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Top 10 ways to enjoy Pittsburgh’s riverfronts this summer

By June 9, 2022Blog


1. Pack a basket and picnic at The Highline: The Highline on the South Side offers  some of the city’s most fabulous views. It is  located conveniently on the riverfront trail,  making it a go-to location to grab a coffee  and meet up with friends. Make a day of it  with a picnic basket and a camera. 

2. Cool off at the Water Steps on the North  Shore: A perfect family-friendly day on the  riverfronts wouldn’t be complete without  dipping your toes into the cool waters at  the Pittsburgh Water Steps. Just remember  to pack your sunscreen! 

3. Ride your bike along the Great Allegheny  Passage: The Mon Wharf Switchback makes  the Downtown section of the trail as smooth  as possible. The Switchback connects trail users from the Smithfield Street Bridge, Three  Rivers Heritage Trail, and Great Allegheny  Passage down to the eastern end of the  Mon Wharf Landing. How far will you go?

4. Explore the city from the water: See  Pittsburgh from a new perspective – on the  rivers! We recommend hopping on a boat  tour or renting a kayak to get out on the  waters and experience the rivers for yourself. 

5. Experience the Arts at Allegheny  Landing: The Pittsburgh Creative Corps  is back in 2022 to bring art and creative  experiences to Allegheny Landing on  the North Shore. From yoga to tango  lessons, there is something for everyone.  Learn more and sign up for events at

6. Pick up a new hobby: We’re not going to  tell you to take the day off work, but … What  sounds more relaxing than you, a fishing  pole, and the quiet waters on a Wednesday  afternoon? Join in on one of Western  Pennsylvania’s most popular pastimes and  enjoy quiet time on the water.

7. Dust off your rollerblades and skate  over to Point State Park: Document your  moment and turn into an internet sensation  by posing for photos with your skates in  front of Pittsburgh’s iconic Point State Park  fountain. Be sure to tag us before you go  viral at @RiverlifePgh on Instagram, Twitter,  or Facebook.

8. Try local cuisine at the Strip District  farmers market: Nothing says summer  quite like strolling through a neighborhood  farmers market and picking up locally  sourced goods.

9. Bond with your fur babies at a riverfront  dog park: You can find luscious green  space for your pets to run and play safely at  several waterfront locations, including the  South Side and Strip District.

10. Experience ArtWalk on the Allegheny:  Take a stroll through Downtown’s Allegheny  Riverfront Park near the Cultural District to  view Invisible Ecologies, an installation by  Future Green Studio, and Black Flowers, a  mural by Camerin “Camo” Nesbit under  the Ft. Duquesne Bridge.