Make the most of fall weather by taking a trip to Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Located 20 minutes outside of downtown, celebrate autumn with a family-friendly activity that people of all ages can enjoy. 

Here are few highlights of current happenings at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden: 

Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens
Photo credit: Scott Goldsmith Photography

Garden of Five Senses 

Spend the day strolling through the Garden of Five Senses. Unique to Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, this garden is designed to enjoy as a sensory experience. Use all five senses of sight, touch, smell, hearing, and taste to explore nature and built-in attractions. 

Designed to be overtly kid friendly, some of the attractions include areas like “Digging In”, “Eye Spy”, “Soothing Sounds”, and more. Children can partake by playing outdoor musical instruments, climbing spider webs, or participating in an education event at the Weisbrod Learning Pavilion. 

However, you don’t need to have children to enjoy the Garden of Five Senses. Sprawling beauty, trails, and blooms provide the perfect afternoon date or friendship activity for all ages. Spark your inner childhood joy by participating in the education activities or snag your next selfie for the grab in the photogenic space. However old you are – there are never ending ways to enjoy the garden for all. 

Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens
Photo credit: Scott Goldsmith Photography

Crafts, Colors, Cider, and Crisp Air: 

Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens

In the spirit of the season, ongoing festive events are taking place every Sunday in October. Every week, the theme changes ( so you can go multiple times for something new!) Activities take place outside and across the facilities to make a day of festive family-friendly fun. Check out the calendar below and snag your tickets to not miss out on the fun: 

October 4: Fall Flowers

October 11: Apples

October 18: Fall Foliage

October 25: All about Bats

Keep up to date with other events at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden on their website.

Fall Foliage and Blooms: 

Over 60 acres of gardens and woodlands are waiting to be explored at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. In addition to the Garden of Five Senses, four other display  gardens await. Enjoy different blooms, water features, resting places, and walking paths by spending the day ( or multiple days!) visiting all five.  

 Spend the day strolling through over three different spacious woodlands sections.  Woodlands are section as Allegheny Plateau, Asisan, and Europe. Learn and look at different foliage, plants, and trees from these areas of the world – all while being 20 minutes from home. 

As the leaves begin to turn, a kaleidoscope of colors appear in the canopy of the tree tops. Be transported to a festive fall moment by planning your visit accordingly with the colors.

Plan your Visit: 

Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens
Photo credit: Scott Goldsmith Photography

Guests are asked to wear a mask in the Bayer Welcome Center, but not required in the gardens or woodlands. Please be courteous along the paths when encountering another group. 

Purchase a timed ticket prior to your visit. Prices are: 

Children under 3: Free 

Youths: $7 

Adults: $10 

Members: Free

Learn more about membership costs and available discounts. 

Hours until October 31: 

Tuesday: 9 am – 5 pm

Wednesday – Thursday:  9 am – 7 pm

Friday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

Monday: Closed

Hours after November 1 to March 31: 

Tuesday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

Monday: Closed

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Katherine Lewis

A Virginia native, Katherine moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 to attend the University of Pittsburgh. After earning her B.A. in Media and Professional Communications in December 2019, Katherine begun working as a Marketing Intern and Public Relations for two different Pittsburgh-based organizations. She loves to travel, read ( big Carnegie Library fan), and explore Pittsburgh during her free time! All while fueled by an unnecessary amount of caffeine, of course.

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