Schenley Park is a huge municipal park in Pittsburgh. Located between the neighbourhoods of Oakland, Greenfield & Squirrel Hill, it is listed as a historic district. At a massive 456 acres, it is the second largest municipal park in Pittsburgh, and is one of the most popular hangout spots for residents and visitors on this side of town. It was named one of ‘America’s Coolest City Parks’ by Travel + Leisure in 2011.
Schenley park has a grand entrance, which opens up into the enchanting Schenley Plaza, followed by several miles of enthralling hiking trails. It also has a large lake located in Panther Hollow, not to mention Flagstaff Hill, a popular place to catch outdoor movies during the summer. The area known as ‘The Oval’ within the park has 13 tennis courts, a running track, a soccer field, an ice- skating rink, a swimming pool and even an 18 hole disc golf course! There is also an indoor practice facility where golfers can play ‘virtual rounds’ on famous courses.
- Since 1983, Schenley Park has been home to a vintage motor sports car race, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix that takes place annually in mid-July.
- Since 1993, the park has been home to the Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure, an annual fundraising event for breast cancer and Mother's Day tradition with more than 35,000 participants.
Schenley Park is one of Pittsburgh’s favourite parks, right up there with its more famous counterpart, The Frick. However, it is as enchanting as any other open space in the city, and it provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the urban jungle.
Schenley Park Hours
- Closed on Mondays during winter and fall.
How to Reach Schenley Park
- Bus Nos: 75, 81, 83, 58, 93, 61A, 61B, 61C, 61D, 52L, 53L all ply to Schenley Park. You can catch most of these buses from various locations around the city.
- Cafe Phipps
- Big Jim’s Restaurant & Bar
- Chasers, Say Cheese Pizza
- R&A Sphinx Cafe
- Yesterday’s Bar & Grill
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7.28% of people who visit Pittsburgh include Schenley Park in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
79.1% of people start their Schenley Park visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Schenley Park
92.5% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Schenley Park
Schenley Park Reviews & Ratings
We went to the Carnegie Natural History and Carnegie Art Museums. It wasn't super busy, which was nice because we could spend all the time we wanted looking at the different exhibits. The dinosaurs were cool and the I especially liked all the gemstones. They have a wide range of art that ranges from the 1700s (or before) to modern times. We got in for half price (arrive at 3) and parking wasn't too expensive. I would definitely come back because there was much more to see. Overall, a great time! Here below are some of the pictures from the time there.
For being a free day I didn't expect much, the lack of attention drawing attractions was immediately apparent. The map structure that they have for guests should be updated seasonally with the displays clearly marked. Some areas that were supposed to be open to the public were closed off or locked and none of the staff besides the wonderful door attendant on the second floor even stopped to assist in any capacity. I didn't spend a dime and was still left wanting.
It's always clean and a great place to exercise, take a stroll, or go on a date. There are cute paths, parks, a pool with a $5 entry fee for non-members, fountains, an ice skating rink, movies in the park, and adorable ponds. I spend a lot of time here!
Love love love Phipps Conservatory! I first visited when I was a kid - a long time ago...It's a gorgeous place, historic, and the plants and flowers are unbelievable. Friendly, knowledgeable staff too. Don't miss it in your next visit to Oakland.
Beautiful park, right in the middle of the city. Only thing I'd ask though is that the city do something about all the deer... I love to look at them, but they poop all over some of the nicer grassy areas to sit in. I just wish I could sit in all the grass without worrying about what the deer leave behind :/