Summer Activities to Try

Summer is finally here! It’s time to get outside and soak up the sun; as any true Pittsburgher knows, it will be gone before we know it. Pittsburgh is buzzing this time of year and to help you out, we’ve compiled a list of our top outdoor activities:

Go for a hike. Get that heart rate going by hitting one of these scenic trails:

Hit the bike trails. Not only does Pittsburgh have plethora of hiking trails but also bike trails. Whether you are into dirt trails or pavement, miles long or only a mile, Pittsburgh has a trail for you.

Paddle boarding. As a city with three major rivers, how could we not put paddle boarding on our list? On a hot afternoon head to the North Shore where you and a friend can rent paddle boards or even take a lesson.

Gardening can be a great leisurely summertime activity. Not only does it get you outside and physically active, it can also be a calming activity. If you have the space in your own yard to plant, try planting a small garden of flowers or vegetables. Don’t have the space for a garden? Try a planter garden or find a local community garden.

Go for a swim. Whether it’s in your own pool or at one of the many public pools in the Pittsburgh area, cool off with a dip in the water. Swimming is not only a fun way to pass time on a lazy summer day but also a great exercise option; the water provides enough resistance yet, is easy on your joints. Added benefit: Most of these pools offer morning times for guests to come in for lap swimming.

Four of the Pittsburgh area’s public pools:

Yoga in the Square is back again for another year. Head down to Market Square on Sundays at 10 a.m. to join the yogis in this complimentary practice. Yoga in the Square runs until September 4th. For a list of dates and updates visit Downtown Pittsburgh.

Go golfing. Pittsburgh offers a number of nationally recognized golf courses and with the U.S. Open’s stop in Western PA last week, it seems as though golf is on everyone’s brain. Why not spend the day with family or friends out on the green practicing your swing for the next time the Open is in town? Check out one of these public courses:

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