Pittsburgh March 25, 2017
The 10 Places You Absolutely Must Visit In Pittsburgh This Spring
Mother Nature certainly kept us on our toes this winter with the sudden weather changes from day-to-day. Spring, however, has finally arrived! Celebrate the start of a new season filled with golden sunshine and long days by starting a new bucket list. Here are just 10 of the best places to go in Pittsburgh this spring.
1. Go Ape Adventure Park – 991 Tennis Court Road, Allison Park, PA 15101
Find adventure among the trees at Go Ape Adventure Park in Allison Park. Wear closed toe shoes and weather appropriate clothing at this treetop adventure park that appeals to adventurers ages 10 years and older. Go Ape features a challenging obstacle course - comprised of zip lines, rope bridges, and other challenging crossings - broken into five sections.
2. Destiny Hill Farm – 1069 South Main Street, Washington, PA 15301
Breathe in the sweet scent of lavender when you visit Destiny Hill Farm in Washington, only 40 minutes from Pittsburgh. Meet Luther the adorable donkey. Cross fairy tale footbridges and drink in the breathtaking sight of rows and rows of blossoming lavender. Destiny Hill Farm hosts an annual Lavender Festival each summer, although the date for 2017 has yet to be announced.
3. Sahli Nature Park – 194 McKinley Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Embrace nature at the fairy tale Sahli Nature Park, nestled in 90 acres of forest in Beaver County. Hike along the trails, most of which lead back to the parking lot. Sit on the edge of a pond while watching the wildlife and listening to the rush of the waterfall. Kick your feet high in the air on the swings - attached between trees - that are perfect for kids and adults of all ages.
4. Buttermilk Falls Natural Area – Route 18 & 1st Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Walk behind a waterfall at Buttermilk Falls Natural Area in Beaver Falls. Wear comfortable shoes as you'll have an easy hike of between five and 10 minutes to the breathtaking 40 foot waterfall. Hike above the waterfall for a spectacular bird's eye view.
5. Twin Lake Parks – 219 Twin Lakes Road, Latrobe, PA 15650
Escape the busyness of city life with a visit to Twin Lakes Park in Greensburg, between 45 minutes to an hour from Pittsburgh depending on where in the city you live. The sprawling park features two lakes and hosts a variety of events throughout the summer, including free concerts on Sunday evenings and the annual Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival. Go fishing. Rent paddle boats. Hike. Or, picnic at the secluded park.
6. Pittsburgh Botanic Garden – 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA 15071
Stroll through the enchanted Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, open all year around but particularly inspiring during the spring when the flowers are blooming. Allot two hours for your visit if you want to explore the entire garden. Follow trails that will take you over footbridges, past ponds, and to a picturesque fairy garden, complete with fairy houses and an over-sized bird's nest.
7. Monongahela Incline – 100 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Treat yourself to spectacular views of Pittsburgh in the spring with a trip up the side of Mount Washington on the Monongahela Incline, America's oldest operating funicular. Stand on one observation decks for panoramic views of the city and beyond. Walk around the Mount Washington neighborhood or return back down the mountain for dinner and shopping at Station Square.
8. Volant, PA
Take a leisurely spring drive to the charming tiny town of Volant, just an hour from downtown Pittsburgh. Browse through the quaint shops - Miss Scarletts Gift Parlor and The Kitchen Shoppe, for example - and stop by Volant Mills, a former grist mill turned gift shop. Visit Neshannock Creek, where you can go fly fishing, trout fishing, have a picnic, or simply view a stunning waterfall.
9. PNC Park – 115 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
PNC Park is the place to be in the spring, even if you're not a baseball fan. Enjoy a day or an evening at the ballpark, which earned acclaim as having one of the best views in the United States. Stroll around the Riverwalk for jaw-dropping views. Park downtown so you can walk across the Roberto Clemente Bridge - open only to pedestrians during ballgames - for even more spectacular views of PNC Park.
10. Peace, Love, & Zen Wellness Center, 6023 Broad Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Relax and rejuvenate at Peace, Love, & Zen Wellness Center where you can soak up the healing effects of Himalayan salt therapy. Enjoy a 45 minute session or opt for aromatherapy, acupuncture, or massage.
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