Fall is an opportune time to explore the majestic vistas that are inherent within the Pittsburgh region. Autumn is a special time to engage in activities that are found among the dazzling colors and change of seasons in parks, rivers, farms and natural habitats. Families may have an opportunity to engage in recreational and educational pursuits with biking, hiking and walking excursions throughout the Pittsburgh area. There are historical and cultural activities that families may enjoy, and the fall season brings many changes in weather conditions. The topography of the Pittsburgh region offers a variety of opportunities to enjoy the change of seasons, and the region is well equipped to meet the needs of families looking for a memorable experience.
Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm
5970 Koman Road
Edinboro, PA 16412
Families may find the Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm an adventure reminiscent of the Wild West days. It is a farm that will be a true educational exploration of American bison history. The tour director guides the participants along trails to learn about the American bison and the interaction of farmers, Native Americans and the nuances of maintaining the farm. Families may enjoy the opportunity to engage in a self-guided tour or call for reservations for the assigned tour of the facility. There is a petting zoo available for the children and a corn maze that has a captivating layout. The corn maze is only open through November 2 so move quickly to take advantage of the fun.
33 Terminal Way, Suite 537A
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The waning days of the fall season don’t have to be the end of all outdoor recreational pursuits. Venture Outdoors has many opportunities for families to experience the exquisite vistas of the Pittsburgh region. Even though Venture Outdoors is membership based, families may enjoy all of the programs and events on the fall schedule. There are historical venues, hikes, day treks, neighborhood walks, biking and culinary events for all members of the family. Venture Outdoors has many programs to enjoy awe-inspiring fall colors and explore activities that promote a healthy lifestyle for the entire family. Click here for details.
Ohiopyle State Park
Ohiopyle, PA 15470
If you’re looking for an adventure of a lifetime, then look no further than Ohiopyle State Park in the Laurel Highlands. Ohiopyle is part of the state system of parks, and there are vast opportunities for recreational activities and historical venues for all ages. Families may take a hike or bike along a myriad of trails and take in the aura of the falling leaves and a kaleidoscope of colors of the fall season. With every step and junction of the trails is a reminder of the rich history of what took place centuries ago. Families interested in a cultural and historical experience may visit Kentuck Knob, Fallingwater and Fort Necessity or a birding and wildlife event at Allegheny Front.
Volant Village Shops
550 Main St.
Volant, PA 16156
The Volant Shops offer a relaxing day for families to discover the quaint environment of a country setting with historical venues and Amish culture. The shops are are an enjoyable experience to either browse or purchase unique items that are antiques, accessories for the home or gifts for the holidays and special occasions. Children may enjoy the advent of the Christmas season with a special breakfast along with a visit from Santa. A short jaunt to Lawrence County and the colorful countryside may be the perfect time to explore the friendly atmosphere of Volant for a fall adventure.
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
7340 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
When it comes to spending a day with the family and having a free admission experience, a trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium will be the best offer for a special autumn treat. The Allegheny Regional Asset District sponsors RADical Day (November 10) as a way to show appreciation for the support that is given to cultural programs and municipal organizations in the Pittsburgh region. Families may engage in hikes, dance and musical performances or experience the zoo and animals. The combination of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and enrichment of RADical Day makes a wonderful family memory for the end of the fall season.
Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.