Outdoor Parks to Explore near Your Pittsburgh B&B

If you've booked yourself into a Pittsburgh B&B for a city escape but still crave a bit of outdoor recreation, why not head to one of the city's great outdoor parks? There are plenty of parks scattered about the city, which means you're sure to find one near your Pittsburgh Inn. Here are BBOnline's top recommended picks for great outdoor parks in Pittsburgh.

Point State Park
101 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 471-0235
www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/point.aspx

This area was delineated for park use in 1945 and was completed and dedicated as Point State Park in 1974. It is now a National Historic Landmark that includes monuments to the rich past of the area, including the French and Indian War, Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne. You can walk along the riverfront, traverse the bike paths and visit the 100-foot-tall fountain, all with incredible vistas of the city. Views include PPG place and Heinz Stadium, two of Pittsburgh's more famous sights, among others.

Schenley Plaza
4100 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 682-7275
www.pittsburghparks.org/schenleyplaza

The highlight of Pittsburgh's Schenley Plaza is the PNC Carousel, which runs from April through October. The park also features lush gardens, beautiful trees and over an acre of lawn space. You can dine at the tents or bring your own picnic, or perhaps toss a penny into the Song of Nature fountain. The fountain was actually sculpted by the same man who designed the Lincoln penny. If you've brought your laptop to your Pittsburgh B&B for a working vacation, take it to the park to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi. The park also sponsors live music events throughout the year.

Frick Park
Beechwood Blvd and Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
(412) 422-6538
www.pittsburghparks.org/frick

Frick Park is the largest of Pittsburgh's outdoor parks, measuring in at 561 acres. Take advantage of the bike trails and walking trails, try your hand at lawn bowling at the Bowling Green or a game of tennis at the courts. The park also includes the Frick Environmental Center, Frick Art and Historical Center and the Frick Woods Nature Reserve. A few points of interest for those Pittsburgh B&B goers who are interested in history are the gatehouse entrances. They were designed by the same architect who designed the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Highland Park
Washington Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
www.pittsburghparks.org/highland

One of the older outdoor parks in Pittsburgh is Highland Park, built in the late 1800s. Take a turn of the Entry Gardens with its pretty fountain and splendid Victorian-style gardens. Wander down to the Babbling Brook or Lake Carnegie, or head up to Mount Bigalow. The pools along Washington Boulevard create a seasonal wetland, and the reservoirs that were the impetus of the park's creation are still a popular stopping location. Highland Park also includes the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, adding to the fun to be had near your cozy Pittsburgh Inn.