Looking for free fun this summer? Plan a few trips throughout the city to visit some of these amazing parks. Pack a picnic (and a change of clothes). From sprinkler parks, to nature preserves to downright awesome playgrounds… I received tons of great suggestions from local moms about the best parks and playgrounds in Pittsburgh!
Did your favorite park or playground make the list? If not, be sure to leave a comment below!
Allegheny Commons Park : Ridge Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Located right outside the National Aviary, Allegheny Commons Park is home to a few great playgrounds and of course, the infamous Duck Pond. The area is also home to a tree themed playground with great climbing features and multiple slides.
“Our absolute favorite is the ‘duck park’ on the central north side next to the aviary. We spend hours there making a circuit: playground, ducks, visit the Condor, ride bike around, train spotting, repeat.” – Hilary M.
Anderson Playground (aka Dinosaur Playground) : Panther Hollow Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
This castle themed playground comes complete with ladders, slides and tons to climb on. It’s surrounded by beautiful landscaping and be sure to keep an eye out for the Brontosaurus paw prints! While you’re there be sure to check out Panther Hollow Lake and take a stroll through the woods.
“Dinosaur park (in Schenley park) is really great!!” – Kathryn H.
Avonworth Park : 498 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15237
The Kids Kingdom at Avonworth Park is a castle-like playground with swings, slides and teeter-totters. In the area you’ll also find groves, ballfields, basketball courts, nature trails and a swimming pool.
“…Avonworth Park… it’s nice there… a little bridge, lake, pool, restrooms and it’s kinda like a wooden maze area.” – Candance N.
“…I love northside duck pond and avonworth!” – Kathryn H.
Beechwood Farms and Nature Preserve : 614 Dorseyville Rd, Fox Chapel, PA 15238
If you’re really looking to get outside to learn and explore nature, try Beechwood Farms Nature Preserve. It’s headquarters of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania and includes 134 acres of sanctuary and 5 miles of trails.
“…Beechwood Farms is really cool. It doesn’t have your typical swing set set-up.” – Krissy E.
Black and Yellow Park, North Park : Hemlock Dr, McCandless Township, PA 15101
There are three different playgrounds contained within this area; one large black and yellow playground and two smaller playgrounds suitable for younger children. There are playful paintings on the sidewalks and plenty of picnic shelters nearby. The playgrounds are located beside the North Park swimming pool.
Black and Yellow Park, South Park : Near the intersection of Corrigan Drive & Brownsville Rd., South Park PA 15129
Located in front the the South Park Game Preserve, the Black and Yellow park is completely fenced in and friendly for all ages. There are also multiple parks located across the street as well as horse stables that offer rides during summer months.
Blue Slide Park : 2005 Beechwood Blvd (Nicholson St), Pittsburgh, PA 15217
When many people think playgrounds in Pittsburgh, they quickly recall the infamous Blue Slide Park. This park has drawn worldwide attention thanks to Pittsburgh native and platinum selling musician, Mac Miller. However, Pittsburgh natives have always know the Blue Slide Park is a gem!
“Blue slide park in squirrel hill… 3 levels of fun!” -Moira K.
Blueberry Hill Park : Blain’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Blueberry Hill Park is an 87 acre park and Franklin Park Borough’s premier community park. The park is home to many facilities; 4 ballfields, 2 sand volleyball courts, picnic shelters, a historic log house and a large meadow area. Check the Activity Center for a list of offered programs. Of course, you’ll want to stop at the “Blueberry Patch” playground or one of the other two playgrounds located in the park.
“Blueberry [Hill Park] is fenced in and has a gazebo as well as a huge field and track that the kids can run off some steam.” Katie A.
Clever Park : 115 Robinson Pool Dr, McKees Rocks, PA 15136
With a large community pool and children’s spray area, kids can run back and forth all day long between the pool and playgrounds. Clever Park is a large wooden playground with a few different areas and includes features such as a sandbox, wing area, ropes and bridges.
Deer Lakes Park : 1090 Bailey Run Road, Tarentum, PA 15084
Located in Frazer and West Deer Townships, Deer Park is home to a children’s play area and spray park. Their facilities also include a ballfield, shelters, fishing lakes, walking/jogging trails and the Wagman Observatory.
Evergreen Park : 3430 Evergreen Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
While this particular park doesn’t boast a huge playground, it does boast tons of other amazing amenities; a fishing pond (catch and release rules), house with kitchen facilities, large picnic pavilion with tables and grills, fitness and nature trail, ball field, 2 open field areas, park benches, playground, horseshoe pit, 2 volleyball areas and a boccie court. It would be an ideal place to bring to bikes or a ball to play catch!
“Evergreen park in Ross doesn’t have a huge playground but it does have ducks to feed and cool trails” – Danielle S.
Highland Park Super Playground: Reservoir Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
The wooden playground includes a trolley ride, catwalks, tire netting for climbing, swings, slides, and a play phone system using underground tubes.
“Highland Park is really nice. There are 2 playgrounds there..one is big and wooden much like Avonworth and the other is a more typical playground. There’s also a fountain and it’s a pretty place just to walk.” Annie M.
Linbrook Park : 2344 West Ingomar Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Linbrook Park includes four ball fields, soccer field, cricket field, lacrosse field, playgrounds, hiking trails, obstacle course, horseshoe pit, volleyball and batting cages.
“…Linbrook park has two really cool nature trails and a “tree top” playground (basically a cool playground structure in the trees.” – Katie A
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Mellon Park : 1059 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Mellon Park is a huge public space rich in history. You can find the walled garden at the corner of Fifth and Shady Avenues in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. Make sure to bring an extra change of clothes for when the sprinklers are on!
Pine Community Park : 100 Pine Park Drive, Wexford, PA 15090
The Pine Community Park facilities include multiple soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, concession stand with restrooms, fishing lake, nature trails, pavilions, bocce court and basketball court. They have two playgrounds, a children’s playground and a preschool playground. The park is also home to the Pine Community Center. Be sure to check their summer event schedule for movies in the park!
Pleasant Kingdom : 410 E. Bruceton Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
This beautiful wooden castle playground is nearly completely shaded (ideal for summertime). The grounds are always kept clean and there are plenty of picnic shelters for summer outings. There are a couple basketball courts as well as a small inground sprinkler area located towards the front of the playground.
Riverview Park : 159 Riverview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15214
Visit Riverview Park’s a space-themed playground! Located on 287 acres, Riverview park is the fourth largest park in Pittsburgh. With it’s scenic park with trails, a visitors center, a swimming pool, ballfields and shelters, there’s certainly something for everyone. The park is also home to Allegheny Observatory. Be sure to check their event schedule for a list of summertime movies and concerts in the park.
Ross Community Park : 1000 Ross Municipal Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
The Ross Community Park includes a playground, basketball court and picnic pavilion, all of which are located near John Herb Field. The community center, found within the Ross Township Municipal Center, includes an indoor gym, game room with pool tables, computer lab and classrooms.
“Ross community park is great, especially if you also have older kids. “ Krissy E.
Round Hill Park Playground : 651 Round Hill Road, Elizabeth, PA 15037
Round Hill Park is a 1,101-acre that includes an exhibit farm, sprinkler park, walking trails and picnic areas. They recently constructed a mega playground across from the sprinkler features. You can easily spend an entire afternoon there. Everything is free and open to the public.
Settlers Cabin Park : 225 Greer Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Located on 1,610 acres in Collier, North Fayette and Robinson Townships, Settlers Cabin Park includes a wave pool, dive pool, tennis courts, trails, and shelters.
War Memorial Park : Blackburn Rd, Sewickley, PA, 15189
Park and nature preserve. Make sure you bring an extra change of clothes in case the little ones want to splash around in the creek.
“War memorial park in Sewickley is great! Also wooded walking trails behind the park. Ohio township park and nature center.” -Susan S.