Between exploring Pittsburgh's many restaurants, enjoying a Steelers game or ice skating downtown, students have unlimited opportunities to enjoy the city... there's nowhere like Pittsburgh in the winter.
It’s that time of year - winter in Pittsburgh! When the temperature dips into the single digits, it’s easy to want to stay inside your dorm or apartment and hibernate, but there’s still a lot of exploring to do in the winter months. Whether you can handle a few hours outside or prefer the warmth of the indoors, there’s plenty of activities and places to visit on a snowy Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh.
I like it chilly! What’s there to do outdoors?
Take a quick bus ride to the heart of downtown and visit the ice rink at PPG Place. Open until February 25th, you can rent or bring your own ice skates and take a few spins on the rink. PPG Place is centrally located and surrounded by shops and restaurants to warm up in after.
Looking for more extreme outdoor activity? Then Seven Springs Mountain Resort, a little over an hour drive from campus, is the place to check out for a weekend or day trip to ski, snowboard, snow tube and more.
No thanks, I’d rather stay indoors…
Pittsburgh is well known for its popular museum scene with over 30 throughout the city. Whatever interests you have, chances are you’ll find a museum catering to your wants, from the Heinz History Center in the Strip District to the Pittsburgh Glass Center in Garfield.
You can also check out Phipps Conservatory, a short walk away down Forbes Avenue from campus. Warm up in indoor tropical gardens while also experiencing the works of local artists amongst the foliage.
Looking for a fun night out with friends? How about bowling? The neighborhood of Squirrel Hill is home to Forward Lanes, a classic styled bowling alley with 1970’s charm. Check out the neighborhood’s popular Ramen Bar afterward and warm up with some spicy Japanese cuisine. Or visit Arsenal Lanes in Lawrenceville! Arsenal provides a variety of nightly specials and activities, including the popular “College Night” every Tuesday. Then head over to the local eateries like The Vandal for seasonally inspired cuisine or Smoke Barbeque Taqueria for some hot queso.
Here’s a list of a few other popular places to visit for some winter fun:
- Colony Café – A Cat Café
- The Candle Lab – Design your own candle fragrance
- Paint Monkey – Paint masterpieces with large groups or solo
- Highmark SportsWorks – Sports and science combine at the Carnegie Science Center
- Neville Roller Drome – Rolling blading rink
- Pittsburgh CLO – Celebrating musical theater