Family Attractions in Pittsburgh
Named America’s fifth "Best Place to Raise A Family" by Reader’s Digest, Pittsburgh is crammed full of fun, educational and affordable family attractions. Whether you are bringing the family to "Kidsburgh" on vacation or you are a local with a few days of stay-cation, you will find plenty to keep you (and them) busy, from museums to zoos, amusement parks and everything in between.
Young ones can let their imaginations soar at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
. Specially designed play areas and galleries provide entertaining, educational fun for kids. Toddlers have their own special area designed to suit their developmental needs. Older children will have a blast exploring the interactive attractions spread throughout the museum.
Address: 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 - MAP
Phone: (412) 322-5058
Head to the suburbs for a visit to Kennywood
. One of the oldest and most beloved amusement parks in America, Kennywood has charmed and thrilled the young and the young-at-heart for over 110 years with fun rides and attractions. Take a ride on one of the historic roller coasters, let the children rule at Kiddieland, splash through the water rides, and much more!
Address: 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin, PA 15122 - MAP
Phone: (412) 461-0500
Bring the entire family out to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
and immerse yourself in a wonderful world of botanical attractions. Stroll through an authentic Japanese Garden, an amazing Aquatic Garden and the Discovery Garden, designed with kids in mind. Or, head inside the conservatory for exotic plants from around the world.
Address: 1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 - MAP
Phone: (412) 622-6914
People of all ages will marvel at nature’s wonders while visiting the National Aviary
. One of the nation’s only free standing aviaries, this huge aviary contains some of the most incredible birds you will ever see, from hummingbirds the size of your thumb to Condors with a gigantic 10-foot wingspan to the flightless African penguins and more.
Address: 700 Arch St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 - MAP
Phone: (412) 323-7235
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
is one of America’s finest zoos, and has plenty of attractions and exhibits to keep you and the young ones busy for the day. If you can drag them away from the Kid’s Kingdom, the interactive children’s area filled with petting zoo animals and fun activities, they can see all the lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Address: 7340 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206 - MAP
Phone: (412) 665-3640
Dinosaur lovers will not want to miss Carnegie Museum of Natural History
, home to one of the finest Jurassic period collections in the world. Shiver under the skeleton of a massive T-Rex, travel to the world of the Ancient Egyptians pharaohs, listen to the pounding of distant drums in the Hall of American Indians and more. You’ll have so much fun with the attractions, you won’t even realize you’re learning at the same time!
Address: 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 - MAP
Phone: (412) 622-3131
Unlock the great mysteries of our world and the galaxy at the Carnegie Science Center
. See some of the changing technology, from the WWII submarine to the largest robotics display in the world. Interact with the exhibitions and attractions as you see the world in different ways. Feel like a giant as you tour the Miniature Railroad & Village and like a speck as you take in the world's most technologically sophisticated planetarium.
Address: 1 Allegheny Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15212 - MAP
Phone: (412) 237-3400
Have a blast at Idlewild and Soak Zone
, Pennsylvania’s oldest amusement park! Continuously updated since its creation in 1878, Idlewild has won several awards for the way it makes imagination come to life through its attractions. Visit Mister Roger’s neighborhood, walk through a Story Book and meet the characters, take in the thrills of roller coaster and the nostalgia of the antique merry-go-round.
Address: US Highway 30, Ligonier, PA 15658 - MAP
Phone: (724) 238-3666
Have your breath taken away as you travel up the Duquesne Incline
. Once the main mode of transportation for Pittsburghers to get up the incredibly steep hills, nowadays the historic funicular takes guests up to the top of Mt. Washington for the best view of downtown. Children will get a kick out of the authentic car, the old photographs and artifacts in the upper station, and the ride up and down the mountain.
Address: 1220 Grandview Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15211 - MAP
Phone: (412) 381-1665
Take a plunge down 14 of the wettest, wackiest, wildest waterslides in the world at Sandcastle Water Park
. Not up for heart-pounding thrills? Head to the lazy river, where you can enjoy a slow ride around the park, or relax in the world’s largest hot tub while the children play at Wet Willie's WaterWorks or splash in the Tad Pool. There's no shortage of water attractions at this park.
Address: 1000 Sandcastle Dr., Homestead, PA 15120 - MAP
Phone: (412) 462-6666