You’ll find lots of programming for families, beginning with Babes in the Woods events and preschool Fledglings. Visit the calendar for upcoming events.

The Blue Slide is raucous, scream-inducing fun. Photo by Sally Quinn.

Frick Park

The crisscrossing, looping trails at Frick Park cover 664 acres, which makes it Pittsburgh’s largest historic regional park. With multiple entrances, it’s worth downloading and printing the park map so you and your kids can explore the various trails and features. Our favorite is the Riverview Trail, which conveniently begins and ends at the Blue Slide Playground (Don’t forget your cardboard!).

Or enter via the Frick Environmental Center, a Living Building and certified LEED building, to access new, cutting-edge ways to park discoveries. The Clayton Trail loop begins here, as does the smaller Woodland Trail that leads to the Observation Deck.

Check out year-round family-friendly programming on the calendar, such as Full Moon Hikes, wildflower walks guided by a naturalist or an introduction to birding.

Take a break from hiking and visit the farm animals at Round Hill Park. Photo courtesy of Allegheny County Parks Foundation.

Round Hill Park

The trails that encompass the 1,100 acres of this Allegheny County Park are easily walkable with occasional hilly areas. What we love most about this beautiful space is the list of options – all free – when kids begin whining: “I’m bored!” “I’m tired!” “I’m hot!”

Presto! Mom looks like a genius with solutions to all their problems.

Round Hill Park is home to the Allegheny Farm Corps, a volunteer group that works the farm and donates crops to the Community Food Bank. Not to be confused with a petting zoo, this working exhibit farm gives kids a chance to get close to farm animals, like horses, goats and pigs. Stop by the pond and visit with the ducks.

And don’t forget to bring lunch. There are 17 picnic shelters, as well as picnic tables scattered throughout the park. Your kids will spot lots of playground equipment, plus a tempting spray park (opening June 1) that will have them begging for return visits.

Kids love the switchback that takes them from the River Heritage Trail to Washington’s Landing. Photo by Sally Quinn.

River Heritage Trail selections:

The 24-mile Heritage River Trail runs along the riverfront of Pittsburgh’s three rivers. We have some favorite spots within that system that appeal to families for various reasons, one of which is the stroller-friendly paving. Download a map here.

The wet and wild Water Steps are a popular stop on a North Shore hike. Photo by Leah Hunt.

On the North Shore of the Allegheny, families have two fun options. While hiking along the North Shore Riverfront Park below PNC Park and Heinz Field, kids can climb onto Mister Rogers’ lap or wade in the Water Steps. It’s a fine spot to watch for watercraft and wave to boaters.

Farther upstream on the North Side, closer to Heinz Lofts, there’s free parking at spots along River Avenue. Take your hike toward Washington’s Landing, where a switchback built from a former railroad trestle leads to the island. Continue along the shore to Redfin Blues Grill for cool drinks and snacks on the deck above the marina before continuing to loop back.

On the South Side, we begin at Southside Works and access the riverfront below Hoffbrauhaus. Kids will enjoy the zigzag path and looking at the marina boats. Take the trail towards Downtown and enjoy a shady path under a canopy of leafy branches. The trail can be easily exited to the South Side Flats. It’s fun to travel one way along the river trail and loop back along Carson Street where a stop at spots like the Milkshake Factory is a welcome treat.

The fountain at Point State Park is the crown jewel of Pittsburgh. Photo by Sally Quinn.

Point State Park, Downtown, is another worthy urban hike, offering a mix of history, natural species plants along the trails and a gorgeous inside-out view of the city. The wide waterfront trail is a beautiful walk that features a breezy spray from the 100-foot fountain. You can stroll along winding shady paths, too. Pop into the Fort Pitt Block House, built in 1764, the oldest architectural landmark in Pittsburgh. Exit the park through the Portal Tunnel and over the Reflecting Pool. Need more details? Click here for a map.