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 of three rivers any time of the year, even when those iconic rivers are frozen. Check out some ideas to plan your perfect trip below:

For the Foodie:

While Pittsburgh is the destination for foodies all year (just look at the Zagat rating), winter in Pittsburgh is a special treat with a number of seasonal culinary delights. Between seasonal events and indoor spaces that feature diverse options, foodies of every variety will obsess over the impressive possibilities.

eat.drink.PITTSBURGH is heaven for the versatile foodie. The March 19th event features an array of food and spirits prepared by Pittsburgh's award winning restaurants and chefs. The indoor event takes place at the charming Wyndham Grand Downtown and will also feature live music as a backdrop for the tasting. Be warned, if you're one the edge about attending the event, it does sell out fast so consider getting your tickets now.

Also on March 19th is the Pittsburgh WineFest"acular" at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. This wine focused event will cater to the wine aficionados and feature 22 wineries and a variety of vendors throughout the event.

Smallman Gallery Chefs

While Pittsburgh's Strip District is a popular outdoor foodie destination, The Smallman Galley in the Strip brings the same intensity in an indoor setting. The Galley gives four aspiring chefs their own restaurant space to showcase their culinary art along with a full bar and a coffee and espresso bar.

Look forward to April for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, a must for the craft beer enthusiast. Taking place on April 15-24, the event will highlight the Pittsburgh region’s craft beer culture, and expanding the reach of craft beer through education, collaboration, cooperation and responsible libation.  

For the Family:

Children of all ages will love Pittsburgh in the winter. From adorable animals to a play tunnel made out of tape, there's excitement to engage every member of the family.

For younger children: adventure in the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh's popular TapeScape 2.0. This very interactive installation is a play tunnel constructed from over 10 miles of packing tape.

Tapescape Exhibit at Children's Museum

For the whole family: Everyone knows that the Carnegie Museum of Natural History has impressive dinosaur bones all year, but this winter the museum will focus on flying reptiles in the limited time exhibition Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs. The exhibition will explore flight through models, videos, and interactive activities. Admission to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History also includes admission to the Carnegie Museum of Art so the whole family will find something to love. Receive $1 off your admission to the museums with the VisitPITTSBURGH online coupon.

For the whole family: Go on an exhilarating indoor journey in the Rangos Omnimax Theater at the Carnegie Science Center. Opening this winter is the National Parks Adventure, a film celebrating the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Parks Service.

For the whole family: Visit the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium in March to have breakfast or lunch with the Easter Bunny!

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.

Venture outside of the city and stay at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, which offers snow tubing, snowmobile tours, horseback riding, and more. Or 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 offers a number of diverse outdoor events with both family friendly options and adults 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. The programs take place at various times, dates, and Pittsburgh locations throughout winter.

Make unforgettable memories ice skating in a picturesque ice rink. Visit the Schenley Park Ice Rink surrounded by nature in Oakland.

For the Arts Admirer:

The highly anticipated 2016 Market Square Public Art Project will be open to the public on March 18th and remain on display until April 30. This year's work will be commissioned by Dutch artist Allard van Hoorn and while the details remain a secret for now, the artist is known for incorporating sound, light, and his artwork's environment to make for an interactive experience. Stay tuned for more details!

Michael Chow aka Zhou Yinghua: Voice of My Father

While we wait for the annual Market Square Public Art Project reveal, there are a number of winter exhibitions and productions to keep the arts admirer entertained. For the theater enthusiast, the Pittsburgh Public Theater's production of Guys and Dolls is a must see and continues until February 28. While the visual arts are also thriving this winter with The Andy Warhol Museum's exhibition Michael Chow aka Zhou Yinghua: Voice of my Father.