Outdoor Activities

Eliza Furnace Trail


Also called the "jail trail" since it passes by the county jail, Eliza Furnace Trail is a three-mile-long path that's perfect for hiking, biking, and rollerblading in an urban setting. The city has built a bridge connecting the path to the South...  Read More

Squirrel Hill


Hikers, bikers, walkers, and dog owners step out of city life and into nature when they enter 600-acre Frick Park. Playgrounds and tennis courts provide distraction, but the park is best-known for its many trails, which wander up and down the...  Read More

Ice Bumper Car Party


Sure, they look like inflatable doughnuts that can barely move, but after spending time in ice bumper cars, you'll see that regular bumper cars are vastly second-rate. Ice bumper cars easily zoom forward and backward using joystick-like...  Read More

West Homestead
Sandcastle Waterpark


Located where part of US Steel Homestead Works once churned out steel is Sandcastle Waterpark. It features a boardwalk with food booths like those found at the shore, several pools, a wave pool, hot tubs, and miles of waterslides – some...  Read More



456 acres containing trails, pools, tennis courts, an skating rink (roller hockey in the summer, ice skating in the winter), sports fields, tennis courts, a man-made lake, swimming pool, and wonderful views (Overlook Drive). Many annual events...  Read More



It's easy to get caught up in city life and forget the beauty that Southwestern Pennsylvania has to offer. Venture Outdoors, a Pittsburgh nonprofit, wants to see local communities be active in their natural surroundings. Their goal is to get...  Read More

The Great Allegheny Passage


Biking and hiking enthusiasts were thrilled by the creation of the Great Allegheny Passage in 2006. This 150-mile-long trail system connects Cumberland, Maryland, to Pittsburgh. As a segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, the...  Read More

Happy Hour Paddle


With three rivers intersecting in the middle of the city, Pittsburgh is a great place for urban boating. Venture Outdoors holds happy hour kayaking every other Friday beginning in May, giving Pittsburghers and visitors the chance to paddle down...  Read More