Adventurers, rejoice! Pittsburgh promises plenty of adventures – from the tame to the thrilling – that will add excitement to your spring. No matter what your personality or interests, you’ll find something adventurous to do in the city. Here are 10 of the adventures to take in Pittsburgh before you die.
1. Blue Mist Road – North Park, PA
Approach Blue Mist Road - also known as Irwin Road - in North Park as the sun sets
if you dare. The unassuming road in the daytime becomes a hotbed of paranormal activity after dark. Along this road, according to local legend, once sat a house where parents and their two children lived. The father murdered all three. Those who dare visit Blue Mist Road at night say the spirits of the mom and her two children roam the road at night. Others claim to have seen bodies hanging from trees and swear they've been chased by a half human, half dog creature.
2. Trundle Manor – 7724 Juniata Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Make an appointment for your next adventure - a trip to the eclectic Trundle Manor in Swissvale - at least a week in advance. The brightly lit home on Juanita Street promises surprises at every turn: Taxidermied animals, coffins, unusual medical devices, and jars with dead creatures. Bring a donation - cash, a beer, or whatever you have that is creepy - for your tour of this self-described tourist trap.
3. The Mansions on Fifth – 5105 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Wrap yourself in luxury by checking into the Mansions on Fifth, a spectacular hotel that dates back to the early 1900s. Have your every whim catered to by a butler, who can summon your car and attend to your needs during the day. Opt for a standard or a deluxe room or suite or upgrade to the spacious 1,000 square foot Presidential Suite. The Mansions on Fifth offers a plethora of amenities, including a free continental breakfast.
4. Hyeholde Restaurant – 1516 Coraopolis Heights Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108
Picnic on the picturesque grounds - weather and season permitting - at the enchanting Hyeholde Restaurant. Or, dine indoors at the fairy tale restaurant that debuted in 1938. Get an intimate look at the preparation of your meal by opting to sit at the Chef's Table, where you'll also be able to talk with the chefs. Reserve your table (recommended but not required) at Hyeholde Restaurant for dinner Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
5. Go Ape Adventure Park – 991 Tennis Ct Road, Allison Park, PA 15101
Play among the trees at Go Ape Adventure Park as you maneuver the sprawling treetop course that consists of five separate sections. Allot at least three hours for your adventure as the course typically takes two to three hours to complete. Swing 440 feet on the park's longest zip line on your trek to complete 41 different crossings.
6. Yellow Dog Village – #126 MAK Square, Worthington, PA 16262
Experience life in the early 20th century when you spend a day, a weekend, or a week at Yellow Dog Village, a replica of an early 1900s mining village. Visitors to the village will learn how to prepare their own food, will build household goods at the carpenter shop, and discover the secrets to living a sustainable life off of the grid.
7. Slippery Rock Gorge Trail – Portersville, PA 16051
Challenge yourself - if you are in good shape and are a seasoned hiker - on the Slippery Rock Gorge Trail that typically takes 4.5 hours to finish one way. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring enough bottled water to help you successfully complete the trail that travels from Hells Hollow to Eckerts Bridge in McConnells Mill State Park. Pass such natural wonders as a natural bridge, a waterfall, and a unique cave.
8. Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve – 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Uncover the natural beauty of Pittsburgh when you visit Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel. Hike one of the nine hiking trails that will give you a close up view of such local wildlife as red foxes, owls, raccoons, and deer. The nine trails total five miles. The Toddler Trail, the shortest trail, typically takes 10 minutes to complete and leads to a scenic pond. Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve also hosts public events, including educational hikes.
9. Shades of Death Road – Avella, PA
Experience the paranormal by traveling down another haunted street. Shades of Death Road in Avella has seen its share of tragedy throughout the years. One tragedy, in particular, stands out among the rest. Back in 1922, a group of miners became trapped underground. Some say the miners' bodies were left behind while others claim they were removed and buried. Whatever the truth, drivers down Shades of Death Road have told harrowing tales of seeing darting shadows in the road accompanied by painful bellows. Other drivers tell of seeing an apparition in a flowing, glowing white dress.
10. Ohiopyle State Park – 124 Main Street, Ohiopyle, PA 15470
Top off your adventures with a camping trip at Ohiopyle State Park, well-known for its spectacular waterfalls, including Ohiopyle Falls, Cucumber Falls, Johnathan Run Falls, and a stunning Natural Water Slide. Pitch your tent in the park or opt for something a little more comfortable. Ohiopyle State Park boasts yurts that feature electrical outlets, a fridge, a microwave, and a stove.
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