Pittsburgh December 10, 2018
7 Winter Attractions For The Family Around Pittsburgh That Don’t Involve Long Lines At The Mall
We, Pittsburghers, tend to fall into one of two categories. We either really
love the madness of the holiday rush at the mall. Or, we just dread driving up and down the aisles to find a parking space, only to go indoors and go elbow to elbow with other shoppers. Regardless of what category you fall in, we all deserve some fun time away from the mall this season. Here are seven winter attractions around Pittsburgh that will keep you away from those long lines at the mall.
1. Ice skate at Schenley Park Skating Rink.
Glide around the ice rink at Schenley Park for a relaxing winter adventure. Open daily, the skating rink also features a special Skate With Santa on December 16, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (If you want to avoid crowds, though, you might want to skate another day.)
Schenley Park Skating Rink is located at 10341 Overlook Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
2. Go snow tubing at Hidden Valley Resort.
Spend your day zipping down the mountain – on snow tubes, of course – at Hidden Valley Resort. Kids between four and nine must be accompanied by a parent on their downhill adventure. Days of operation currently depend on the snow. However, beginning January 3, 2019, Hidden Valley will host Tube-A-Palooza on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tube-A-Palooza features an all-you-can-eat buffet, hot chocolate, and 11 lanes of snow tubing.
Hidden Valley is located at 599 Glades Pike, Somerset, PA 15501.
3. Explore Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Step into a magical winter wonderland at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Holiday Magic: Let It Glow. Explore the botanical gardens, all decked out for the holidays before heading outdoors for the spectacular light show.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is located at 1 Schenley Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
4. Go dog sledding.
Tour the kennel at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort before embarking on a once in a lifetime adventure. Climb aboard the two-person dog sled for an enchanting ride around the resort’s property. Winter dog sledding is weather permitting.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is located at 1001 Lafayette Dr., Farmington, PA 15437.
5. Visit Keystone State Park.
Keystone State Park transforms into a winter wonderland, especially after a fresh snowfall. And, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy on a long winter’s day. Explore the park on cross-country skis. Or, lace up your winter boots for an invigorating hike. Zip down hills on a sled. And, go ice skating on the lake when the weather permits. (Ice conditions are
Keystone State Park is located at 1150 Keystone Park Rd., Derry, PA 15627.
6. Climb aboard a sleigh ride.
Wrap yourself in a cozy blanket aboard your sleigh at Dragon Run Forge & Livery. For a truly unique experience, reserve an evening sleigh ride where the horses will guide you through the snow by the glow of lanterns.
Dragon Run Forge & Livery is located at 323 Porterfield Hill Rd., Cowansville, PA 16218.
7. Go sled riding.
Whee!! Who doesn’t love sled riding in the winter? And, let’s face it. Pittsburgh’s got
so many hills that are just perfect for sledding, especially after a fresh snowfall. What’s your favorite sled riding hill in Pittsburgh? Flagstaff Hill? Blue Slide Park at Frick Park? Or, another one?
What other winter attractions around Pittsburgh do you prefer to standing in mall lines? And, if you’re up for a kids-free day, plan a visit to this winery near Pittsburgh that makes the perfect winter day trip destination.
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