Best Ways To Take Advantage Of The Last Of The Winter In Pittsburgh

March 2, 2013 6:00 AM

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March, being closely associated with the arrival of the spring season, is often described as “coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb.” That is to say that, the harsh roaring winter weather subsides to a gentle, inviting lamb-like atmosphere in the course of just about 30 days. This, however, is not always the case and predicting which snowfall will be the last is nearly impossible. That’s why it’s best to make the most of it until the very end, even into and through the month of March. While the promise of spring is hopefully near, in Pittsburgh it’s best to wait until “April showers officially give way to May flowers.” Here are the best ways to celebrate the last few weeks of winter in Pittsburgh.

“To the Arctic” at The Carnegie Science Center
1 Allegheny Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 237-3400

The Carnegie Science Center is home to the domed, four-story Rangos Omnimax theatre. Right now you can get a glimpse into what life is like in an environment where winter never ends. Narrated by Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, “To the Arctic” follows the day-to-day adventures of a mother polar bear and her two young cubs. It’s an amazing adventure presented in a dazzling state-of-the-art IMAX format, all in the comfort a heated, indoor theatre. Click here for a complete list of shows playing at the Carnegie Science Center this March.

Duquesne Light Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 231-8400

Dates: March 1–10
Price: Purchase tickets online here.

If it’s an escape from the winter weather outside you’re looking for, then the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show is just the remedy. This year’s Home and Garden Show will include such exhibits as Dan Engebretson – The Renegade Gardener, The $50,000 home makeover as well as countless showcase displays of all the newest H&G products. The 10-day event makes for the perfect start to March and the unofficial beginning of home improvement season.

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Poor Richard’s Bait And Tackle – Erie Steelhead Fishing
6821 W. Lake Road
Fairview, PA 16415
(814) 474-5623

One of the best ways for area anglers to get their winter fishing fix is by taking a trip north to the Lake Erie tributary streams for some world-class “Steelhead” fishing. Getting there takes about two hours but often times knowing where to fish and what baits or flies to throw poses the greatest difficulty. Poor Richard’s is an Erie-area landmark for all things Steelhead. It’s the perfect place to find everything you need from waders and landing nets to fly rods, reels and live bait.

Pittsburgh Zoo And PPG Aquarium
1 Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 665-3640

Open throughout the winter months (weather permitting), The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium offer visitors a glimpse into a variety of wild environments. Zoo exhibits include everything from Asia forest habitats to creatures of the African Savannah and more. A favorite of many visitors during the winter months is the awe-inspiring PPG Aquarium where the polar bears put on a first-rate show. If the birds of winter are more to your liking, there is a penguin walk every day at 11:30 a.m.

2013 Fight For Air Climb
One Oxford Centre
301 Grant St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 321-4029 ext. 226

Date: March 23
Registration: $25

The American Lung Association is sponsoring its annual Fight For Air Climb on Saturday, March 23 this year. The climb, which is comprised of 897 steps or 45 floors of One Oxford Centre, is designed to raise both funds and awareness for lung disease. It may not be like scaling a snow-capped mountain, but its still a good way to spend the last few days of winter in Pittsburgh. Fundraising pledges start at $100.

Related: Guide To Ice Climbing Near Pittsburgh

Marcel Tourdot is a freelance writer from Pittsburgh. His work can be found at

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