9 of the Best Outdoor Playgrounds in Pittsburgh

March 1, 2019
Children
jason wolfe
Image courtesy of Allegheny County Office of Marketing and Special Events

Sometimes you just need to get out the kids out of the house to burn off some of that energy.

Luckily, Pittsburgh is home to some pretty great playgrounds! With lots of structures to climb on-- full of slides and monkey bars-- your kids are sure to have a blast at these locations. You’ll enjoy getting some fresh air and watching the kids the play as well.

What kid doesn’t enjoy going on the swings or the taking a turn on the merry-go-round? Who knows, you might find yourself wanting to hop on as well!

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1. Aspinwall Riverfront Park

Aspinwall Riverfront Park
Be sure to check out the sculpture that also doubles as a slide in this park! Image courtesy of Aspinwall Riverfront Park
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Aspinwall
285 River Ave.
Aspinwall, PA 15215

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412-781-2340

Aspinwall Riverfront Park was created through the sheer resolve of the local citizens-- they wanted a beautiful place to walk, jog, and play with the kids.

...Tucked away along the Allegheny River in Aspinwall, this park has a walking trail, docks, lots of seating, bathrooms and a playground for the kids. - Yelp Review

The Aspinwall citizens felt that everyone should have access to this park-- and through their efforts and fundraising-- the Aspinwall Riverfront Park is what it is today.

The kids love coming to play at the playground, with its famous sculpture slide and run around amongst all the native Pennsylvania plants. This park also has riverfront access, so you can put in your kayak in the river and sail away!

2. Frick Park

Frick Park
Kids-- and adults-- just can’t get enough of the famous Blue Slide. Image courtesy of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
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Point Breeze
1981 Beechwood Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15215

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412-682-7475

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Mon-Sun 6am-11pm

Frick Park is one of the most-loved parks in Pittsburgh.

...Will be back, loved it!

It’s a great area for hiking, biking, and playing with your pup. But the kids love it because of the Blue Slide. This is an incredibly fun slide that multiple generations of Pittsburgh children have loved.

This play area is very popular, and parents from around Pittsburgh make it a point to take their kids to the Blue Slide. It’s such a simple concept, but one that appears to be particularly endearing to Pittsburghers.

We got to see the iconic blue slide...also walked down the path and came to some amazing views of Pittsburgh and were able to take some great pictures... - Yelp Review

3. Anderson Playground at Schenley Park

Anderson Playground at Schenley Park
While the kids play, adults take in the beautiful views of Pittsburgh. Image courtesy of Schenley Park

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Oakland
3501 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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Mon-Sun 6am-11pm

Anderson Playground is a part of another city park-- Schenley Park.

Literally one of my favorite parks in Pittsburgh!!!...

Located between Oakland, Greenfield, and Squirrel Hill, Schenley Park is a great destination for kids. With plenty of green space to run around in-- as well as pavions for picnics-- the lawn is filled with families in the summer months.

The kids love the interactive playground that includes a castle, dinosaur, and merry-go-round. When you’re done at the playground, be sure to walk the many trails and take in the scenic views of the city.

...This park has everything you are looking for such as frisbee golf courses, tennis courts, soccer field, hike trails, playgrounds,swings and most of all a lot of stations to have cook outs and celebrations. - Yelp Review

4. Dormont Playground

Dormont Playground
A fun maze that that the kids really enjoy playing in after a visit to the pool. Image courtesy of Sprinkle the City

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Dormont
1801 Dormont Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15216

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412-561-8900

Dormont Park has created quite the impressive playground for kids all over the Pittsburgh area to enjoy.

My kiddos really enjoy this playground. It's big and has many different things to go. There are 4 different slides, a tire swing, a tire climb thing and obstacles throughout... - Yelp Review

All of the wooden structures are connected in a maze-like pattern-- and sure to offer hours of fun your little ones. There are also swings, slides, and ropes that the kids just can’t seem to get enough of.

Located right next to Dormont Pool, it’s a great place to visit before--or after--  a swim in the pool.  Be sure to try out the huge tire swing as well!

5. Kids Castle Playground

Kids Castle Playground
Your kids will feel like royalty at the Kids Castle Playground. Image courtesy of Cranberry Twp.

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Cranberry Twp.
2525 Rochester Rd.
Cranberry Twp, PA 16066

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724-779-4386

Kids Castle Playground was designed with kids in mind-- and with all the colors, sounds, stuff to climb on-- it’s easy to see why this is a favorite of kids and parents alike.

Very clean, fun park!!!!! Our kiddos can't wait to go back - Facebook Review

Located a little north of the city in Cranberry Twp. Park, Kids Castle is a great place to let your little ones have some outdoor fun.

The theme of the park is Cranberry’s Past, Present, and Future-- and the play items reflect the changing nature of playgrounds. The park also has picnic tables so you can enjoy a picnic lunch, and is handicap accessible.

6. Wiltshire Park

Wiltshire Park
This community playground is always full of kids having a great time. Image courtesy of General Recreation, Inc.
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Upper St. Clair
108 McMurray Rd.
Upper St. Clair, PA 15241

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412-831-9000

Wiltshire Park is another great outdoor playground that should be on every parent’s list of play places.

...There is something for everyone to do. There is a large and fun playground, creek, basketball courts, deck hockey rink, spray area and sand pit. It was a blast! - Google Review

It is has some awesome play equipment like double slides, horizontal rings, a merry-go-round, and even Tic Tac Toe.

There’s even a sandbox for your little ones to enjoy. If it’s especially hot in the summer months, be sure to cool off at the dolphin spray park located right next door.

7. North and South Park

North and South Park
These county parks are home to playgrounds that are full of Pittsburgh Pride. Image courtesy of Allegheny County Office of Marketing and Special Events
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Allison Park
North Park
303 Pearce Mill Rd.
Allison Park, PA 15101

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412-350-4636

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Mon-Fri 6am-12am

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South Park Twp.
South Park

100 Buffalo Dr.
South Park, PA 15129

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412-350-4636

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Mon-Fri 6am-12am

South Park and North Park both are home to the Black and Gold playgrounds.

...really nice family park with lots of things to do...running/walking path along Corrigan Drive, deck and ice hockey rinks, dog park, playground, fitness trail and some equipment and more! - Yelp Review

Pittsburghers love that all the equipment are painted in support of the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The kids love all the swings and twist slides!

Both of these parks are also equipped to handle children with special physical needs as well, and everything is handicap accessible.

South Park is also located near stables and the wave pool, if you really want to make a day of it!

8. O’Block Playground

O'Block Playground
This playground is accessible for kids of all abilities, because everyone should be included in the fun! Image courtesy of Shawree Shantel

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Plum Borough
675 Old Frankstown Rd.
Plum, PA 15239

O’Block Playground is a nice little playground off the beaten path.

It's a great playground for kids! - Facebook Review

Located in Plum Borough, it’s a nice quiet spot to let the kids play for the day. This playground is also accessible for kids of all physical abilities-- there are special swings and extra wide ramps for wheelchairs.

Located next to Boyce Park, O’Block playground is a great choice when you want to get the kids out of the house. There is even exercise equipment available for the adults to use! You can get a quick workout in while you watch the kids play.

9. War Memorial Park

War Memorial Park
After walking the trails, take the kids for some fun at the playground! Image courtesy of andrewemilyandbenjamin.blogspot.com

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Sewickley
811 Blackburn Rd.
Sewickley, PA 15143

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412-741-4015

War Memorial Park in Sewickley is smaller, but its location more than makes up for it.

Very nice community park. Large playground w/ younger & older area for children... - Google Review

Surrounded by beautiful trees, this playground is open year round and is a popular spot for parents to take the kids after a hike on the walking trails. There are pavilions for picnics and plenty of benches to relax on-- it’s also located close to some wonderful shopping options.

This is a nice little playground where your kids are sure to have a great time.

Regardless of where you’re at in the city, there’s a playground close by. These places would be great to take the kids to and let them run around-- and spend some time outside in the sunshine and away from the smartphones and tablets.

What’s your favorite playground? Let us know in the comments!

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