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)

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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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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

My husband and I are recent transplants to Pittsburgh and booked this tour to take a friend on who was visiting us. We thought it would be interesting to her—which it was—but even better it GREATLY expanded our understanding of the city and deepened our appreciation for it. Even though the tour itself was just downtown, Russell told us all about the city, so we now have a picture of this area from 1000s of years ago to the present day. Russell was clear, enthusiastic, walked at the perfect pace. Whenever there was an interesting building, he had something to say. He's a great storyteller. I'm excited to bring future visitors on the tour!

LindaPittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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

Went for a city tour today and it was amazing! Russel was great and gave us a detailed history of Pittsburgh! We really enjoyed the tour and learned a lot about Pittsburgh signature buildings. Would definitively recommend!

YuraToronto, Canada

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

I really enjoyed the free walking tour on a snowy January weekend. Although, the weather was not beneficial, we had such a great time. I can recommend everyone visiting or living in Pittsburgh to learn more about the SteelCity and its history at this free walking tour.

FlorianStuttgart, Germany