New Kensington, PA, is a city located around 18 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, with around 12,000 people calling it home. Around a quarter of the population is ages 65 and older, making the city a great place for retirees to enjoy life and connect with other seniors.
New Kensington’s proximity to Pittsburgh and beautiful natural surroundings make it a peaceful place to live, with easy access to big city entertainment. The following are some fun things to do in and around Pittsburgh and New Kensington.
1. Wooden Door Winery
Wooden Door Winery has been serving hand-crafted wines produced on site from Pennsylvania-grown grapes since 2010. Visitors can try more than 30 styles of wine and enjoy their drinks inside the spacious tasting room or on the outdoor pavilion.
The winery also serves food, including meat and cheese platters, flatbread pizza and hamburgers. Keep an eye out for special events, like dueling pianos and live bands.
2. Peoples Library
The Peoples Library’s history dates back nearly 100 years in New Kensington. Today, it’s a top resource for people looking to check out free media, like books and ebooks.
The library frequently hosts special events, including author talks, drive-up dinners, coloring for grownups, arts and crafts, dominoes and other community gatherings.
3. Burrell Lake Park
Burrell Lake Park in New Kensington has, like its name implies, a beautiful lake that’s peaceful to relax by, walk around, see ducks, and fish for catfish, carp, bluegills and bass. It’s also a bird lover’s paradise, as visitors can see diverse species, including a variety of woodpeckers, orioles, warblers, sparrows, wrens, swallows, herons and more.
Burrell Lake Park also has walking trails, a playground, picnic tables and restrooms.
4. Conny Creek Brewing
Conny Creek Brewing Co. in New Kensington is one of those places where regulars feel like everyone knows their name. The brewery makes drinks like IPAs, German-style and American lagers, coffee stouts, English ales and sours.
In addition to locally brewed beers, Conny Creek Brewing Co. has a variety of food, including flatbreads and pretzel sticks, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, gyros and quesadillas. The brewery also includes a stage for live music.
5. Allegheny Gallery
Art lovers and art creators should take note of Allegheny Gallery in Lower Burrell, a space showcasing American artworks and specializing in original graphics and limited-edition prints. Allegheny Gallery also provides custom framing services for prints, mirrors, canvases, shadow boxes, needlework and posters.
6. Memorial Park
Memorial Park in New Kensington spans more than 25 acres and has several veterans monuments, including a dedication to those from New Kensington who died in World War I and another memorial dedicated to all New Kensington military veterans. The park also features a U.S. Army M5 anti-tank gun and an F-80 fighter jet.
7. Things to Do in Pittsburgh
Since New Kensington is just about a half-hour’s drive away from Pittsburgh, it’s easy to take a day trip into the big city and see what it has to offer. Some of the top things to do in Pittsburgh include:
- Watch the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball team play at PNC Park
- Visit the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, which include an 1893 glasshouse, the Tropical Forest Conservatory and the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, seasonal flower shows and exhibits, and outdoor gardens
- Ride the Duquesne Incline, a 146-year-old incline car that takes visitors to the Mount Washington Overlook for panoramic views of Pittsburgh and its three rivers
- See the Pittsburgh Steelers National Football League team, and a variety of national music headliners, play at Acrisure Stadium
- Tour one of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, Carnegie Science Center and The Andy Warhol Museum
- Stop by Bicycle Heaven, the world’s largest bicycle museum and bike shop
- Learn about Pittsburgh history at the Heinz History Center, which includes exhibits that cover 250 years of the city’s history
Pittsburgh also has world-class restaurants, concert venues, shopping destinations and other attractions. When you want to access big brands, it’s easy to head to the city and find exactly what you’re looking for.
8. Allegheny Islands State Park
Allegheny Islands State Park in nearby Cheswick is a 50-acre park that consists of seven shoals and two alluvial islands in the Allegheny River. The park’s habitats are only accessible by boat, are undeveloped and are covered in vegetation.
There aren’t any developed trails at the park, but there are several footpaths. Visitors can see diverse animals and plants that call the park home.
9. Wagman Observatory & Deer Lakes Park
Deer Lakes Park in nearby Tarentum is a beautiful, spacious park that spans 1,180 acres and features three fishing lakes. The lakes are regularly stocked with pan fish like trout, bluegill, perch, sunfish and crappie, and also have bass and catfish. The park also has a spray park, playgrounds, shelters available for rental, a disc golf course and a multipurpose field. There are also several trails for walking, jogging and hiking throughout the park.
The park is also home to the Nicholas E. Wagman Observatory, which includes two large permanent telescopes and typically has a variety of members’ portable telescopes up and available for viewing at the observatory’s Star Parties. At the observatory, people who bring their own telescope can learn more about how to use them, as well as learn more about the stars with free handouts and guides.
More Activities for Seniors at Logan Place
New Kensington is also home to Logan Place, a Senior Lifestyle community offering personal care and short-term care services. Each day, residents can participate in engaging activities like:
- Baking clubs
- Card clubs
- Exercise classes
- Happy hours with karaoke
- Hot cocoa socials
- Movie nights
- Science classes
- Storytelling events
- Word searches
- Yard games
This pet-friendly community includes an activity room, community outings, a hair salon, a media room, an outdoor courtyard and porch, and a dining room with chef-prepared meals and restaurant-style dining.