25 Ways to Celebrate Your Galentines and Valentines (Part 2)

February 10, 2016 by Lauryn Stalter

Last week, we listed some ideas to celebrate Valentines and Galentine (really, anyone who you love taking to the park). Here's the second half of our list of park adventures for your bae or buds!

14. Find serenity lakeside

Love a little peace and quiet? Skipping rocks? The perfect scene to Instagram? Look no further than the lovely water features throughout the parks. We think you and your someone special will love a trip to Panther Hollow Lake in Schenley Park or Lake Carnegie and the reservoir in Highland Park. 

Sunset at Panther Hollow Lake. Photo: Melissa McMasters.

15. Grab a cuppa at the Schenley Park Cafe and Visitor Center

Warm your hands around a tasty beverage of your choice and take in the views of Panther Hollow from the big open windows of the Schenley Park Cafe and Visitor Center. After enjoying your vantage from above, follow the chunky Belgian block trail behind the Cafe through peaceful Panther Hollow.

Hang out with this soldier in Schenley for Valentine's Day.

16. Play docent all of the art

Pittsburgh parks are art. For art aficionados and history buffs, the parks are like a free museum, open year-round. Brush up on art in the parks with this helpful Pittsburgh Art Places website.

17. Snap a selfie with Dippy and bask in the bosque

Diplodocus carnegii is just too cute not to be a part of any selfies shot around the Plaza. Once you've visited Dippy, walk on through the bosque in front of the Carnegie Library - Main with its ceiling of overarching London plane trees. 

18. Join the parties that are volunteer days

It's always a good time when you gather happy, energized folks to beautify the parks. Rain or shine (even snow or sleet), volunteer days are full of positive vibes, perfect for a day spent with your friend or sweetheart.

Hugging trees at a Frick Park volunteer event

19. Prowl for owls

Getting on around dusk, the silent winged denizens of the park come to life. If you keep your voice down and your ears open, you might be lucky enough to hear owls on the move.

20. Promenade in Allegheny Commons

The allées of Allegheny Commons were designed to accommodate the wide hoop skirts of the late 19th century when the park was designed. Walking on through this park today can be like going back in time, especially since some of the park's trees growing there today date almost as old as the park itself.

Snowy Riverview Park

21. Cash in with geocaching 

Tiny treasures abound throughout parks -- you just have to know where to look! Tap in to one of the many geocaching sites or apps, and go a scavenger hunt for trinkets stashed in all of the parks.

22. Go for a ride, start a war

Be a kid again: grab some saucers, toboggans, cafeteria lunch trays, whatever you can get your hands on and hit the sled-riding slopes or go all in on an all-out snow ball battle.

23. Eat to your heart's content at The Porch

The Porch at Schenley, the only full-service restaurant at Schenley Plaza, is always a popular spot for a bite indoors before or after your adventures in Schenley Park.

24. Skate the night away

Citiparks' annual Valentines on Ice event attracts couples from across the land for a night of skating under the stars with the city as a backdrop. Added bonus: the first 200 couples to arrive receive complimentary sweets and flowers. Can't make this event? The Schenley Park Skating Rink is open daily; find the schedule and pricing here.

Where is this snowy scene? You'll just have to explore the parks and find out!

25. Venture to places unknown

You're a modern-day explorer on a quest to conquer new park lands. Pack a bag and venture out to parks uncharted by you and your date. Unsure where to start? Find a park that you have yet to visit on our site. 

Have other date ideas that we've missed? Post them below or through Facebook and Twitter!

XOXO,

The Matchmakers at the Parks Conservancy

Psst... There's still time to get a gift that the people you care about will dig. Give daffodils or trees in the parks, and we'll send your someone special a personalize e-card! Learn more here.

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