The seasons are changing but it's still prime picnic time! Check out our list of parks we love picnicking in around the city. What park is your favorite for a picnic? We'd love to hear.
Schenley Park was created in 1889 with land donated by heiress Mary Schenley. The park contains 456 acres of trails, woods, and attractions. You can visit Phipps Conservatory, the Schenley Park Cafe, or have a relaxing picnic on Flagstaff Hill. This large, gently sloping hill provides the perfect place to lounge around, eat a snack, and maybe throw a frisbee with your furry friend. Enjoy a picnic while people watching and catch the sunsetting behind the Cathedral of Learning.
Point State Park
If you haven't picnicked at Point State Park, you're missing out. This park is at the confluence of three rivers, at the tip of Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle.” You can sit around the Point's iconic fountain and dip your feet. If grass is more your thing, lounge where you will find the outlines and remains of two of the oldest structures in Pittsburgh, Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne. This location is a popular destination, and you'll almost always run into something fun happening!
Allegheny Commons Park
Allegheny Commons Park was established in 1867 and is Pittsburgh's oldest park. Known for its mature canopy trees, wide promenade, and lovely Lake Elizabeth. Allegheny Commons is the front yard for the Northside's diverse neighborhoods. Lay out a cozy blanket around Lake Elizabeth or near the newly constructed Northeast Fountain for a peaceful picnic.
The 20-acre Arsenal Park is a well-used community space with a rich and visible heritage. The park sits at the location of the historic Allegheny Arsenal, established during the War of 1812. Aside from its history, the park includes walking trails and perfect picnic spots. The best thing about Arsenal is that every season provides a different scenic view of the park.
August Wilson Park
After years of decline, the new August Wilson Park opened to the public in 2016 with expanded views of the river and features public art inspired by neighborhood children; an installation of vintage photographs from Pittsburgh native Charles "Teenie" Harris and the Oliver M. Kaufmann Photograph Collection and quotations from beloved Pittsburgh playwright August Wilson. Set up a picnic by the playground and enjoy a fun filled afternoon.
Emerald View Park
Surrounding our Mount Washington shop is the beautiful Emerald View Park. Created in 2005 through grassroots effort to combine an existing park with wooded hillside that have been heavily mined and dumped on. With the land reclaimed as park land, this makes it one of Pittsburgh's largest greening initiatives. The Mount Washington Community Development Corporation has facilitated over 300,000 pounds of garbage and built over 8 miles of woodland trails (enjoy trail map here). Enjoy the hard work by Pittsburghers by hiking and having a picnic with a great view of our city!