Museum of Natural History features a globally preeminent dinosaur collection. Andy
Warhol studied at the latter two museums.
Honoring Pittsburgh-born dance legend
Gene Kelly and jazzman Billy Strayhorn,
who studied at the Pittsburgh Music Institute and helped Duke Ellington compose
and arrange some of his greatest hits, the
Kelly Strayhorn Theater in the Penn Avenue
Arts district is a rentable 350-seat multi-ple-use performance venue along with
newly renovated sibling KST’s Alloy Studios.
The star power extends an hour-plus
southeast of Pittsburgh to the scenic Laurel
Highlands region, where groups can tour
late architect Frank
Lloyd Wright’s iconic
master work, Falling-
water, and rent The
Barn at Fallingwater.
Wright, remembered last
year on the 150th anniversary
of his birth, also designed nearby
tour-capable Kentuck Knob. His 1957
Duncan House, relocated from Illinois to
Polymath Park resort, north of Fallingwater,
is one of only a few Wright homes accommodating overnight stays. Relocated from
Minnesota, a fourth Wright home, the 1952
Lindholm House, is slated to open in the
resort this summer.
groups have a premier
base at multi-venue Nema-
colin Woodlands Resort,
offering 32,000 square feet of
versatile space and featuring fine
dining at Forbes Five Star- and AAA Five
Diamond-rated Lautrec restaurant.
Another American icon, late actor Jimmy
Stewart, was born about an hour east of
Pittsburgh in Indiana, Pa., where groups
can tour and rent his namesake museum.
Groups also have “dream machines”
in Johnstown’s legendary Inclined Plane,
the world’s steepest funicular, and Erie’s
Waldameer Water World, one of Pennsyl-
vania’s oldest amusement parks. Originat-
ed in 1896 by the Erie Electric Motor Co.,
the city’s main trolley company, the park
recently completed a $2 million expansion
that includes “The Battle of Lake Erie,” fea-
turing 103 water attractions alone.
Bountiful BUTLER County
Unfolding 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh, scenic Butler County keeps planners happy with diverse draws ranging from agritourism to sports. “Easily accessed from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, major highways and Pittsburgh
International Airport, our location and venue options make Butler County the perfect place to
host your next event,” said Jack Cohen, president of the Butler County Tourism & Convention
Bureau. “From state-of-the-art facilities to newly renovated barns in picturesque country set-
tings, Butler County is a place for memorable meetings that clients will never forget.”
Founded in 1800 and named for American Revolutionary War veteran Gen. Richard Butler,
the county was settled by German immigrants. Many were farmers and craftsmen, including
Prussian-born Johann Roebling, who cofounded charming Saxonburg. The Saxonburg Museum
features the workshop where Roebling invented the wire rope—the essential element of suspen-
sion bridge technology and his greatest triumph, the Brooklyn Bridge.
Another Butler County original is the Jeep, invented here during WWII by the American
Bantam Car Company and celebrated each June at the popular Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival
Saxonburg is also home to Armstrong Farms ( www.armstrongfarms.com), dating to 1816
and one of several agritourism options county-wide. Brewing is another strong suit, with notable
practitioners including sustainability-focused
North Country Brewing Company (www.
northcountrybrewing.com), which serves 100-
plus different brews at its circa-1805 pub in
downtown Slippery Rock. The company offers
its production and canning facility and 1856
Harmony Inn in historic Harmony for tours and
North Country is on the self-guided Butler
County Beer Circuit, which the bureau pro-
motes via its “Passport to Hoppiness.”
To work up a thirst, the multiuse UPMC
Lemieux Sports Complex (www.upmclemieux
sportscomplex.com), the Cranberry Township training facility for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins,
offers open skating and pick-up hockey, plus meeting space, private tours and F&B options.
The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania’s Succop Nature Park ( www.aswp.org/pages/
succop) is ideal for outdoor events, while culture is served at the 287-seat Strand Theater
( www.thestrandtheater.org) in Zelienople, a
restored movie and vaudeville palace from
1914 featuring live entertainment, movies and
Butler County’s growing hotel stock
includes a new Best Western adjacent to the
UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex and new
SpringHill Suites in Butler.
BUTLER COUNTY TOURISM &
CAMBRIA COUNTY CVB
INDIANA COUNTY TOURIST
LAUREL HIGHLANDS VISITORS
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE