By: Nancy Latimer

If you’re the kind of person who likes to check things off your bucket list, travel list, workout list you’re in luck. Venture Outdoors has lists, lists, and more lists!
When I first started participating with Venture Outdoors, I went to every park and tried every activity. It was a great way to experience new places and try new things. Fortunately for you, things haven’t changed and if anything, they’ve improved! Venture Outdoors has accumulated lists and designed a multitude of outing options that can satiate your desire to check things off.
If you’re looking to go new places, Venture Outdoors has activities in city parks, county parks, and state parks.
City Parks

  1. Riverview Park
  2. Schenley Park
  3. Frick Park
  4. Highland Park

County Parks

  1. South Park
  2. North Park
  3. Boyce Park
  4. Deer Lakes Park
  5. Harrison Hills Park
  6. Hartwood Acres Park
  7. Round Hill Park
  8. Settlers Cabin Park
  9. White Oak Park

State Parks

  1. Cook Forest State Park
  2. Kooser State Park
  3. Laurel Hill State Park
  4. Linn Run State Park
  5. McConnells Mills State Park
  6. Moraine State Park
  7. Ohiopyle State Park
  8. Oil Creek State Park
  9. Raccoon Creek State Park

Fortunately, the locations aren’t limited to parks. They also include neighborhoods and waterways in all directions.
Neighborhoods

  1. Millvale
  2. OaklandNancy_List_Blog2 (1)
  3. Pittsburgh
  4. South Side
  5. North Side
  6. Bellevue
  7. Squirrel Hill
  8. Mount Washington
  9. Lawrenceville
  10. Shadyside
  11. Highland Park

Waterways

  1. Allegheny River
  2. Monongahela River
  3. Ohio River
  4. North Park Lake
  5. Lake Arthur
  6. French Creek
  7. Canonsburg Lake
  8. Conewango Creek

Venture Outdoors also has programs that run in series. They provide the options and you simply go along for the fun. I’ve done a number of these; they get you outside and active week after week. You will enjoy the company of like-minded people and see sights that you typically would not find on your own. These activity series might be hiking, biking, or kayaking.
Series options include:

  1. Urban Fitness Hikes
  2. Neighborhood Night Hikes
  3. Allegheny County ParksNancy_List_Blog5 (1)
  4. Wake-Up Paddles
  5. Women on the Water
  6. Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail
  7. Rachel Carson Trail

If your wanderlust is already satisfied and it’s new adventures you’re looking for, you can make a list of activities to try. I started my involvement by making my own adventure list, and  I’ve stayed with several activities after Venture Outdoors taught me the ropes.
Venture Outdoor activities include:

  1. Hiking
  2. Biking
  3. Cross country skiing
  4. Geocaching
  5. Fishing
  6. Rock climbing
  7. Spelunking
  8. Kayaking
  9. Stand up paddle boarding (SUP)
  10. Dragon boating

Finally, if wanderlust and adventure are complete in your life and you’re a modern day foodie, Venture Outdoors has your taste buds covered with programs that include:

  1. Soup
  2. Pie
  3. Beer
  4. Wine
  5. Croissants
  6. Hard cider
  7. Mountain pie
  8. Ice cream
  9. Tea
  10. Goulash

As you can see, Venture Outdoors is the list maker’s dream! Choose one and start checking things off – outside of course!
Nancy Latimer
VO Member 2008
VO Trip Leader 2011
Trip Leader Council 2015