Arrangements have been made with the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum and with two area S Gauge layouts for special tours.
- Pennsylvania Trolley MuseumWe have made arrangements with the trolley museum for a deluxe tour on Thursday afternoon, May 12. The tour trolley will leave the fairgrounds promptly at 2:30 PM for a short ride to the museum. The cost is $13.00 per person. Please see the trolley tour block on the Spree Registration form to make your reservation.
- S Gauge Layout ToursCurrent plans are to offer two self-guided layout tours on Saturday afternoon, beginning at 2:00 PM. More details to come.
- Hollywood Casino at the MeadowsJust the place to go if you’ve run out of money for buying trains at the Spree and you’re feeling lucky! The Hollywood Casino offers world class casino gaming, dining and events. 210 Racetrack Road, Washington, PA.
- RestaurantsA large variety of restaurant options are nearby off I-79.
- Shopping – Tanger Outlet CenterThis popular open-air outlet mall offers more than 80 brand-name outlet stores including Saks Off 5th, Under Armour, H&M, Old Navy and Coach. 2200 Tanger Boulevard, Washington, PA.
Pittsburgh is a first-class city with many points of interest. Listed below are some of the prominent sites closest to our S Spree location. Downtown Pittsburgh is about 30 minutes to the northeast up I-79.
- Carnegie Science CenterThe Center contains exhibits intended to delight, educate and inspire through interactive experiences in science and technology. It also contains a very large O scale (3 rail) layout featuring recreations of Pittsburgh locations including a steel mill. There is also a WW II fleet submarine in the river.
- Duquesne InclineHere’s a form of transportation that’s unique to Pittsburgh. The building of the inclined railways began in 1870 and ended in 1901. During that time period, there have been 23 inclines built and operated in the city. The only two remaining are the Monongahela (1870) and the Duquesne (1877). Both offer unique and exciting views of downtown Pittsburgh, especially at night. Two-rail inclines were built to provide passenger service to workers travelling the steep hills from their homes to factories and to downtown businesses. Both inclines still carry workers to and from their jobs in downtown Pittsburgh – and they continue to be very special tourist attractions. If you have the time, don’t miss this unusual way to “ride the rails”!
- Point State ParkThis park is located in downtown Pittsburgh where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers join to form the Ohio river. It includes the Fort Pitt Block House which goes back to colonial times and the French and Indian War.
- Gateway Clipper FleetA variety of large and small simulated riverboats provide cruises on the three rivers of Pittsburgh.
- Heinz History CenterA six floor museum relating the history of the area, located in the downtown area.
- Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural HistoryThese two museums are located in the same building which is in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, on the edge of the University of Pittsburgh.
- Pittsburgh Zoo and AquariumThis traditional city zoo is located about 20 minutes from Point State Park along the Allegheny River just east of downtown Pittsburgh.