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Unique outdoor activities make Allegheny County a premier travel destination this spring
PITTSBURGH – The long-awaited spring season has officially begun, and with great weather comes great outdoor adventures in Pittsburgh. Unique activities can be found for both the seasoned adventurer as well as those who prefer to simply get outdoors and relax amongst the spring scenery.
Unfamiliar with the Pittsburgh area but want to see all that it has to offer? Some of Pittsburgh’s most famous guided tours allow visitors to explore the city’s 90 unique neighborhoods by foot or bike, like Bike the Burgh Tours and ‘Burgh Bits & Bites Food Tour! There are plenty of self-guided options as well, including Downtown walking tours, gallery crawls and more.
Whether looking to relax with a picnic or get some exercise, visit one of Allegheny County's nine parks. With more than 180 miles of trails, there are endless opportunities to get out and enjoy all the beauty and diverse landscape Allegheny County has to offer for visitors of all ages. Within the city, check out some of the community parks that cater to multiple neighborhoods including South Side Park, August Wilson Park, McKinley Park and much more. Whether looking for basketball courts, playgrounds or woodland trails, the city’s 163 parks have options for all.
Throughout the parks and trails intertwined across the city, visitors will find beautiful scenery, including more than 3,500 native Eastern redbud trees planted over the past five years by The Pittsburgh Redbud Project. With vibrant bursts of pink color lining the trails, promenades, hillsides, parks and open public spaces along Pittsburgh’s three rivers, the views are sure to wow all visitors.
There are more than 30 miles of river shoreline within the city limits, allowing visitors to dive right into unique and thrilling water sports such as kayaking and paddleboarding adventures, boating and more. Venture Outdoors offers kayak and paddleboard rentals to enjoy throughout North Park Lake, Sharpsburg’s James Sharp Landing and Downtown, regardless of experience level.
First-time paddleboarders also are encouraged to check out SurfSUP Adventures for the most popular Eco-Tours across Moraine State Park and the Islands of Oakmont.
With such a wide array of outdoor activities in addition to the wide range of exciting attractions, arts and culture opportunities and award-winning food and craft beverage scenes, visitors will find themselves wanting to come back to Pittsburgh to explore more with each trip.
VisitPITTSBURGH is the official tourism marketing and promotion agency of the Pittsburgh region. The organization is dedicated to generating business events, sports events and leisure travel.