7 Reasons to Visit Pittsburgh in the Winter

There are many reasons to visit Pittsburgh in the winter. Here are seven of them.

From art to food to sports, Pittsburgh continues to be a must-visit destination. Ranked by Harper’s BAZAAR as the fourth best place in the world to travel, the city offers something for all ages and interests.

1. The Andy Warhol Museum

Explore seven floors of Warhol’s art, films and life at one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. Get your head in the clouds - the Silver Clouds Installation, a room with giant, floating pillows. The immersive Warhol is truly mesmerizing. In addition to experiencing Warhol’s work, you can create your own at The Factory, an underground studio with activities designed to bring out your inner artist. Sit for a screen test or try your hand at silkscreen or watercolors. 

2. The Hot Culinary Scene

Foodies from around the world are coming to Pittsburgh. The unique collection including eateries such as Smallman Galley, an incubator kitchen showcasing four innovative restaurants, has attracted chefs from around the country, cooking cuisines for every palette. The city continues to gain recognition as an international culinary destination. Smart Asset ranks Pittsburgh the “4th best city for foodies,” and National Geographic Traveler touts the city’s culinary scene as “a reason to visit.” 

3. Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History

One building, two comprehensive museums. The Art Museum’s collection of international art and halls of architecture and sculpture are sure to impress. The Museum of Natural History has Dinosaur Hall, the first permanent exhibition in the world to feature scientifically accurate environments from the Age of Dinosaurs, as well as other areas to learn about Arctic life, American Indians, ancient Egypt, rare gems and minerals and more.

4. The Frick Pittsburgh

Henry Clay Frick was an American industrialist who helped build the country’s steel industry in the 1800’s and made a significant impact on Pittsburgh. Today, the Frick family home, Clayton house, is part of The Frick Pittsburgh, a museum located in Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhood. The museum includes a collection of European art, ever-changing exhibitions and a collection of historic cars and carriages.  

5. Pittsburgh Hockey

Experience professional hockey at its best with the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens are an exciting team to watch, and even more exciting to see live. Be there as they take the ice at PPG Paints Arena.

6. Mattress Factory.

Hailed as the best facility for installation art in the United States, the contemporary art museum is an experimental lab featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the globe. Each exhibition takes you into another world that evokes a unique perspective. Whether it’s Yayoi Kusama’s Repetitive Vision where you walk from a black corridor into a brightly-lit mirrored room with red dots and mannequins, or James Turrell’s Catso, Red, featuring projections that make light appear solid and three dimensional.

7. Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Explore the beauty and wonder of nature at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The stunning Victorian glasshouse showcases seasonal flower shows, special exhibits and a nationally recognized orchid collection, making Phipps a must-see Pittsburgh attraction no matter when you plan to visit.