Pittsburgh is Kidsburgh and summer is the perfect time to explore all the family fun the city has to offer! While you’re here, be sure to check out these can’t-miss family friendly things-to-do in Pittsburgh, a city that welcomes all our neighbors

1. Carnegie Science Center

Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center takes interactive learning to a new level! Explore a hands-on robot exhibit, test your fitness at Highmark SportsWorks, catch an IMAX show, venture to extraterrestrial fun at the Buhl Planetarium, and so much more! Kids will learn about their environment while interacting with amazing science exhibitions.

2. Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Daniel Tiger is taking a trip to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh this summer, creating one “Grr-ific Exhibit”! Kids can step inside Daniel Tiger’sNeighborhood while parents relive the nostalgia of Pittsburgh’s own Mister Rogers. Daniel isn’t the only reason to say Hi at the Children’s Museum! The Museum features hands-on fun at every turn with a crafty MakeShop®, an outdoor Garden, WaterPlay, a theater where creativity soars, and more.

3. Duquesne Incline

Ascend Mt. Washington to a place USA Today calls one of the 10 Most Beautiful Views in America. You get140 years of history when you ride the Duquesne Incline. Families with kids of all ages love riding the picturesque, historic cable cars while peering over the emerging panoramic view of Pittsburgh. There’s a viewing platform and a welcome center at the top, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the hoisting equipment.

4. Gateway Clipper

A trip to Pittsburgh isn’t complete without an adventure on the famous three rivers! Book an excursion on the majestic Gateway Clipper and select a kid friendly themed boat ride like the Ice Cream Sundae Tour, Good Ship Lollipop Cruise, Princess Cruise, Superhero Cruise, or a Pirate themed adventure with an exhilarating musical performance, the Pirate Dinner feast

5. Heinz History Center

Visit Pennsylvania’s largest history museum! Complete with its own extensive Sports Museum, the Senator John Heinz History Center engages and amazes kids of all ages. You’ll find original set pieces from Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, a play area spanning two levels with a spiral slide, and learn all about Pittsburgh’s extensive history, sports legacy and cultural heritage.

6. Idlewild & Soakzone

It’s no wonder Idlewild & Soakzone is recognized as the Best Children’s Amusement Park! At Idlewild, you can step inside a fairytale with Storybook Forest. You’ll be transported right inside fairytale favorites with a larger-than-life forest of whimsy. Don’t miss Daniel Tiger’s trolley! Plus, with adult rides, kids’ rides, and a waterpark, Idlewild is a full day of family fun!

7. Just Ducky

Just Ducky tours have become an iconic summer activity in Pittsburgh. Venture from land to water aon board a World War II amphibious vehicle. You’ll journey through Pittsburgh’s vibrant Downtown and serene three rivers on this fully guided tour while learning fascinating Pittsburgh facts and quacking at your friendly Pittsburgh neighbors!

Just Ducky Tours

8. Kennywood

Pittsburgh’s historic Kennywood Amusement Park is a 110-year-old, beloved family tradition. This summer is particularly special for Kennywood with the reopening of a family favorite attraction, Noah’s Ark, the nation’s only operational attraction of its kind. From thrilling new rides to historic coasters, it isn’t summer without a family trip to Kennywood!

Kennywood Amusement Park Web

9. National Aviary

Visit the official National Aviary and meet more than 500 birds! A trip to The Aviary is an immersive experience with walk-through exhibitions that put you inside bird environments, giving you opportunities to hand- feed bird species rarely seen in North America. Kids adore Penguin Point, where they can crawl through a tunnel to find themselves amidst the adorable penguins!

10. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden

Housed in a Victorian Greenhouse, Phipps Conservatory combines art, nature, and kid centered activities. The lush flowers and artistic greenery are sure to impress the whole family while the Nature Play Garden provides educational, kid friendly fun. From April until September, you can walk through Phipps’s annual Butterfly Forest where you have close encounters with friendly butterflies.

11. Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Wild fun awaits at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium! With 77 acres and approximately 4,000 creatures to meet, the Pittsburgh & PPG Aquarium epitomizes family fun. Don’t miss the Zoo’s newest space, The Islands, where you’ll find a tropical beach atmosphere and lovable island animals.

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Hey there, I’m Tiffany! I’m a work-at-home mom of two rambunctious children (Jasmine, 9 + Sean II, 5) and recently widowed at just 35 years old. I've remarried and currently live right outside of Baton Rouge in Denham Springs, Louisiana with two adoring cats and a dog. Let's connect on Twitter @fabulousmomblog.

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