Outdoor Winter Fun Spots in Pittsburgh

A Guide to Outdoor Winter Activities for the Whole Family

By Emily Papa, Macaroni Kid South Hills of Pittsburgh Publisher January 13, 2021

It seems like everyone in Pittsburgh is looking for ways to get out of the house this winter! Fresh air is good for the soul - not to mention it helps to get the wiggles out of the kids! Macaroni Kid South Hills is committed to finding your family fun right in your backyard, and has put together a parent's guide to outdoor winter activities for the whole family! We really try and focus on venues closest to the South Hills of Pittsburgh but occasionally we'll suggest crossing a river or two for a great find. As a mom, I know how far my littles will survive in the car, so I try not to recommend any place I wouldn't drive my own family to! Does your family have a favorite winter spot in the 'Burgh that isn't listed? We'd love to hear about it! Email with any suggestions you may have!

****Please be sure to check with venue to confirm times as well as any COVID-19 guidelines that may require you to purchase tickets in advance***


One of my favorite winter memories as a kid was taking ice skating lessons and going to open skate at the South Park Ice Skating Rink. Located on Corrigan Drive in Bethel Park, the NHL-sized rink and skate trail is open from December 4, 2020, to mid-March, 2021 (weather and conditions permitting). Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, several restrictions and operational changes will be in effect during the 2020-21 season such as limiting capacity to 100 skaters per session, selling tickets online and requiring masks at all time. South Park Ice Skating Rink offers so many great options at the rink, be sure to check out Beginner Ice Skating Lessons ⛸Tiny Tots Ice SkatingFree Ice Skating Lessons and Open Stick Time 🏒

South Park Ice Skating Rink, South Park  |  WEBSITE

The Rink at PPG Place, Downtown  |  WEBSITE

Schenley Park Skating Rink, Schenley Park  |  WEBSITE

North Park Ice Skating Rink, Allison Park  |  WEBSITE

Nemacolin, Farmington  |  WEBSITE


I know I said this was for outdoor activities but can you really list the outdoor rinks without following up with the indoor ones? I couldn't bring myself to do it! Plus, some kids (and adults) like to skate but prefer to do it indoors and that's ok ;)

Spencer Family YMCA, Bethel Park  |  WEBSITE

Ice Castle Arena, Castle Shannon  |  WEBSITE

RMU Island Sports, Coraopolis  |  WEBSITE

Ice Center, Mt. Lebanon  |  WEBSITE *Click HERE for most up to date info on Return to Play due to COVID restrictions.*

Printscape Arena, Southpointe  |  WEBSITE

This is sure to be a huge hit for kids of all ages and adults alike! My husband took our 4 and 8-year-old to Boyce Park this winter, and they had an absolute blast!

Boyce Park, Plum  |  WEBSITE 

Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion  |  WEBSITE

Hidden Valley Resort, Hidden Valley  |  WEBSITE

Nemacolin, Farmington  |  WEBSITE


Boyce Park, Plum  |  WEBSITE

Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion  |  WEBSITE

Hidden Valley Resort, Hidden Valley  |  WEBSITE


South Park Golf Course offers cross country skiing. You can plan your train route by downloading the Parks Trails Mobile App HERE. MORE INFO: WEBSITE

Venture Outdoors, Pittsburgh  |  WEBSITE


Venture Outdoors, Pittsburgh  |  WEBSITE

Boyce Park  |  WEBSITE


Macaroni Kid South Hills has put together a great list of the best sled riding hills in the 'Burgh. You can check them out HERE


Fun Fore All, Cranberry  | WEBSITE

Fun Fore All has outdoor mini golf open every day, weather permitting. If you are lucky enough to get there in December and early January, you can check out their Holiday Lights Mini Golf where their two golf courses are transformed into a gloriously illuminated winter wonderland!  

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South Park Golf Course, South Park  |  WEBSITE

South Park Golf Course is open year round for golf, weather permitting. For more info, check the website. 

Mt. Lebanon Golf Course  |  WEBSITE

If you're looking for more family fun, check out our daily events calendar HERE to find out what is happening in your part of town today! Subscribe HERE to receive our FREE e-newsletter to get the latest family fun happenings in the South Hills delivered right to your inbox each week!