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My Guide to a Fun Summer Close to Home.

It’s happened.  Summer is here, school is out and free time abounds.   I’m sure you’ve got plans for some of your summer vacation.  Maybe you’ve lined up a part time job, a volunteer shift, summer camp or just rest and relaxation. Even if you’re totally booked you owe it to yourself to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and amazing activities available.

If you’re into walking, running or biking around town check out the Heritage Trail system that crisscrosses the city.  Don’t have a bike but feel like riding?  No problem.  Or if aquatic recreation is more your style take a flat water kayak for a spin.  Don’t forget about the many city parks all around town or the 18 public pools throughout the city.

If you can get out of town for the day, take a drive to one of  Pennsylvania’s beautiful State Parks.   In Western Pa alone there are 22 State Parks.  To the south check out Ohiopyle State Park for amazing views, and some of the best whitewater boating in the east.  A short drive west will take you to Raccoon Creek State Park for horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, and swimming.  Head north to Moraine State Park for two huge beaches, wind surfing and boating or to McConnell’s Mill for more advanced whitewater boating or hiking.  If you can take a longer adventure, head two and a half hours north to Lake Erie’s Presque Isle State Park where there are tons of beach, hiking trails and views of PA’s favorite Great Lake.

These ideas are just the beginning.  Share your favorite things to do in Western PA in the comments!

-Brooke

CLP-South Side

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