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.

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. 

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:

  • 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 exhibits on display at The Andy Warhol Museum, and the new exhibits 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.
  • 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.