By Maggie McCauley

Beach bums, world travelers, adventure seekers — whichever category you fall in to, you can still experience your ideal vacation without ever leaving the city! “Fortunately, staycations are nothing like they were in the past, when you went to the local pool as your friends went to the beach,” says Tom Loftus, chief marketing officer of VisitPITTSBURGH. “Especially when you live in Pittsburgh, which has become a popular leisure destination and a great place for a staycation.” Follow our guide for the ultimate staycation this summer!


There may not be a sea breeze or waves crashing against the shore around here, but those beloved beach activities can still be enjoyed if you’re willing to get a little creative! From sipping tropical drinks to getting that perfect sun-kissed glow, you’ll be able to bring the beach to the ‘Burgh.

Sip Tropical Drinks:

Hidden Harbor, 708 Shady Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.422.5040. 

Eat Seafood:

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, 1411 Grandview Ave. #2, Mt.Washington. 412.481.4414.
Muddy Waters Oyster Bar, 130 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. 412.361.0555.
Off The Hook, 908 Warrendale Village Drive, Warrendale. 724.719.2877.

Ride Bikes:

Three Rivers Heritage Trail,

Go Swimming:

Club One, 6325 Penn Ave., East End. 412.362.4806.
Upper St. Clair Community and Recreation Center Pool and Waterpark, 1551 Mayview Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.831.9000.

Get a (Spray) Tan:

Valarie Panei Professional Makeup Artist, 412.480.1132.

Go Mini Golfing:

Cool Springs Sports Complex, 1530 Hamilton Road, Bethel Park. 412.881.8500.


For thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, there’s lots of activities to get your heart pumping this summer. Get outside and immerse yourself in nature or take on an indoor challenge.


Rachel Carson Trail, 412.475.8881.


Kayak Pittsburgh North Shore, 1 Federal St., North Shore. 412.337.1519.


Go Ape, 991 Tennis Court Road, Allison Park. 800.971.8271.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Ascend Pittsburgh, 2141 Mary St., South Side. 412.745.2141.
The Climbing Wall, 7501 Penn Ave. #6, East Liberty. 412.247.7334.

White Water Rafting

Ohiopyle White Water Adventures, 6 Negley St., Ohiopyle. 724.329.8850.


Maybe you’re looking to get away, without a literal getaway. Relax and unwind with one of the many spa packages at these fabulous resort experiences. 

Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa

422 E. State St., Sharon.  866.345.2845.

Stone Castle Package
Champagne & Caviar Package
The Mansion Magnifique
Ladies Royal Court Package
Girlfriends Getaway Package
A Beautiful Rose Package
The Trumpeter Swan Package

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

1001 Lafayette Drive, Farmington. 866.344.6957.

Full Day Packages:
Woodlands Tranquility Package
Half Day Packages:
Woodlands Class Collection
Woodlands Renewal Packages
Fit to be Well Package

Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa

2138 US-220, Bedford. 814.624.5633.

Spa Packages:
Springs Eternal Package
First Lady Package
Springs Eternal Express Package
Vacation Packages

Hotel Guests Can Enjoy:  
Tee & Treatment Package
Eternal Indulgence Package

Sewickley Spa

337 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.4240.

Divine Day Package
The Magnificent Mother
The Blissful Bouquet
The Grand Massage

The Spa at Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel

510 Market St., Downtown. 412.773.8800.

Urban Essentials
Taste of Fairmont
Time Out for Men
Mind, Body Wellness
Fairmont Fitness


Some people have lived in Pittsburgh their whole lives, but have never experienced all of the sights, sounds, and history that our city encompasses. Explore and learn more about what’s in your own backyard.

Visit a Museum

The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side. 412.237.8300.
Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. 412.622.3131.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh,10 Children’s Way, North Side. 412.322.5058.
Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way. North Side. 412.231.3169.
Roberto Clemente Museum, 3339 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville. 412.621.1268.
Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. 412.454.6000.
Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. 724.837.1500.

Ride The Duquesne Incline

1197 W. Carson St., Station Square.    412.381.1665.

Take a Just Ducky Tour

125 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. 412.402.3825.

Explore Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

1 Schenley Drive, Oakland. 412.622.6914.

Ride the Gateway Clipper

350 W. Station Square Dr., Station Square. 412.355.7980.

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There are so many great activities that the whole family can enjoy. Don’t worry about long car rides and remembering to pack everything! From fun day trips to evening events, everyone will be excited to create memories together.

Visit the Carnegie Science Center

1 Allegheny Ave., North Shore. 412.237.3400.

Spend a Day at an Amusement Park

Idlewild and Soak Zone, 2574 U.S. 30, Ligonier. 724.238.3666.
Kennywood, 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin. 412.461.0500.
Sandcastle Waterpark, 1000 Sandcastle Drive, Homestead. 412.462.6666.

Catch a Pittsburgh Pirates Game

115 Federal St., North Shore. 412.321.2827.

+ Enjoy an afternoon of excitement, including music, crafts, and kid-friendly activities, at Station Square Family FunFest. Held the third Sunday of every month at Station Square, each event features fun provided by partners The Carnegie Science Center, Science Tots, Kidsburgh, I Made It Market, and The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. For more information, visit

Interact with Wildlife

The National Aviary, 700 Arch St., North Side. 412.323.7235.
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, One Wild Place, Highland Park. 412.665.3640.

Photograph from Aviary


Craft beer connoisseurs and wine lovers in search of quality beverages don’t need to look any further. The craft beer scene is booming and Pennsylvania wineries are putting themselves on the map, too. Sip on your favorite beverage and discover a new go-to drink of choice.

Apis Mead & Winery,
212 E. Main St., Carnegie. 412.478.9172.
Arsenal Cider House and Wine Cellar, 300 39th St., Lawrenceville. 412.682.7699.
Christian W. Klay Winery, 412 Fayette Springs Road, Chalkhill. 724.439.3424.
Engine House 25, 3339 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville. 412.621.1268.
Greendance The Winery at Sandhill, 306 Deerfield Road, Mt. Pleasant.
Greenhouse Winery, 1048 Pinewood Road, Irwin. 724.446.5000.
Kavic Winery, 1013 Campbells Run Road, Carnegie. 412.279.9463.
Narcisi Winery, 4578 Gibsonia Road, Gibsonia. 724.444.4744.
Pittsburgh Winery, 2815 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.566.1000.
Stone Villa Wine Cellars, 1085 Claypike Road, Acme. 724.423.5604.
Wooden Door, 4087 Greenwood Road, New Kensington. 724.889.7244.

The Brew Gentleman, 512 Braddock Ave., Braddock. 412.871.5075.
The Church Brew Works, 3525 Liberty Ave., Lawrenceville. 412.688.8200.
Draai Laag Brewing Company, 501 E. Ohio St., Millvale. 412.407.2506.
East End Brewing Co., 147 Julius St., East Liberty. 412.537.2337.
Full Pint Brewing Company, 1963 Lincoln Hwy., North Versailles. 412.467.6414.
Grist House Craft Brewery, 10 E. Sherman St., Millvale. 412.447.1442.
Hitchhiker Brewing Company, 190 Castle Shannon Blvd., Mt. Lebanon. 412.343.1950.
Hop Farm Brewing Company, 5601 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.408.3248.
Mindful Brewing Company, 3759 Library Road, Castle Shannon. 412.668.3857.
Penn Brewery, 800 Vinial St., Troy Hill. 412.237.9400.
Roundabout Brewery, 4901 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.621.0540.
Spoonwood Brewing, 5981 Baptist Road, Bethel Park. 412.833.0333.
Voodoo Brewery, 205 E. 9th Ave., Homestead. 412.368.8973.

+ Don’t worry about finding a DD or having to call an Uber! City Brew Tours will cover the driving for you, safely transporting you from brewery to brewery, while also providing an educational experience through their carefully curated tours. Learn more about the history of beer, as well as brewing methods, while sampling from the best breweries in the ‘Burgh. For pricing and reservations, call 412.419.2337 or visit

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