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Things to Do in Pittsburgh in February

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Our ultimate weekend guide contains 156 unique recommendations of things to do in Pittsburgh in order to help you explore the city every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the year (one for each day). With each recommendation, we've also hand selected nearby restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops you may wish to visit while you're in the neighborhood if you have more time!

As always, please keep in mind that our weekend recommendations may vary based on season and typical event schedules. Exact dates and operating hours should be confirmed prior to any visit.

For more information on all recommendations, click through to our full articles or the businesses' websites for more information!

Trundle Manor

Trundle Manor

Do you love the offbeat, macabre, steampunk, or the just plain weird? If you said yes to any of these, a visit to Trundle Manor is for you!

This house is the private residence of Mr. Arm and his lovely wife Velda von Minx- two local artists who have what is perhaps the most unusual collection in the city ranging from fetal animals in jars to death rays on the ceiling, and everything in between. An appointment is required to visit.

On your way back into Pittsburgh stop at D's Six Pack and Dogs or Biddle's Escape for a quick bite to eat or coffee, or perhaps head over to Squirrel Hill for a meal at Chengdu Gourmet!


Artifacts Pittsburgh

Not all of us have $20,000 laying around for an antique painting from Europe, a 50′ x 50′ Turkish rug, or a stuffed lion, but that doesn't mean you can't go appreciate all of these wonders at Artifacts in the first place.

We're big fans of this store as it takes high-end shopping to a whole new level, and while we may not be able to afford most of the decorations inside, it is a fun place to fantasize what we'd do if we became overnight millionaires.

Before leaving the West End be sure to take a trip up to the West End Lookout for the incredible Pittsburgh city views!

Covered Bridges in Washington County

Covered Bridge in Washington County

Did you know that neighboring Washington County has the 2nd highest concentrations of covered bridges in Pennsylvania? Did you also know that covered bridges are incredibly gorgeous in the winter surrounded by snow?

We're guessing not, which makes Sundays in February the perfect time to make a trip around Washington County to check out these beautiful pieces of architecture! (Photo credit: UncoveringPA.com)

Hitchhiker Brewing

Hitchhiker Brewing Company

As frequent travelers, we love the name of Hitchhiker Brewing– something we found ourselves doing more often than we'd like to admit when abroad.

This brewery's tap rooms in Mount Lebanon and Sharpsburg feature a strong rotating tap list with many seasonal specials, meaning you will find yourself returning time and time again throughout the year!

While down in the South Hills, continue the night out at Spoonwood Brewery or perhaps grab a bite to eat at Cafe io.

Skiing at Seven Springs

Seven Springs

Located about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh, the ski resort of Seven Springs is one of our favorite trips outside of the city in the winter.

Although you could make a whole weekend (or week) out of enjoying this resort during the winter, it is an easy trip for those looking to make a long day of it in the middle of winter when the slopes are at their finest. (And, if you're motivated for more, Seven Springs is home to some of the best snow tubing in PA!)

After a long day out skiing, be sure to stop at Christian Klay Winery for a glass of wine before the journey home.

Center for PostNatural History

Transgenic Goat at the PostNatural Museum in Pittsburgh

Post-natural history is an unusual study, as it covers anything that has been genetically altered by man.

This can simply be man breeding two unique flowers together to produce a new flower altogether, or it can be as complex as splicing spider DNA into goats such that their milk produces spider's silk (yes, that has really happened and one of those goats is stuffed and on display at the museum).

If you've ever wanted to learn more about the world of genetic engineering, this free museum in Garfield (only open on Sundays) is well worth the visit.

Looking for more in Garfield? Grab a pizza at Spak Brothers, Vietnamese food at Tram's Kitchen in neighboring Bloomfield, or a cup of coffee at Constellation Coffee.

Hidden Harbor

Hidden Harbor

Tiki drinks for everyone! Hidden Harbor is Squirrel Hill's resident tiki bar- an incredible job modern take on this iconic bar style that's making a comeback across the country.

Whether you go for the individual drinks or the boats for two (or more), Hidden Harbor has some of the most unique cocktail combinations in the city that would stand alone with or without the tiki theming.

Looking for another spot for dinner after drinks at this incredible bar? Check out our Squirrel Hill neighborhood guide for plenty of recommendations!

La Hutte Royal

Out of respect to the owners of La Hutte Royal, I'm really not supposed to even be writing about this private collection in Troy Hill. What is it? We can't say- you'll just have to make an appointment to find out for yourself. Trust us when we say that you won't regret it.

Stay in Troy Hill for a bite to eat at Scratch Food & Beverage!

Children's Museum

Children's Museum Pittsburgh

For families with young children, a visit to the Children's Museum in Allegheny Center is a must for its numerous exhibits tailored for children of all ages.

For those without kids, the Children's Museum offers a periodic 21+ night (sadly, not on Sundays) for those looking to unleash their inner child without actually having them come along!

There are lot of places to enjoy in the North Side after your visit to the Children's Museum. Those looking to extend the day should visit the Aviary or Bicycle Heaven, and if you're looking for a quick bite to eat grab some takeaway at Quik-It Chicken!

Poetry at the City of Asylum

City of Asylum

The City of Asylum organization in Pittsburgh's North Side is perhaps one of the most unique in the city. One of the group's main goals is to bring in writers who were exiled or persecuted abroad and give them a safe place to continue their writings or to publish a memoir.

There are many public outreach nights setup throughout the year, including jazz poetry and live readings from the writers at their performing arts venue on North Avenue. A must!

If you're looking for a bite to eat in the North Side after the performance, check out Nicky's Thai, Monterey Pub, or Penn Brewery!

Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning

Cathedral of Learning

The Cathedral of Learning is an impressive building for a number of reasons. It is one of the tallest educational buildings in the world, the lobby looks like something out of Harry Potter, and the first few floors are filled with themed “nationality rooms” which mimic classrooms from different countries and various historical periods from around the world.

Visit this one when school is not in session to take a self-guided tour of these gorgeous class rooms, and be sure to take the elevator to the 36th floor when you're done for some pretty awesome views of Pittsburgh!

While in Oakland, pay Lulu's Noodles, or Butterjoint a visit for a great meal!

South Side Slopes Trail

Pittsburgh from the South Side Slopes

The hills of the South Side Slopes may not be for the faint of heart, but if climbing staircase after staircase for incredible city views is a challenge you are up for, we can assure you that you will not be let down.

Our favorite walk is a slightly modified version of the popular church route, which can be found at the link at the beginning of this section.

While in the South Side, warm up with a coffee at Big Dog Coffee or grab a bite to eat at Double Wide Grill.

Pittsburgh Ballet

Pittsburgh's Benedum Center

Pittsburgh's ballet is one of the more recent success stories in the city, and the organization has seen rapid expansions over the past few years.

Shows are put on throughout the year at their locations in the Strip District and at the historic Benedum Center in downtown Pittsburgh. With recent shows including Giselle, The Nutcracker, and Alice in Wonderland, you truly have a lot of options to choose from throughout the year!

If you're in the mood for something quick while downtown, consider Proper Brick Oven or Braddock's Street Side– two great restaurants downtown. If you have a few minutes to spare afterwards, be sure to check out Cell Phone Disco behind the Benedum Center, too!

City Views in the Hill District

Pittsburgh's hill District

The Hill District has a somewhat bad stigma about it; however, this neighborhood is home to many incredible views of Pittsburgh, including at the Boy Scouts of America Building, the lookout at Reed Street, and the lookouts on Arcena Street and Memory Lane (where you can get a good view of the Strip District)!

After exploring the Hill District, we like to head down to Kaibur Coffee in Polish Hill for a quick pick up and a vegan sandwich. Or of that is not your thing, head down to the Strip District to try Penn Avenue Fish Company or Chicken Latino while you're there!

Bike the Montour Trail

Enlow Tunnel

For biking enthusiasts, there is no trail better than the Montour Trail located near Robinson Township to the southwest of the city.

This trail connects up to the Great Allegheny Passage and continues all the way from Pittsburgh down to Washington DC in an epic, 150-mile journey.

You may not want to make the entire journey yourself, but the stretches of path along the Montour route are incredibly beautiful, and even include an old train tunnel (the Enlow Tunnel) well worth exploring!

After a long day exploring the trails, head over to Robinson Township and make a stop at Burgatory for a delicious burger.

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