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’Tis the season for holiday parties, overeating, and hiding indoors until spring arrives.

Facts are facts, gang. Staying active when the snow starts to fall is pretty much impossible. At least that’s what we tell ourselves. Fortunately, Pittsburgh’s events calendar is out to prove us all wrong.

From festive fun runs to yoga and booze, here are the December events making it a whole lot easier to find some balance and break a sweat while celebrating the holiday season.

Lights Off, Breath On

pittsburghyogaflowINFOGrab your mat and head to Yoga Flow in Mt. Lebanon for this glowga class. In case it didn’t click, “glowga” is glow in the dark yoga (clever). Dress in white, get done up with some body paint, and wear neon bracelets to enhance the effect of the black lights in the studio. Once you’re all painted up, get ready to take your Vinyasa practice to the next level as you breathe, flow, and glow. Extra points if you draw on glow-in-the-dark Warrior (pose) face paint. December 3

Polar Plunge

pittsburghpolarplungeINFOReady to rock your bathing suit (or a Speedo!?) in December? Yes, it seems kinda nuts. But it’s not as crazy when you’re freezing for a reason. And that’s exactly what the Polar Plunge is all about. You and a few thousand friends strip down to your skivvies before jumping into the chilly Ohio River. It will be a good time for a great cause, supporting the Special Olympics and athletes in Pennsylvania. December 10

Jingle Bell Run

pittsburghjinglebellrunINFOBust out your best Santa outfit, elf attire, or reindeer costume and get to the North Shore for one of Pittsburgh’s essential races. The Jingle Bell Run is a holiday tradition around these parts. This 5k race is your chance to sweat and celebrate while raising funds to help cure arthritis. How festive is it? Well, you’ll be happy to know that prizes go out to the best costumes for both people AND dogs. So round up your friends, get decked out from head to mistletoe, and jingle all the way to the finish line. December 3

Holiday Lights Run

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Join the crew from Fleet Feet for a run through the 412, exploring all of the holiday decorations along the way. This run kicks off in Market Square, departing from PPG Place, before hitting every must-see festive display downtown. With a six- and four-mile option, plus a one-mile Holiday Stroll, there’s something for every runner (or walker). Wear your blinking bulbs, festive socks and holiday best (layers, people) for a good time that benefits the UPMC Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund. December 15

Winter Solstice Stroll

pittsburghhartwoodINFOPittsburgh is an awesome city for exploring the great outdoors – though, you may have already known that. From hiking to rock climbing and kayaking to camping, there are endless adventures to be had. And Venture Outdoors makes getting outside easy, even in the winter. Join the VO crew for a four-mile evening hike around Hartwood Acres on the shortest day of the year. And if you love the cosmos (not talking about the drink), it’s the perfect stargazing stroll. December 21

Bend, Brews, and Brunch @ Spoonwood

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Sweat, sip, and snack your way through a Sunday morning yoga, brunch, and beer sesh at Spoonwood Brewing in Bethel Park. Yes, this is, in fact, all of our favorite things rolled into one. Join Annie Federoff & Kiersten O’Halek of Pure Power Yoga for a 75-minute Vinyasa flow followed by your choice of three brunch options and a beer flight tasting of three beers. Count us in! December 11

Happy Hour Run

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Getting motivated to go for a run is hard enough. Going for a run outside, in December, when it’s cold and dark at 5 o’clock is the absolute worst. Unless, of course, you’re running with a bunch of fit friends before grabbing a beer. Sound like something you might be into? Well then, meet up at True Runner in Shadyside for a run around the neighborhood followed by beers a Mario’s. Bonus: It’s on the shortest day of the year…so you’ll likely spend more time beering than running. December 21

Holiday Sparkle @ SHPY


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Our friends at South Hills Power Yoga are celebrating the holiday season by giving the gift of free yoga. Just show up for a 90-minute power yoga session on the house. We know what you’re thinking, it doesn’t get much better than that. Oh, but it does! Because they’ll also have a little community social afterward, complete with sparkling wine and cookies. Thanks, SHPY! December 16

Ice Skating @ PPG Place

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Bundle up, lace up your skates, and glide around the new and improved ice skating rink at PPG Place. The rink is bigger than ever before, accommodating more than 300 skaters at once! It’s the perfect way to stay active during the winter months (and not a bad winter date idea).

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Serious question: Is it fall or not? Many Pittsburghers are asking the same thing and we don’t have any answers. With Indian summer after Indian summer, we may never get to use our flannel! Surely November though, right?

But while fall is having an identity crisis, we can take advantage of out-of-doors in all its leafy goodness before we hibernate. Yes, November is already an awesome month – football, Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie – but add in some healthy fun in [what’s left of] the sun, and it’s the greatest fall ever.

Vino & Vinyasa at Engine House 25

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Some people say wine tastes best on a patio in the summer. Others say in front of a blazing falltime fireplace. Though, they’re all wrong. We know it tastes best after a 75-minute Vinyasa yoga session. Don’t know what we mean? Vino & Vinyasa, led by instructors Sarah Reed-Lieb and Kate Clingan, is back at Engine House 25 for the THIRD time (it must be nice if they do it thrice)! But this time when you head for a glass in their Lawrenceville cellar post-savasana, you’ll also get to peruse wares from local makers Boho Tribe and Sincerely Colleen with wine in hand. November 10

EQT 10 Miler

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So you ran the Great Race 10k, then the Penguins 6.6k, and you just want to keep that train rolling. Well all aboard the EQT 10 Miler! Runners really love the 10 Miler; it’s the perfect way to experience fall in Pittsburgh, running through Station Square, North Side, West End, and the Strip District. Seeing Mt. Washington’s sea of colorful leaves is nice, but the free food to warm you up at the finish is even nicer. Don’t have the legs for 10? Don’t sweat it. They have relay and team challenges too. November 6

Yoga on Tap

Yoga, beer, and brunch are three things we’ll never get enough of. Taken on their own, a beer, some brunch, or a yoga class will make a bad day better. So imagine how epic your day would be if it combined all three. Well, that’s exactly what Urban Elementsand Allegheny City Brewing have done with Yoga on Tap. Prepare for a 90-minute power yoga class at Allegheny City Brewing, followed by a flight of beer and food truck eat for brunch. November 20

ZooZilla 5k

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It’s back! One of the best runs in Pittsburgh, the ZooZilla 5k, is as wild as ever. You’ll run a circuit around and through the Pittsburgh Zoo, past rhinos, jungle cats and more. No matter if you run like a gazelle (they have those) or walk like a tortoise (they have those too), you’re welcome to join in on a thundering herd of animal-loving racers. The best part? Your race ticket includes a full day’s admission at the zoo, so you can go back to spend time with the animals you passed up (talking about the attractions, not your family). November 5

PNC YMCA Turkey Trot

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Of all the Thanksgiving traditions your family may have – like pulling the wishbone or giving thanks that the Steelers play on Thanksgiving this year – taking a fun morning trot is one you can never let die. The PNC YMCA Turkey Trot, run for the 26th time this year through downtown Pittsburgh, is too much fun. People dress up like pilgrims and turkey legs for the one-mile, 5k, five-mile, or Double Gobble (the 5k and five-miler back-to-back). And if you’re going to go hard on the Turkey Day feast (and we know you will), it’s a good pre-meal sweat sesh to ease some guilt. November 24

Dirty Dozen

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Every year, the Dirty Dozen tests cyclists in the most Pittsburgh way possible – you bike the city’s 13 steepest hills (including Canton Avenue in Beechview, the US’s steepest street). Meeting at the Bud Harris Cycling Track in Highland Park, you and other brave cyclists will set out on a 50-mile ride around the city (with a few breaks and refreshments along the way). Sad news, though: The Dirty Dozen’s founder, event runner, and leading cyclist, Danny Chew, was severely injured in an unrelated cycling accident early this fall. He insists that the race go on, and you really should ride – all proceeds from your epic trek will go towards Danny’s expenses (but you can always donate here). November 26

Farm to Table Harvest Tasting

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On November 5th, you need to clear everything on your schedule. There will be tasty food samples…(glad we have your attention). But not just any food, we’re talking the region’s freshest, locally grown or prepared foods, straight from the source. In its 5th year, the Farm to Table Harvest Tasting gathers local farmers, chefs, and spirit makers (that means booze) at the Produce Terminal in the Strip District for a day of wholesome food samples and hearty conversation (usually about food). November 5

Marathon on the Mountain

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Did you think the Pittsburgh Marathon was hard? Ha! You may be a runner of steel, but you’ll need all the energy gels, Gatorade stops, positive thoughts you can manage to tackle a marathon in the Laurel Highlands. Starting at the Foggy Goggle, you’ll run two laps around a circuit at Seven Springs Mountain Resort that’ll take you up ski trails, through wooded hiking and biking paths, and deep into the wilderness. Course difficulty: black diamond. But if you’re looking for that friendly green circle-type event, sign up for the half marathon or 5k distances. November 5

Hip-Hop & Hops Yoga

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How does Pittsburgh yoga keep getting more awesome? We do it in Market Square, on a farm with ice cream, and with wine (at Engine House 25). It’s like you just take your favorite things and make it a yoga practice. So hip-hop and craft beer? Where do we sign up? (…here, by the way.) Yoga Flow in Murrysville is laying down an invigorating yoga flow to some hot beats from the likes of Drake, Kanye, Snoop, and more. And after your hip-hop comes the hops. Select craft beers will be on hand (and in hand) to cool down. November 5

Bunny Yoga

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We just talked yoga and hops, but this takes it to a much more adorable level (though, without the beer). Bunny Yoga is back. We’ll say it again: Bunny Yoga. Thanks to Animal Friends on Camp Horne Road, we get a one-hour yoga session with the shelter’s family of rabbits hopping between your warrior II pose. Bring your own mats, but leave the carrots at home. November 18

Griffin Cross

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If Bunny Yoga is a little too cuddly for you, Griffin Cross might be up your alley. This inaugural cyclocross races winds around the rolling Seton Hill University campus in Greensburg (thus, Griffin Cross). And Flat Tire Bike Shop, the creators of this fun, un-timed race, want you to race whether you have a trail bike or not. We’re pretty sure they’d be cool if you rode a tricycle. November 20

Pittsburgh VegFEAST

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If turkey, or any meat for that matter, really isn’t your thing, get your fill of veggies the week before Thanksgiving. Back for another epic year, Pittsburgh VegFEAST at Spirit in Lawrenceville promises the best plant-based food Pittsburgh has to offer (and probably that you’ve ever tasted). Fueling the feast are some of our favorite vegetarian and vegan providers from around the city – like Amazing Cafe, Allegro Hearth Bakery, Onion Maiden, and more. Regardless of your dietary preference, it’s going to be a feast that rivals any Turkey Day. November 20

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When it comes to parks and green spaces, Pittsburgh is pretty spoiled. From exploring the outdoors within the city, to more adventurous outings just a short drive away, there’s no shortage of opportunities to get outside around here. Especially when someone (ahem!) compiles a list of everything you need to know about our region’s city, county and state parks in one place.

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Whether you’re looking to relax and read a book, go for a run through wooded trails or play a game of basketball with your friends, these Pittsburg parks have it all! The best part is you won’t even have to leave the city to get to them.

Mellon Square

Conveniently located in downtown Pittsburgh, this park is a great lunch break destination.  Wait, a park in the middle of the city? Yep, that’s right! And that’s not all: it’s built on top of a parking garage. The park reopened last May after being restored due to the 60 years in use. The 1.37-acre area is a great spot to relax from the hustle and bustle of downtown’s office-goers.

Riverview Park

This 259-acre park offers something for everyone. Hikers, bikers, and runners can enjoy the deeply wooded trails, while residents can also enjoy a swimming pool, playground, ball field, and even horseback riding.  One of the landmarks at the park is the Allegheny Observatory, a major astronomical research institution, owned by the University of Pittsburgh. You may also notice the Chapel Shelter, which after a restoration completed in 2008, now allows for a great picnic spot.

Washington’s Landing

Probably most popularly known for the marina, is Washington’s Landing. Don’t worry; you don’t have to have a boat to check out the area.  Here you get the best of both worlds: a park and a view of the three rivers. If you need to regain some energy while exploring, there is a riverfront restaurant, Redfin Blues, located nearby where you can watch the boats while enjoying a drink.

Highland Park

The entrance of the park welcomes you with a large Victorian-style garden, which leads up to one of Pittsburgh’s many reservoirs, along with running and dog walking trails.  If you’re looking for something to do with the entire family, you may want to check out the 50-meter swimming pool, the kiddie pool for the little ones, and the volleyball courts. Last but not least, we can’t forget about the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium!

Frick Park

This is the largest city park in Pittsburgh covering 600 acres of trails and baseball fields. Not only are the amenities endless at Frick Park during the warmer months, but also in the winter, which includes Blue Slide Park: the go-to spot for sledding. In fact, there is so many different activities to do in Frick Park, rapper Mac Miller even wrote two songs about it: “Frick Park Market” and “Blue Slide Park.”

Schenley Park

For many college students Schenley Park is the perfect study spot being that it’s only a few minute walk from both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie University. While Schenley Park offer a fantastic view of the Cathedral of Learning, you would never even know you’re still in the city. A swimming pool in the summer, an ice skating rink in the winter, and an 18-hole golf course are just a few of the conveniences you can access to escape reality for a bit.

West Park

Better known as Allegheny Commons, this 64-acre park is the oldest in Pittsburgh. Built in 1867, in what was Allegheny City, the park once featured four fountains that have since demolished. But, thankfully, community groups are currently hard at work raising funds that would restore the park surrounding Lake Elizabeth to its original splendor.

South Side Park

When most people think of Southside they think bars, shops, and restaurants. Well, now its time to think hiking and biking, too! The park isn’t easily spotted because it’s hidden back in the slopes of Southside, but once find it, you’ll never want to leave. After exploring the wilderness for bit, don’t forget about East Carson Street… stop down for a drink at Fat Head’s Saloon or a “sammitch” at Primanti Bros.

Emerald View Park

This park includes three different neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, not to mention best view of the city. You can even catch a movie at the park every week as a part of the free “Cinema in the Park” during the summer. When you’re looking to be a little more active, Emerald View Park also has basketball courts, baseball fields, and even a boxing club (a great way to relieve some stress)!

Mellon Park

Located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Shadyside Avenue, Mellon Park is a great place to stop as you’re driving through Shadyside. The Walled Garden underwent a restoration of several years and was completed in June 2010. Since the update, the park has been offering events throughout the summer, which includes Summer Soul Line Dancing. Not interested in dancing? Don’t worry. You can schedule your own private events here, too!

August Wilson Park

For the past two years August Wilson Park, formerly Cliffside Park, has been under a redevelopment project. Before the renovation the park didn’t offer much, with overgrown shrubs, cracked pavement, and drainage problems. Thanks to the hard work from residents, the park now holds two play areas, a picnic area, a half basketball court, and not to mention a great view of the river.

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After you’ve checked out all of the Pittsburgh parks, it’s time to see what the county parks have to offer.  At some of these parks you will find longer trails, perfect for hiking and taking your dog for a walk, water spray parks for the kids (or adults…we don’t judge) and even a BMX track. You can be sure to stay active no matter the season!

North Park

Being that North Park is the largest in the county, you are sure to stay active and busy here. Walk, run, bike, or hike on the trails totaling 43 miles. During the summer go for a dip in what was once the largest pool in the world, or go paddle-boarding, kayaking, or take a ride on a pedal boat, or even go for a horse back ride.  Don’t worry; there are winter activities at the park, too. When the lake freezes over maybe you want to try cross-country skiing or ice fishing.

South Park

This park may be the oldest in the county but that doesn’t mean it’s outdated by any means. 17 miles of trails is only the beginning. Here you will find a sand volleyball court, tennis courts, a golf course, and an ice skating rink.  Oh and don’t forget the wave pool or amphitheater for summer concerts! But wait, there’s more… the BMX track is considered the best in the county.

Boyce Park

This park is ideal for any of the winter lovers out there. Here you’ll find snowboarding, tubing, downhill skiing and trails for cross-country skiing. Don’t panic summer lovers; Boyce Park has activities for you too, including 21 miles of trails for hiking and biking.  While you’re here be sure to check out the Nature Center, organic greenhouse, and take an art class or two!

Deer Lakes

Deer Lakes is known for it’s three spring-fed lakes, which provide year round fishing opportunities-a fisherman’s paradise. This park also sits on one of the highest points of all of Allegheny County, allowing for picture perfect views of the stars and planets. In fact, visitors can take a “tour of the sky” throughout the year. But that’s not all… enjoy the 18-hole disc golf course and water spray park while you’re here.

Harrison Hills

Just because this park is the smallest in the county doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do or see, especially for nature lovers. This spot is ideal for kids and bird enthusiasts, offering guided walks and nature camps. There’s also plenty of room to stretch your legs here with three soccer fields, a children’s play area, and 20 miles of trails. Great for the entire family!

Hartwood Acres

The 31-room mansion is definitely the most recognizable part of this park. The mansion was lived in until 1974, which has since been used for weddings, tea parties, mansion tours, and parties. Aside from the iconic mansion, this park offers 15 miles of trails being shared with hikers, bikers, and cross-country skiers. Hartwood Acres provides entertainment, too! It’s known for its performance stage and Summer Concert Series.  Be on the look on for who’s performing next!

Round Hill

This 1,100-acre park is great for field trips because it’s a current working farm. That’s right… this means there’s cows, pigs, goats, horses, and more. There’s even a milk house and a duck pond that the kids will be sure to love.  While the park is extremely educational, stop by to enjoy the trails, picnic shelters, and water spray park on those hot summer days.

Settlers Cabin

So, this park is pretty cool because it’s the only county park that has a professional diving well! After working up a sweat from the rugged hiking and biking trails, or playing tennis against your besties, cool off by taking a dip in the water. That’s right… you can drive, jump, or cannon ball into 17-feet deep water from a one, three, or 10-meter concrete platform (hopefully you’re not afraid of heights) or take a ride in the wave pool.

White Oak

This park may be small to some, but large to nature lovers, especially tree lovers.  Here you will find some of the oldest tree groves in PA.  The garden within the park is also a hidden gem for weddings (shhh)! Of course there are trails and a playground to enjoy as well!

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If you ever need to get away from the city for a little bit (it’s OK, it happens sometimes) check out these four state parks.  Make it a weekend camping trip at Raccoon Creek State Park or go rock climbing at McConnell’s Mill. The great thing is that these state parks aren’t even too far away from home!

Point State Park

This park is conveniently located where the three rivers come together, known appropriately as “the point” or the “Golden Triangle.” As a part of this National Historic Landmark, Pittsburgher’s indulging in water ports including boating, paddle boarding, and kayaking are a very common sight.  Be sure to check out the Fort Pitt Museum while you’re visiting, too… It tells the story of how Western PA plays a role during the French and Indian War (very educational)!

McConnell’s Mill

This state park is perfect for the adventurers out there.  Bring your own kayak or canoe and you can whitewater raft down the Slippery Rock Creek. Provide your own equipment and you and your buddies can traverse the Rim Road Climbing area. This park even offers hiking trails for all ages and experience levels. Looking for more of a leisurely activity? Fishing is permitted almost anywhere along the creek. McConnell’s Mill is sure to please everyone!

Moraine State Park

Finally, a beach in Western PA! Moraine State Park provides not one, but two beaches along the shore of Lake Arthur. While we all love to catch some rays and go for a swim during the summer, this is only one of the amenities the park offers.  While you’re here you can even book a cruise. OK, so maybe it isn’t to the Caribbean, but hey, who wouldn’t enjoy the scenery and wildlife that surrounds Lake Arthur? Or, if you’d rather take your own boat out on the lake, you can do so at the Davis Hollow Marina.

Raccoon Creek State Park

This state park has just about anything you can think of. Everything from horseback riding to camping to snowmobiling, pretty much you name it, you can do it here. Come here for a peace and quiet hike through the woods or a family camping trip.  No matter the season, you will be sure to stay busy whether it is just for the day or for a week long vacation.

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Quick question: Any idea how many neighborhoods there are in Pittsburgh?

Hm. Here’s a hint: A LOT. There are 90 in all. Which is kind of crazy. But the really crazy part is that they each have something a little different to offer. The problem is, you can’t really get a good sense for what makes each spot special when you’re just passing through. It’s as though you have to stop, park your car and walk around a bit to truly get a feel for things.

Great idea! Explore Pittsburgh and get some exercise in at the same time. With 90 neighborhoods to hit, you better get started soon. Well, this article should help. Here are 12 walks around town you should take – at least once. Just click the green map icon on each image to see the route.

Grandview Avenue

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You can’t call yourself a Pittsburgher if you’ve never seen the Steel City from Mt. Washington. And no visit to Pittsburgh is complete without a walk along Grandview Avenue. So whether you’re a longtime native, a newbie or just passing through plan on taking this one mile walk from the Point of View Statue (George Washington and Seneca Chief Guyasuta) to Shiloh Street. You’ll pass a the Le Mont, St. Mary of the Mount, a few inclines and observation pods where you’ll want to stop for a photo (or ten). Take your time and take your time before making the return trip back to see George.

 

Mexican War Streets

Known for beautifully restored row houses, tree-lined streets and community gardens, this historic district has a character and feel that’s best experienced on foot. To do so, meander through the streets between West North Avenue to Sampsonia Way and from Sherman to Drovers. Along the way, plan to make stops at a handful of amazing art spaces including the Mattress Factory, City of Asylum, and Randyland. If you’re feeling extra energized cross North Avenue and explore Allegheny Commons and Lake Elizabeth.

 

The Strip District

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Spending a weekend morning in the Strip District. It’s a quintessential Pittsburgh experience. To see what we mean, head to the Penn Avenue market district between Liberty and Smallman for street vendors, ethnic eateries and food purveyors, unique boutiques, antique shops and more. Prepare to shop, smell and sample your way through spots like Wholey’s, Penn Mac, Enrico Biscotti, Parma Sausage and La Prima Espresso. Whatever you do, don’t forget about brunch at Deluca’s or Pamela’s. Then walk it off as you continue your tour of the Strip District with a walk through the Heinz History Center.

 

Schenley Plaza + Park

Okay, we’re going to come right out and say it. Block an entire day off for this walk. Or plan to take a series of walks. Because there’s so many great things to see, do and explore in and around Oakland. You could park in Schenley Plaza and pop into the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Take a lap around (or through) the Cathedral of Learning. Head up Schenley Drive. Stop at Phipps Conservatory. Climb Flagstaff Hill. Follow Panther Hollow Trail through Schenley Park. If you pack everything into one trip, you’ll cover four miles, minimum. Go you!

 

Riverfront Plaza to Point State Park

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If you’re trying to log some extra miles post brunch in the Strip, keep walking until you reach Point State Park. A trail closure makes the starting point a little tricky to reach, but you can get there through the parking lot across the street from the Heinz History Center, or by following Penn to 10th Street. A right on 10th will take you under the Convention Center to Riverfront Plaza. Follow the  Three Rivers Heritage Trail  to the left. Walking alongside the Allegheny River, make your way to Point State Park. FYI – It’s about two miles there and back if you begin at the Convention Center.

 

Roberto Clemente Bridge + PNC Park

You don’t have to like baseball to love PNC Park. So what we’re trying to say is that you should definitely check out a Pirates game. And when you do, make your way to the game by crossing the Roberto Clemente Bridge with thousands of Pittsburgh-loving Buccos fans. Best of all, the bridge is closed during home games. So the entire walk is like a giant block party suspended over the river. If you’re taking this stroll in the off season or when the team is out of town, feel free to combine it with other routes, including the North Shore Trail, a trip through the Strip District or a loop around Point State Park.

 

East Carson Street + South Side Trail

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Take a lap around South Side with a route that’s equal parts urban streets and off-road. Kick things off at SouthSide Works near the Hot Metal Bridge. From there, follow the South Side Riverfront Trail along the Monongahela River. You’ll pass through the South Shore Riverfront Park. Kickback or carry on until you reach 18th Street. The next part is up to you. Continue on the Riverfront trail or hop off between 18th and 16th Street to East Carson to explore the sights, sounds and shops on the South Side. Eventually, you’ll want to make your way back to where you began by heading east (obviously!) on Carson Street. Said differently, walk in the direction where the cross streets get bigger until you arrive back in SouthSide Works.

 

North Shore Trail

From the Great Lawn to the Water Steps and Heinz Field to PNC Park, there’s no shortage of reasons to hit the Three Rivers Heritage Trail on the North Shore. If you do, you can explore at will. Especially if you head to Washington’s Landing and back. Fair warning, it’s almost 10 miles there and back. But every mile is totally worth it. Do this: Start at the Carnegie Science Center, hop on the trail and make a left towards Heinz Field. From there it’s a straight shot to the Landing. So keep walking, stop and splash around at the Water Steps, take a lap around PNC Park or a break at Redfin Blues. The possibilities are endless!

 

Butler Street

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There’s a lot to love about Lawrenceville. The shops and eateries along Butler Street have a lot to do with that. So why not see them all? Good call! Do this: supercharge your walk with a healthy dose of caffeine from Espresso a Mano. You’ll want to stay here all day. But we’re here for the walk, remember? And all of the boutiques, like Pavement and Mid-Atlantic Mercantile. Wildcard is always worth a stop. So is Atlas Bottle Shop. Pastries anyone? See Le Gourmandine. After your treat, you could keep going and take a lap around Allegheny Cemetery. Or you could make your way back to lower Lawrenceville. Either way, you’re looking at a two-ish mile round trip.

 

Highland Park

While Lawrenceville gets all of the hype, there’s a lot to love about Highland Park too. This lovely neighborhood offers walkable streets right next to some exciting redevelopment projects in East Liberty. Plus, attractions like Highland Park, Pittsburgh Zoo and bike oval make stopping by worthwhile. If you do, begin your tour by scoping out Highland Park. Next, set out to weave your way through this neighborhood, using North Highland Street as your guidepost. Before calling it a day, you might want to consider a detour along Bryant Street. Grab a snack or drink at neighborhood staples like Park Bruges, e2, Joseph Tamellini’s and Tazz D’orro coffee.

 

Walnut Street

Head to this thoroughfare in Shadyside to shop, snack and sip the afternoon away. More specifically, the stretch of Walnut between Ivy and South Aiken is where the action is. But it’s a short walk along this section of Walnut. So if you’re looking to break a sweat and burn off that pastry from Prantl’s, you have a few options. For starters, Bakery Square is less than a mile away. More shopping anyone? Or avoid the crowds altogether with a trip to Mellon Park. Paved paths through this park’s “secret” gardens await you. On your return trip, it’s not a bad idea to stop for some gelato from Mercurio’s. It’s actually a great idea!

 

Frick Park + Regent Square

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If you’ve never been to Frick Park, you definitely need to go. Whether it’s on foot, via mountain bike or with your pup, Frick has you covered with 600 acres to explore. The trails and nature beauty are such that this walk feels more like a hike. Which is awesome. Especially when you sandwich it between snacks in Regent Square. We prefer brunch at Square Cafe and an afternoon of fun at Frick, followed by an adult beverage at D’s Six Pax and Dogs. Armed with the map we created (see green map icon above) and this map of Frick Park, you have an awesome day ahead of you.