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7 Sporty Outing Ideas For Families Close to Pittsburgh, PA

Let's Stay Moving this Summer!

By Alexus Miller Macaroni Kid Publisher Assistant Intern July 16, 2021

If you want your summer to be an endless vacation and adventure, we have ideas for you. From white water rafting to hiking, we found places in and around the South Hills of Pittsburgh that will make you want to jump in your car right now. Bring your family and friends on an adventure this summer to see how far you'll go.

1. Ohiopyle

White water rafting, hiking, rock climbing, fishing and more. Ohiopyle will fill your day and summer with endless adventure with your family. Don't worry if you've never rafted before, they have different intensity levels from beginners through experienced rafters. There's something for everyone here.


2. North Park, Pittsburgh

North Park has a lot of activities to do including hiking, swimming, boating and even kayaking. If you've had enough of one activity, just find another. Kinds of kayaking include solo, tandem, SUP, canoe and pedal boat. No matter how brave you are, you can kayak today at North Park.

3. Go Ape Adventure Park, North Park

This adventure park has high ropes courses, thrilling zip lines and awesome Tarzan swings. This activity-filled park sits in North Park. Go Ape only offers more of what North Park already has to offer. Along with the thrilling adventures, you will have beautiful views while swinging and climbing. Go ape today and climb the tallest tree and swing from the longest vine.

4. ASCEND Pittsburgh

ASCEND Pittsburgh is the perfect place for all ages of beginners and advanced climbers. It includes indoor facilities and outdoor training sessions for rock climbing and rope climbing. Register today to see how far you'll go.

5. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

This exciting adventure course includes zip lines, ropes courses and a 50 ft free-fall jump. There are courses designed for all ages, from toddlers to adults. Have fun trying the ropes courses before you get to fly in the zip line. This adventure course is open to the public, not just guests. 

6. Win's Wild Adventures

Win's Wild Adventures offers guided rock climbing and hiking tours. The rock climbing classes they offer vary in different kinds. You can learn how to do the things you want to try and have fun while doing it. Book a class today with your friends and climb in Pittsburgh.

7. Seven Springs

This zip line tour is thrilling and gorgeous. This tour will have you soaring through 2,000 feet of ziplines. See if you can keep up with your guide as you're on your way through. Make sure you don't focus on the fear fact too much, you don't want to miss the view.

Find your adventure this summer. If you've been to another place or know of more, let us know! If you're looking for indoor adventure parks and places to let your little monkeys jump and climb, check out 8 Places to Climb in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.