3 Local Summertime Staycations for Every Outdoor Person

There's Something to Do For Everyone in Pittsburgh

You don’t have to fly out to Fiji to have the best vacation ever this summer. Sometimes all a Pittsburgher needs is some down time away from work, maybe even away from all of modern society as we know it. Staycations are the getaways without going away. They are perfect for those looking for a casual, cost-effective kick back from reality.

But not all staycations are built the same. Couch surfing for a week or two does not cut it for everyone, especially when warm weather is calling. Luckily, Pittsburgh has something for every type of vacationer. You might even find your next reason never to leave Pittsburgh again.

For the Adventurists:

South of Pittsburgh starts getting into the thick of Pennsylvania country. Ohiopyle is a favorite among PA State Parks. One of the best activities involves white water rafting for every experience level. On top of that, there are scenic biking and hiking trails at every turn. If you haven’t spent a day flying through the trees, or even obstacle courses, the zip-lining park of Laurel Highlands is a must.

Ohiopyle is only a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown, but there are of course plenty of overnight options. You can have it all from braving the elements at campgrounds to not-so-roughing-it hotel or cabin options. Either way, you won’t be bored in these outdoors!

For the Casual:


Sometimes the more laid back, the better. You can still take in everything the great outdoors has to offer without getting too down and dirty. If you’re looking to float, boat, or kayak, the city of bridges has plenty of waterways. Some easygoing spots are along the Clarion River and North Park Lake.

While there are dozens of trails and rivers to take day trips throughout Pittsburgh, you might want to pack up your swim suit and a cooler of IPA’s to head North. Lake Eerie offers a whole new set of activities and scenery. If you’re looking for nautical amusement, you can rent a boat of your own or board a historical vessel to sail around the lake.

Maybe some old-fashioned tents on the beach is more up your alley. Right off the shore of Lake Erie are Sara’s Campgrounds that offer that beachy feel without having to drive a day away!

For the Quintessential Pittsburgher:

Maybe there is a string of restaurants or tour of local breweries you’ve wanted to try but work has gotten in the way. Maybe you just need to take a stroll or two around a park you haven’t seen yet. Either way, Pittsburgh always has something going on.

The Strip District is the busy Sunday favorite. But when you’re on a Pittsburgh staycation, it’s a whole new experience having most of the streets to yourself during a weekday. Sometimes a little retail therapy tasting the best boutiques, local beers, and fresh foods of the ‘Burgh is all you need.

If you’re far from a couch potato during your time off, be sure to check out the reoccurring Yoga in Market Square. Running until September 30th, you can catch the free sessions every Wednesday at 5:30 PM and Sunday at 10:00 AM.

Grazing your way through some classic snack bar eats and bringing out your fun side is easy to do on the East side of Pittsburgh. Amusement park staples like Kennywood and Sandcastle are perfect for cranking up a little bit of your childish side.

Next time you find yourself with nothing but time on your hands, you probably have more nearby than you think. And even better, A Pittsburgh staycation won’t break the bank.