What can you do in Pittsburgh when it is raining? Rain is typical in Pittsburgh, but rainy day blues don’t have to be. Elevate your mood by walking through the botanical gardens or watch raindrops paint the window while creating a work of art. Here are some of the best things to do in Pittsburgh on a rainy day.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1 Schenley Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
When walking into Phipps Conservatory, the senses are filled with the aroma of the flowers and the rain outside which seems reminiscent of a distance memory. Phipps offers 17 botanical experiences to escape from the rain outside. It’s a secret escape from the outside world and a learning experience into green life. Tours are $2-$5 with the price of admission, and a 10-percent discount is offered for groups of 15 or more. A café is also offered onsite to satisfy any hunger cravings and spare you having to go outside and get wet finding a restaurant nearby. The conservatory is open seven days a week.
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Carnegie Science Center
1 Allegheny Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Explore scientific findings and an educational film on a rainy day at the Carnegie Science Center located within minutes of Heinz Field. With five levels of exhibits to examine within the center, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Rangos Omnimax Theater located in the center features a four-story IMAX dome screen. It is the only dome screen in Pittsburgh, and it is one of 50 in North America. The center is open seven days a week, but is subject to close during Pittsburgh Steelers games, or other events held at Heinz Field.
The Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
When you escape a rainy day at the Andy Warhol Museum, admission includes all of the exhibits, including daily video screenings, gallery talks and The Factory. The Factory allows guests to try some Warhol techniques through art-making. At this museum, visitors get to explore seven floors of the life and work of the Pittsburgh native. The museum also features exhibits of work from other artists as well. It’s open Tuesday through Saturday.
R.J. Casey Industrial Park
1800 Preble Ave.
Bicycle Heaven has the largest collection of antique bikes on display in the entire United States of America. Be sure to check out Pee Wee Herman’s bike from his television show, along with many other famous bikes to enjoy. It’s conveniently located near the North Shore and is open seven days a week. This place is huge, so make sure you make it to the second floor.
Fired Up Pottery Studio
4151 Washington Road
Get inspired at Fired Up Pottery Studio on a rainy day by picking out a piece and painting it. While the raindrops paint the window, paint a piece that can be a lasting memory of your rainy day. This studio carries hundreds of unique items that range from plates, bowls and mugs to pots, tiles and figurines. This studio environment truly allows you to feel like a painter for a day. The extremely helpful staff is available to give support in creating any ceramic artwork. The studio even has all-inclusive pricing for its services including paint, brushes, object, instruction, cleanup and kilning. Fired Up is open seven days a week and after hours by appointment.
Diane Straka is a freelance writer whose work can be found on http://www.examiner.com/finance-in-pittsburgh/diane-straka