Pittsburgh April 22, 2020
7 Unforgettable Adventures Around Pittsburgh To Save In Your Back Pocket For Later
Life’s certainly turned upside down of late, hasn’t it? Fortunately, we won’t be in lockdown forever. That means we have brighter days to look forward to and for which to plan. Now’s the perfect time to sit down and start thinking about all the adventures you want to have when our new normal arrives. Here are seven unforgettable adventures around Pittsburgh to get you started.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Hartwood Acres Park
Embrace nature – and bring your pup along – when you head to Hartwood Acres Park. The spectacular 629-acre park features a full menu of activities. Stop by the off-leash dog area. Set off on a hiking trail. During the summer from June through August, you can also take in a Sunday evening concert. (Check in advance, however, as the schedule may change due to the coronavirus.)
2. Buttermilk Falls Natural Area
Slip on a pair of comfy shoes for your visit to Buttermilk Falls Natural Area. You’ll have to follow a short trail, which takes around 10 minutes along a tree-lined path that includes a set of stone stairs. The trail leads straight to Buttermilk Falls. Dip your toes in the water. Walk behind the waterfall. Or grab a seat and enjoy the sound of the water as it tumbles down.
3. Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Explore some – or all – of the 452-acre Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. You’ll definitely want to wear a pair of comfortable shoes, if you plan to stroll along the trails. The sprawling garden features an enchanting fairy garden, a shimmering pond with stepping stones, and charming footbridges. Opt for the self-guided tour, or join a guided tour for a separate fee.
4. Powdermill Nature Reserve
Set off on an outdoor adventure at Powdermill Nature Reserve, a part of the Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh. Approximately an hour from downtown Pittsburgh, the sprawling nature reserve features several hiking trails, allowing you to explore the more than 2,000-acre outdoor destination. You can also stop by the Nature Center, where you can check out the indoor stream and other exhibits.
5. Ohiopyle State Park
Spend a day, a weekend, or an entire week at Ohiopyle State Park, where you can pitch a tent or rent a cabin for a bit of camping. The massive park offers something for everyone – from sensational waterfalls to scenic trails. Go kayaking or canoeing on the river. Soar across the sky on a zipline. If you’re visiting on a hot summer day, slide down the natural waterslide.
6. Sahli Nature Park
Sprawled across 90 lush acres, Sahli Nature Park sits not too far from the hustle and bustle of Beaver County. However, you’ll find sheer tranquility as you explore the nature park. Don’t forget your camera, because you’ll definitely want to snap shots of the wildlife – from ducks to butterflies – that you pass, of the waterfall, and of the shimmering pond. You can also relax on one of the benches dotted throughout the nature park.
7. Three Rivers Heritage Trail
If it’s been far too long since you’ve spent time in Pittsburgh, head out on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. The scenic trail spans 24 miles and will take you to some of the most popular spots in Pittsburgh – Heinz Field, Station Square, and the South Side. (However, you don’t have to walk the whole trail to enjoy it.)
What are some of the first adventures around Pittsburgh you plan to have when life returns to our new normal? Let us know in the comments! Then let us know if you agree that these are
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