6 Things To Do In Pittsburgh With Kids (That The Whole Family Will Enjoy)

6 Things To Do In Pittsburgh With Kids (That The Whole Family Will Enjoy)

fun things to do in pittsburgh with kids

1. Carnegie Science Center

The Carnegie Science Center is conveniently located on the North Side, accessible for free by the “T” from downtown. The center offers a planetarium, live shows, exhibits, educational programs, cinema and more. The Carnegie Science Center is geared towards families with activities that entertain children and parents alike.

If you want to see the laser show, the Lego art exhibition, or watch a movie in their “Giant Cinema,” the tickets can start to get pricey at $40+ for an adult ticket, but it’s well worth it.

Address: 1 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Hours: Sun-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Often closed Sundays of Steelers home games)
Website: http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/

things to do in pittsburgh with kids

2. Children’s Museum

A place young children are sure to enjoy is the Children’s Museum, also in the Northside. One of the most popular things to do with kids in Pittsburgh boasts 80,000 square feet of space and allows kids to play and learn with hands on, interactive exhibits. Some of the best known features of the museum are the Nursery, Backyard, Waterplay, MakeShop, Theater and Studio.

Parents Magazine listed it as one of the top ten children’s museums in the U.S., so if you’re looking for something indoors to do that your kids will love, put this on your list.

Address: 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Hours: 10 am–5 pm Daily
Website: http://www.pittsburghkids.org

things to do in pittsburgh with kids

3. Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

A classic, but a must while you’re in Pittsburgh. The zoo and aquarium feature exotic animals such as tigers, giraffes, cheetahs, polar bears, elephants and many more. They also have a zipline and a special program where you can feed animals such as a red panda, giant anteater, sea lion and shark.

Opened in 1898, the Pittsburgh Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the nation. And it’s one of only six zoo/aquarium combinations. You can’t go wrong with our zoo, so make sure you and your family makes time to visit.  

Address: 7370 Baker Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm (depends on the season)
Website: https://www.pittsburghzoo.org/

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4. Free Pittsburgh Walking Tours

You’ll learn from our fun, entertaining guides about how Pittsburgh became what it is today, fun facts about the city, and discover secrets hidden in plain sight. We offer pay-what-you-like walking tours of downtown Pittsburgh, making it perfect for any budget.

Tours last only 90 minutes, ensuring children don’t get overtired or lose interest. You may be surprised how fascinating the history of the Steel City really is!

Hours: check website for availability.
Website: https://www.freetourspittsburgh.com/

things to do in pittsburgh with kids

5. Go to a Pirates game at PNC Park

Voted the best ballpark in the U.S., PNC Park offers stunning views of downtown Pittsburgh. The highest seat is only 88 feet from the field, ensuring an intimate experience for all attendees. Pirates tickets are also some of the cheapest in the MLB, making it an affordable outing for even large families.

Even if you’re not a baseball fan, a relaxing day at the park is a fun thing to do with kids in Pittsburgh. If you’re feeling like a local, be sure to grab a sandwich at the Primanti Bros. at PNC Park. The legendary Pittsburgh establishment is famous for putting french fries and coleslaw in their sandwiches. Yum!

Address: 115 Federal St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Hours: based on season, refer to website
Website: https://www.mlb.com/pirates/ballpark

fun things to do with kids in pittsburgh

6. Kennywood Park

This amusement park opened the same year as the zoo (1898), but don’t let that scare you away. Kennywood offers modern amusements with a classic feel.

There are six major roller coasters, a kiddie park, shows, water rides, and classic rides. Amusement parks aren’t typically known for the quality of their food, but Kennywood’s fries are to die for. Kennywood holds seasonal events such as Fright Night in the fall and Holiday Lights in the winter, so be sure to check out their website for upcoming special events.

Address: 4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122
Hours: based on season, refer to website
Website: https://www.kennywood.com

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Was surprised at first to find a free or “pay what you can” tour for my fiancé and I. This was such an awesome experience and gave us more than enough knowledge to walk away with. Saw some of the oldest and historic places in DT and dove into the true spirit of Pittsburgh. Duration of the tour was perfect as well. I would definitely recommend for anyone in the area looking for any type of tour! Russell was very professional and informative the entire time! 10 of 10 would recommend!

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Bryce S.Raleigh, North Carolina

This tour was the perfect way to spend an afternoon. If you're looking for a comprehensive Pittsburgh experience then look no further! Russell is knowledgeable and passionate. I especially appreciated the thoughtful answers he gave to all my questions! 10/10 would do again.

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Stephanie L.Burke, Virginia

This 90-minute walking tour is informative, fun, and a perfect thing to do if you want to get to know this interesting city a bit more. Russell kept the energy up, provided a history lesson, included many fun facts, and took me past many buildings and sights I would have otherwise ignored. A perfect introduction to Pittsburgh. Thank you Russell!

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Amelia M.Baden, Switzerland

Russell has given me an unforgettable time in Pittsburg. I enjoyed the best views, learned a lot about Pittsburg, saw great places, waved Amish and visited the wonderful Fallingwater. I can only recommend his tours to everyone that is planning to visit Pittsburgh. Ask for an individual tour, especially if you have little time and would like to see as many as you can. Thanks, Thanks, Thanks Russell for the great days and beautiful music

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Nikola M.Frankfurt, Germany

What a brilliant tour guide! Never done one of these and we were in such capable hands. Our guide was so knowledgeable and easy to listen to, you could tell the passion was true. Would thouroughly recommend to anyone visiting Pittsburgh; this tour is a must

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Rob S.London

Having never been to Pittsburgh, I was hoping to find an experience where I’d get the most bang for my buck-luckily, Free Pittsburgh Tours delivered! The tour guide was knowledgeable, quirky, and totally entertaining. He was also flexible to the personal needs of the group, which was greatly appreciated. I would definitely recommend this tour for any age group wanting to see Pittsburgh from a different point of view!!

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Katelyn V.Colorado

Russell was a wonderful tour guide. I learned quite a lot about the history of Pittsburgh from it's early settlement to the present, and I enjoyed the walk around the downtown area of the city. We started at Point Park and finished in Market Square, a great spot to grab a beer and a burger. I will recommend Russell's tour to all my friends who visit Pittsburgh. Absolutely worth the time!

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Neal S.Arizona

Our guide, Russell, was super knowledgeable about Pittsburgh and obviously loves sharing his passion for the city with others. Honestly, I was a little nervous about the hour and a half (travelling with kids), but the tour flew by quickly. If you're visiting Pittsburgh, I strongly recommend you take this tour to get an idea of what the city's about and to see some really cool spots!

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Lavar P.Washington