Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Best Parks to Visit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Feeling the need for some green space? How about a fishing trip, a hike or a visit to a real working astronomical observatory? If so, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has a park for all of your outdoor fun, historical interests and exercise needs. Here are some of the great regional, county, city and local parks located throughout the Pittsburgh area.

Riverview Park - City of Pittsburgh
Riverview Park is a gem located about 15 minutes north of downtown Pittsburgh. The 259-acre park is located on Pittsburgh's North Side and is home to lush green space and forest ecosystem, hiking trails and a walking loop.  The park is includes a vibrant playground and swimming pool. Two of the most prominent landmarks in
Riverview Park are the historic Allegheny Observatory and the Chapel Shelter that can be used for picnics and activities. The shelter and many other park features are continuously cared for by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. Learn more about Riverview Park here.

North Park - Pittsburgh North
North Park is part of the Allegheny County Parks system and is located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. The park encompasses 3,075 acres in three different North Hills townships. The park is home to a thriving lake and Pine Creek which are prime destinations for fisherman and kayakers alike. The park has plenty of updated playgrounds, an ice skating rink, Olympic-sized swimming pool and a plethora of ball fields and picnic shelters. North Park is also home to the Latodomi Nature Center - a unique environmental learning center. North Park has one of the most dog-friendly areas in the county as well. The dog park provides plenty of space for dogs to run freely without a leash. Learn more about North Park here.

Racoon Creek State Park - Pittsburgh West
This wonderful park is located on 7,500 acres of forest in
Hookstown, PA and is home to a large 100-acre lake and beach-side area. Boating, fishing and camping are some of the main draws to Racoon Creek State Park. There are over 200 picnic tables and grill groves located throughout the park and seasonal swimming is allowed at the 500 foot sand and turf beach. Racoon Creek State Park has over 170 tent and trailer sites for camping and also is home to ten modern furnished cabins. Learn more about Raccoon Creek State Park.

South Park - Pittsburgh South
Much like North Park, South Park is part of the Allegheny County Park system. The park spans over 2,000 acres within South Park and Bethel Park Townships.
South Park is known for its really cool wave pool and skate park but is best known for the free summer concert season. South Park is also home to an ice rink, dog park, golf course, and many other forms of green space and outdoor activities. Learn more about South Park here.

Here are some other fantastic Pittsburgh parks to visit:

Get outside and play Pittsburgh!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Best Places to Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

There are so many ways to feel the love in Pittsburgh this Valentine's Day. Whether you are looking for a romantic candle light dinner for two or want to participate in a crowded cupid outdoor sprint in your undies - Pittsburgh does Valentine's Day right!

Check out these featured 2017 Pittsburgh St. Valentine's Day Events.

Cupids and Canines
February 4, 2017
Cupids and Canines is taking place on February 4, 2017 at the PNC Club Level Gunner's and Keystone Corner. Cupids and Canines and is a one of a kind party that benefits both the Animal Rescue League, the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation.  This year's theme is Monte Carlo night and features a VCA Casino and a live sports book.  The event is sponsored by SOHO and The Spring Hill Suites Marriott on the North Side.  So get out there and show some love to the pet population of Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania. Learn more about Cupids and Canines.

The Melting Pot - Ten Days of Valentine's
February 10 - 19, 2017
Some say it's the most romantic and most ooey gooey place in Pittsburgh to celebrate Valentine's Day.  This year melt your Valentine's heart and some cheese at The Melting Pot restaurant at Station Square with Cupid's Four-Course Feast.  From February 10,11,12 & 16,17,18,19 and exclusively on February 13-15 the fondue eater will be offering up top shelf Fiesta, Quattro Formaggio or French Onion Gruyere Cheese along with Cold Water Lobster Tail,  Filet Mignon and much more. Make a reservation today!

Cupid’s Undie Run
February 11, 2017
Want to run a mile in nothing but your Valentine's day best undies?  Well here is your chance to join like-minded scantily dressed cupids as you run and party on the North Shore of Pittsburgh to benefit The Children’s Tumor Foundation.  The party is at McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon on the north Shore and the running takes place at 2:00 pm.  Learn more about the 2017 Pittsburgh Cupid’s Undie Run.
Breakfast In Bed: All You Need Is Love
February 12, 2017
The Mattress Factory is one of the most unique museums in Pittsburgh, if not the entire country and will again be hosting its 21 and over Breakfast In Bed: All You Need Is Love at their museum to celebrate Valentine's Day. The brunch menu includes Salud Juicery mimosas, Bloody Marys with Ustianochka vodka, brews from War Streets Brewery, a continental breakfast from the MF Café, and FREE museum admission. Don't leave without meeting adoptable pets from Animal Friends, creating a medallion for your valentine, or exploring the museum! Learn more about The Mattress Factory Valentine's Day event.

Other notable Pittsburgh area Valentine’s Days events include:

Lucky in Love Wine & Whiskey Fest"alcular"
February 12, 2017
Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh
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Valentine's Day Champagne Dinner at Lautrec
February 14, 2017
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
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Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty
February 10-12, 2017
Pittsburgh Symphony
Heinz Hall
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Animal Instincts – Valentine’s Day Dinner
February 10-11, 2017
Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium
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Full Moon Hike - Owl Prowl
February 10, 2017 
Frick Park
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Happy Valentine's Day Pittsburgh - We Love You!

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