Pittsburgh’s rivers and waterfront trails are among the many things that make this city great.
It’s no secret, either. In fact, our waterways, riverfront parks and the trails that connect them have gained national accolades, landing on a list of America’s best riverfronts. Of course if you live here, that shouldn’t be much of a surprise. In recent years the city has made huge strides to restore, rediscover and upgrade the riverfront. And it’s definitely working.
But, you don’t have to take our word for it. Get out there and see for yourself. Starting with these eight underrated ways to enjoy the rivers and waterfront in Pittsburgh.
One of the fastest growing water sports around has made its way to Pittsburgh, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. It’s a little something called SUP. No, not what’s up. We’re talking about standup paddleboarding. And you can look to local outfitters like Northeast Paddleboard and SurfsUp Adventures for the gear and know-how you need to hit the water.
Take to the water in a boat rented from the fine folks of Kayak Pittsburgh. You can paddle solo or snag a tandem kayak. Then, once you’re on the water, the real fun begins. Cruise over to Washington’s Landing or down to the Point. Take in a Pirates game from the water. Heck, if you plan it right, you can watch fireworks while you’re at it. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Of course kayaking isn’t the only way to get a workout in on the water while doing a little exploring. There are a few other boats to be rowed on the rivers. Whether you’re looking to learn, compete, or simply get in shape Three Rivers Rowing and Steel City Rowing are anxious to help. Trust us, they can have you sweeping, sculling or dragon boating in no time. But first they’ll have to tell us what the world those words mean.
If you’re a runner, the waterfront trails in and around Pittsburgh are calling your name. At this very moment a vision for Three Rivers Park, featuring 13 miles of parks and trails, is nearly 70% complete. Which means there’s already plenty of places for you to hit on your next run. Take in some awesome views of the city, the rivers, bridges, and other run-loving passersby.
Not a runner? Not a problem, friend. The waterfront trails and parks were made for exploring, no matter what speed you’re moving. Take a walking tour of your own to see what we mean. Bring your camera and snap some photos. Grab a book and read riverside. Or pop in your headphones and work up a sweat as you walk it out.
If you’re looking for a more relaxing, less taxing opportunity water-related activity, why not round up some friends and rent a pontoon boat? Ah ha! That’s more your speed. Pack up a cooler full of food and drinks. Take to the water. And soak up some sun while kicking back on the water.
The riverfront trails aren’t reserved for runners and walkers. No way. Cyclists are welcome too. So grab your bike and your helmet too, then use the Three Rivers Heritage Trail to cruise around Pittsburgh. If you don’t have a bike if you could always rent one a bike share station. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous (and well conditioned), you could link up to the Greater Allegheny Passage and ride to Cumberland Maryland.
Okay, so this entry isn’t active at all. But if the thought of paddling around Pittsburgh, running alongside the river or biking to Maryland is wearing you out, it’s time to kickback. You know, plan a little R&R along the river. Sounds good to us. If you’re into that idea too, look into dinner or drinks outside, overlooking the water. Somewhere like SouthSide Works, Mt. Washington, or the North Shore would be a solid starting point.
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