Things to Do for Mother's Day in Pittsburgh

Fountain and stream surrounded by flours and plants at Phipps Conservatory
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Over the years your mother took care of you and guided you on your journey of life. Mother's Day is a great time to return the love and show her how much you care.

Mother's Day, dating back to an annual spring festival in ancient Greece, is a good day to celebrate your mother, as well as the other significant women in your life. Whether you plan to surprise her with flowers, treat her to brunch, or take her on a fun outing, here are some ideas for spending time with your mother in the Pittsburgh area.

Enjoy Mother's Day Brunch

Sunday brunch is always popular with Mom and there are a number of special brunch venues around Pittsburgh. A very elegant venue is the Grand Concourse at Station Square. The beautifully restored main dining room in the former Pittsburg & Lake Erie (P&LE) railroad station is packed each Sunday for its popular brunch and the most popular item on the buffet is the Grand Concourses' showy Banana's Foster. With all brunch venues on Mother's Day, make reservations in advance.

Race for the Cure

The Susan J. Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure takes place on Sunday, Mother's Day, at Schenley Park at Flagstaff Hill. This 5K run/walk and one-mile fun walk to raise breast cancer awareness and honor its survivors is an annual Mother's Day tradition in Pittsburgh. Each year, approximately 35,000 participate, including 2,000 breast cancer survivors.

Brunch with the Animals

Mother's Day Brunch at the Pittsburgh Zoo is held on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend.
Take Mom out for a special day at the Zoo where you can enjoy a brunch buffet and sundae bar, an animal presentation, and live entertainment. Plus, caricature artists will be on site to provide personalized caricature artwork of Mom and the family. The next day, Mother's Day Sunday, Mom can get free admission to the zoo with a paying family member.

Take Tea at Hartwood

The Mother's Day Tea at Hartwood, one of the most popular events at Hartwood Acres Park, is always held on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend. A lovely tea featuring tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts is served in the Great Hall of Hartwood Mansion, followed by a guided tour. Space is limited, and advance reservations are required. 

Tour the Mansion on Mother's Day

On Sunday, you can take a Mother's Day Tour at Hartwood. Mothers receive a free tour of Hartwood Mansion, a magnificent 16th-Century-style Tudor residence when accompanied by their paying child. Reservations are recommended (412) 767-9200.

Go for a Cruise

Enjoy a Mother's Day Cruise aboard the Gateway Clipper on Sunday, Mother's Day. Mom and the rest of the family and spend time aboard for one of four fabulous buffet cruises sailing on Mother's Day. You can attend a brunch, lunch, or dinner cruise, and spend two hours sailing the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers.

Visit the Gardens

Brunch at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is held on Sunday, Mother's Day. Enjoy the flowers, tour the gardens, and reserve a seat at one of the popular brunch seatings. On Friday and Saturday of Mother's Day weekend, you can visit the front lawn at Phipps for their popular annual May Market. Mom can find the best plants and accessories for her garden, sold by knowledgeable garden clubs and horticulturists.

Take Mom to Lawrenceville

The Lawrenceville Mother's Day Weekend has become a tradition in the Pittsburg area. A great time to go is Friday through Sunday, on Mother's Day weekend. Walk down Butler Street to see all that the local artisans, crafters, businesses, bakers, and more have to offer at this annual celebration of Spring.

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