Transportation and Area Attractions
The AAPG shuttle bus system will provide convenient transportation Sunday through Wednesday between selected convention hotels and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Please note that some hotels are within walking distance of the Convention Center and will not be serviced by the shuttle buses. The East Lobby on Level One is the pick-up and drop-off point for the Convention Center. Look for“AAPG Shuttle” signs for more information.
Convention Center Parking
A 700-car parking garage with an 8’ clearance is available in the Convention Center. Entrances and exits are located on 10th Street and 11st Street on the east side of the Convention Center. Event Rate: $10 per car, per entry. Fees subject to change without notice.
Additional parking is available in areas surrounding the convention center.
Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
1000 Airport Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15231
Phone: +1 412 472 3500
Distance to the Convention Center: 20 miles
Drive time: 26 minutes
Airport Transportation/Getting Around Pittsburgh
Toll-Free: +1 800 BLUE VAN (+1 800 258 3826)
AAPG has secured a 10% discount on round-trip fares when passenger use the discount code VJA94.
Regular Fares (prices may vary): PIT $24/per person/one way to downtown Pittsburgh hotel (not including gratuity or fuel surcharge).
Phone: +1 412 442 2000
From Pittsburgh International Airport consider using the 28X Airport Flyer operated by Port Authority of Pittsburgh located on the lower level of the airport’s landside building, door #6.
Toll-Free: +1 800 410 4444
Phone: +1 412 872 2459
Fare: $105 (approximate) from Pittsburgh Airport, up to four passengers. Discount is available when booking online and using discount code VJA94.
Pittsburgh Yellow Cab
Phone: +1 412 321 8100
Fare Estimate Calculator: www.pghtrans.com/fare_meter.cfm
Fare: $41 (approximate) from Pittsburgh Airport (20 Miles)
The David L. Lawrence Convention Center is within walking distance of
the Cultural District, Shopping District, the Strip District and the Consol
Energy Center. Nearby is the U.S. Steel Trolley station that will take you
to the “North Shore” where PNC Park, Heinz Field, Stage AE and The
Rivers Casino are all located.
Check out the Pittsburgh Port Authorities Free Zone Transit in downtown Pittsburgh.
Mt. Washington and the Inclines
Ride on one of the restored 1800s inclines to the top of Mt. Washington — just across the river from downtown Pittsburgh. There are plenty of great restaurants to choose from on top of this former“Coal Hill,” and the stunning view of downtown (especially beautiful at night) was ranked by USA Today as the second most beautiful place in America.
Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center
This former ice house has been reborn as a seven-story museum, with interactive exhibits that bring more than 250 years of Western Pennsylvania history to life. Discover how immigrants shaped the region, uncover the myths of the Underground Railroad or climb aboard a 1940s Pittsburgh trolley.
The National Aviary
Just across the Allegheny River from the History Center is the National Aviary, where over 600 of the world’s most incredible birds are displayed in naturalistic exhibits and walk-through habitats. Marvel at hummingbirds the size of a thumb or Andean Condors with giant 10- foot wingspans at the nation’s premiere bird zoo!
Join locals for a Saturday tour in Pittsburgh’s popular warehouse district. Grab a great cup of coffee and fresh biscotti, before taking a stroll through this combination farmer’s market/street fair. Vendors, shops and exotic grocery stores offer everything from kitchenware to costumes and Steelers merchandise to fresh flowers and fish.
Andy Warhol Museum
Campbells soup cans anyone? Continue your exploration of Pittsburgh at the Andy Warhol Museum, an ultramodern tribute to the founder of pop art. The most comprehensive single artist museum in the world houses more than 4,000 works of art, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, films and videos, from this native Pittsburgh artist.
Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
The Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History combine two world renowned museums in one unforgettable visit. Same day admission to both museums provides a wide variety of things to explore and many sections include hands-on activities where children are encouraged to touch as well as look. Enjoy one of the best dinosaur exhibits in the world, breathtaking gems and minerals, an extensive Native American gallery, plus the museum ranked by Child Magazine among the “10 Best Art Museums for Kids.”
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Stroll through one of the largest Victorian “glass houses” in the country to see towering tropical plants that were the original seedlings at the 1890 Exposition, beautiful orchids, indoor and outdoor gardens, and a fabulous bonsai collection. Children will revel in the Discovery Garden, where they are invited to exercise their green thumbs and explore the world of plants and flowers, worms and all.
Carnegie Science Center and UPMC Sportsworks
It’s an “amusement park for the mind” at this large science museum, where more than 250 hands-on, interactive exhibits bring together science and fun for all ages. Tour a WWII submarine, marvel at a fourstory Omnimax film, or tour Southwestern Pennsylvania via miniature railroad — all under one roof. Then, race against an Olympic sprinter, try out your fastball, or climb a rock wall, all at the place where science and sports comes together.
Pittsburgh temperatures are moderate in May, averaging 49.2 °F for a low and 70.8°F for a high. Check temperatures at www.weather.com/pittsburgh.