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Schenley Park

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Situated in the heart of Oakland, Schenley Park has come to be Pittsburgh’s civic park. Created in 1889 with land donated by heiress Mary Schenley, the park now contains 456 acres of trails, woods, and attractions. A daily destination for university...more
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Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This part is a great way to get away from the city and back into nature. We didn't have much time to explore the park but it seems like there were many things to do here - soccer fields, track, ice skating, swimming, and Frisbee...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank dreamergirl4686
Reviewed January 7, 2019

I've been going here since I was a child, always something to do from free concerts in the summer to tubing down the hills in the winter or just going for a stroll in the fall watching the leaves change colors, very nice part also...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Kenneth A
Reviewed December 10, 2018

I love how the fall season shows itself here. For hiking, picknicing etc... it is the best here. Drinking your coffeeand walking by awesome scenes.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank cansugurlu
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

I think October is the best time. It's a huge Park near University of Pittsburgh and CMU. Good place to sit in sun and enjoy the weather. Many attractions for the kids

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank AKSrivastava
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Nice park with interesting things to see. Pretty expansive and well taken care of. May sometimes have to watch out for goose poop :O

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank doodleranch
Reviewed September 20, 2018

I like to have family gathering here.. Very nice park. we have had a few family cookouts here. I was attended a wedding here before also. This park is huge and has alot to offer.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 19, 2018

This is really an all day excursion if you want to do it right. We rode our bikes, but it was very hilly and the trails are confusing. You definitely want to have a map. There's a golf course, the botanical gardens, playgrounds, bridges, lakes,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Steve C
Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

Great trail and paved paths around the park. Random glimpses of wildlife in this lush green space. Just be sure to bring your phone or GPS if you plan to go on a long run as it can be easy to get lost in this...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank TammyV311
Reviewed August 13, 2018

We heard live music, saw wildlife and enjoyed a leisurely walk. If we lived here, we'd come back often. Instead, we'll come back the next time we're in PGH.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 17, 2018 via mobile

Be ready for a walk. The park is lovely and you can easily get lost. If you are going in the winter months go prepared, it’s really chilly out here. The ice rink is kinda small but there are other activities you can do.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Lisa C
August 5, 2018|
Response from Anonymous855 | Reviewed this property |
Maybe a local person knows this but I printed a map of the park from the website.
Gloria C
August 25, 2017|
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Response from JoVermont | Reviewed this property |
I think there is parking at the conservatory, but we walked from the Air BNB we were staying at so I wasn't really paying attention to parking....
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
What is going on this weekend at Schenley Park? (2 Replies)
They set up 2 huge circus like tents on Wednesday but I can't figure out what is going on. I know the marathon is this weekend but I don't think they go anywhere near schenley. We were going to use the park on Sat. but if there is some huge event it will be way to crowded for our liking.
May 02, 2013|
Response fromNeedsavacation|
The Spring Hat Luncheon, a fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is on Saturday at Schenley Park overlook. The publicity for it says they attract 500 people. Bound to be a rowdy crowd, you might want to steer clear!
San Francisco, California
Review my itinerary please? (12 Replies)
Hello! I'm originally from Pittsburgh but realized I never saw some of the cooler things here while growing up. I'll be back for a week, and when not spending time with family I want to see the city. I have three days of trips planned. Can you please review each day and tell me how feasible you think my plans are, any tips on transportation, and if there's anything else I should see while in these areas? I'll be staying in Baldwin/Pleasant Hills and using public transportation. My budget...More
June 30, 2014|
Response fromDustin G|
The Monongahela Incline is very close to the T stop in Station Square. You'd walk into downtown (a decent walk), hop on the T at Steel Plaza, and ride it to Station Square. Then, you're a 2-minute walk from the Mon Incline. It's probably about a 20 minute walk to the Duquesne Incline, but it allows you to walk through Station Square. It's not a bad walk. I don't really have a preference for either Incline. Maybe take the Mon Incline up, walk along Mt. Washington to the Duquesne Incline and...More
Ontario, Canada
Parking in Schenley Park (1 Reply)
I'm would to ride my bicycle around Scnenley Park but need a place to park the van. I am looking for free parking nearby or perhaps near the university?
June 12, 2012|
Response fromevangeline57|
On Sundays you can park free anyplace in Schenley Park. At other times I park either in front of Phipps Conservatory, where that plaza is always free. If there's a cop watching, just head up the walk towards Phipps, and then duck out along one of the side pathways. I admit that, with a bike, this could be a little awkward, so just drive across the Panther Hollow Bridge alongside Phipps, passing the Schenley Cafe, and make the first right into the playground parking area. The bike trail...More