Visiting Pittsburgh Throughout the Year

K.C. Dermody

Written by Justin Mewse

April 2023

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a vibrant city with something to offer visitors year-round. From its diverse cultural scene and rich history to its beautiful parks, thriving sports culture, and unique culinary offerings, Pittsburgh is a destination that can be enjoyed in every season. Whether you’re exploring the city’s museums and landmarks, taking in panoramic views from Mount Washington, indulging in local cuisine, or enjoying outdoor activities in its parks and rivers, there’s always something to see and do in Pittsburgh, no matter the time of year.

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Visiting in the Spring

Visiting Pittsburgh in the spring is a delightful experience with temperatures ranging from 10-20°C. Some popular options include visiting Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to witness the blooming flowers, exploring the city’s numerous parks such as Schenley Park and Point State Park for outdoor recreation, biking or strolling along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, and taking in the scenic views of the city from Mount Washington. Additionally, Pittsburgh hosts various spring events and festivals, including arts and music festivals, food truck rallies, and outdoor markets, providing ample opportunities for cultural enrichment and entertainment.

Kentucky Derby, Louisville - Kentucky Tourism

Visiting in the Summer

During the summer, Pittsburgh experiences warm and humid weather, with temperatures typically ranging from 20-30°C. Summer in Pittsburgh is a vibrant season with a variety of activities to enjoy. Some popular options include exploring the city’s many parks and riverfronts, attending outdoor concerts and festivals, visiting the PPG Aquarium, taking a scenic river cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet, enjoying water activities like kayaking or paddleboarding on the three rivers, and indulging in the city’s diverse culinary scene with outdoor dining options. Pittsburgh’s summer also offers opportunities for sports enthusiasts to catch a baseball game at PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, or enjoy recreational sports like hiking, biking, and golfing in the surrounding area.

If you’re feeling ultra-adventurous, take a day trip along part of The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) that begins at Point State Park and leads you to Cumberland in Maryland. The GAP then connects up to the C&O Canal Towpath that leads all the way to Washington D.C.

Kentucky Horse Park in winter - Kentucky Tourism

Visiting in the Autumn

Fall in Pittsburgh sees temperatures between 10-20°C and is known for its stunning foliage as the leaves change colour, creating a picturesque landscape. There are plenty of activities to enjoy during this time of year, including visiting the city’s parks such as Frick Park and Highland Park to take in the autumn scenery, indulging in fall-themed treats at local bakeries and cafes, exploring the many pumpkin patches and apple orchards in the surrounding area, attending harvest festivals and farmers’ markets, and enjoying seasonal events such as Oktoberfest celebrations and Halloween festivities.

Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Lexington - Kentucky Tourism/LCVB

Visiting in the Winter

Pittsburgh experiences cold weather in the winter with temperatures typically ranging from -2 to 8°C. Winter in Pittsburgh can be chilly with occasional snowfall, creating a cosy atmosphere and offering a unique range of activities to enjoy. Some popular options include ice-skating at the city’s outdoor rinks, such as PPG Place’s MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink, taking in the festive holiday lights and decorations around the city, attending winter-themed events and festivals, visiting the Wintergarden at PPG Place with its dazzling holiday displays, and enjoying indoor attractions such as museums, galleries, and theatres. Additionally, Pittsburgh’s proximity to the nearby Laurel Highlands provides opportunities for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding at resorts such as Seven Springs and Hidden Valley.

While the venue features exhibitions and performances year-round, escape the cold and head to the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. Named after the Pulitzer-prize winning playwright and Pittsburgh native, August Wilson, the AWAACC is a multi-purpose venue including art galleries, a performance theater, an education centre sharing the rich culture of the African diaspora.

Kentucky cuisine - Kentucky Tourism
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