Family Fun

Pittsburgh is a family-oriented city where people look out for each other.

Some of the best things in life are free, and kindness is one of them. We’re the home of Fred Rogers, everyone’s favorite neighbor, and Pittsburghers take Mr. Rogers’ call to kindness to heart. We take care of our neighbors, our communities, and our guests.  

Families thrive here with our kid-friendly museums, attractions, and fun for kids of all ages. Pittsburgh is bursting with experiences that will excite, enthrall, boggle the mind, and keep you talking for years to come. Pull up a chair (and maybe a highchair or two), book your perfect family getaway, and start making memories today.

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What to do & Where to go

Pittsburgh’s three rivers are one of its defining features. Take a Gateway Clipper sightseeing cruise to learn about Pittsburgh’s history and appreciate what makes the city unique. After your cruise, take a ride on the Duquesne Incline! One of Pittsburgh's two inclines that are two of the oldest in the United States, the one mile journey transports visitors back in time with the original ornate wooden cable cars. The Duquesne Incline is the most scenic way to get to Mount Washington and the observation platforms that provide the perfect family photo backdrop with a breathtaking view of the Pittsburgh skyline. 

Get a hands-on experience with replica dinosaur bones, view priceless gemstones, and learn about ancient Egypt and much more at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Become a scientist at the Carnegie Science Center, which offers four floors of interactive exhibits that integrate the rich scientific knowledge into easy and fun exploration.

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Learn more about the city at the Senator John Heinz History Center. As the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, this museum presents the materials, artifacts, and stories that document Western Pennsylvania. You’ll learn why Pittsburghers are so proud of their culture and history. 

After taking in some history, get outside and take a walk on the wild side. The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is home to 475 species and has a population of more than 4,000 animals including 16 species of primates. The PPG Aquarium features thousands of different aquatic species. Don't miss he otters, sea lions, polar bears, sharks and the elephant seals at the Water’s Edge!

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Spend some time at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Here you can climb through a three-story structure built entirely out of tape, explore woodworking, circuitry, textiles, stop-motion animation and more at the Makeshop, and get wet learning about H2O at the Waterplay exhibit! And don't miss the Museum Lab, a new museum for older kids where kids 10+ can work with makers to create everything from furniture to apps!

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Nearby the Children's Museum is with the National Aviary, the only independent bird zoo with over 500 birds and more than 150 species from around the world, including many threatened or endangered. You also have the chance to interact with the birds in free-flying areas through feeding as well as educational shows and presentations. 

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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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For those who love thrills, Kennywood Amusement Park should be your next stop. Kennywood is one of the oldest and most beloved traditional amusement parks in America, featuring six roller coasters, a 14-ride Kiddieland, and more.

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Your next stop is Idlewild & Soakzone which is ranked as Pennsylvania’s best theme and water park with over 35 different rides and attractions to the family to enjoy. 

End your trip with a stop at Fun Fore All Family Fun Park. With over 70 arcade games, miniature golf, go karts, batting cages, kiddie rides, a four-story soft play area, rock climbing wall and more – there will be something for everyone in the family to explore and enjoy.

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