College can be incredibly stressful, especially during midterms and finals. Luckily, there are a lot of places in Pittsburgh where students can go to get their mind off of school. As a student, many of these venues have discounted rates with a valid college ID.

The Andy Warhol Museum

117 Sandusky Street
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15212

The Andy Warhol Museum is home to many artistic exhibits, some of which are permanent and some are temporary or “traveling.” Admission to the museum is $15, but only $8 with a valid college ID. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Friday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

The Mattress Factory

500 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15212

The museum is a non-profit establishment with 16 permanent, contemporary art exhibits. These exhibits are set up in single-room areas called “installations.” Since its opening in 1977, more than 300 artists have had exhibits on display. Roughly, 38,000 people visit the Mattress Factory every year.

Admission for adults is $10, but only $7 for students with a valid college ID. CMU students may visit the museum for free all year long, and Pitt students may visit the museum for free during the spring and fall semesters.

The Ice Rink at PPG Place

Downtown Pittsburgh

The rink at PPG opens for the winter season on Nov. 19 during downtown Pittsburgh’s Light-Up Night celebration. Adult admission to the rink is $7, but students with a valid ID only pay $3 from Jan. 5 to March 8 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – Midnight
Sunday: Noon-8 p.m.

Phipps Conservatory

One Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213

The conservatory is an indoor and outdoor garden showcase with 19 exhibits. The Victorian greenhouse, made of steel and glass, encases all of the indoor exhibits of the conservatory. The conservatory’s hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays. Tours typically last 90 minutes, so be sure to allow yourself an ample amount of time to complete your tour. Adult admission is $12, but students only pay $11 with a valid ID.

Laser Storm Laser Tag

7715 McKnight Road
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237

Heart-pounding adventure, lots of action – any college student looking for an escape would love laser tag! According to the website, “Laser Storm is a unique interactive laser tag adventure that puts players right into the heat of the action.” The arena consists of “barriers, police beacons, energizers, base stations, sentries and more.”

Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday: Noon-10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: Noon-Midnight

Game Pricing:
One game: $6
Two games: $11
Three games: $15
Four games: $19

The Gateway Clipper Fleet

350 West Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219

The Gateway Clipper Fleet is a riverboat that takes passengers on tours of Pittsburgh while providing them with music, food and fun. There are many different types of cruises aimed towards different audiences based on age and interests.

Local Shopping Malls

Perhaps the best way to forget about the stress of school (especially for girls) is to go shopping! There are malls all over the area and they host many stores.

Ross Park Mall

1000 Ross Park Mall Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Mall Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Mall at Robinson

100 Robinson Center Dr.
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15205

Mall Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Monroeville Mall

200 Monroeville Mall Dr.
Monroeville, Pa. 15146

Mall Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-6 p.m.

South Hills Village Mall

301 South Hills Village
Bethel Park, Pa. 15241

Mall Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Pittsburgh Mills Mall

590 Pittsburgh Mills Circle
Tarentum, Pa.. 15084

Mall Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-6 p.m.

Grove City Outlets

1911 Leesburg Grove City Road
Grove City, Pa. 16127

Mall Hours: