This winter, we’re all about getting outside and finding safe, socially-distanced activities to keep us busy!
From winter hiking to ice-skating, we’ve rounded up some of the best outdoor activities to do this winter in and around Pittsburgh.
Outdoor Ice Skating
There are a number of places to enjoy outdoor ice skating around Pittsburgh. North Park and South Park skating rinks have both officially opened for the season, though new restrictions are in place, limited the number of skaters at any time, and the open public skating days. All information can be found online. The Rink at PPG Place is also open from now through February. This year, tickets are required, and must be purchased online. And the rink at Schenley Park is also open for the season, with crowd restrictions.
Holiday Lights Mini Golf
Open now through January 2, Fun Fore All in Cranberry Township has two mini-golf courses that have been transformed into fully playable walk-through holiday light extravaganzas. Tickets are $10 for one course, and $15 for both courses, and include mini golf and treat bags. Mini golf will be open daily, weather permitting. See more information online.
Skiing and Snowboarding at Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Seven Springs Mountain Resort is open for the season, offering skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing – with a few new restrictions in place this year. All lift tickets must be purchased online, along with ski and snowboard rentals. They’ve also introduced a number of new walk-up and takeaway food and drink windows and booths, with quick, prepared items. Find out more about their winter operations plan here.
Bar-Style Curling at Sliders
Sliders Curling is open for their second season in Millvale, offering bar-style curling. Located outside of LumberjAxes, the curling lanes are under a tent, (so if you’re looking for an entirely outdoor activity, this won’t be for you!), and can accommodate parties of two to 16.
Snow Tubing at Boyce Park
Snow Tubing season at Boyce Park in Plum typically runs from mid-December to mid-March, with weather and conditions permitting. Boyce Park also offers skiing and snowboarding, with beginner and intermediate slopes. Updates on the 2020 season will be made online.
Cross-country skiing trails are open in parks across Pennsylvania, including Cook Forest State Park, Laurel Ridge State Park, and Ohiopyle State Park. Snow conditions are available in the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ weekly winter reports.
If the weather is clear and cool, put on your boots and go for a hike! We love the trails at Moraine State Park, especially the easy Sunken Garden Trail, and Pleasant Valley Trail, both perfect for easy winter hiking.
Know of any other great outdoor activities to do this winter? Let us know in the comments!