The Best Seasonal Family Activities

The Best Seasonal Family Activities

How can you be sure that the activity you’ve carefully planned for your family will be a winner? You can’t really be sure until after the event. However, you’ll know you’ve picked a winner when, a week or a month later, someone in your family comes up to you and says: “Let’s do that again.” The following lists of fun family activities for you to

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The Best Summer Family Activities

The Best Summer Family Activities

Golf or Miniature Golf Though golf can be a frustrating game when it’s is not going your way, the consolation is that it gets you out and exercising in idyllic settings. It is also a great inter-generational sport. With so many country clubs around Pittsburgh there’s bound to be one right near you. Swimming Swimming is a great bonding experience. It doesn’t get any better

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Hauntingly Good Times: Haunted Houses in Pittsburgh

Hauntingly Good Times: Haunted Houses in Pittsburgh

It’s that time of year again. The air is cooler, the leaves are changing, and darkness descends earlier. The time of year when the scratching of a branch against your bedroom window easily turns into the decaying finger of a Zombie; when silver clouds passing across a full moon provoke visions of werewolves; and shadows falling across the floor inspire thoughts of lurking monsters. At

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Autumn: Pittsburgh’s Best Season?

Autumn: Pittsburgh’s Best Season?

Opinion When my son was a toddler, he used to watch Barney. While I found the purple dinosaur a bit annoying, each year when the days begin to grow shorter and the cicadas commence their symphony, ironically, I find myself singing a Barney song called “I Like Autumn.” That’s because I do like this season and, for a number of reasons, I think it is Pittsburgh’s

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The American Chestnut: “The Giant that Once Lived in the Woods of Pittsburgh”

The American Chestnut: "The Giant that Once Lived in the Woods of Pittsburgh"

We all marvel at the giant redwood trees that dot the coastal area of Northern California, but did you know that at one time the eastern part of the nation had another colossal tree? Nicknamed the “redwood of the east,” the American chestnut grew to 100 feet or more and had trunks that often spanned 16 feet in diameter. Unlike the Cowardly Lion in the

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PNC Park: America’s Most Beautiful Park

PNC Park: America's Most Beautiful Park

PNC Park, the new home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, opened to rave reviews in 2001, and is still regarded as one of Major League Baseball’s premier fields. PNC is the fifth home of the Pirates. It combines the charm of Forbes Field, the team’s third home, with the scenic riverside location on the North Side of an even earlier venue, Exposition Park. After touring all

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Millvale Riverfront Trail and Park

Millvale Riverfront Trail and Park

Pittsburgh is well-known for steel, sports, higher education and medical facilities, but what many may not expect is the great beauty the city and surrounding communities have to offer.  A perfect way to explore this natural splendor is the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.  The 24-mile-long trail will wind you through various neighborhoods of the city along all three of Pittsburgh’s rivers.  Popular among walkers and bikers,

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The Great Allegheny Passage

The Great Allegheny Passage

When the pioneers pressed westward settling the country, some of the greatest obstacles they faced were the Allegheny Mountains.  The Allegheny Mountains (part of the Appalachian Mountain Range) posed problems for many travelers.  They still are formidable, but they can be conquered via one of America’s premier trails: The Great Allegheny Passage. Commonly known as “GAP,” the Great Allegheny Passage is a 150-mile trail that

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Pittsburgh on Two Wheels

Pittsburgh on Two Wheels

You may have seen Pittsburgh on foot, by car, from a boat, from the overlooks on Mt. Washington, or maybe even from a plane when you’ve flown over the city.  But have you ever seen it from a bicycle?  There’s something special about seeing the ‘Burgh from a bike.  Like walking, it brings you up close and personal with the city.  With the wind whipping

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The Pittsburgh Marathon: Competitors Have the Run of the Place

The Pittsburgh Marathon: Competitors Have the Run of the Place

Pittsburgh hosted its first Dick’s Sporting Good Marathon on May 5th, 1985. The streets were closed to traffic as music filled the air. People lined the streets to cheer on the racers that went by. In addition to the marathon, there is a half marathon, a team relay, a kids’ race and 5K. Elite and seeded runners, wheelchair racers, and walkers take to the street

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