As spring just barely starts to emerge, this time of year we could all use a little something to help us shake the winter blues.
Spring break is just around the corner, but this year, you don’t need to head to Miami or Cancun to enjoy your time off. There’s plenty of fun and action right here in Pittsburgh. For out-of-town visitors and Pittsburgh-area students choosing to stick around, we made a list of the city’s treasures for you to explore over break.
Whether you have yet to visit “The Strip,” as locals like to call it, or you have been many times before, there’s always something new to discover. You’ll be shocked by how much action can fit within a narrow, one-half mile strip of land. It is home to a large assortments of ethnic grocers, fresh food vendors, boutiques, coffee shops, dive bars, dance clubs, restaurants and more.
Every spring break needs a sprinkle of night life, and there’s no better place to find it than Pittsburgh’s South Side. The South Side has the city’s greatest concentration of bars, restaurants, pubs, and night clubs, making this neighborhood a top pick for those looking for an entertaining night on the town.
Take a tour of the Asian Forest, trek through the jungle, and see tropical aquatic life at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the United States.
Spring break is all about breaking out of your regular routine for a breath of fresh air. Here in Western PA, March taunts us with the thought of spring right around the corner, though the weather is still pretty gloomy. The good news is, at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, you can celebrate beautiful greenery all year around.
Pittsburgh is known as one of America’s most popular sports cities. In fact, Expedia Canada named Pittsburgh one of the top must-visit hockey destinations across the U.S. and Canada. Pay homage to the city’s iconic sports heritage with a trip to see the Pittsburgh Penguins play at PPG Paints Arena. Things are really heating up as the Pens get closer to the playoff season. Don’t miss your chance to watch a team that has consistently held their place at the top of the NHL and participate in a passionate crowd of fans. Throw on a jersey, grab a beer, and get your tickets (in no particular order).
Warning: this one may cause difficulty breathing due to excessive laughter. Head downtown for a night of laughs at the Arcade Comedy Theater, our favorite place in Pittsburgh for all things comedy.
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I had TONS of fun performing at the @arcadecomedy theatre this past Saturday in Point Blank’s live sketch show! It’s up on YouTube, link in my bio to watch :) I wrote Jellyfish Sting (16:25) and Sand Family (24:25). Everyone involved put in a ton of work and the whole thing is one whole big boy chuckle, so go check it out!! 💚💛 And thank you to everyone who came to the live show!
There are dozens of breweries scattered throughout Pittsburgh, old and new, each bringing something fresh to the table. Many before have embarked on a quest to find the best ales, lagers and stouts in town, yet it has proved to be a journey that never ends as Pittsburgh’s breweries continue to multiply.
Getaways are all about rejuvenation. This spring break, you don’t need to go any further than one of Pittsburgh’s many luxury spas to lift your spirits and let go of stress. We recommend visiting Peace, Love and Zen in Pittsburgh’s youthful East Liberty neighborhood. What better place to partake in a little self-care than at a 100% women owned spa? This spa is most well-known for its Himalayan Salt Cave. Immersing in the mineral-rich air is believed to improve breathing, soothe skin and boost the immune system. There’s no doubt that spending 45 minutes relaxing in the warm, orange glow of the salt cave will make you feel refreshed.
Relax your mind and your body at one of Pittsburgh’s many yoga studios. Hot yoga can sound intimidating, sweaty and well, anything but relaxing… but if you haven’t tried it before, we recommend giving it a shot.
Lawrenceville is one of the largest and hippest neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. There are always new boutiques, taprooms and cafés popping up around Butler Street, so much so that you could spend an entire day browsing even just one end of the neighborhood. In Lawrenceville you can shop:
For souvenirs we recommend stopping by Wildcard and The Candle Lab, or, if you’re looking to score the latest trends, check out Pavement, Vestis and No. 13 Boutique. Wherever you end up, you’ll see that every shop embodies a unique brand offering a new experience every time you walk in the door.
Make your spring break one for the books! Relax and unwind in Pittsburgh, and return to class feeling refreshed and ready for next semester!