A Stroll Through The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Achievement: #86. Visit the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

I admit, it may be because I’m a Libra, but I swear there’s nothing more beautiful than Pittsburgh in the fall. I mean. Unless it’s raining, in which case, it’s still pretty beautiful if you’re under your covers with a bottle of wine.

But we have some really lovely foliage, especially if you step just outside the city a bit. And that’s exactly what we did last weekend, checking out the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden for the first time.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
The Botanic Garden is a little off the beaten path, but there are signs that clearly mark the route. If you’ve ridden the Panhandle Bike Trail, you’ve probably seen them.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
In fact, that’s how we heard of the garden — driving home from a bike ride. Once you get to the road, the space is easy to find, and there’s plenty of parking.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
If you’re expecting a botanical garden like we have at Phipps, you’re not going to find it. What you will find is a series of beautiful walking trails that take you through trees and natural meadows.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
There are also some random buildings you can climb around in.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
And one of those buildings is tiny and full of books you can read!

You can choose multiple paths to walk along, but all of them are well maintained. I would recommend wearing good hiking/walking shoes, as there are some rocks and roots and a couple of small hills, but the paths are very clear and easy to navigate (my 90-year-old grandmother was able to walk them a few days after we visited).

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
The foliage really is at its peak right now, and you could use up a whole camera card just taking photos of the trees.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
But there are also other awesome things to see, like this random wooden mushroom patch.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
And this cheerful stone dragon.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
AND THIS AMAZING GIANT BIRD’S NEST!!!!!

Bird's Nest
(Seriously, this is the kind of stuff that happens to me ALL THE TIME in World of Warcraft, but I never dreamed it would happen in real life!!!)

Ahem.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
There is also this beautiful lake. Apparently there are stepping stones (yes, Bog of Eternal Stench style!), but we were short on time when we finally reached the lake, so we didn’t get to check them out.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Basically, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is a great little place to spend an afternoon. It was $8 to enter, and you have as much time as you want to stroll the grounds. There are also real live sheep, but they were napping to stay out of the sun when we were there. Check it out during the fall foliage season!

5 Comments

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5 Responses to A Stroll Through The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

  1. Woubbie

    I can’t believe I haven’t been there yet! I’ve been following news articles for a while now about its development. Just haven’t made the time to go. Well, I either go this weekend or wait till spring, I think!

    And yes, before I even scrolled down to your WoW screenshot I was picturing you as a Boomkin in that nest!

    • steelcityfox

      You should totally go! Can’t be too far from your place. At the very least, I think it’s on the right side of the river lol. As soon as I saw the nest, I was like, OMG WE DO THIS IN GAME ALL THE TIME. Had to happen 🙂

  2. This looks beautiful!

    • steelcityfox

      It really was! It seems like they are still working on it, because there were signs of construction all over. Can’t wait to see what they add next year too.

  3. Conte

    I really loved the pond area and the arched wooden bridge over it. Very picturesque. We will definitely be going back next spring to see the spring flowers. (Also loved the screenshot of you in boomkin form in the bird nest in World of Warcraft land. Wonder if any of the designers play WOW.)

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