Summer’s right around the corner! Memorial Day, The Fourth of July, Labor Day, and plenty of days in between, offer the perfect excuse to have an old-fashioned picnic with good food, cold drinks, frisbee, and time to enjoy with family and friends. Pittsburgh has an abundance of lush greenery and spectacular parks that provide the perfect setting for an unforgettable picnic. Here are the nine best places to have a picnic in Pittsburgh.
1. Frick Park
Make every moment of summer count with a visit to Frick Park. With nearly 650 acres, Frick Park promises the idyllic spot for an unforgettable picnic. Bring along a blanket on which to dine or find a quiet picnic table. After eating and relaxing, hit the trails for a walk, a jog, or a bike ride or take the kids to the playground. Frick Park is dog-friendly with its own off-leash dog park.
2. Point State Park
Feel the cool mist of the fountain at Point State Park as you enjoy an unforgettable picnic on the edge of the three rivers at The Golden Triangle. Or, get out of the sun after taking photographs and cooling off near the fountain. With plenty of lush greenery at Point State Park, including spots canopied by trees, you're sure to find the perfect spot for your picnic.
3. Schenley Park
Surround yourself by the splendor of nature at Schenley Park, which has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. The 456 acre park beckons outdoor enthusiasts with its vast hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, and swimming pool. With a sweeping view of downtown Pittsburgh, Schenley Park will ensure an unforgettable picnic no matter where you put your blanket down.
4. Mellon Park
Gaze upon the gorgeous walled garden at Mellon Park as you enjoy a delicious picnic atop your favorite blanket. Mellon Park provides a tranquil setting with lush greenery, budding flowers, and park benches in the heart of Shadyside.
5. South Park
Turn your ordinary summer day into an extraordinary experience at South Park, starting with a picnic then by engaging in some of the many activities available at the 2,000 acre park. South Park features such amenities as a wave pool, a skate park, hiking and biking trails, a golf course, and ball fields, making it a prime spot for a picnic and a day outdoors.
6. North Park
Get ready for a day outdoors at North Park, where you'll find plenty of picnicking spots as well as so much to do you might just be able to stay the entire opening hours of the park, which run from dawn until midnight each day. With more than 3,000 acres, North Park is a virtual playground for kids and adults, featuring a lake for kayaking and fishing, a nature center, hiking and biking trails, a pool, and a golf course.
7. Riverview Park
Indulge in stunning scenery at Riverview Park in the North Side. The sweeping 259-acre park promises an abundance of picnicking spots for an unforgettable picnic. Plan to do more than picnic at the park, which is also home to the Allegheny Observatory, because you'll find plenty of hiking and biking trails, a visitor's center, a playground (space-themed), a swimming pool, and shelters. Riverview Park also hosts free films as part of Cinema in the Park throughout the summer.
8. Highland Park
Grab a bench overlooking the majestic fountain and reflecting pool and stunning gardens. Take advantage of your picnic to store up energy for all there is to do at Highland Park, including biking and hiking, swimming, playing volleyball, or walking your dog. Highland Park also features a playground for children.
9. Deer Lakes Park
Cool down with the kids at Deer Lakes Spray Park before finding the perfect picnic spot – at one of the shelters or on the ground under the shade of a tree – at the nearly 1,200 acre park. Deer Lakes Park offers something for everyone: Three lakes for fishing, hiking trails, and a disc golf course for the whole family with a spray park and a playground for the kids.