Pittsburgh Outdoor Activities

Pittsburgh Outdoor ActivitiesPittsburgh is more than just the Steel City. This urban cityscape is filled with green outdoor oases—local and regional parks—as well as surrounding state parks along the edge of the city. From walking leisurely through artful gardens to hiking up steep hillsides, you will find wonderful ways to connect and reconnect with nature.

Art Gardens of Pittsburgh
Gardening is transformed into a contemporary art form in the Frank Curto Park’s Art Gardens of Pittsburgh. Wander among the unique, mile-long outdoor art gallery filled with instillation art created with the growing greenery. Although you may spot a few sculptures, the main medium in the Art Gardens is the plant life.

Address: Bigelow Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA - MAP
Phone: (000) 000-0000
Web: www.studioforcreativeinquiry.org

Schenley Park
Visit what Travel + Leisure named one of "America’s Coolest City Parks" in 2011. Schenley Park borders the University of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Mellon University campuses, and is filled with people taking advantage of the park’s 450 acres of trails, woods and attractions—from an ice rink in the winter to outdoor movies in the summer.

Address: 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 - MAP
Phone: (412) 687-1800
Web: www.pittsburghparks.org

National Aviary
Soar with the eagles at the National Aviary, America’s largest aviary as well as the country’s only independent outdoor one. From the frightful vultures to the flightless penguins, you will see every bird imaginable in one place. With over 600 birds, representing more than 200 species, you can see everything from common Macaws to the endangered Bali Mynahs.

Address: 700 Arch St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 - MAP
Phone: (412) 323-7235
Web: www.aviary.org

Point State Park
Located at the tip of Pittsburgh’s confluence of three rivers, Point State Park preserves and commemorates a historical marker for the state and the country. See one of the most dramatic views of the Pittsburgh riverfront, and take some time to relax outdoors at the park’s waterways, scenic hillsides, many bridges and 100-foot-tall fountain. Or, learn about the past by visiting the Fort Duquesne remains and the Fort Pitt Museum.

Address: 300 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 - MAP
Phone: (412) 565-2850
Web: www.dcnr.state.pa.us

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Relax as you take in the sights and smells of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the city’s greenest historical landmark. Walk through the pathways in the outdoor gardens, where you can discover a variety of different herbs as well as an authentic Japanese garden. Head into the elaborate Victorian greenhouse for a look at flora from all over the globe.

Address: 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 - MAP
Phone: (412) 622-6914
Web: www.phipps.conservatory.org

Highland Park
Get active at Highland Park. Located in the Highland Park neighborhood, the municipal park of the same name offers a variety of outdoor activities for people of all ages during all seasons. Visit the Pittsburgh Zoo to see the wildlife, learn about the importance of drinking water at the reservoirs, climb up Mount Bigelow or take advantage of the two sand volley ball courts, tennis courts, walking trails, and playgrounds.

Address: N. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA - MAP
Phone: (412) 255-2539
Web: www.pittsburghparks.org

Grand View Scenic Byway Park
Stop by Pittsburgh’s "front porch," the Grandview Scenic Byway Park that loops around and through the Mt. Washington, Duquesne Heights and Allentown neighborhoods. This impressive urban byway preserves a unique combination of natural beauty and manmade architecture. See some of Pittsburgh’s most beautiful outdoor scenery including rivers, lush green hills, and rolling vistas set against the city’s skyline.

Address: Mt. Washington, Duquesne Heights and Allentown,
Pittsburgh, PA - MAP
Phone: (412) 481-3220
Web: www.mwcdc.org

Riverview Park
Spend some time exploring the outdoor jewel of Pittsburgh’s North Side. Riverview Park offers an extensive network of trails through its dense woodlands and dramatically steep hills for hikers, joggers, and the occasional horseback ride. Riverview is also home to the Allegheny Observatory, a space-themed playground, a visitor’s center, a swimming pool, ball field and many picnic areas.

Address: 1 Riverview Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15214 - MAP
Phone: (412) 321-4107
Web: www.pittsburghparks.org

Frick Park
Escape the noise of the city and spend some time outdoors at Frick Park. Stretching from Point Breeze down to the Monongahela River, this woodland park offers extensive trails, a large bird population, tennis courts, baseball fields and the only public lawn bowling green in Pennsylvania. If you are visiting during the winter, bring your sled to take advantage of the steep hills.

Address: 6750 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15221 - MAP
Phone: (412) 422-6538
Web: www.pittsburghparks.org

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Located in Highland Park, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is home to over 4,000 animals representing 475 species, 20 of which are threatened or endangered. Although the zoo focuses on conservation, they also strive to educate guests about the different animals. Seven themed sections are devoted to different types of creatures: Kid’s Kingdom, PPG Aquarium, Asian Forest, Tropical Forest, African Savanna, Bears and Water’s Edge.

Address: 7340 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206 - MAP
Phone: (412) 665-3640
Web: www.pittsburghzoo.com