A few weeks ago, in the spirit of Giving Pittsburgh a Chance, I sacrificed my Friday night to take a tour of the Allegheny Observatory. Kidding, I went voluntarily, especially because I know how much D loves stars/space/science/dorky stuff.
The observatory belongs to the University of Pittsburgh and is used primarily for research, but they also give free public tours on Thursday and Friday nights during the summer months. The temperature inside the observatory, especially where the large telescopes are housed, isn't regulated, so in the winter it's too cold to host two-hour-long science lessons.
There's a whole lot more to the observatory than what I took blurry iPhone pictures of, and it's definitely worth a trip if you're even remotely interested in stars or history. There were several young kids on the tour and they were very interested and engaged. The tours are free but you must have reservations, and they fill up fast. Go get your star on.
Today marks one year since we moved to Pittsburgh. Wow that went fast! Other times I've given Pittsburgh a chance include a Pirates game, a trip to Raccoon Creek State Park, the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Monongahela Incline. I still kind of can't believe I live here, but at least I don't absolutely hate it anymore. Now that's what I call progress!