Memorial Day Weekend In Pittsburgh

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Memorial Day Weekend In Pittsburgh

Happy Wednesday friends!

Don’t you love a short week?  We’re already half way through- holla!

I had such a great time in Pittsburgh this past weekend visiting my family that I thought I’d share a few pictures.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had such an action packed Memorial Day weekend!

pittsburgh pirates game memorial day weekend

On Friday my in-laws took the family to a Pirates game!  I had never been and it was such a fun thing to do.

pittsburgh pirates game pap and bobby

The only problem was it was freezing!  A front came through the day before and it was so windy and cold.  I actually packed my winter coat for the game.  I had never been so cold on Memorial Day weekend before!  I’m such a southern girl!

pittsburgh pirates game julie

My in-laws bought the tickets where you can eat all the ball park goodies you want, so I filled up on my fair share of nachos and peanuts.  I might have met my quota for a long, long time.

You should have seen the food my nephews packed away!  They had a blast.

pittsburgh pirates game

Saturday we were supposed to go to my nephew Cole and Ty’s baseball games, but they both ended up hurt!  It was so sad.  One of Cole’s friends accidently hit him with a hockey stick in the mouth and Ty broke his arm jumping off a swing.  I was heartbroken for them.  Especially Ty because he LOVES baseball.  He put on a brave face for us.

ty broke arm

We did end up eating at Primanti Brothers, which is the hubby’s favorite place to stop at in Pittsburgh.

primani brothers julie pap

If you aren’t familiar with it, they put the slaw and fries inside the sandwich.  It’s normally a steak sandwich, but they actually make one with egg and cheese.  Occasionally I’ll get one just because it’s such an authentic Pittsburgh experience.

primani brothers

It’s pretty tasty even without the meat.

primani brothers cole

We had to cancel our dinner plans out because the boys got hurt, but we ended up talking and hanging out by my mother-in-laws fire pit, which was a lot of fun.

Sunday, we went back to downtown Pittsburgh and visited the National Aviary.  I’ve been to Pittsburgh dozens of times, but didn’t even know this existed.

national aviary

I saw a Toucan…

national aviary tucan


national aviary penguin

a Scarlett Mccaw…

national aviary scarlett mccaw

…and this cool bird!  I was a happy camper!

national aviary

We finished off the day with my Father-in-law sharing “Icy-balls” with me.

icy ball pittsburgh 2

This man has been selling these treats in this same cart, at the same location since my father-in-law was a young boy.  It’s another Pittsburgh institution!

icy balls pittsburgh

It’s basically a snow cone but made with hand shaved ice.  He is shaving the block with that metal contraption.  What a perfect summer treat!  Luckily by this point the weather got the memo that it is finally summer.

Monday we woke up early to come home.  It never seems like enough time, but we had a great weekend!  Pittsburgh gets a bad rap, but it is really a very cool place.  Especially when it is not freezing- haha!

I hope you guys had a great Memorial Day weekend as well!

Tomorrow I’m sharing my go-to recipe for making asparagus on the stove.  It’s simple, delicious and a total crowd pleaser!

Your turn!

What did you do Memorial Day weekend?

By | 2017-08-15T14:04:13-04:00 May 27th, 2015|Friends & Family, Fun, Other US Travel, Travel|39 Comments


  1. April May 30, 2015 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Pittsburgh is officially going to the top of my list for when we move back east next summer!!

  2. Susanna @Zealous Mom May 29, 2015 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Great pictures! Looks like you had such a blast. I’m not a huge fan of baseball, but I love going to baseball games! We like to see the Nationals play in DC when we visit my sis. So fun!

    • JulieWunder May 30, 2015 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      Yeah, I will not watch it on TV… but I love going in person. It’s just such a pure and fun activity. I’m sure you will have a blast at the Nationals!

  3. Jess @hellotofit May 28, 2015 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Ah, looks like so much fun! I can’t remember the last time I went to PA. Maybe it was to Philly to see the Liberty Bell, haha.

    • JulieWunder May 28, 2015 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      It’s a cool state when it’s not snowing there πŸ™‚

  4. Heather @Fit n Cookies May 27, 2015 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Aw yay for all the fun you had! Seriously this weekend was such a crazy one with weather! Between cold on Friday and Saturday warming up, to Sunday and Monday being so hot! I actually don’t like Primanti sandwiches at all! I’m such an oddball in Pittsburgh, lol.

    • JulieWunder May 28, 2015 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      Aw everyone I know from Pitt loves those things. It is quite a sandwich!!!! My packing for the trip was totally bi-polar… everything from a winter coat to a tank and shorts!

  5. Mary Beth Jackson May 27, 2015 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    We had a great weekend in the desert! The weather was fabulous! It seems like the holiday weekends are NEVER long enough especially since we haven’t had one since New Year’s day. πŸ™‚

  6. Andrea May 27, 2015 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    I think I had a ham and cheese Primanti Bros. The egg and cheese would be good too, anything with french fries in it! The ballpark there looks like fun and with a great view of the water and bridges.

    • JulieWunder May 28, 2015 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      Yeah, you really can’t go wrong with French fries! I hardly ever eat them so it was a real treat for me. I’d def recommend the ballpark for a trip. So pretty.

  7. I actually really enjoyed Pittsburgh when I went. Looks like you guys had a great time! Such a cute history for the man with the shaved ice. I love places like that!!

    • JulieWunder May 28, 2015 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      Me too! My father in law was so excited to show it to me, so that made it even cooler.

  8. Danyelle Musselman May 27, 2015 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Looks like you had a great trip! I actually used to live in Pittsburgh growing up, love that city (when the weather’s nice)

    • JulieWunder May 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      I didn’t know that!!! Cool! I have so many ties to Pittsburgh it’s crazy.
      I’d say 95% of the time I’ve spent in Pitt it’s been cloudy and rainy… if not snowy…. haha!

  9. Jaime May 27, 2015 at 10:38 am - Reply

    I’ve never spent that much time in Pittsburgh. I’ve driven through on my way to Buffalo, NY. What a great time!!

    • JulieWunder May 28, 2015 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jaime! It’s a cool place. I often go and never leave my in-laws corner of the world, so it was nice to explore this time.

  10. Jamie May 27, 2015 at 9:22 am - Reply

    I was in Nantucket for MDW which was perfect. Lots of good eats and good drinks! And of course friends, family, and beach time : ) I went to Pittsburgh for the first time last summer and wish I had the chance to explore more! I’m petrified of birds so I’m in awe that you got so close to them haha. And I can’t wait for this asparagus recipe.. I just bought a huge bunch on Monday that needs to be cooked : ) Hope you have a great day!

    • JulieWunder May 28, 2015 at 2:29 pm - Reply

      Nantucket sounds like a dream! I’ve never been– adding that to the Wanderlust list πŸ™‚

  11. I live about an hour from Pittsburgh!…so glad you were able to enjoy your weekend! πŸ™‚

    • JulieWunder May 28, 2015 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      It’s a cool place!!! Hope you are having a good week. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. I can’t believe it was cold there! My boys were at a game in Philly and they were boiling. Looks like a fun weekend!

    • JulieWunder May 28, 2015 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      I know! Thank goodness my Mother in law gave me a heads up b/c I would have packed a tank top! haha!

  13. Allison Bosco May 27, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Love Pittsburgh. Will be there in June,next time you need to shop the Strip district.

  14. Annmarie May 27, 2015 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Looks like you had such a fun Memorial Day Weekend! Those birds are so cool, my girls would have loved them!!!

  15. Dan Steadman May 27, 2015 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Glad you had a relaxing good time…we took Monday and went hiking on the BRP

  16. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie May 27, 2015 at 7:28 am - Reply

    What a fun weekend with family! I’ve never been to Pittsburgh, but it looks like a nice place to visit especially since they have penguins : )

    • JulieWunder May 27, 2015 at 8:30 am - Reply

      Exactly. The entire family had moved on including the kids and I was still watching the penguins… haha!

  17. Susie @ SuzLyfe May 27, 2015 at 7:19 am - Reply

    What an awesome trip! I really love PGH–it is such a fun town. I totally want to go the National Aviary! That is way better than a zoo!

    • JulieWunder May 27, 2015 at 8:29 am - Reply

      It was really awesome! I kept saying… How did I not know about this?????? Toucans???? Awesome.

  18. Lo @ Travel the Unbeaten Path May 27, 2015 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Whoa I was in the Pittsburgh area visiting family AND visited the aviary over the weekend too! Haha what a coincidence! Yours looks like a fun trip!

    • JulieWunder May 27, 2015 at 8:29 am - Reply

      No way!!!!!!!???? That’s crazy! I thought it was pretty cool– but I LOVE animals πŸ™‚
      Hope you had a good weekend too.

  19. Sounds like a great weekend! I’m surprised it was so cold there because it was very warm in DC and it’s not that far! Your poor nephews, boys will be boys I guess! The birds at the aviary are so pretty! My boys would LOVE to see those!

    • JulieWunder May 27, 2015 at 8:28 am - Reply

      I know! It was really shocking b/c it has been SOOOO warm in Asheville as well. Pittsburgh has really finicky weather.
      Yes– if you ever go to Pitt take them to the Aviary. Such a great afternoon!

  20. Blane Sherer May 27, 2015 at 6:10 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your Pittsburgh Memorial day Weekend with us.
    I’m glad you enjoyed the game and the rest of the festivities.
    Sorry that your nephews were injured and could not play.

  21. Julie Bantin May 27, 2015 at 5:12 am - Reply

    You were in my old stomping grounds. The tri-state area is my old home. I used to love going to the games in Pittsburgh. I love the three rivers area. But now Asheville is my home. Glad you had fun for Memorial Day!

    • JulieWunder May 27, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

      It’s a really cool place when it is not freezing!!

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