By Janelle Sheetz
Is there a better way to spend a spring day than outside in the fresh air, having a picnic? Just because we’re in the city doesn’t mean we don’t have plenty of great picnic spots — including some of the city’s best parks — whether you’re looking to spend a romantic date with that special someone or do something fun with the kids. Here are some of the best places to have a picnic in Pittsburgh, so pack your basket, sprawl out on the grass, and enjoy!
Point State Park
101 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
The tip of Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle” and located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers, the 36-acre Point State Park offers great views of the city and is known for its 100-foot fountain. Its large open area also makes for a great picnic spot with its maintained lawns, benches, trails, and plenty of other activities like boating, as well as the environmentally friendly Cafe at the Point.
2005 Beechwood Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
With almost 650 acres, Frick Park — the largest of Pittsburgh’s parks — is bound to have that perfect spot for a picnic, whether you’re spreading a blanket on the grass or would rather eat at a table. Bring the dog along and enjoy the designated off-leash area, while the kids can play at the famous Blue Slide Playground.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Located in the heart of Oakland, Schenley Park is a popular destination for all types of people, from University of Pittsburgh students to outdoor lovers hitting the trails. While the park has plenty of attractions and activities, it’s also a great spot to enjoy a picnic, with playgrounds for kids and a convenient location.
303 Pearce Mill Road
Allison Park, PA 15101
Spread across thousands of acres over three townships, everyone can find a picnic spot they love in North Park — we recommend by the lake. But if you’d like to get off the grass and into a covered area, the park has numerous shelters you can use. North Park also offers plenty of activities to enjoy.
675 Old Frankstown Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15239
Boyce Park may not be as well-known as some of Pittsburgh’s other parks, like Point State Park or Frick Park, but it’s just as beautiful. It covers over 1,000 acres in nearby Monroeville and Plum, and in addition to being a great picnic spot, it also offers skiing and snowtubing hills for the winter and ballfields, wave pools, trails, an archery range, and more during the warmer months. Shelters are also available to rent.