For the visitor to Monroeville, an array of diverse attractions, dining establishments and lodging choices awaits. Spend the day taking in the sights, work up an appetite for one of the many delectable cuisines offered in the municipality, and come back to comfortable accommodations at the end of the night.
The surrounding area offers up a variety of attractions, ranging from entertainment hot spots to museums and historical sites.
A play space founded upon Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make-Believe is located within the Monroeville Mall, a perfect place for the children to play while the adults indulge in the 180 stores that line the mall. Enjoy roller coasters and other fun rides at nearby Kennywood Park, or visit Idelwild Park and Story Book Forest for entertaining rides, a water park and an area for the children, situated only a short distance from Monroeville. For fun in the water, check out the Sandcastle Water Park, made up of water slides, a Lazy River, a boardwalk, go-karts and the Mon Tsunami Wave Pool.
The 77-acre Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is one of six zoo and aquarium combinations in the U.S. and provides a safe haven for more than 400 animals of numerous species, including 72 threatened or endangered species.
The Phipps Conservatory is a uniquely beautiful 13-room Victorian glass house filled with exotic plants, flowers and more. Also make sure to visit the National Aviary, home to over 500 species of exotic birds.
A brief drive will bring patrons to one of the area’s museums, including the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Science Center, each filled with a number of exhibits and hands-on activities. The Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History provides visitors with a rich cultural experience that features world-class exhibits of art, dinosaurs and fossils, gems and minerals and insects and botany.
And for the history lover, there is The Senator John Regional Heinz History Center. Several Monroeville historical sites are also available for touring, including the McGinley House, Old Stone Church, Old Stone Bridge, the McCully Log House and the historic Herb Garden, situated between the McGinley and McCully Log Houses. Additional nearby historical areas include Bushy Run, the site of the 1763 battle of Pontiac’s Rebellion, and the Tour-Ed Mine and Museum, offering a look into the area’s heritage in coal mining. The grounds also include a log cabin from 1789, a blacksmith shop, museum and more.
The Monroeville community provides diners with a wide spectrum of restaurants, offering up everything from American and Italian cuisine to Chinese, Indian and Mexican fares.
Delicious Italian cuisine can be found at locally owned Palmieri’s Restaurant or Pugliano’s Italian Grill, among others. Palmieri’s offers a comfortable dining experience, coupled with a cocktail lounge, sports bar and a nightclub, ZANDERS, featuring live entertainment. Lunch specialties at Palmieri’s include the Eggplant Parmigiana and Palmieri’s Famous Deep Fried Fish Sandwich, while the dinner specialties include Tenderloin Chasseur, Prime Filet Mignon, the Broiled Seafood Platter Alla Tony and an array of delicious pastas. Pugliano’s serves up seafood, beef, chicken, pizza, pasta and its famous grilled burgers. The restaurant also provides live entertainment and events, such as wine tasting, and welcomes casual corporate events, birthday and graduation parties and reunions, to name a few.
The recently opened Rivertowne Pour House has quickly become quite a hit among residents in Monroeville. The microbrewery not only serves up between 14 and 18 flavorful beers daily, but also has a long menu filled with mouthwatering foods, including a variety of appetizers, salads, seafood, pizza, chicken, sandwiches, wraps and submarines.
Another pub to check out is D’s Six Packs and Dogz, with around 20 different beers on tap, an additional 1,000 beers in stock and an extended menu of foods sure to please every palate.
For the ethnic food lover, visit China Palace, Udipi Indian Restaurant, India Garden, Shogun Japanese Steak House and Taipei-Tokyo, each serving up delicious, authentic cuisine.
Additional restaurants not to be missed include Mad Mex and Qdoba Grill for Mexican fare; La Cucina Dolce, Nick Marie’s Esta Esta and Tolerico’s for Italian cuisine, The Wooden Nickel for traditional American food and Monterey Bay, which offers diners the freshest seafood in town. Other local favorites include Eat ‘n Park and Park Classic Diner, Chick-fil-A, Rudy’s Subs, Houlihan’s, Max & Erma’s, Outback Steak House, TGI Friday’s, Panera Bread and countless pizzerias. And do not forget to visit the nearby Moio’s Italian Pastry Shop, hailed as one of the best bakeries in the Pittsburgh region.
Over 1,500 modern, comfortable rooms are available to those traveling to the Monroeville area. Several of the municipality’s hotels have undergone massive renovations in the past year, including the Radisson Hotel, the Holiday Inn of Monroeville, the Red Roof Inn, the Days Inn and SpringHill Suites.
The $7 million renovation of the Radisson has created a pleasant atmosphere for guests. Connected to the Pittsburgh ExpoMart, each room in the Radisson is equipped with an HDTV flat screen television and wireless high-speed Internet. The hotel also provides guests with an indoor and outdoor pool and complimentary guest passes to the premier Club 4 Life fitness center.
The 189-room Holiday Inn is equipped with free wireless high-speed Internet, a fitness facility and Madison’s Restaurant and Lounge. For the business traveler, the newly renovated hotel offers a 24-hour business center and 11 meeting rooms.
Additional hotels include the Hampton Inn Monroeville, and Extended Stay America, for those needing long-term accommodations; and the recently opened Courtyard Marriott. Other hotels have plans in the works to establish business in the municipality within the next year or so.