The Observatory at Mingo Creek County ParkBack to Top of List
The Mingo Creek Park Observatory is owned and operated by the AAAP. The Observatory was built in the spring/summer of 2004, and officially dedicated in August of 2005. It has become the largest amateur astronomical observatory in Southwestern Pennsylvania dedicated to public education and enjoyment of the science of astronomy.
The facility is a focal point for scheduled public viewing evenings (Star Parties), as well as the recreational and scientific observations of the membership. During Star Parties visitors are able to view celestial objects through the observatory’s two large permanent telescopes, or any of a wide variety of portable telescopes set up on the spacious grounds by members. The observatory has become a popular destination and center of astronomical activities for scout groups, science classes from local schools, and civic groups.
Covered Bridges Driving TourBack to Top of List
Take 23 covered bridges spanning the entire county and what do you have? Road trip! The Covered Bridges Driving Tour provides the essential information (directions, stats and facts) needed to plan a single outing or multiple excursions.
The Covered Bridges Driving Tour is divided into three separate tours in different areas of the county to help you plan the length of your trip: Northwest Tour, Eastern Tour and Southwest Tour. On each page, you'll find a downloadable/printable map. Simply scan the QR code on the map to take it with you for turn-by-turn directions to each bridge.
Covered bridges are only part of the county's charm. The Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency invites you to extend your trip to experience wonderful dining venues, quaint and outlet shopping, unique museums and a variety of outdoor and world-class entertainment. Time for a road trip? Yep.
Town Park Sycamore TreeBack to Top of List
Another awesome hidden gem in Washington County is the Town Park Sycamore Tree, located in Canonsburg’s Town Park.
The sycamore tree, located near the basketball courts, has been named the biggest tree in Washington County. People from all over the county stop by to take photos of the enormous tree with their friends and family. Estimated to be more than 200 years old, this massive tree has stood tall through decades of history in Washington County.
Frontier History CenterBack to Top of List
Take a trip back to the 18th century of Western Pennsylvania at the Frontier History Center, located in Washington Park!
This history center consists of a log cabin, stockade, blockhouse, an interior cabin, an exterior cabin, a black smith shop and a camp. Although many public events take place at the Frontier History Center, such as the Whiskey Rebellion Festival, this history center is free to roam at your own leisure any other day that the park is open.
If you are looking to explore a bit of history, check out the Frontier History Center — you will not be disappointed!
Chess Park GazeboBack to Top of List
If you travel to Monongahela you're sure to find Chess Park.
This park is jam packed full of history, nature and bustling with activity during all seasons of the year. While walking around the park, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the city, trees and historic memorials that can be found throughout the park. Marvel at the enormous gazebo at the center of the park, the large bell that was cast in 1865 or the canon from the Civil War that stands along with a memorial to the fallen soldiers of the war.