Top 6 Outdoor Activities In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Updated 2024

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Pittsburgh is known as the Steel City for its huge steel industry, and the City of Bridges for its 446 iconic bridges. The city is nestled at the junction of three rivers in western Pennsylvania. This cultural city boasts the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Andy Warhol Museum. It is also home to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, while sport-related attractions include PNC Park baseball stadium and Heinz Field football stadium. Families will enjoy the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. However, besides these many attractions, there is also a range of outdoor activities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We’ve listed the top recommendations below so keep reading.

1. Hike in Frick Park accompanied by a cute hairless dog (from USD 59.0)

Many people miss their own dogs while on vacation. What better way to make up for this than by hiking with a new best friend, a friendly hairless dog by the name of Lola. The hike starts from Regent Square and takes you along the back trails of Pittsburgh. Along the way, take Instagrammable images of Pittsburgh’s beautiful backcountry, and have your own photo taken with Lola, to post on her world-famous Instagram page - @mslolaxolo - which has around 16,000 followers.

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Hike Frick Park with a Hairless Dog

Duration: 2.5 hours

7 reviews

2. Explore the city of Pittsburgh on a bike (from USD 49.0)

One of the best ways to explore the city of Pittsburgh is on a bike. On this bike tour, you will cycle through the streets of the Financial and Cultural district, check out the North Shore scenic river trails and explore the Strip District. Along the way, learn about the history of the city while enjoying the views, architecture, public art and city squares of The Burgh. A bike and helmet are supplied for your tour, as well as a small souvenir of Pittsburgh, and coupons for some of the best restaurants in town.

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Bike the Burgh Tour

Duration: 3 hours

61 reviews

3. Go hunting for wild edible plants and mushrooms (from USD 35.0)

Learn how to be more self-sufficient in life on this enjoyable tour, while visiting Pittsburgh’s best public park, Frick Park. Stroll around the environmental center and enjoy a pretty trail while seeking out wild medicinal and edible plants and mushrooms. Learn how to identify each plant and to harvest it sustainably. Also, find out each plant’s uses in recipes and health remedies while finding out which are the good plants and which are invasive.

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Finding Wild Edible Plants and Mushrooms

Duration: 2 hours

4. Have fun on a scavenger hunt while learning about Pittsburgh's culture (from USD 12.0)

The Let’s Roam app-led scavenger hunt is great fun and perfect for groups of friends or family. Tour Pittsburgh while learning about its cultural side and visiting famous landmarks like the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Allegheny Commons, and Andy Warhol Museum. As you tour, work together with your group, answering fun trivia questions and solving various challenges. You can either work with your group or compete against them while gaining new information and creating a memorable experience.

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Pittsburgh Culture Themed City Scavenger Hunt

Duration: 2 hours

5. Glide around Pittsburgh on a fun Segway Tour

Go on a historical, guided and narrated tour of Pittsburgh in a different way - on a Segway personal transporter. Segways are fun to ride while you learn about the city’s unique history. The tour is ideal for groups of friends or family members of up to 20 people. Riders must be at least 14 years of age. The tour starts in Station Square, next to the fountain and behind Hardrock Café. Check-in is 20 minutes before the tour starts. Among the attractions to visit are Roberto Clemente Bridge, the historic Market Square, Allegheny County Courthouse, Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Pitt Museum, PNC Park and Heinz Field.

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Pittsburgh Segway Tour

Duration: 2 hours

716 reviews

6. Tour Troy Hill and Spring Garden (from USD 29.0)

Pittsburgh is known as Steel City and the City of Bridges, but it has another claim to fame; the number of public city steps throughout the city. There are more than 800 stairways in the city’s 90 neighborhoods, including the “paper streets” and all are fun to explore. You will need a certain amount of stamina to truly enjoy the tour as you explore Troy Hill and Spring Garden. Along the way, learn about the history of this type of pedestrian travel and how the two neighborhoods contributed to Pittsburgh’s early economic development. Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Each participant will receive a free copy of the bi-annual Mis.Steps ‘zine.

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Simply Steps: A City Steps Tour of Troy Hill and Spring Garden

Duration: 2 hours

7 reviews

Explore historic Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a historic and fascinating city with many attractions to explore. One of the best ways of doing this is out in the fresh air of the warmer months of the year. Whether hiking, biking, riding a Segway or taking a stroll with a new best friend, these are among the many top outdoor activities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Anne Sewell was born in England, but has spent most of her life in Africa - Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa - and now resides on the beautiful Costa del Sol in southern Spain. She loves writing...Read more

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