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

Looking for more fun things to do in Pittsburgh with kids?

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  • Cassy Boehme Posted August 13, 2019 11:46 am

    Thanks I am a mother and very busy! This helped me alot!

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My 10 year old niece and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Russell's knowledge and use of technology made for a well rounded experience. I've taken walking tours in Boston, NYC, and Williamsburg. My Pittsburgh tour has just topped my list.

TracyGaithersburg, Maryland

Leila did an amazing job! She knows everything about Pittsburgh! The iPad of old pictures was great to see how Pittsburgh has changed.


Russel was very enthusiastic and in love with the city of Pittsburgh and had a lot of interesting facts to tell us. We learned quite a lot about the city, its founders, and its architecture that we otherwise would have not known walking about on our own. Recommend it if you enjoy walking tours!

JasmineToronto, Canada

Even though we are from Pittsburgh, we greatly enjoyed the tour of our beloved hometown. Russell provided a great summary of the city's history and added many fun facts. I highly recommend Free Pittsburgh Walking Tours for your next visit to the 'Burgh!

VickiPittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Super interesting tour with an awesome tour guide! I visited a friend in Pittsburgh in February and decided to book this tour to get to know the city a bit better. It was pouring rain but that did not stop Russell from giving an awesome tour. I feel like learned a lot during this tour. Russell knows a lot about the city, not just about the history but he also gave great recommendations on where to eat typical Pittsburgh food - and even taught me how to speak with a Pittsburgh accent! Overall a very fun tour which I would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Pittsburgh.

RobinAmsterdam, The Netherlands

I've lived in Pittsburgh for about 4 years and learned more about the city in Leila's hour and a half tour than I have during my entire time here! I'd recommend it for all ages as there were plenty of places to sit if need be. It's also very accessible to non-native English speakers - my German companion had no problem keeping up, and even mentioned wanting to start her own walking tour in her home city! The starting point is easy to find, with plenty of parking nearby, and the tour wraps up in the perfect spot if you want a bite to eat afterwards. If you like Pittsburgh, history, or are just looking for a little exercise, this tour is for you!

YariPittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Our daughter has been at Pitt for three years and we have never taken this tour—boy, we didn’t know what we were missing! It was cold out but Russel’s informative and often funny storytelling of Pittsburgh’s complex history made us focus on the stories and not the cold!

CyndieJersey City, New Jersey

Leila is a great tour guide. She makes the tour really interesting and entertaining, it is full of data, historical facts and curiosities. I learnt a lot and got to know the city a lot better. In addition, you can see that she really enjoys her job! If you come to Pittsburgh don’t hesitate to book this tour!

FlorianGalway, Ireland