Friday, January 12, 2018

Winter Activities in Pittsburgh

Our winter break coincided with a bit of a cold snap, but that can’t stop the fun here in Pittsburgh. It has something for everyone over the winter:

Phipps Conservatory likes to decorated with brightly colored
lights during the winter months.
-        Looking to burn some calories? Hike in Frick Park (sure its cold but that didn’t stop us!).  Frick is the largest of the historic parks and covers 644 acres and provides individuals with the ability to use sustainable recreational trails in the middle of the city of Pittsburgh.  Those interested in birding have been able to identify over 100 different bird species, and those interested in learning about nature can check out the new Environmental Center.

-        Looking for a light display? Phipps Conservatory has a fantastic winter flower and light show from the end of November through the first week of January. The displays include both indoor and outdoor experiences, with a little bit of education for those amateur botanists.

-        Want to plan an indoor group activity? Check out the Arsenal Bowling Alley, which offers old school vibes and lots of fun bowling at a reasonable price. Or, if you’re in a more adventurous mood, you can try axe throwing at LumberJaxes.

A view onto the winter streets of Pitt's campus from inside a
Nationality Room in the Cathedral of Learning.
-        Want to kick back and relax? Take in a movie at Squirrel Hill’s Manor Theatre.  Manor Theatre is one of the oldest theaters in Pittsburgh, this landmark has been entertaining locals for 90 years.

-        Like old churches? St. Anthony’s Chapel is a Catholic church that was established in 1880 by Fr. Suitbert Mollinger. This chapel houses the largest collection of religious relics outside of the Vatican, coming in at a grand total of 5,000 relics!

-        Maybe the many trails of Frick Park have been discovered and you’re looking for a new outdoor adventure?  Try the Schenley Park, which has 456 acres and holds the Phipps Conservatory. It also can accommodate those who have been inspired by the winter games and want to work on their ice skating.

Pitt faculty and students on a Heinz History Museum tour.
-        In the mood to see some cute penguins? The penguins are on parade at the Pittsburgh Zoo throughout the winter months. Visitors can come watch the penguins play in the snow and run around just outside of the PPG aquarium! It will be sure to brighten anyone’s day.

-        Love the outdoors and fireworks?  Every year Pittsburgh celebrates Light Up Night which includes a tree lighting and fireworks.

-        Ready to learn something new or see something incredible? On those frostbite-inducing days, you can still get out of the house and go to one of the many museums located throughout Pittsburgh. Some attractions include the many Carnegie museums, the Heinz History Center, Randyland, and the Andy Warhol Museum. There’s also the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum, which only opens during the winter season.

-        Haven’t made it to the Cathedral yet? The Cathedral of Learning is dressed up for the holidays, making it the perfect time to go see the Nationality Rooms.  Thirty different classrooms represent different groups that all settled in Allegheny county. Not to mention, you can still get a great view from the top!
Some of the artwork displayed at Randyland.

-        Want the enjoyment of seeing others on the ice? Check out a Pittsburgh Penguins game! Pittsburgh is proud to be home of the 2016 & 2017 Stanley Cup winners!

-        Want an athletic event, not on ice? A Steelers game might be up your alley.

-        Just looking for a place to warm up? There are many tea and coffee houses more than happy to support a student just looking for somewhere to read. Or check out Pittsburgh Glass Center, a teaching and art gallery that has live demonstrations of artists creating amazing glass works. The fires keep you both warm and entertained. They even offer classes from beginner to expert so you can make your own glass creation!

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