The 10 Best Things to Do in Irwin, United States

August 12, 2017 Osvaldo Hartline

Irwin is a borough in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, 22 miles (35 km) southeast of Pittsburgh. Some of the most extensive bituminous coal deposits in the State are located here. In the past, iron foundries, flour mills, car shops, facing and planing mills, electricals goods, and mirror factories provided employment to the residents. In 1900, the population numbered 2,452; it increased to 2,886 in 1910. The population was 3,973 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Irwin

1. Big Mac Museum Restaurant

9061 State Route 30, North Huntingdon, PA 15642-2792 +1 724-863-9837
Excellent
20%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
8%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 59 reviews

Big Mac Museum Restaurant

Reviewed By John S - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

I took my two grand daughters to this restaurant. They played for a while in the play area. I looked around inside and read the history displays about the origination of McDonalds, the history of the Big Mac, and the different advertising and packaging used over time. I really enjoyed the information. My grand daughters were shocked it hear me say that the Big Mac cost only 15 cents. That was in 1968. They were also surprised that I could say "twoallbeefpattysspecialsaucelettucecheesepicklesonionsonasessameseedbun" in less than four seconds. The burgers and chicken we ordered were hot, fresh and very good. It was a really neat experience.

2. Greenhouse Winery

2155 Gracin Ln, Irwin, PA 15642-7025 +1 724-446-5000
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

Greenhouse Winery

Reviewed By Thomaskm - New Stanton, PA

You might say we are addicted. Having this winery 12 miles from our house makes it easy to enjoy our visits there. During the good weather months they have live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday outside, bad weather opens the large rental hall. The bands are always good and the genre of music is varied. Some Wednesdays are pizza on the patio nights! BYOF ( bring your own food!) as they only have a few cheese plates in the cooler. Our visits last 3-4 hours as we sit back with friends and enjoy sharing great local wine and goodies from home.

3. Bushy Run Battlefield

1253 Bushy Run Rd, Jeannette, PA 15644-3808 +1 724-527-5584
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Bushy Run Battlefield

Bushy Run Battlefield preserves and interprets for citizens and visitors the site of this pivotal battle fought between British and Native Americans during the conflict known as Pontiac's War (1763-64). Highlights of the site include the interpretive exhibit, "The March to Bushy Run" at the site's visitor center, as well as guided and self-guided tours, special events and educational programs.

Reviewed By SteelerNationBabe - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

My family took an unexpected trip here one day. We walked the grounds only - no tour, no museum. We were SO very glad we did; it was a learning experience for us all. We walked the grounds, reading the placards set up along the way. It is a beautiful area, with rolling fields, and you can almost hear the winds of history whisper as you walk these hallowed grounds. It is a prime location for some beautiful photos. Alongside the one parking inlet, there is a beautiful log cabin, which made for some stunning photos. There are walking trails through the woods, which also made for some stunning photo ops. We packed lunch and drinks (it was a very hot day) and spent a leisurely few hours walking and hiking the grounds. It is not far from North Huntingdon, PA, and is well worth the mere twenty or so minutes that it takes to get there from that point. Highly recommend.

4. 7th Street Tavern

7th Street, Trafford, PA 15085 +1 412-372-1820
Excellent
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3 based on 1 reviews

7th Street Tavern

Reviewed By RumYak14 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

This restaurant/bar is my go to spot when picking up someone from the MSP airport. It is about 5-10 minutes away from either terminal's baggage claim, so waiting here is perfect! I recently landed in MSP and drove to eat here while waiting for my parents to land 3 hours after me. Lots of screens for sports and the food was pretty good - I ordered the Kobe Burger and my wife got the oriental chicken salad. Portions are huge and right when you sit down, they give you a popcorn bowl. The location and service gives this spot 4 stars, but the food brought it down to a 3 for me. Still my go-to spot for pickups - and I will try something else next time.

5. McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center

1832 Arboretum Dr, McKeesport, PA 15132-7600 +1 412-678-1832
Excellent
88%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center

Reviewed By fjkjr123 - White Oak, Pennsylvania

This gem is a hidden treasure in the former industrial hub of McKeesport. I would recommend anyone who is interested in southwestern-Pennsylvania history specifically, or industrial history in general, to plan a trip here. To peruse their museum displays, you could probably do it within 45 minutes - 1 hour. However, if you're a true history buff, you could also scroll through their microfilmed-U.S. Census records or their microfilmed-collection of the McKeesport Daily News (going back nearly to the newspaper's inception over 100 years ago!)

6. Kennywood Park

4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122-2399 +1 412-461-0500
Excellent
51%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Kennywood Park

Kennywood is America's Finest Traditional Amusement Park! Located just outside Pittsburgh, PA, Kennywood offers a unique mix of classic rides and modern thrills, including six roller coasters, a 14-ride Kiddieland, and several attractions that cannot be found anywhere else. Kennywood's three wooden coasters have all been designated Landmark rides by the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE). Founded as a trolley park in 1898 and named a National Historic Landmark in 1987, Kennywood guarantees unforgettable fun for all ages. The experience goes well beyond the rides, as guests enjoy homemade fudge, tasty funnel cakes, and the world-famous Potato Patch fries! And Kennywood is not just a summer attraction, either! Visit on fall weekends for Happy Hauntings, a kid-friendly daytime event, or Phantom Fright Nights, where scare-actors roam the grounds and jolts await on every thrill ride! Visit weekends from Thanksgiving to New Year's for Holiday Lights, Pittsburgh's best winter tradition!

Reviewed By mandimcm - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

We’re locals who have gone to Kennywood many times in our lives. This year they added a new Halloween event geared toward families with young children, called Happy Hauntings. As a Halloween lover with a child who’s too little for haunted houses, I was very excited for this! It didn’t disappoint! We went on a Saturday, it was my husband, me, our 13-year-old son, and our 8-year-old son. We got there right when they opened and I was surprised at how many people were in line to get in! But the line moved fast. (We used a coupon from the Halloween store for discounted tickets.)

Once inside the park, we were greeted by Kenny Kangaroo in his Halloween costume! The Kennywood Arrow was also there and dressed up, and some other characters who they put out just for the event. (A scarecrow with an adorable crow puppet, etc) We started with some trick-or-Treating in the Kennyville cemetery. (No ghouls, just staff handing out treats.) The kids were each provided with a bag and they got about 10 pieces of candy if I remember correctly. It was a festive start to the day! We then got some delicious popcorn by the Old Mill and walked over to Parkside Cafe to take a hayride around the park. The hayride was narrated and we went past inflatable Halloween decorations while she made jokes (“Dracula’s favorite holiday isn’t Halloween, it’s Fangsgiving”) and it was really cute. Next up was the train ride, decorated with adorable skeleton scenes (the bird skeletons being fed by a skeleton on a park bench was a highlight). Then my husband and teenager went to ride the Jack Rabbit while the little guy and I headed over to the Auto Race and Kiddieland. I assume the Racer will be open for this event in the future, but it was undergoing off-season maintenance this time. When it was time to meet up for food, husband and teen excitedly told us that the Jack Rabbit was a “walk on” today and they had ridden it over and over. Seems like most of the crowd had very young children and spent most of their time in kiddie land. So we ate at the Snackasaurus (awesome sandwiches) and got some fun seasonal coffees in Halloween souvenir to-go cups. Then we all headed over to the Jack Rabbit so the little guy could ride too. We rode it a few times and even bought a souvenir pic because why not, it was a fun memory!

We rounded out our visit with a trip through the little hay maze (for kids) with an awesome Jack-o-lantern archway over the entrance, another ride on the train, some carousel rides, and one more Auto Race. Then the kids stopped by this cool witch/wizard themed shop by the Jack Rabbit and made slime to take home. (I think it was $6.) Took pics with a big Jack-o-lantern by the lagoon. On the way out we refilled our popcorn by the Old Mill. The event only lasted until 4:00, giving the little guy plenty of time to safely leave the park before Phantom Fright Nights started. We all enjoyed it very much and have plans to hit this event again this year!

Some suggestions for Kennywood:
It would have been fun to ride Ghostwood Estate during this event! Also we wished that the Kangaroo had been open to ride. I would have loved some pumpkin foods! Pumpkin funnel cake or something like that. Or maybe a super chocolatey candy covered funnel cake, like Reese’s or something. Maybe some pumpkin soft serve. Halloween foods on sticks...anything festive like that. Looking forward to seeing how this event grows in the future!

7. The Palace Theatre

21 W Otterman St, Greensburg, PA 15601-2306 +1 724-836-8000
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 98 reviews

The Palace Theatre

Reviewed By LRlocal - New Alexandria, Pennsylvania

The old theater has been lovingly restored and kept up very well. It has shows from concerts to plays to special local events to comedians. It has seen names such as (these are ones I attended) Kenny Rogers, George Carlin, Chi Lites, Travis Tritt, Blue Man Group, Stomp and so many more, even I have been to, that I can't even remember!

8. Direct Jewelry

3700 Old William Penn Hwy, Murrysville, PA 15668-1861 +1 724-493-6822
Excellent
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Good
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5 based on 2 reviews

Direct Jewelry

Direct Jewelry Outlet Murrysville offers wedding bands in 14kt, 18kt, yellow gold, white gold, palladium, or platinum. We also offer earrings, bracelets, chains, rings, pins, brooches, and lockets - both pre-manufactured and custom made. **We also offer Repair Services** We buy: Gold, Platinum, Silver, All coins, All jewelry, Gold dental crowns & partials, Large diamonds & Sterling silverware.

Reviewed By SCOTT C - EXPORT

The Direct Jewelry is a great place to purchase jewelry, coins, and gifts. I always enjoyed my visit to this establishment. The service is top notch and I had a problem with a bracelet i purchased for my wife and they took care of the problem ASAP.
Thank you Direct Jewelry for making it easy for me to purchase items for my wife and gifts for others.

9. Laurel Highlands Meadery

106 4th St, Irwin, PA 15642-3576 +1 724-249-6323
Excellent
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5 based on 3 reviews

Laurel Highlands Meadery

Reviewed By Molly S - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

We stopped here after dinner one night. They have about 8 different flavors. My favorite is the Cinnamon Vanilla, warmed on the stove top! The Hopped mead is also good. The bottles are a little pricy, but worth it! Quaint little shop with tables and chairs, and games to play. The woman there (owner's sister) was very nice and welcoming! I will definitely be back.

10. Oak Hollow Park

2130 Timothy Drive, North Huntingdon, PA 15642 +1 724-863-3806
Excellent
100%
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5 based on 1 reviews

Oak Hollow Park

Reviewed By Joyce P

Oak Hollow Park is great for walking with a nice children's playground, A covered pavilion for picnics. They have many activities throughout the year. They have a large 10,000 easter egg hunt a week before Easter

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