"There are sophisticated, unique and well-run cultural institutions here, and they are all easy to get to, affordable and great for kids too."
As an attorney, Adriane Harrison once worked for the world’s largest law firm, in Chicago, and lived in the country's second largest metropolitan area — Los Angeles. As a wife and mother, and now the head of human resources for Venture Outdoors, Adriane enjoys the accessibility and affordability of many world-class amenities in Pittsburgh. “I love how unbelievably accessible Pittsburgh is: museums, kayaking, Pirates baseball, the symphony. They’re all 20 minutes or less from my home.”
Adriane and her family are members of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium and Phipps Conservatory and regular visitors at the Children’s Museum. They also enjoy frequenting the area’s independent bookstores and music stores. In fact, music is what brought Adriane and her husband Keith together -- and her to Pittsburgh: they met at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin.
The Harrisons love being an outdoor family. With their daughters, Ellie, 10, and Darcy, 9, they are avid kayakers and hikers. “We’re an active family because it’s so easy to be an active family here.” She helps others take advantage of the region’s great outdoors and unique topography through her work at Venture Outdoors. The group organizes hiking, biking, rock climbing, paddling, skiing, snow shoeing and other excursions for its more than 10,000 members and many non-member participants. It's known for such unique themed hikes as “Bagpipes and Beer,” Tyke Hikes in Frick Park, Schenley Park, Highland Park, Riverside Park and Allegheny Commons, lunchtime fly fishing at Point State Park, and its popular kayaking programs run out of three boathouses.
On summer nights, especially during sporting events, the group’s bright yellow kayaks dot the three rivers, often under fireworks.