Hotspots in Pittsburgh, PA

Kennywood Park

Kennywood Park has been a Pittsburgh family tradition for decades and truly captures the essence of old and new Pittsburgh. Kiddie Land offers the younger kids a chance to ride motorcycles, boats and even a mini coaster. There are some newer rides like the The Exterminator and Phantoms Revenge that keep the park on the cutting edge for thrill rides. We can’t forget about the Log Jammer and Jack Rabbit that have been around for years and keep families laughing all day long. Enjoying a plate of Potato Patch fries drizzled with cheese as you watch the Thunderbolt zoom by completes a perfect day.  

Idlewild Park

Idlewild Park is about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh, but well worth the drive. Families usually start the day off with a stroll through Storybook Forest where nursery rhymes come to life. Kids can walk through Grandma’s house and see the three little bears fast asleep, meet the old woman who lived in a shoe and pass over the bridge from Billy Goat’s Gruff. Other highlights at Idlewild are Jumpin’ Jungle, Olde Idlewild and the Soak Zone. Don’t miss out on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood either. Parents can share a part of their childhood with their own kids. The Soak Zone is the perfect spot to cool off with water slides, a giant pool and a splash pad for the little ones. Idlewild is usually open May through October when the weather is best. 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is definitely a place a family could spend an entire day. The art room where kids can mold clay or paint on easels is a highlight for kids. Paint is everywhere and messes are encouraged. Upstairs, kids can learn about and play with birdseed, train tables, a giant light pegboard and sand tables. Lots of seating is available for parents around the museum and at the play stations. On the water floor kids receive rain jackets and can walk through and directly under running water, build damns and move boats through the river. Bring a change of clothes just in case the jacket doesn’t completely do the trick. There are also always rotating exhibits at the museum that have included top hits like Bob The Builder and Arthur. 

National Aviary

Macaws, cockatoos, penguins and flamingos are all birds you'll find amongst many others at the Pittsburgh National Aviary. Touring through the Aviary is a gret way to spend an afternoon iwth the family. Kids and parents alike will be enthrawled. There are a few scheduled shows, but most folks enjoy studying the birds and observing them being themselves. A fan favorite at the Aviary is Penguin Point, featuring African Penguins. This place does a great job bringin the aesthetics of the outdoors, indoors to recreate the bird's natural habitat. The price of entrance is very reasonable and the time it takes to walk through is up to you. 

 

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

The layout of the Pittsburgh Zoo in general is great for families. Everything is stroller accessible and easy to navigate. Right off the bat, your family will feel like you are out exploring the African savannah and not in the center of Pittsburgh. Get up close and personal in the Elephant House or spend hours with the monkeys in the center of the Rainforest. The Polar Bear exhibit is usually number one on the list of attractions at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Families can either view the bears from atop the water or below the surface in an underwater viewing area. The entire zoo visit could be as short as two hours or as long as five hours depending on how long your family wants to spend. 

Living Treasures Animal Park

At Living Treasures Animal Park visitors can get face to face with all types of animals. In many cases, feeding and contact with the animals is encouraged which even further enhances the animal experience. Even the more dangerous animals have pipes leading into their confined areas where kids can drop the food. Saying you’ve fed a bear will definitely earn your little one some bragging rights. Leave your binoculars at home but don’t forget your camera to take advantage of the many up close photo opportunities. Living Treasures is about 40 miles outside of Pittsburgh, but the drive offers a lot of beautiful Pennsylvania scenery. The animals are all very well taken care of and the park is extremely clean. 

Phipps Conservatory

Phipps Conservatory is located next to Schenley Park, one of the most relaxing and enjoyable outdoor areas in the city. The plants on display at Phipps are amazing and beautiful. Phipps does a great job of transporting you to a different world, whether that be a tropical rainforest or a fountain oasis. Some think the words kids and conservatory don’t match up, but Phipps is very welcoming to the little ones and offers complete stroller accessibility. The Stove Room turns into a butterfly garden every year from April to September. Kids can spend hours watching and following these flying creatures. Explore the foliage inside Phipps and then enjoy a picnic lunch on the Schenley Park lawn with the family. 

Pirate Games

PNC Park is an ideal location for an afternoon or evening outing in Pittsburgh with the family. A river walk area surrounds the ballpark where families can stroll pre or post game looking at the city's bridges and watching for fish. The playground within the stadium is a lifesaver if the kids get bored sitting in their seats. The stadium is stroller friendly, and there are plenty of shaded places where you can park your stroller and stand and watch the game. Sunday afternoon games mean "kid's day." There is a family fun zone set up outside the stadium for pre-game activities, they give out a special kid-geared Pirates items when you enter the gate and after the game kids line up and get to run the bases. The Sky Blast firework events, which are held a few times per season, are amazing.

Carnegie Science Center

The Carnegie Science Center is located on the North Side of Pittsburgh across from Heinz Field and has been a staple in the community for years. There’s always something interesting for the family to explore with four floors of science based fun. The Science Center is even great for smaller kids. The top floor is dedicated to the little ones. It even has a special little door by which they can enter. Youngin’s can learn about science with water tables, the explosive ball lounge, and other various blocks and magnet activities.  Don’t forget to check out the Miniature Railroad and Roboworld areas. Let your family experience an Imax flick if you have the time. Set aside at least two hours with your family to fully enjoy the Science Center.   

Living Treasures Animal Park

At Living Treasures Animal Park visitors can get face to face with all types of animals. In many cases, feeding and contact with the animals is encouraged which even further enhances the animal experience. Even the more dangerous animals have pipes leading into their confined areas where kids can drop the food. Saying you’ve fed a bear will definitely earn your little one some bragging rights. Leave your binoculars at home but don’t forget your camera to take advantage of the many up close photo opportunities. Living Treasures is about 40 miles outside of Pittsburgh, but the drive offers a lot of beautiful Pennsylvania scenery. The animals are all very well taken care of and the park is extremely clean.