5 Things To Do on Spring Break in Pittsburgh

Who’s ready for a spring break? We sure are! If you don’t have any special travel plans, don’t worry. You can still have plenty of adventurous fun right in Pittsburgh. Instead of spending money and time on planes, you can get in your car for about 10 minutes and find yourself in a world of amazement?  There’s always something to discover in the Burgh: get your fill of bountiful nature without having to brave the cold, treat yourself to a weekend of pampering, and enjoy some stress-free relaxation. After all, it’s called spring BREAK for a reason!

Phipps Conservatory

We’re all patiently (or impatiently) waiting for the first few blooms of spring that let us know warm weather is on the way. Thankfully at Phipps Conservatory, you don’t have to wait to see spectacular blooms in their controlled environment. Check out their Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: Into the Mist till March 3 or wait till their Spring Flower Show: A Closer Look opens on March 16 for a flurry of colors, scents, and beauty.


You don’t have to travel far for a resort experience ready to pamper you during your spring break. Nemacolin is a luxury resort located just over an hour away from Downtown. Guests can choose to stay at The Grand Lodge or the Falling Rock where they’ll be waited on by an exceptional staff ready to make their dreams come true. Head to the spa, try your hand at indoor axe throwing, go ice skating, or take in an art class. The possibilities are truly endless.

The Health Club and Spa at Fairmont Pittsburgh

Who needs a day of massages, facials, and mani-pedis? We bet it’s you! The Health Club and Spa at the Fairmont Hotel can get you started on your wellness journey. Pamper yourself (or a partner) with customized facials, rose hydrator body treatments, Swedish massages, hot river stone therapy, and so much more. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and ready to return to the work week. 

National Aviary

If you’re wishing for a tropical escape but have to stay in Pittsburgh, the National Aviary is about as close as you can get to teleporting to an island or rainforest. Travel to the Wetlands and spot colorful birds like Flamingos as they walk around the land and fly through the trees. Or, kick back at the Treetops and look for the Toco Toucan and Vietnam Pheasant in this lush, naturalistic habitat. You can even head much further South and visit the Antarctic penguins at Penguin Point. Talk about an adventure!

Trundle Manor

If you’re looking for something truly unique and unusual, Trundle Manor is your spring break destination. This macabre museum specializes in all things weird and creepy. You’ll explore taxidermy, jarred specimens, medical implements, and bizarre weaponry, some of which are hundreds of years old. Not to mention, everything you’ll view is 100% real and has been ethically sourced. 

Story by Kylie Thomas

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