Our Mission
We believe everyone deserves the chance to experience how incredibly fun the outdoors can be, so we provide the gear, guidance and inspiration to make outdoor recreation part of people’s lives.


  • Where is She Now?

    November 29, 2016

    by Karlee Kocon, former Venture Outdoors  15128557_1461954383832197_1579158323_nCommunications Intern

    Since ending my internship at Venture Outdoors in April, I have continued to work as a Park Ranger at Crooked Creek Lake while pursuing my Master’s in Environmental Science and Management at Duquesne University.

    My life continues to revolve around the environment indoors and out. Being a Park Ranger, I am regularly outdoors and can continue to inspire others to get outside and take advantage of our natural resources! Recently, I was sent to West Virginia to get my boating license so now I can conduct boat patrols on our lake.

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  • Kayak Pittsburgh 2016 Season in Review

    November 22, 2016

    by Cheyenne Knight, Kayak Pittsburgh Marketing Intern

    And that’s a wrap! It’s hard to believe that the season has come to an end. If we have learned anything over the past few months at Venture Outdoors, we learned that the 2016 season was a season of celebration. From the launch of our newest Kayak Pittsburgh location at Aspinwall Riverfront Park to the recognition of 10 years at our North Park location, 2016 gave us more than enough reasons to be thankful for all of the customers who make it possible for Kayak Pittsburgh to get people on the water year after year.

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  • Not Your Typical Conference

    November 15, 2016

    by Lora Hutelmyer, Youth Program Manager

    “Archery practice and salamander searching? What kind of work conference was this?” a confused friend asked as I told him about my previous Friday at work. On October 28, I participated in the Get Outdoors PA Regional Summit held at the Fern Hollow Nature Center. This summit brought together over 30 attendees to network, brainstorm and hear from six speakers representing a number of outdoor organizations across Southwestern Pennsylvania. This conference was certainly not your typical conference – it was interactive, fun, and so well organized.

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  • Geocaching In Grandview

    November 8, 2016

    by Hannah White, Trip Leader Specialistimg_0039

    It’s a crisp fall day in Allentown as I hike the big hill to Grandview Park with students from the Brashear Association. We haven’t told them yet what our activity will be, but everyone is enjoying the hike and being outside. Once we are at the park, Trip Leader Ashley tells the students that we will be doing a Halloween-themed geocaching course using GPS units to find hidden caches with fun Halloween facts that we have placed all around the park.




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  • Paddling Out of My Comfort Zone

    November 1, 2016

    by Alissa Seislove, Venture Outdoors Communications Intern

    img_1211In the earlier years of my life, I was never much of the adventurous type. To me, it was always comforting to do things I was familiar with and not stretch my boundaries much further than that. When I started school at the University of Pittsburgh I like a lot of new students in college, wanted to step out of my comfort zone and try new things. I began by taking advantage of all of the opportunities the campus has to offer by joining some new clubs and getting involved as much as possible.

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Kayak Pittsburgh


All locations of Kayak Pittsburgh are now closed for the season. Thanks for joining us, we’ll see you back on the water in May!

Featured Outing



Wonderland Hike
Sunday, December 18
12 – 4 PM

We’re going to escape the rush of the holiday season and enjoy a hike through the peaceful woods of Laurel Hill State Park. A grove of old-growth Hemlocks; a serene lake; and plenty of woodland creatures await!