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Tuesday, October 24

Whether this is your first visit to Pittsburgh or you are a “local,” you will want to arrive early to the 2017 AAEE Conference: Bridging Partnerships and participate in one of the pre-conference excursions arranged by the conference committee. As of now, there are five excursions scheduled with the possibility of more being added.

You will be able to sign up for the excursion of your choice beginning September 5. Please note that the excursions have limited capacities and will be filled on a first-come basis. Excursions with fees have been subsidized by the Office of Career Education and Development at Slippery Rock University providing you a tour at a reduced cost. Payment for excursions with fees will be due to the AAEE tour leader before departing from the Embassy Suites and may be made by cash or check made payable to AAEE. (Please bring the exact amount if paying by cash.) Any transportation costs to sites not within walking distance will be paid by each individual participant.

Since the Embassy Suites conference site is in the middle of downtown Pittsburgh, there are numerous attractions within a comfortable walking distance. If you do not wish to participate on an excursion, there will be maps available at the registration table identifying what you may do on your own before or after the conference.

10 am – 3:30 pm: Pre-conference Excursions 
Participants will meet in building lobby (535 Smithfield Street), first floor, 15 minutes before departure

    Deadline Oct. 10

    To sign up, please email John Snyder ( the following information:

    The Name of the Excursion
    Your Name
    Your Employer
    Your Email Address
    Your Cell Phone Number

    You will receive an email confirmation within 48 hours of your request. 

    Since spots are limited, you may request more than one excursion in case your first choice is already filled. If you wish to do this, please put in order your first choice and then your second choice, etc. You will be placed in the excursion that is highest on your priority list that still has available slots.

    Here are the AAEE excursions that are scheduled so far:

    Tour the studio and then view the live broadcast of the KDKA news at noon.

      • Depart Embassy Suites at 10:45 am to arrive at studio at 11 am (0.6 mile walk); conclude between 12:45 and 1 pm.
      • Maximum of 10 people.
      • Cost: free
      • AAEE leader: John Snyder

    Heinz History Center

    Explore the dynamic history of Western Pennsylvania across five floors of engaging exhibits. Tour includes a one-hour behind-the-scenes exclusive meeting with a museum curator to learn and see how exhibits are selected, prepared, and maintained. (Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood exhibit is a real treat!)
      • Depart Embassy Suites at 11:30 am to arrive at the museum at 11:45 am (0.6 mile walk); behind-the-scenes tour from noon to 1 pm; attendees may stay at museum until 5 pm closing.
      • Minimum of 10 people/ maximum of 15.
      • Cost: $11 for individual group discount ticket; curator fee paid by AAEE
      • AAEE leader: John Rindy

    Carnegie Science Center

    Experience four floors of interactive exhibits. A day at the Science Center is filled with adventures guaranteed to ignite the “Wow!” in all of us. Includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes 90 minute-tour.
      • Depart the Embassy Suites at 10:15 am to arrive at the Science Center at 10:30 am. (1.8 mile ride) Tour will conclude at approximately noon, but participants may choose to stay until 5 pm closing time. 
      • Maximum of 10 people.
      • Cost: taxi, bus, subway, or Uber fare
      • AAEE leader: Lisa Mann

    The Sights and Sounds of Pittsburgh from Top to Bottom

    Experience Pittsburgh by land, sea, and air. Ride the subway to historic Station Square, enjoy a one-hour Just Ducky Tour learning the history of Pittsburgh, and then ride the unique Duquesne Incline for a bird’s eye view of Pittsburgh from Mount Washington.  Tour includes a visit to the Duquesne Incline machine room to observe the original hoisting equipment from 1877 in operation.
      • Depart Embassy Suites at 1:00 pm to ride the subway for the 1:30 pm Ducky Boat Tour. Return approximately 3:30 pm via the subway.
      • Cost: Subway fare and $10 for Ducky Boat; AAEE subsidizing Ducky Boat Tour tickets and Duquesne Incline ride.
      • Minimum of 10 people / maximum of 20.
      • AAEE leaders: Matt and Nicole Erickson 

    Other Options

    If you would rather arrange something for yourself either before or after the conference, here is information about other touring options in Pittsburgh:

    The Best Tours in the 'Burgh

    Looking to learn more about the history of Pittsburgh while sightseeing? The city of Pittsburgh has many tours where you can learn about the city in different ways. Here are five different options to choose from:

    Segway Pittsburgh

    Segway Pittsburgh offers multiple different tours exploring Pittsburgh via segway. The Golden Triangle tour takes you along the riverfront, Point State Park, and Market Square in 90 minutes. The Downtown tour lasts two hours, and you learn about the history of downtown while exploring bridges, fountains, and architecture. The Sunset tour is 90 minutes, touring the rivers at sunset. The City Lights tour takes you through Point State Park, PPG place, Market Square, and the Cultural District at night for 90 minutes. Lastly, they offer Destination tours for two and a half hours, taking you to a destination of your choosing: the Fort Pitt Museum, Carnegie Science Center, National Aviary, Heinz History Center, Andy Warhol Museum, or the Wood Street Gallery. You can book a tour here.

    Pittsburgh Tour Company

    The Pittsburgh Tour Company takes you on a double decker bus, with different packages to tour destinations of your choosing such as the Heinz History Center, National Aviary, Heinz Field, PNC Park, the Duquesne Incline, the Carnegie Museum, Carnegie Science Center, and the Children's Museum. You can purchase tickets here.

    Pittsburgh History & Landmark Foundation Tours

    The Pittsburgh History & Landmark Foundation offers tours of Pittsburgh's historic landmarks and buildings that they have restored and maintained. Their tour guides will tell you a story of each building's past, present, and future. You can book small group tours, school tours, or customized tours. Also, PHLF is very flexible in their bookings and offer a Q&A. PHLF members can also receive discounts. You can get more information here.

    Pittsburgh Party Pedaler

    The Pittsburgh Party Pedaler is a great way to get some exercise while seeing the city's bars, restaurants, and shops. Here's how it works: the group is the motor, pedaling like a bike while the tour's drivers steer and brake. You pedal through the Strip District or North Shore before making it to Market Square. You can book up to 16 people, and although the pedaler doesn't serve alcohol, you can purchase it at the stops it makes. You can book a tour here.


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