Family-Friendly Things to do in Pittsburgh

by Crystal Carder
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Whenever we are looking for something to do, my family makes the hour and a half drive to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We love Pittsburgh! There’s so many things to do there, that it’s often easy for us to find something worth doing that the whole family will enjoy.

If you’re heading to Pittsburgh with your family, I have complied this list of some of the best family-friendly things to do in Pittsburgh.

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Family-Friendly Things to do in Pittsburgh

Kennywood Amusement Park

If you’re looking for family-fun and excitement, head to one of my favorite places in Pittsburgh, Kennywood Amusement Park! This park is one of America’s oldest amusement parks and its located just outside of the Steel City in a town called West Mifflin.

Kiddieland at Kennywood

At Kennywood Amusement Park there’s so much to do with the whole family! For younger children, you enjoy a ride on Thomas the Train inside Thomas Town at Kennywood. For older children and thrill seekers, you can ride one of Kennywood’s many roller coasters including their newest, Steel Curtain ride that just opened this summer! For those who aren’t into roller coasters, the park even offers great shows and family favorite classic rides. 

PPG Paints & Arena

Though its the arena where the Pittsburgh Penguins play, its also much more!

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Came to Pittsburgh and We Can’t Stop Talking About It

Throughout the year, the PPG Paints Arena has a lot of family-fun events including, Monster Jam, Disney On Ice, concerts, and – new this year – Jurassic World Live Tour.

Carnegie Science Center

You don’t have to be a scientist to fall in love with the Carnegie Science Center, in fact, you don’t even have to like science to love this family fun thing to do in Pittsburgh.

Carnegie Science Center train room

Located across the road from the famous Heinz Stadium, the Carnegie Science Center is right downtown in the heart of Pittsburgh. Jammed-packed with fun activities that include things like;  exhibits, the Buhl Planetarium, a giant cinema, and the Highland SportsWorks – there’s literally so much to do there, that you may have a hard time fitting it all in just one-day!

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden

Although I’ve only had the pleasure of visiting the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden in Pittsburgh once with my family, the experience was so unique, that I highly recommend it as a thing to do whenever you’re in Pittsburgh.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Located in Schenley Park, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens was actually a gift to the city of Pittsburgh by steel and real estate magnate, Henry Phipps in 1893. Now a great landmark of the city, the botanical gardens is one of the “greenest” facilities in the world! Inside you’ll find gorgeous seasonal flower shows, outdoor gardens, green rooftops and groundbreaking sustainable architecture.

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden has an onsite cafe, gift shop, and unique family-friendly events happening all throughout the year.

Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

Whenever you’re looking for somewhere to go that’s fun and educational, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is the place to go! I have been visiting the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium since I was a little girl and it’s still one of my all-time favorite places in Pittsburgh to visit with the family.

Gorillas at Pittsburgh Zoo

The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium is one of only six major zoo and aquarium combinations in the whole United States. Sitting on 77 acres, the zoo exhibits more than 4,000 animals! The zoo has so many things to offer families who visit including; zip-lining, Wild Encounters, and a Polar Bear Training Session! Besides great activities, the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium even has a Kid’s Kingdom for families with kids. This area of the zoo is entirely devoted to children and it’s one of the main reasons the zoo was rated one of the top children zoos in the country! 

Mount Washington

Looking for a picturesque view of the city of Pittsburgh, Mount Washington is a great place to go.

Located in a spot of Pittsburgh that is great for taking Panoramic shots of the city, many photos are taken at the top of Mount Washington. While you’re there, you can park your car for a few minutes and take a photo in front of the cityscape or ride on the Duquesne Incline.

(Though the area is lite up at night, I am not sure how safe this area is for families after dark)

While there are many other things to do in Pittsburgh for family-fun, these are the only places that I have personally been to and know you will have a wonderful time at! Be sure to keep an eye on this post as my family continues to visit Pittsburgh and we find even more great things to do in the city with kids.

I hope this post helps you and your family have as much fun as possible during your visit to Pittsburgh! 

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While I have visited most of these locations in this post in exchange for tickets, this is NOT a sponsored post. I did not need to write this post and only am because I want to share with you about some family fun things in Pittsburgh.

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