Pittsburgh is a beautiful city in the springtime. Everything is blooming and the temperatures finally start to thaw nature out. We compiled a list of 10 must-see places to get out and enjoy the fresh air this season. Happy spring, fellow yinzers!
Tucked away in Oakdale is the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. A stroll through the garden takes just two hours and is full of photo ops. The garden will make you feel like you’re far away from Pittsburgh in some enchanted forest. If you have kids, the garden is extremely family-friendly with multiple “exploration stations” around the trails. The garden is also handicapped accessible for a mile of the trails. 799 Pinkerton Run Rd., Oakdale
2. NatuRoll Creamery
My sisters are in love with Pittsburgh’s first rolled ice cream shop (my youngest sister Meg took the photo with this blurb!). Head to this Lawrenceville creamery on a nice spring day to enjoy items like chocolate ice cream topped with whipped cream and Reese’s cups. Rolled ice cream was first made popular in Thailand and since then, shops have been popping up all over the country. 4318 Butler St., Lawrenceville
3. PNC Park
There’s really nothing better than the view of our glorious city from PNC Park. Head dahntahn to see our Pirates on one of those ideal gorgeous sunny Pittsburgh spring days. There are multiple theme days and nights too, like Pups in the Park. Oh, and you’ll want to say hello to the new pierogi, Pizza Penny! 115 Federal St., Pittsburgh
You think Phipps is great during the holidays? Come in April, May or June for an entirely different, equally beautiful experience. It’s springtime in the gardens now, so hurry before summer arrives! 1 Schenley Dr., Pittsburgh
Rent a bike from this facility and get ready for some serious fun. Their season opens in early April and if you’re not sure what route to take on your biking adventure, you’ll want to try a guided tour. There’s nothing better than getting out and enjoying our city via bike in the springtime. 600 First Ave., Pittsburgh
6. Trader Jack’s
Trader Jack’s is open Saturdays and Sundays from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. In the warmer months, enjoy eggs, locally grown and made food and a large amount of fresh produce. There are handcrafted items, antiques and a flea market. 999 Steen Rd., Bridgeville
Do you suffer from spring allergies? You’ll want to try out Pittsburgh’s first salt cave. The facility uses halotherapy, which is 100% natural and made from Himalayan salt in a man-made salt cave. It is said to help with ailments like bronchitis, asthma and the dreaded spring allergies. 6023 Broad St., Pittsburgh
The popular Pittsburgh distillery has a barrelhouse and whiskey garden in the warmer months that is definitely worth checking out (it opens in May!). The outdoor space has plants and botanicals that are related to spirit and cocktail-making—think rye grass, corn, lavender and buckwheat. There’s also free music on certain days and the cocktails are delicious. 2401 Smallman St., Pittsburgh
9. Canton Ave.
Up for a physical challenge this spring? Prepare for that beach body and head to Canton Ave. in the Beechview neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It’s the steepest street in the U.S., possibly the world. Its maximum gradient is 37 percent and is the site for the annual Dirty Dozen bike race (which frequently sees crashed bicyclists). Canton Ave., Beechview
10. RMU Island Sports Center Mini-Golf
There’s nothing more fun than a rousing game of mini-golf on a warm spring evening. The popular complex on Neville Island just underwent a complete renovation and is set to open April 8th. 7600 Grand Ave., Pittsburgh
Thanks for checking out this list of places to visit in Pittsburgh this spring… we will continue to find you the best things to do in Pittsburgh throughout the year.