Top 11 Things to Do with a Family in Pittsburgh

In Pittsburgh, summer is the perfect time to explore all the family fun the city has to offer!

While you're here, be sure to check out these can't-miss family friendly things to do in Pittsburgh, a city that welcomes all our neighbors!

Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History

Get double the fun at the CMOA and CMNH! Located in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood, these two world-class museums share a building and offer tons of interactive and hands-on experiences for kids. Drop in any day for all-ages art-making the whole family can enjoy. Explore the galleries and learn something new at the CMOA and then head over to the CMNH for colossal dinosaurs, gems millions of years in the making, and much more.

Carnegie Science Center

Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center takes interactive learning to a new level! Explore a hands-on robot exhibit, test your fitness at Highmark SportsWorks, catch an IMAX show, venture to extraterrestrial fun at the Buhl Planetarium, and so much more! Kids will learn about their environment while interacting with amazing science exhibitions.

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“There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.” -Vicki Baum Spending time at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is always a treat, but being invited to facilitate a Dance/Movement Therapy session there was an absolute delight. We celebrated the museum’s Wellness Wednesdays initiative and The Month of the Young Child by exploring the joy of movement together! Thanks to theIr photographer for capturing the experience beautifully, and to the Director of Early Childhood Learning for having me out and sharing these images, which she called “magical.” 🙏🙏🙏 #dancing #dance #danceismagic #dancemovementtherapy #wellnesswednesday #monthoftheyoungchild #dancemovementtherapist #dmt #creativeartstherapy #creativeartstherapists #danceislife #expressyourself #dancelife #pittsburgh #childrensmuseumofpittsburgh #northside #bodiesinmotion #spreadjoy @pghkids

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Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Summer = Fun @ Children's Museum of Pittsburgh including Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit and the Curious GeorgeÔ: Let’s Get Curious! through September 8. And, at Museum Lab™, cutting edge experiences in art, tech and learning abound daily for kids ages 10+, at this new museum for older kids.

Duquesne Incline

Ascend Mt. Washington to a place USA Today calls one of the 10 Most Beautiful Views in America. You get 140 years of history when you ride the Duquesne Incline. Families with kids of all ages love riding the picturesque, historic cable cars while peering over the emerging panoramic view of Pittsburgh. There's a viewing platform and a welcome center at the top, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the hoisting equipment.

Gateway Clipper

A trip to Pittsburgh isn't complete without an adventure on the famous three rivers! Book an excursion on the majestic Gateway Clipper and select a kid-friendly themed boat ride like the Ice Cream Sundae Tour, Good Ship Lollipop Cruise, Princess Cruise, Superhero Cruise, or a Pirate themed adventure with an exhilarating musical performance, the Pirate Dinner feast.

Heinz History Center

Visit Pennsylvania's largest history museum! Complete with its own extensive Sports Museum, the Senator John Heinz History Center engages and amazes kids of all ages. You'll find original set pieces from Mister Roger's Neighborhood, a play area spanning two levels with a spiral slide, and learn all about Pittsburgh's extensive history, sports legacy and cultural heritage.

Idlewild & Soakzone

It's no wonder Idlewild & Soakzone is recognized as the Best Children's Amusement Park! At Idlewild, you can step inside a fairytale with Storybook Forest. You'll be transported right inside fairytale favorites with a larger-than-life forest of whimsy. Don't miss Daniel Tiger's trolley! Plus, with adult rides, kids' rides, and a waterpark, Idlewild is a full day of family fun!

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Memorial Day activities with Uncle Enzo

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Kennywood

Pittsburgh's historic Kennywood Amusement Park is a 110-year-old, beloved family tradition. This summer is particularly special for Kennywood with the reopening of a family favorite attraction, Noah's Ark, the nation's only operational attraction of its kind. From thrilling new rides to historic coasters, it isn't summer without a family trip to Kennywood!

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I dream of house with land in the middle of nowhere BUT I love being 15mins away from the science center, children's museum, aviary, etc. We typically spend at least 1 day on the weekend at one of the museums or organizations downtown. Today was the aviary. The chat Tristan and I had on the way there was where we are going to send Blair to school 😭😭 school, already, it seems impossible! We're thinking Young Scholars of Western PA. I love their multicultural approach. Does anyone have feedback or suggestions on Charter schools in Pittsburgh?! #pittsburgh #weekends #adventureawaits #aviary #toddlermom #toddlerdad #parenting #experiences #harrisonthego #family #familytime #childhoodunplugged #education

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National Aviary

Visit the official National Aviary and meet more than 500 birds! A trip to The Aviary is an immersive experience with walk-through exhibitions that put you inside bird environments, giving you opportunities to hand-feed bird species rarely seen in North America. Kids adore Penguin Point, where they can crawl through a tunnel to find themselves amidst the adorable penguins!

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fate: /fāt/ . . in July of 2017, Brenley was finishing her treatment for malignant Rhabdoid tumor of her left kidney...just as Maddie was starting her treatment for malignant Rhabdoid tumor of her right kidney. when i read Bren’s story, it was like reading about the beginning of Maddie’s story and praying to God that the outcome was also the same. . . imagine the most delightful, happy, and unbreakable spirit you can put in a human being; these two have it a hundredfold. both 4 yrs old and both have endured the unimaginable. they’ve only just met, yet it seemed like they had been best friends in this and their past lives! . . we are so grateful to have met this amazing family, who easily calmed the madness and tornados within my spirit during and after Maddie’s treatment. they call these serendipitous events fate; God’s plan! 5.26.2018 #MadelynNuelle #MadelynStrong #BraveLikeMaddie #NixonXander #KeepDancinBren @brenley.j #WonderMaddie

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Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Wild fun awaits at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium! With 77 acres and approximately 4,000 creatures to meet, the Pittsburgh & PPG Aquarium epitomizes family fun. Don't miss the Zoo's newest space, The Islands, where you'll find a tropical beach atmosphere and lovable island animals.