Winter in the Pittsburgh region can make many people want to stay indoors; however, there are many great activities and events right here at the Allegheny County Parks that you don’t want to miss this winter.

Skiing at Boyce Park

Winter fun doesn’t have to be an hour away! Only a 15-minute drive from downtown Pittsburgh, Boyce Park is the coolest place to be this winter. Boyce Park offers skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing for anyone looking to refine their skills or learn the basics. The lifts will be opening mid-December (weather and conditions permitting).

For hours and lift ticket pricing, visit

Snow Shoeing with the Allegheny County Park Rangers

Love to hike? Try snowshoeing! Each winter, the Allegheny County Park Rangers strap on their snowshoes and hike the parks. This year, you can try snowshoeing at all nine county parks: Boyce, Deer Lakes, Harrison Hills, Hartwood Acres, North, Round Hill, Settlers Cabin, South, and White Oak. There are only 10 spots per hike. Sign up today to reserve your spot!

Holiday Activities with Santa

Santa is coming to town with two fun events! At Boyce Park and Round Hill, enjoy cookies, crafts, and telling Santa what’s on your wish list at Cookies with Santa. This event is free and open to the public. At North and South parks, grab a pair of skates and join Saint Nick on the ice! Regular rink admission fees apply. Learn more at

Ice Skating at North and South Parks

Downtown isn’t the only place to skate outdoors. At both North and South parks, enjoy the fresh air while you slide and glide across the ice. Adults can skate for only $5 (non-residents $6) while children and seniors are only $3 (non-residents $4). Or, bring the whole family to the rink on Wednesday nights for Winter Fun Wednesdays, where a family of 6 can skate for only $10 ($13 non-resident).

Learn more about the ice skating rinks on our website.

Hartwood Acres Holiday Mansion Tours

Get into the holiday spirit by touring the historic Hartwood Acres Mansion. Built in 1927, this Tudor-style mansion comes alive each holiday season with beautiful trees, lit-up tinsel, and antique décor. Enjoy this festive season with a tour of the decorated mansion and learn about the family who originally owned the property. Or, sign up for a holiday musical tea to really feel the ambiance of the decorated mansion. Visit our website to learn more about Hartwood Acres Mansion.

Looking for more winter activities?

The Allegheny County Parks offer a variety of recreational activities and programming all year long, including golf, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and youth sports, just to name a few. To see all activities in a park near you, visit

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