer than Kennywood. Here you can cool off on the gargantuan water slides for an entire summer by buying the low priced season tickets. Finally the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium make for a delightful day out to observe some exotic wildlife. This 77 acre zoo houses more than 4,000 animals which represent 475 species. This complex is also in the process of expanding exhibits in order to make for a more dazzling spectacle. These attractions are favorites among Duquesne students because of the world class experience and the proximity to campus.