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Hot Spots for Winter Romance Near Pittsburgh


A table for two at an intimate restaurant. A cozy B&B in the middle of the forest. An afternoon spent wandering around a centuries-old cemetery. These are the moments that inspire us to fall in love, not just with the surroundings but with the person who's beside us. Turn any cold, winter day into a romantic encounter at one of these unusual, special Pittsburgh spots.

Winter Romance in Pittsburgh

A perfect place to bring your special someone for a romantic evening, Phipp's Conservatory's lush, fragrant paths are warm and in bloom year-round. Look for candlelight evenings throughout the year, including a special Valentine's Day tour.

Enjoy a "wild" time at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. A romantic place for strolling and hand-holding, the Zoo features everything from adorable baby elephants and Amur tigers to polar bears and a rare Komodo dragon. During the chilly winter months, warm up in the steamy indoor rainforest or tropical aquarium.

One of the most picturesque places in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Cemetery is also unexpectedly romantic with 300 acres of rolling hills and monuments encompassing a wide variety of architectural styles. A favorite with history buffs, the cemetery houses generations of Pittsburghers back to the French & Indian war. Stop and get a map to the graves of composer Stephen Collins Foster and America's first glamour girl, Lillian Russell.

Grab a date and head over to the Carnegie Science Center for a romantic evening under the stars in the Center's observatory and planetarium. For a special treat, learn how to interpret the Pittsburgh skies with "Stars Over Pittsburgh" or try one of the many evening laser shows.

Enjoy afternoon "high tea" or romantic evening cocktails in the Palm Court lobby lounge at the magnificent William Penn Hotel and follow it up with a symphony concert, play, or Broadway show at nearby Heinz Hall, the Byham Theater, or the Benedum Center in downtown Pittsburgh's nearby Cultural District.

Grab your skates and hit the ice at one of Pittsburgh's many beautiful outdoor skating rinks, including the Rink at PPG Place downtown, and the rinks at Schenley Park, North Park and South Park.

Don't miss a romantic ride on the Duquesne Incline or Monongahela Incline to see the spectacular views from atop Mount Washington. Filled with observation decks, restaurants and unique shops, overlooking the city, this 450-foot hill is sure to be an excellent vantage point for an affectionate date.

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