6 Must Do Activities for Families Visiting Pittsburgh, PA

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When the girls and I visited Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on a media trip recently I was absolutely amazed at how much the city had to offer families.  During the few days we had to explore the city we checked out quite a few different attractions that were an absolute blast and today I am excited to share those with you.  Many of these attractions you could spend an entire day at and I could also write pages and pages about them as well.  Instead I am going to give you a little snippet about each attraction and perhaps you will be intrigued to visit this beautiful city too.

Pittsburgh is Kidsburgh


1.)  Just Ducky Tours:  Board an authentic WWII amphibious vehicle in Pittsburgh’s historic Station Square then sit back and relax while enjoying a one hour fully narrated tour of this beautiful city on both land and water.  You will see amazing architecture while learning fun facts and being thoroughly entertained by the guides who will have you quacking up!  For example, did you know that Pittsburgh has a grand total of 446 bridges? In fact it has the most bridges in the entire world – even more than Venice, Italy.  My girls favorite part was definitely when we splashed down into the river and they each had a chance to drive the boat and beep the horn.

2.)  Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh:  Are you ready to inspire joy, creativity, and curiosity in your children?  Look no further than the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.  All four of my girls had an absolute blast interacting with the many exhibits the museum had to offer.  They delivered mail at the Neighborhood Post Office and transformed into their favorite characters while exploring Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  They designed a screen-printed poster and painted with water colors in the multimedia art studio.  And wore themselves out climbing up, down, and across the Limb Bender.  Plus there are so many more exhibits to explore that you could visit every day of the week and never get bored.  I can say that I would without a doubt invest in a membership if we lived remotely close to Pittsburgh.

3.)  Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Game Catch a Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park.  Not only will you enjoy watching the game, but the views of the downtown skyline and Allegheny River are truly breath taking.  We had the pleasure of experiencing the All You Can Eat Seats presented by Sugardale and I can definitely say they are worth the price especially if you are watching the game with the kiddos.  These seats are available for every Pirates home game and are located in sections 201-205.  It was so nice to not worry about how much each food item was going to cost and just enjoy the game while chowing down on all the hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, salads, popcorn, peanuts, ice cream, and soda we could handle.  And once the kids started getting a little restless we took them to the Highmark Kids Zone which features a miniature PNC Park configuration and playground.  There were also televisions so we didn’t miss a second of the action.

4.)  Kennywood:  Spend the day at one of America’s oldest and most beloved amusement parks – Kennywood.  I remembered visiting as a child and was so excited to share some of the rides I enjoyed with my own children.  We made sure to take a spin on the Turtle, Kangaroo, and Paratrooper.  We all screamed with joy on the 70 foot, double-dip drop of the Jack Rabbit which has been a Kennywood favorite since 1921!  Alleigh experienced her first BIG roller coaster – Phantom’s Revenge – reaching speeds of 85 miles per hour.  And we walked through the mouth of a large blue whale to explore Noah’s Ark.

5.)  Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium:  Get up close to thousands of amazing animals representing more than 400 species, including 22 threatened or endangered species.  We traveled through the African Savanna, Asian Forest,  Tropical Forest, Water’s Edge, The Islands, and the PPG Aquarium.  My absolute favorite exhibit of the day was the underwater viewing tunnel where we were able to watch polar bears swimming right over our heads.  The girls also enjoyed burning off some energy climbing the rope cargo nets and then zooming down the slides in the Kids Kingdom.

6.)  Water Steps on the North Shore:  Need to cool off?  Take a dip in the 8,000-square-foot sandstone water feature on the North Shore along the Allegheny River and adjacent from PNC Park.  This fountain has many different levels where water pours over the steps and then gathers into numerous shallow pools.  My girls loved splashing in the water while climbing up and down the steps.  Plus the views of the Pittsburgh skyline and river is absolutely gorgeous.  Not to mention this is a completely free activity!

What activity would you want to participate in while visiting Pittsburgh?

Our family received an all expense paid media trip to explore Pittsburgh, PA.  All opinions are my own.



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One Response to 6 Must Do Activities for Families Visiting Pittsburgh, PA

  1. Chad C says:

    Love taking the kids. Science Center is one of their favorite things

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