Pittsburgh January 21, 2020
12 Unforgettable Pittsburgh Day Trips, One For Each Month Of The Year
Three cheers for the New Year! Let’s make 2020 our best year yet. We all have our own goals and plans for the coming year. Do you have exploring more of Pittsburgh and Western PA on your to do list? Here are 12 Pittsburgh day trips – one for each month of the year – that will add the cherry on top of what we all hope is the best year yet.
Note: Remember to contact the attraction featured in the day trip before hitting the road to check for current hours, prices (if applicable), and to ensure it is still open.
1. January – Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion
Spend a snowy Western Pennsylvania day outdoors on the slopes or zip and zoom down the mountain on a snow tube at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. When you need a break from the cold, head indoors to Slopeside Dining Room for a delicious meal and pretty spectacular views of the resort.
2. February – Splash Lagoon in Erie
Starting to suffer from cabin fever? Embark on a day (or an overnight) trip to Splash Lagoon in Erie, where you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped straight into summer. The indoor waterpark promises fun for the whole family – from the wave pool to the lazy river.
3. March – Covered Bridges near Pittsburgh
We’re on the cusp of spring - it finally arrives this month! Western Pennsylvania’s home to quite a few covered bridges. This day trip will take you to six of those covered bridges, including Bailey Covered Bridge and Leatherman Covered Bridge. Don’t forget to take your camera along, too.
4. April – Waterfall & Wineries in Western Pennsylvania
Can you think of a better pairing than wine and waterfalls? This day trip will take you to some of the most beautiful waterfalls – including Cucumber Falls – and wineries in Western Pennsylvania. Your journey will take you to Greendance Winery and Stone Villa Wine Cellars. Cap off the day with a visit to the fairy tale-like Tree Tops Restaurant.
5. May – Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Slip on a pair of comfy walking shoes for your day at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Tucked in Oakdale, the 452-acre botanic garden offers plenty to see and to do – from a lily pond with stepping stones to an enchanting fairy garden.
6. June – Trax Farms in Finleyville
Summer arrives this month, and that makes June the perfect time for a bit of strawberry picking. Trax Farms, in fact, welcomes visitors to pick their own strawberries from its seven-acre strawberry field. Keep an eye on the calendar, too, because the farm is known for its annual Strawberry Festival.
7. July – Conneaut Lake Park in Conneaut
Enjoy a leisurely 90-minute drive from downtown Pittsburgh to Conneaut Lake Park. Don’t forget your bathing suit, because you’ll definitely want to slip down the slides and meander along the lazy river. Afterward, climb aboard some of the park’s popular rides.
8. August – Laurel Hill Lake in Somerset
Pack up all of your beach gear for a sunny summer day at Laurel Hill Lake in Somerset. The sandy beach provides an idyllic spot to relax and to soak up the sun. Wade in the water of the lake, or go kayaking, canoeing, or row boating.
9. September – Half Crown Hill Orchard in McDonald
We’re barreling straight toward fall, and we all know what that means! Time for fall festivals, hay rides, and apple picking. Pick your own apples at Half Crown Hill Orchard, where you’ll choose from 16 different apple varieties – from golden delicious to honey crisp.
10. October – Triple B Farms in Monongahela
Thirty-one days of fun until Halloween arrives. Many area farms host fall festivals to celebrate the season, including Triple B Farms. The sprawling farm offers a full menu of activities, including pumpkin picking, corn mazes, and a fun yard for the whole family.
11. November – Grupp’s Christmas Tree Farm in Harmony
Set your GSP For Grupp’s Christmas Tree Farm, which usually opens during the third week of November, in nearby Harmony. There, you can cut down your own Christmas tree (or purchase a pre-cut one, if you prefer). The Christmas tree farm also sells wreaths and decorations.
12. December – It’s A Wonderful Life in Indiana
Celebrate the Christmas season at the It’s A Wonderful Life Festival in Indiana, home to Jimmy Stewart (George Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life). Typically held the first three Saturdays of December, the festival offers a full menu of family fun, including visits with Santa.
What are your favorite Pittsburgh day trips? Let us know in the comments! If you’re feeling a bit of wanderlust, how about a road trip? Hit the open road on this
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