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Pittsburgh: 5 free things for visitors to do

Pittsburgh may have been built around the steel and coal industries, but the once-sooty city now features a beautiful downtown river walk, multi-cultural neighborhoods and restaurants, and even free subway rides.POINT STATE PARKOne of the best free things to do begins where Pittsburgh was founded. The Fort Pitt Blockhouse at Point State Park is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. Originally constructed in 1764 as part of a British fort, it's located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers. The blockhouse itself is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but the surrounding park is always free and is a great place for picnics, bike rides, and runs. The park also connects to a river walk that stretches along both shores of the Allegheny River. It's easy to walk across to the north side of town on historic steel bridges named after baseball star Roberto Clemente, artist Andy Warhol, and environmentalist Rachel Carson.HISTORIC DOWNTOWNSubway and...

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