Just like clockwork, something so special begins to happen every year right on the dot – immediately after Labor Day, there is always that one day that drops from ninety-five degrees all the way to the mid-fifties. Suddenly, it is a stamped of cable-knit sweaters, Pumpkin Spice Lattés and L.L. Bean Duck Boots. Yes, you heard it here first kids – Fall is coming.
Don’t get me wrong, Fall is by far the best season of the year (I am willing to argue on this beginning-of-time statement); the temperatures are livable, the colors of the changing leaves are stunning, and the amount outdoor fall festivals are never ending.
Especially when it comes to fall festivities in Pittsburgh, there are a tremendous amount of outdoor spaces to let your Fall Freak on, with some of the best parks to view this seasonal change.
There is something so picturesque about Hartwood Acres – maybe it’s the beautiful terrain, the mansion hidden in the woods, or the countless activities held throughout the fall that make this park in the North Hills quintessential for fall gatherings.
The North Hills is home to another spectacular park – North Park, with a beautiful five-mile track around the lake. A total Instagramable moment can be achieved in the park, as it faces the west so be sure to have your cameras ready for the sunset.
Head to the East to Deer Lakes Park. Known for their free fishing in any of their three lake locations, kick back, relax and enjoy the free fish.
By far one of the oldest parks in the city of Pittsburgh (dating back to 1879), the park rose to popularity when it became famous during the Victorian Era for people to picnic. Today, enter through the grand entrance for the Stone Statues and ensure a day of picnics and pleasure.
Nestled above the North Side of Pittsburgh, Riverview Park has multiple options for visitors to enjoy these chilly weekends. Feel free to hike, horseback, venture around the two-mile Riverview Loop, or even pop by the Allegheny Observatory.
The oldest park in the city of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Commons is situated directly next to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Here, guests can bike, or if you are not feeling any type of physical activity, sit at a nearby tree at the reservoir and enjoy that book you have been putting off.
The largest park in Pittsburgh, Frick Park is home to quiet and miles of trails to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown. Get lost in the trails and experience nature up close and personal.
Directly across town from Frick Park, Schenley Park is home to an abundance of outdoor activities to keep you busy well into the Winter months. Enjoy the extensive trails for biking or walking, as well as golfing and the skate ring once the temperature drops.
By far the most famous of any of the Pittsburgh parks, Point State Park is the iconic image that almost everyone sees once they come to the city for the first time. Beyond spectacular, the image of the fountain along the Three Rivers is splendid in its own right. Pack a picnic and sit along the banks of the rivers and enjoy a view unlike any other.
If you feel like venturing out of the city and heading north, Moraine State Park offers a park so large you surely won’t get bored. Nestled in Butler County, the park is nearly seventeen-thousand acres home to one of Western Pennsylvania’s own beaches. Boat, hike or take a bike ride around the park for some of the best views you’ll see outside of the city.
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