in Pittsburgh, PA
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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.
Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Art Gardens of Pittsburgh
322 N Shore Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15212 Directions
Gardening is transformed into a contemporary art form in the Frank Curto Park’s Art Gardens of Pittsburgh. Wander among the unique, mile-long outdoor art gallery filled with instillation art created with the growing greenery. Although you may spot a few sculptures, the main medium in the Art Gardens is the plant life.
Emerald View Park
Stop by Pittsburgh’s "front porch," the Emerald View Park that loops around and through the Mt. Washington, Duquesne Heights and Allentown neighborhoods. This impressive urban byway preserves a unique combination of natural beauty and manmade architecture. See some of Pittsburgh’s most beautiful outdoor scenery including rivers, lush green hills, and rolling vistas set against the city’s skyline.
1981 Beechwood Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15217 Directions
Escape the noise of the city and spend some time outdoors at Frick Park. Stretching from Point Breeze down to the Monongahela River, this woodland park offers extensive trails, a large bird population, tennis courts, baseball fields and the only public lawn bowling green in Pennsylvania. If you are visiting during the winter, bring your sled to take advantage of the steep hills.
Get active at Highland Park. Located in the Highland Park neighborhood, the municipal park of the same name offers a variety of outdoor activities for people of all ages during all seasons. Visit the Pittsburgh Zoo to see the wildlife, learn about the importance of drinking water at the reservoirs, climb up Mount Bigelow or take advantage of the two sand volley ball courts, tennis courts, walking trails, and playgrounds.
700 Arch St
Pittsburgh, PA 15212 Directions
People of all ages will marvel at nature’s wonders while visiting the National Aviary. One of the nation’s only free standing aviaries, this huge aviary contains some of the most incredible birds you will ever see, from hummingbirds the size of your thumb to Condors with a gigantic 10-foot wingspan to the flightless African penguins and more.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1 Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 Directions
Bring the entire family out to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and immerse yourself in a wonderful world of botanical attractions. Stroll through an authentic Japanese Garden, an amazing Aquatic Garden and the Discovery Garden, designed with kids in mind. Or, head inside the conservatory for exotic plants from around the world.
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
7370 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 Directions
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is one of America’s finest zoos, and has plenty of attractions and exhibits to keep you and the young ones busy for the day. If you can drag them away from the Kid’s Kingdom, the interactive children’s area filled with petting zoo animals and fun activities, they can see all the lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Point State Park
601 Commonwealth Pl
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 Directions
Located at the tip of Pittsburgh’s confluence of three rivers, Point State Park preserves and commemorates a historical marker for the state and the country. See one of the most dramatic views of the Pittsburgh riverfront, and take some time to relax outdoors at the park’s waterways, scenic hillsides, many bridges and 100-foot-tall fountain. Or, learn about the past by visiting the Fort Duquesne remains and the Fort Pitt Museum.
159 Riverview Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15214 Directions
Spend some time exploring the outdoor jewel of Pittsburgh’s North Side. Riverview Park offers an extensive network of trails through its dense woodlands and dramatically steep hills for hikers, joggers, and the occasional horseback ride. Riverview is also home to the Allegheny Observatory, a space-themed playground, a visitor’s center, a swimming pool, ball field and many picnic areas.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Visit what Travel + Leisure named one of "America’s Coolest City Parks" in 2011. Schenley Park borders the University of Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Mellon University campuses, and is filled with people taking advantage of the park’s 450 acres of trails, woods and attractions—from an ice rink in the winter to outdoor movies in the summer.