A table for two at an intimate restaurant. A cozy bed-and-breakfast in the middle of the forest. An afternoon spent wandering around a centuries-old cemetery. These are the moments that inspire falling in love, not just with the surroundings but with the person who's beside us. Turn any day into a romantic encounter at one of these unusual, special Pittsburgh spots. Most of these ideas won't have you digging too deeply in your wallet, so you can easily check out all of them if you and your honey are so inclined. And they're seasonal and for different times of the day, so they can be spread out over the year and the weekend.
Baby, It's Cold Outside
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.
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.
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 rain forest or tropical aquarium.
Warm-Weather Outdoor Adventures
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 and Indian War. Stop and get a map to the graves of composer Stephen Collins Foster and America's first glamour girl, Lillian Russell.
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.
Grab your sweetie 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 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.