Visitor's Guide to Winter in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh isn't just the perfect summer getaway, it's also the perfect winter retreat.

With a mix of indoor and outdoor options, those looking to relax and explore will enjoy the city any time of the year, even when its iconic rivers are frozen. Check out some ideas to plan your perfect winter trip below:

For the Foodie:

While Pittsburgh is the destination for foodies all year, winter in Pittsburgh is a special treat. Between seasonal events and indoor spaces that feature diverse options, foodies will obsess over the impressive possibilities.

  • Pittsburgh Restaurant Week's Winter Celebration
    January 13-19, 2020
    Discover the most delicious time of year in Pittsburgh at the annual Winter Restaurant Week. Find dates, participating restaurants, maps and more.
  • Enjoy a hot meal during the cold weather
    Winter is the best time to indulge in the hottest and spiciest of dishes. While you're in town, be sure to check out the best soup spots or top Indian restaurants in Pittsburgh!

For the Family:

Children of all ages will love Pittsburgh in the winter. 

  • For younger children: adventure in the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh's popular TapeScape 3.0. This very interactive installation is a play tunnel constructed from over 10 miles of packing tape.
  • For the whole family: Go on an exhilarating indoor journey in the Rangos Omnimax Theater at the Carnegie Science Center. 

For the Outdoor Enthusiast:

Pittsburgh's unique environment makes for interesting outdoor winter activities for adventurers of any age and skill level. Whether you're looking for casual sightseeing or intense wintery fun, there's a perfect fit for you.

  • Seven Springs Mountain Resort
    Just outside of the city is Seven Springs Mountain Resort, which offers snow tubing, snowmobile tours, horseback riding, and more.
  • Boyce Park
    For some winter fun closer to the city, check out Boyce Park, a scenic park that offers ski, snowboard, and snow tubing slopes.
  • Venture Outdoors
    This fun organization offers a number of diverse outdoor events with both family-friendly options and adult-centered programming. Work with snowshoes, enjoy wine or soup samples after a hike, explore Pittsburgh under the stars, or work with GPS systems for Geocaching fun.
  • Schenley Park Ice Rink
    Make unforgettable memories ice skating in a picturesque ice rink. Visit the Schenley Park Ice Rink surrounded by nature in Oakland.
  • 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 the time of year.

For the Sports Fan:

  • Pittsburgh Hockey Games
    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.

For the Arts Admirer:

  • Pittsburgh Public Theater
    For the theater enthusiast, the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of Little Shop of Horrors is a must see and will be showing from January 23- February 23. Following that production, American Son will take the stage from March 5- April 5. 
  • Carnegie Museum of Art
    The visual arts are also thriving this winter with various works of arts and new exhibits on display at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Lina Bo Bardi Draws will be on display from November 23- March 29 and A Delight for the Senses: The Still Life will be showing from November 2- March 15.
  • 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. 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.
  • Gallery Crawl
    The Pittsburgh Cultural District will have its quarterly Gallery Crawl on January 24. Free and open to the public, the crawl showcases installments and features live music, dance performances, hands-on activities, and much more.
  • The Frick Pittsburgh
    The Frick Pittsburgh is a collection of art and history museums located in Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhood. The museum includes a collection of 19th century European art, ever-changing exhibitions and a collection of historic cars and carriages.
  • Mattress Factory
    Hailed as the best facility for installation art in the United States, this 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.

For even more winter activities in Pittsburgh, check out our Pittsburgh Winter Indoor Fun blog.