While Pittsburgh is a haven for college students and young professionals, Pittsburgh kids are far from forgotten. With attractions like the Mellon Park Spray Park, downtown Pittsburgh’s Toonseum and the offbeat Roving Art Cart, families of all kinds can find fun all over Pittsburgh.
If your family likes amusement parks, Pittsburgh’s Kennywood Park was voted America’s best traditional amusement park. The park lets everyone be a kid again with its mix of thrilling coasters (some of which take advantage of the city’s rocky terrain), traditional rides and large Kiddieland. The fries at the Potato Patch alone are worth a trip. Located just a short distance from Kennywood is Sandcastle. This 67-acre water park is set along the Monongahela River, at the site of an abandoned steel mill, and features 14 water slides, adult and kiddie pools, and a lazy river.
Grab some peanuts and Cracker Jack and spend a day at beautiful PNC Park catching hot dogs and watching the Pirate Parrot and the Great Pierogi Race. Board the Gateway Clipper Fleet’s Good Ship Lollipop and float down the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers with Lolli the Clown. Scale Pittsburgh’s steep hills on the Duquesne Incline, the oldest operating funicular in the United States, and then lunch at its base in Station Square.
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, ranked the fourth best in the country, features over 4,000 animals representing 475 species. Walk through the grasslands of Africa in the African Savanna, get nose-to-nose with a polar bear, and set aside some extra time for the 45,000-square-foot PPG Aquarium that features more than 4,000 aquatic animals, including penguins, sharks, eels and stingrays. The National Aviary, America’s largest bird zoo, is home to more than 600 birds, featuring the underwater Penguin Connection, as well as interactive and educational programs for all ages.
A four-season town, Pittsburgh offers a host of activities for families during the colder months as well. The LEED-certified Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh lets infants and school-aged children explore the world around them by interacting with it. Kids can build a boat, change a tire, and play plumber with real pipes and water in the museum’s exhibits. Fun is also the name of the game at the nearby Carnegie Science Center, which includes full-body interactive sports exhibits, an IMAX theater, a planetarium, robot exhibits and more.
Family Fun highlights
Just Ducky Tours
Take a tour of Pittsburgh and learn little-known facts about the town as you cruise through the city on land and water in an amphibious truck built for transport during WWII.
Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater
See your favorite storybooks come to life through live performances as part of the International Children’s Theater Family Series.
North Shore Riverfront Park
Located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, along the Allegheny and Ohio rivers, this one-mile-long greenspace includes an interactive fountain (water steps) and is the perfect spot for picnicking.