Among the crowning jewels of Pittsburgh, the Three Rivers provide countless opportunities for everyone from outdoor enthusiasts to diners. If you love being on or near the water, you’re in the right city. Here are 10 of the best waterfront spots around Pittsburgh.
1. North Shore Riverfront Park
Engage in a variety of activities at North Shore Riverfront Park - hiking and jogging along the North Shore Trail, renting a kayak from Kayak Pittsburgh, or soaking in the spectacular views of the Pittsburgh skyline.
2. Water Steps
Dip your feet in the cool water of the Water Steps, at North Shore Riverfront Park, or simply sit along the glistening water as you look out over the river and the city skyline.
3. Redfin Blues
One of the luxuries of living near the water is enjoying a delicious meal with a waterfront view. Redfin Blues at the waterfront offers stunning views from the outdoor deck and a delicious menu featuring such seafood dishes as shrimp cocktail, blackened salmon, shrimp and crab, and mussels marinara.
4. Bessemer Court Fountain Show
Grab a seat on a bench or sit outdoors at Hard Rock Cafe at Station Square for an unspoiled view of the Bessemer Court Fountain Show. The fountains dance to music every half an hour throughout the day and in the evening.
5. Gateway Clipper Fleet
You'll find no spot closer to the water than aboard the Gateway Clipper Fleet. Make a reservation for one of the regular sightseeing or dinner dance cruises or add a holiday cruise - including the Thanksgiving Dinner and the Santa Fun - to your list of seasonal activities.
6. North Park
A 65-acre lake sprawls across North Park, providing the ideal opportunity to go fishing, kayaking, or boating. Swimmers can enjoy the cool water in the swimming pool during the summer months. North Park also features hiking trails, an ice skating rink, a dek hockey rink, and a golf course.
7. Just Ducky Tours
Embark on a unique tour of Pittsburgh by land and by water aboard one of the Just Ducky Tours which, like the Gateway Clipper Fleet, departs from Station Square. Quack at passersby and, when you drive into the water, get a stunning view of the Pittsburgh skyline and Mount Washington.
8. Point State Park
Watch the sun rise or set at the tip of the Golden Triangle at Point State Park. Sit by the flowing water fountain. Take your boat out for a leisurely afternoon. Picnic on the grass or visit the Fort Pitt Blockhouse. Point State Park offers plenty to do for a few hours or for the whole day.
9. Twin Lakes Park
Head to Greensburg for a lovely day on or along the water. Walk the winding paths that pass along the lakes at Twin Lakes Park. Rent a paddle boat, a canoe, or a rowboat. Watch a scheduled show on the waterfront stage or visit during the annual Westmoreland County Arts & Heritage Festival.
10. Sandcastle Water Park
Unfortunately, you can't visit Sandcastle Water Park until next summer but no list of waterfront spots in Pittsburgh would be complete without it. So, during those snowy winter days, just remember that summer afternoons by the water at Sandcastle are just around the corner.
Take advantage of the crisp fall days before winter arrives at several of these waterfront spots in Pittsburgh. You might also want to visit this
amazing Saturday outdoor market before the season ends.