Pittsburgh is a summer hot spot...literally. With average summer temperatures in the 80s, it can be hard to keep cool throughout the summer. Get out of the house and check out these spots around Pittsburgh in hopes of beating the heat.
The fountain in Point State Park, better known as "The Point," is a great place to hang out on a hot summer day. The fountain sprays water 150 feet into the air and wind blows a mist onto visitors wading at the fountain's edge. Best of all—this option won't cost you anything.
A short drive from downtown, overlooking the Monongahela River, is Sandcastle Waterpark. Sandcastle has plenty of options to cool you off: 15 waterslides, two children play areas, a lazy river, and a wave pool.
Pittsburgh's Citiparks offers 18 outdoor pools to cool off in. Daily admission is just $5 for individuals 16 and older, $3 for children ages 3-15, and free for children under 2. Additionally, many programs and classes for all ages are offered throughout the summer.
If pools aren't your thing, check out Citiparks' Spray Parks. Motion sensors cause water to spray in all directions at these free facilities. Check out any of the six spray parks around Pittsburgh for a splashing good time.
The Waterplay exhibit at the Children's Museum lets children experience water through pumps, channels, sprays, rain, dams, and much more. Visitors can bring a change of clothes or a bathing suit because there are many ways to get splashed from head to toe! Access to Waterplay is included in the price of admission to the Children's Museum, which is $14 for children.
Enjoy the splashes and breezes of the river with Kayak Pittsburgh. For $16 an hour, cool down on the river while taking in new views of the city. Kayak Pittsburgh welcomes beginners, advanced paddlers, and children to cool down in a kayak.
If kayaking didn't cool you down enough, try surfing. Surf Pittsburgh offers wake surfing lessons on the three rivers. Lessons are catered to each individual's skill level. But even if you're an experienced surfer, chances are you will get wet.
Kennywood's three water rides is a fun way to keep cool. Each water ride offers a different degree of getting wet. The popular Raging Rapids, which is guaranteed to get you wet, gives the illusion of white water rafting. Afterwards, dry off by hopping on any of the six roller coasters the park offers.
Located on the North Shore, between Heinz Field and PNC Park, is the Water Steps. The interactive fountain provides a fun place for children, adults, and even pets to splash around on a hot summer day.
Allegheny County has several wave pools for Pittsburghers to take advantage of Boyce Park, Settlers Cabin Park, and South Park each provide a chance to cool off in their wave pools. For just $1 for children and $6 for adults, the wave pools offer an inexpensive day of beating the heat.
No matter how you choose to beat the heat this summer, take advantage of all the cool ways to cool off that Pittsburgh provides!
Natalie is a proud Pittsburgher, Ohio University Bobcat, and travel enthusiast working towards her goal of visiting all 50 states. Connect with her on twitter or check out her website.