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Fall in the 'Burgh: Things to do in the Pittsburgh region during the autumn of COVID-19

PITTSBURGH — Fall activities will look a lot different this year because of COVID-19, but the Pittsburgh region still has plenty to offer even without being able to go to professional sporting events and shows.

Get outside to enjoy the changing colors of fall

There are many parks and other attractions worth visiting when the leaves start changing to their vibrant fall colors. Just to name a few, there’s Ohiopyle State Park, McConnells Mill State Park, Fall Run Park and Fallingwater.

  • Ohiopyle State Park – Made up of about 20,500 acres on the southern reaches of the Laurel Ridge, Ohiopyle State Park includes the Youghiogheny River Gorge as the centerpiece.
  • McConnells Mill State Park – Located in Lawrence County, McConnells Mill State Park encompasses 2,546 acres of the spectacular Slippery Rock Creek Gorge. The gorge was created by the draining of glacial lakes thousands of years ago. There are scenic overlooks and waterfalls, as well as a gristmill and covered bridge built in the 1800s.
  • Fall Run Park – Located in Shaler Township, Fall Run Park has a mile-long nature trail that stretches from Fall Run Road to a waterfall.
  • Fallingwater – Outdoor-only experiences are being offered at Fallingwater, a house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Head to an orchard, like one of these:

Grab a drink from a cider house or brewery

If an alcoholic cider is what you’re looking for, Threadbare and Arsenal Cider House are options. For beer, there are dozens of breweries to choose from in the Pittsburgh area.