Pittsburgh Parks and Gardens

Whether you want to enjoy springtime sunshine or spend a winter day building a snowman, Pittsburgh's parks and gardens are oases of relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Tracking down green space in Pittsburgh isn't difficult. In fact, it's incredibly easy to find somewhere to lounge around and enjoy the beauty of nature in the Steel City (despite that nickname, it's totally true!).   There's such a wide variety of parks and gardens in Pittsburgh that you're sure to love the vibe of at least a couple of options.

Like to drink your tea with your pinky finger up? The manicured lawns in Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens might be for you. Ready for an adventure through the woods? Schenley Park should be at the top of your list.   If you're ready to explore the parks and gardens in Pittsburgh, check out this guide to some of the most popular.

Parks for Activities

  • From ice skating in the winter to rollerblading and golf in the summer, Schenley Park is the place to go to stay fit.
  • After exploring the trails in Highland Park, visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, which is home to over 400 species of animals.
  • Strap on your hiking boots and get ready to explore Riverview Park and its dense woodlands on foot.

Relaxing Green Spaces

  • You'll forget you're in a city when you explore the Frick Woods Nature Reserve within Frick Park. Be sure to stop and smell the wildflowers.
  • Escape to Allegheny Riverfront Park on the north of the Cultural District to have lunch at a dedicated picnic area.
  • Boyce Park Nature Center has over 1,000 acres of grounds, so you can spread out and enjoy a bit of space.

Cultural and Historical Parks

  • The grounds of Hartwood Acres Park include a historic house built in the early 1900s. Regular tours are given of the grounds and local area.
  • Once an industrial wasteland, Point State Park is today a stunning green space. This urban renewal project is a testament to how the city has grown in the past century.
  • Biblical plants are on display at the Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden, where emphasis is on the gardens of ancient Israel.