Your guide to actively enjoying Pittsburgh

Winter Fun in Pittsburgh

I’ll admit, Pittsburgh can sometime seem a little gloomy during these colder months - some may even say boring. Naturally, there appears to be less to do outside and less going on in general. But, if you’re looking, you’ll find there are plenty of fun things to do.

Here are some of my suggestions for enjoying the city and having fun all winter long.

Ice Skating
There are a few outdoor ice rinks around the city that are available and open to us until early March. My two favorites are the rink at PPG place , which is located downtown and the Schenley Skating Rink, a little more secluded in Schenley Park. Check out their websites for hours and fees.

Venture Outdoors
Venture Outdoors is one of my favorite organizations in Pittsburgh and they make it so easy to get outdoors during the winter. By offering such a wide range of workshops and activities, they really must have something for everyone. Some of my favorites include their Brew Hikes, where you have the chance to taste beers at a local brewery after a brisk hike in one of our wonderful city parks.  There are other themed hikes too, like the Soup of the Month hike or the Urban Safari Hikes. Besides hiking, other winter programing includes snow shoeing and cross country skiing. Check out their activities calendar for complete listing of all events.

The Arts
Winter nights are the perfect time to get out and see a show. There is something going on almost every day in Cultural District . In January, you can see Les Miserables at the Benedum, The Sound of Music at the Byham Theater, or attend a Improv show at the Cabaret. Also, don’t miss the quarterly Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District on January 25th.

Hot Yoga
Yoga is not only good for the mind, body, and soul, but a hot yoga studio will also keep you nice and warm during these cold winter nights. Check out my list of favorite heated yoga studios to find the perfect one for you.

Clubs and Groups
I’m part of a running club that meets every Thursday and although I don’t make it every week, it’s a nice option to have when I know it will take an entire group to motivate me to run 6 miles (they do 3 and 4 mile options too!). Joining a club like this or a sports team will help keep you active plus it’s also a great way to meet new people. Check out Meetup or Pittsburgh Sports League for a club or group that sounds interesting to you.

Don’t forget to check out my calendar of events for even more fun things going on the Burgh!

*Photo credit to Pittsburgh Post Gazette


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