My youngest son and I just spent two nights and three days exploring Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as part of a #VisitPittsburgh press trip. The intention of the #KidsBurg trips was to show off some great places to visit with kids around Pittsburg. While the trip was sponsored, all opinions are our own. We did not even touch the surface of things to do in Pittsburgh with kids but this list of top ten things to do with kids in Pittsburgh should get you started on a very busy but entertaining itinerary. Growing up in a big city, all I could think about was how Pittsburgh had all the amenities of a big city, but a small city feeling. With multiple neighborhoods and restaurants to try, you won’t get bored or hungry as you and your family explore the great city of Pittsburgh. Here are our Top 10 Things To Do With Kids In Pittsburgh. Be sure to check out the Best Kid Friendly Restaurants in Pittsburgh too.
10 Things To Do In Pittsburgh With Kids
1. Pittsburgh Children’s Museum. Pittsburgh boasts the best children’s museum! They are in the process of building their third addition which will soon make this the largest children’s campus. There are so many different areas to explore and they are constantly changing up their traveling exhibits. From water play to arts and crafts there is something for all children. If you are a Mr. Rogers Fan, be sure to check out the display of original puppets. This is a great place to explore on a rainy day. There is some amazing art throughout the museum that you need to always be looking up and on the walls.
Outside you will find this great installment that shoots steam out. A fun green space to have the kids run around a bit.
2. Cultural Tour Along The Strip District
We only had a few minutes to explore the strip but if you want to show your children some cultural things like ethnic markets and small shops and restaurants take a few minutes to stroll along Pittsburgh’s Strip District. This is where you can also find many booths selling Pittsburgh Team Gear.
3. Bike Pittsburgh! Pittsburgh in recent years has become incredibly bike friendly. There are plenty of trails, especially along the riverfront, and bike rentals around the city. If anything you can explore the hundreds of murals found around the city.
4. Dinner along The Waterfront. There are many areas along the water. Yelp your favorite cuisine and then request to eat outside. Adults will get a great view while the kids can find open spaces to run around.
5. Kennywood Amusement Park Take a step back in time at this historic amusement park. While it continues to add more modern steel rollercoasters, you will find the classic rides and many wooden ones as well. The park is small enough to enjoy it in a few hours but there is plenty to do for all ages. They will soon be opening a Thomas the Train Area which will attract the younger crowd.
6. Carnegie Science Center is a blast with kids of any age. Not many places are located right on the water that you can explore an actual submarine. You will also find an Imax theater, a robot display, a model train display and so many fun activities you will easily lose track of time. Also if you are visiting before January 2019, be sure to visit The Art of The Brick. It is an amazing art display all in LEGOS. The beginning of the exhibit is hands-off, but anxious brick builders can test themselves in the interactive room following the exhibit.
7. Carnegie Museum of Natural History. You are never too old to explore a museum and kids learn things without even knowing it. If you love dinos, then the Carnegie Museum of Natural History should be number one on your list. They have an extensive display of artifacts and rooms that any age will find something interesting. We had a docent take us around the museum and it was amazing. You can spend the day or just a few hours, it just depends on your itinerary. The kids in our group found the gem room super interesting too. Be sure to look around because there is always a place for changing art, meaning modern times means modern art. Check out the “god ” in the picture below, which one does not look like the other? (he’s holding a cell phone)
8. Pittsburgh Zoo— We were rained out of this trip, but I have heard it is a great place to spend a few hours.
9. Washington Park Scenic Overlook— This side trip will only take a few minutes but definitely a must when visiting Pittsburgh. You get an amazing view of the where the rivers meet and can totally appreciate the city.
10. Go to a Sporting Event Like any major city, Pittsburgh has a team in every Major Sport you would want to attend. We went to a Pirates Game, a bucket list stadium for sure. It has the most amazing view of the river and no seat is bad. There is even a playground if the kids get antsy during a game.
Just check out the amazing view from inside the stadium. One of the most beautiful baseball stadiums and I am a Cubs Fan!
Have I exhausted you with these 10 Things To Do with Kids in Pittsburgh?
Now that I have shared some of our top things to do in Pittsburgh with kids, I can’t wait to hear any of your suggestions. Also, keep an eye out for our Family Friendly Restaurants in Pittsburgh coming soon.
See a video with more pictures from our Pittsburgh Trip:
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