The Spring Activities List
After this year’s polar vortex, it’s safe to say we are done with winter and ready for the next season. Thankfully, tomorrow brings new beginnings and hopefully a weather change with the first day of spring upon us. We’ve managed to thaw and get past sub-zero temperatures, and now it’s time for rejuvenation. We decided to help you all out in planning your spring activities with a list of what to do and where to go to ring in the new season.
If you want to get a taste of spring, head to Rita’s Italian Ice for their celebration of its 19th Annual Free Italian Ice Day. Visit any one of their twelve locations in the Pittsburgh area this Thursday, March 20th between 12-9PM to get your free treat. With flavors constantly changing, we’re sure you’ll find something to entice your taste buds.
Maybe you want a little more than just a free italian ice. If so, head over to Millvale Riverfront Park for the Welcome SPRING! Bike Outing & Rita’s Italian Ice at 5:30 PM for an easy 15 mile ride along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail ending at Rita’s. Another opportunity to take advantage of the changing weather is the Vernal Equinox Hike with Venture Outdoors on March 20th from 7-9:30PM. This moderately difficult hike through Hartwood Acres will bring you a peaceful spring night adventure. This event is $10 for non-members and $6 for Venture Outdoors members.
Spring is all about new beginnings, so why not spend the first couple days of spring creating some? Schenley Park is having a Tree Planting day on March 22nd from 10AM-2PM. This event is free. All you have to do is bring a smile and good spirits. Another great place to experience nature is the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. Spend this Thursday viewing all of the animals and sea creatures for $11 any time from 9AM-4PM.
For all you non-outdoorsy folks, we have plenty of indoor options for you. On the 20th from 5-9PM, The National Aviary is having one of their monthly 21+ National Aviary at Night events. You get in for half of the daytime admission price of $13 and can view the birds and wildlife while sipping on a “seasonal nightcap” from the cash bar or enjoying some bites from Atria’s Kookaburra Kitchen.
If birds aren’t really your thing, head on over to Phipps Conservatory to view the Spring Flower Show between 9:30AM and 5PM starting March 22nd. This year, the event will take most of its inspiration from music, so head over to experience the beautiful scents of the floral arrangements paired with a variety of recorded performances. Another great indoor event is the Welcome Spring: Poetry Reading at the South Side Presbyterian Church Coffee House. This event in on March 21st from 7:30-9PM, featuring readings from Angele Ellis and Mike Schneider and book signings.
If you’re new to the ‘Burgh or just want to learn a little more about the place you call home, look into some of these great tours to expand your knowledge of the 412. The Group Tour at the Duquesne Incline features the history of Pittsburgh’s industry, inclines, sports venues, and natural disasters, along with a visit to the machine room and panoramic view of the city. These tours are offered whenever the incline is in operation, which is every day starting at 5:30AM Monday through Saturday and 7AM on Sundays, ending at 12:45AM every night. Any group over 10 is free. Another great way to see the city at the dawn of spring is through a Three Rivers Sightseeing Cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet. On March 20th, the tour boards at 2PM and returns to the dock at 4PM with tickets costing $25 a person.
The spring season brings more than good weather, it welcomes a chance to start fresh with new activities and events to attend to change up your everyday grind. So get out there and jump into spring. Everyone deserves a little spring break after this year’s winter.