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The Best Beaches Near Pittsburgh

  • May 1, 2022
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Check out our list of the best beaches near Pittsburgh where you can soak up the sun and make amazing memories this year!

Spring has sprung and summer is soon approaching! Do you have your beach vacation planned yet? If not, no worries! There are plenty of beaches near Pittsburgh where you can catch some rays, cool off in the warm water, and of course enjoy classic summer snacks like hot dogs and ice cream.

Moraine State Park Beach Near Pittsburgh
📸 Moraine Preservation Fund

Moraine State Park

At Moraine State Park, you can enjoy the 3,225-acre Lake Arthur and its 42 miles of shoreline less than an hour north of the city. The park features two snack shops at Lakeview Beach and Pleasant Valley Beach that serve up serve a variety of hot and cold snacks, beverages and desserts, available daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Geneva on the Lake Beach Near Pittsburgh
📸 Visit Geneva-on-the-Lake

Geneva on the Lake

Ohio gem Geneva-on-the-Lake feels like the most peaceful spot on earth during a summer sunset, and the best part is that it’s only about two and a half ours from Pittsburgh. Enjoy the charming lake town and the warm breeze of Lake Erie for a relaxing beach day this summer!

Racoon Creek State Park Beach Near Pittsburgh
📸 PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources

Racoon Creek State Park

Racoon Creek Park Beach is less than 30 miles from downtown but still fields worlds away! One of the largest state parks in the state, its 101-acre lake is a popular spot for catching some sun, swimming, and even just enjoying some tasty ice cream from the concession stand on a beautiful summer afternoon.

Ocean Grove Beach Near Pittsburgh
📸 The Inns of Ocean Grove

Ocean Grove Beach

Ocean Grove is a charming beach town located along the Jersey Shore that is especially friendly to families and those looking for a relaxing, revitalizing summer vacation. Annual activities on Ocean Grove Beach include a sandcastle contest, a beachfront biathlon, and even family movie nights along the water!

Niagara on the Lake Best Beaches Near Pittsburgh
📸 Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara on the Lake

Just across the border to Canada is the stunning Niagara-on-the-Lake, a quaint town surrounded by some of the best vineyards this side of the Rocky Mountains and a relaxing beach along Lake Ontario! There are tons of sights to see nearby as well, such as Niagara Falls and Toronto, but remember you’ll have to pack your passports!

More Fun Things to Do in Pittsburgh

Whether you just want to enjoy a quick afternoon by the water or want a full week at the beach this year, these are the best beaches near Pittsburgh for enjoying relaxing time with friends, family, or even yourself and some beach reads! For even more fun activities you can enjoy all year long, be sure to follow our ‘Burgh adventures on Instagram and Facebook.

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