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 14-20, 2019
    Discover the most delicious time of year in Pittsburgh at the annual Winter Restaurant Week. Find dates, participating restaurants, maps and more.
  • eat.drink.PITTSBURGH
    February 21, 2019 @ Rivers Casino
    Get a taste of the best from local restaurants and chefs at eat.drink.PITTSBURGH this indoor event complete with music and a fun atmosphere. 

Pro tip: While you're in town this winter, be sure to check out the best soups 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. Opening this winter is the Backyard Wilderness 3D, a film celebrating biodiversity, environmental science, ecosystems, and the life cycle.

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.

  • Just outside of the city is Seven Springs Mountain Resort, which offers snow tubing, snowmobile tours, horseback riding, and more. 
  • 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.
  • 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 yearly Market Square Public Art Project will be open to the public on March 18th and remain on display until April 30. But while we wait for the big reveal reveal, there are a number of winter exhibitions and productions to keep the arts admirer entertained.