With the first few weeks of spring behind us, it’s time to officially start enjoying the fresh air, warmer weather, and longer days. The warmer months are my favorite because of all the possibilities to get outside and explore. My fiancé and I are pretty adventurous and we have explored some cool places with friends and family, right here in our own back yard. Now we’ll share some of our favorite adventures with you!
Caving at Laurel Caverns
From April through November, you can explore the largest cave in Pennsylvania on a completely guided tour. The staff members at Laurel Caverns are wonderful and give you inside details of the history and natural character. At just $12, the tour won’t break your bank, either. We like to go early in the season while it’s still cool and before tourism picks up.
Venture Outdoors hikes
If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure with your favorite people, look no further than Venture Outdoors. With plenty of themed hikes and day trips to choose from, you can plan a trip based on length, difficulty and theme. Our favorites are the Doggy Day Treks because your furry friends can join in!
Moraine State Park adventures
We are extremely lucky to have Moraine State Park in our own back yard, and we love to enjoy every bit of it. With so much to offer, you can pack up the car and spend a day at the beach, on a bike ride (rentals available), hiking, wildlife watching, fishing, running, kayaking, camping, and so much more! Most activities are free or low-cost. I love to spend the day kayaking and hiking because you can explore both land and water.
The name even sounds adventurous, right? Go Ape is a blast of fun at North Park! They offer a treetop adventure course that includes two to three hours of outdoor excitement. You will soar through the treetops using zip lines, obstacles, and Tarzan swings. We went last season and loved every second of the course. It’s challenging and thrilling at the same time.
Kayak Pittsburgh has several locations throughout the city to plan a day out on the water. You can kayak for a workout, or just enjoy the Pittsburgh skyline or North Park scenery. Rental options include tandem or solo kayaks. Kayak Pittsburgh is open May through September. We typically get a season pass, because more than a few visits pays for itself!
Golden Triangle Bike Rentals
Golden Triangle Bike Rental located on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and the Great Allegheny Passage, and is open April through October. You can explore Heinz Field, Point State Park, Station Square, South Side Works, Downtown, PNC Park, and nearby trails. All rentals include a helmet, lock and self-guided tour map. If you have your own bike, visit their site for maps to explore the area. I love exploring the endless possibilities on the Great Allegheny Passage.
White Water Adventures
Whether you are looking for an easy float down the river or an extreme rafting experience, look no further than Ohiopyle State Park. The state park has more than rafting to offer, too. Plan a day trip or a week-long escapade depending on your needs. I have done all the trips, from the family to the extreme. The talented guides make sure you arrive home safe in one piece, ready to go again.
Whether you are looking for a few hours of fun or an entire weekend away, all of these adventures are sure to deliver! You don’t have to go far to explore the great outdoors in our own back yard!