Pittsburgh June 13, 2016
10 Epic Outdoorsy Things In Pittsburgh Anyone Can Do
Remember those long, frigid winter days when we longed for summer? Well, summer has finally arrived and now’s the perfect time to soak up every minute of the long, warm days. Transform your ordinary summer into an extraordinary adventure with these 10 outdoorsy things to do in Pittsburgh.
1. Spend the day at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.
Leisurely stroll through the Pittsburgh Zoo, and if it gets a little too warm, enter the PPG Aquarium, where you will come face-to-face with breathtaking fish, penguins, sharks, stingrays, and eels. Approximately 475 species of animals call the
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
home. Visitors can also take a scenic train ride of the zoo, ride the carousel, enjoy a snack or lunch, or play at one of the children's play areas.
2. Climb aboard a Just Ducky tour.
Get a duck's eye view of the Burgh – from both the land and the water – aboard a
tour. You're guaranteed a unique tour of the city, with running narrative from your guide and your driver, as you drive through the city, quacking at innocent bystanders and snapping photographs. One by one, the kids on your tour will take over the driving duties once in the water. Advance reservations are recommended.
3. Enjoy an evening movie in the park.
Save cash while taking advantage of a beautiful Pittsburgh evening at
Cinema in the Park
, free movies shown at several area parks, including Schenley Park, Grandview Park, Mellon Square, and Highland Park. Bring a comfy blanket or lawn chair and plenty of snacks to make your evening perfect. Find a list of locations and the dates/times of upcoming films at Pittsburgh CitiParks.
4. Try geocaching.
When was the last time you participated in a old-fashioned scavenger hunt? Geocaching offers a new twist to a favorite past time – using a smartphone and an app instead of a paper map – that allows kids, adults, and families to look for hidden treasure throughout Pittsburgh and the state. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has a comprehensive list of statewide geocaching sites.
Click here to find a geocache near you.
5. Go bird watching.
Soak in the spectacular beauty of Pennsylvania's natural wildlife and native birds and plants at the Audubon Society of Western PA's headquarters
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve
. Choose from one of nine trails, each of varying difficulty. To get the best view of the birds – and even lightning bugs – stroll the Upper Fields Trail, which typically takes 15 minutes to complete.
6. Hike, bike, or stroll the Eliza Furnace Trail.
Pittsburgh promises plenty of scenic hiking and biking trails along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, all of which provide beautiful, unique views of Pittsburgh and its eclectic neighborhoods. The Eliza Furnace Trail, for example, runs from downtown to the South Side. This
from the Friends of the Riverfront will help you plan your hike, bike, or stroll along one of the trails.
7. Take in a water show at Station Square.
Grab a seat on a park bench or sit on the patio at Hard Rock Cafe, both of which promise a spectacular view of the water fountains at
. Every ten minutes or so the fountains start dancing to popular music. Add colored lights when the sun goes down and you're in for a beautiful treat. And, if it's a hot day, stand right in front of the fountains to cool off as the water sprays down.
8. Surf the Three Rivers.
Wait, surf the Three Rivers? Really? Wake Up Pittsburgh brings surfing, wakeboarding, and wakeskating to the Pittsburgh area, offering a fun activity anyone of any age in Pittsburgh can do. You'll have your own instructor to help you navigate the waters. Pick up points include the North Shore Trail Dock Wall, South Side Riverfront Park, and Station Square. Learn more about Wake Up Pittsburgh by
9. Enjoy a jazz concert at Riverview Park.
Sway to the smooth sounds of jazz at Riverview Park's
Stars of Riverview
jazz concert series that runs from June through the end of August. The concert series, of which each concert runs from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. - features such Pittsburgh jazz musicians as Bobby Short, Kea Michaels, Kenny Blake, and Rachel B.
10. Catch a Pens' games on the big screen.
Okay, so it doesn't happen every day but when the Pens make the playoffs, there's a pretty good chance the home games will be shown on a big screen outside of the Console Energy Center. What could be more epic than joining thousands of other Pittsburghers coming together outside to watch a pivotal Pens game?
Okay, Pittsburghers, what would you add to part two, if there was one, of the 10 outdoorsy things to do in Pittsburgh? Share your thoughts in the comments!