10 Family-Friendly Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in Pittsburgh


Here in Pittsburgh, families are lucky to have access to so many outdoor activities. Opportunities range from hanging out at low-key swimming pools and playgrounds (great for little ones!) to hiking and biking on long adventure trails. There is something for everyone. Here are ten great options for families looking to spend time together in the great outdoors.

1. Great Allegheny Passage

Spreading across PA, MD, WV and the District of Columbia, this majestic trail is 150 miles long. One section of the trail runs through Pittsburgh and is built mainly on abandoned rail beds. The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is ideal for bicycling, hiking, bird watching and more.

2. Frick Park

Grab the kids–and the dog–and head to Frick Park. This 600-acre park has a leash-free dog park and doggy dam for your four-legged family members, and playgrounds and tennis courts for everyone else. The park has expanded to include many features, including the Frick Environmental Center and the multiple-story Blue Slide Playground. Be sure to check out the hiking trails too!

3. Bike tour

Rent bikes from one of the many rental companies in Pittsburgh. Rent by the day for an all-day trip or by the hour for a shorter excursion. Create your own tour of the city or rent your bikes from a tour company that will show you all of the highlights in a group setting.

4. Duquesne Incline

Ride a century-old wooden cable car and enjoy a breathtaking view of the city at the Duquesne Incline. It's one of the few remaining inclines left in the U.S., restored in 1963. At the upper station, you can walk through a museum of Pittsburgh history and buy souvenirs at the gift shop.

5. Boat Tours

Want to travel Pittsburgh's Three Rivers but you don't own a boat? Rent a pontoon boat and spend the day exploring the over 328 miles of navigable waterways. Want something a little more low-key? Bring your kayaks to the Allegheny River for a laid back afternoon.

6. North Park Boathouse

Whether you like to hike, bike, boat, or play tennis, the North Park Boathouse is the place to do it. Plan to eat lunch or dinner at the Boathouse Restaurant and take in a spectacular lake view.

7. Clever Park Pool

Swim to your heart's content at the Clever Park Pool. Little ones will love the nearby wooden playground. The Clever Recreation & Sports Complex is also home to tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts and two picnic shelters.

8. Round Hill Park and Exhibit Farm

Learn about the water and food cycles of life--and have fun!--at the Round Hill Park and Exhibit Farm. This modern working farm is open every day and supplements the park. Then, have a picnic in one of the 17 picnic groves with names like Quiet Acres and Wagon Wheel.

9. Kennywood Park

The entire family can have fun at Kennywood Park - whether you are a thrill-seeker or not! This historic Pittsburgh attraction has been around since 1898 and, to this day, continues to be a family favorite. You’ll find mild rides, great dining options, and - of course - roller coasters!

10. Backyard picnic

Of course, you don't have to leave the house to have fun with your family in Pittsburgh. You can have fun right in your own backyard! Spread a blanket and share a picnic lunch or dinner before throwing around a football or participating in a family game of tag.

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