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Pittsburgh in March can be hit or miss depending on the weather. Some years we get an early spring and it is a beautiful time to be outside. Others, the winter dreariness continues on.
As such, if you are looking to get out and explore Pittsburgh this month you'll need to be aware of the weather before making plans.
So in this month's feature, we have a mix of indoor and outdoor options to have you covered no matter what the forecast is!
Mellon Park Walled Garden
Not every experience included in this guide is a happy one, and the memorial at the Mellon Park Walled Garden is most certainly a somber one. Dedicated to Ann Katharine Seamans, a Pittsburgh native who tragically passed away at a tragically young age, the memorial at the garden is special because it can only be seen at night! Hundreds of LED lights are embedded into the ground, and when visible after dark show the constellations found over Pittsburgh at the moment of Ann's birth in 1979.
Find a Fish Fry
Fish Fry culture in Pittsburgh during Lent is no joke, with many restaurants, Elk and Moose lodges, and churches taking part having food throughout the season. As Lent often runs from late February to early April, this means that March is the best month of the year to get out and find a good fish fry!
In need of a good fish sandwich this season? Check out this interactive map for all of the options out there.
Harrison Hills Park
The hiking trails at Harrison Hills Park span for many miles, but our favorite, the Rachel Carson trail, is the one you should check out on this visit. This trail is an out and back path with some stunning views of the Allegheny River to the east of the city. Just be sure to visit this one before the leaves are back on the trees as the best views are hidden during the summer months!
If you're in the mood for a slight detour on the way back from Harrison Hills, head to Wooden Door Winery for some amazing wine!
As its name suggests, the neighborhood of Fineview is home to a pretty fine view of the city (we couldn't help ourselves). The lookout on Catoma Street is a perfect place to spend an evening at sunset to appreciate an angle of the city many do not venture out to explore!
Photo Antiquities Museum
We all love photography (us especially), but most of us have not taken the time to appreciate the history of this 100+-year-old art form. Enter the Photo Antiquities Museum, one of the finest collections of photography history in the country, featuring artifacts and exhibits from the early days of photography all the way to the present.
Tours are by reservation only.
While in Deutschtown, check out Max's Allegheny Tavern– one of our favorites!
Pittsburgh Glass Center
If you've ever looked for a workshop where you can create something with your hands, but want something a bit more adventurous, a session at the Pittsburgh Glass Center is for you.
This facility offers many classes including Beadmaking, Blown Ornaments, and Coasters- perfect for those of all skill levels wanting to try their hand at something incredibly unique!
In the mood for something to eat before or after your class? Check out Apteka nearby!
Clayton (The Frick Estate)
Out of all of the industrial magnates that once called Pittsburgh home, the estate of only one, Henry Clay Frick, still stands. This gorgeous 19th century home is kept in perfect order to match the style from when the Fricks lived there, and is open for tours throughout the week to see what life was like for the rich in the early 1900s!
During March 2020, the Frick Art Museum on property grounds will be featuring the exhibition Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry too!
After visiting Clayton, go grab a beer at East End Brewery.
Kickback Pinball Cafe
Kickback Cafe is a unique business in Lawrenceville as it is one part trendy coffee shop and one part pinball arcade! So rather than swinging by a traditional coffee shop for a late night pick-me-up, head down to this one for a bit of fun while sipping on on your coffee! Just don't forget your quarters.
Phipps Spring Flower Show
Phipps Conservatory is the premier conservatory in Western Pennsylvania and is home to nearly a dozen rooms with various themes to showcase some of the world's best flowers and plants. Each March the gardens unveil their most popular show, the Spring Flower Show, which features dozens of amazing spring flowers as well as art pieces curated to each show's unique theme.
If you only have time to visit the conservatory for one show a year, make it this one. 2020's Spring Flower Show is themed canopy of color and runs from March 21st to April 19th.
Arsenal Bowl is a Lawerenceville institution and is a popular hang-out spot for bowlers and non-bowlers alike. But what makes this one an attractive spot to visit other than its history? After 9pm this one offers an all-you-can-bowl rate, nightly themes, and is only open to those 21 and older. A nice little perk!
Need somewhere to eat in Lawrenceville before your game?? Check out our neighborhood guide at the pervious link to get some ideas!
During the height of the industrial age in Pittsburgh, the city built many funiculars on the sides of the hills so residents could make their way up and down the hillsides to and from work with ease. With the advent of cars and modern roads most of these were shut down, but two, the Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines on Mount Washington, still stand.
The Duquesne Incline is a special favorite thanks to its breathtaking views of the city and the mini-museum covering the history of Pittsburgh's funiculars inside.
(Insider secret- be sure to go to the Point of View Statue, located just up the hill to the right after exiting the incline at the top station. You won't regret it!)
Broadway in Pittsburgh
From Cats to Lion King, The King and I to Hamilton, Pittsburgh's Cultural District does a great job of bringing some of the country's most acclaimed performances to the city throughout the year. So on a March evening, dress to the nines and head downtown to take in a show!
March 2020's show is The Band's Visit and runs from the 10th to the 15th at the Benedum.
As a sports-crazed city, Pittsburgh has just about everything for those looking to cheer on a local team.
Our resident soccer team is the Riverhounds, and their stadium is perfectly located in Station Square- just across from the city. Check out their schedule and visit for a great game once their season kicks off in earnest in March!
Aurochs Brewing Co
Aurochs Brewing Co. is Emsworth's neighborhood brewery, and is also the city's only brewery that is 100% gluten-free! Their beers are made from millet and quinoa and include a white ale, brown ale, amber ale, and pale ale that are just as delicious as other local breweries' gluten-containing counterparts. Perfect for an afternoon beer!
Emsworth is in great proximity to many restaurants to enjoy after grabbing a pint. Check out Ephesus Pizza if you're in the mood for something to eat before heading home!
The Trillium flower is a rather rare flower to Western Pennsylvania, and there are only a few places around the city to spot it during its brief late-March/early-April bloom. The aptly named Trillium Trail in Fox Chapel is one of these places, and this small hiking trail becomes to go-to place for flower fans in early spring (and is a peaceful nature reserve for the rest of the year).
Keep the hiking going while exploring north of the city and check out Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve.
What are you going to see when you explore Pittsburgh in March? Comment below to share!