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lodging near zoo

we are taking a weekend trip to visit the zoo.Would it be smarter to stay near the zoo or who it make more sense to stay closer to downtown pittsburgh where hopefully we will find more things to see and do??

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1. Re: lodging near zoo

Who are you traveling with and what activities are you interested in? I'm a fan of staying in Oakland because it has some reasonably priced hotels and lots to do within walking distance, which can be a huge help on a family trip, IMO. But if you do not want to do any of the Oakland things, then obviously that is less of a reason to stay there.

The hotel nearest to the zoo is a newly opened SpringHill Suites Bakery Square, but unless you really love Trader Joe's and Staples, I wouldn't stay there just because it is near the zoo. But if you get a good enough price, and don't mind driving to all activities, or taking the bus, this hotel has been getting generally positive reviews here on TA.

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We will have no children with us. Just two grown adults looking for maybe some museums to look through or other interesting sites. It is the "kid" in me that wants to go to the zoo. But if you think we would be better off staying somewhere else instead of next to the zoo then I would love to hear where that would be. If we could avoid getting in and out of the car everytime we want to see something that would be appreciated too. Thanks for your help

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3. Re: lodging near zoo

If you stay in Oakland you can walk to the Carnegie museums (art and natural history), Phipps Conservatory, Pitt Nationality Rooms, and will be in a lively urban neighborhood with many good, reasonably priced, non-chain restaurants to choose from.

If you stay downtown, you can walk over to the North Side (Andy Warhol Museum and the National Aviary, PNC Park and Heinz Field) and there are many other attractions but either a little farther than most want to walk, or just not that nice a walk (Mattress Factory, Science Center, Rivers Casino). Many restaurants downtown, most pricier than the Oakland places, and several on the North Side too. The Strip District is walkable from downtown too, and that is fun to go to--very crowded on Saturdays.

I see you posted another question about staying in Greentree. That is a quick drive to all these places, and I assume there is bus service to downtown but you can walk over to Station Square from downtown (just walk across the Smithfield Street bridge) very easily. Bus service from Oakland to downtown is going to be much more frequent than service from Greentree.

It can be frustrating to try to figure out where to stay, but I think there are several places which will work for you so you can't really go wrong. To feel that you're in a city with attractions you can walk to, downtown or Oakland are the two choices. If you don't mind driving or taking the bus you can stay a little further out.

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