Top 20 Places to Take Kids in and around Pittsburgh
Best Places for Kids in the Pittsburgh region!
The best places to take kids in Pittsburgh, based on KidsOutAndAbout's annual reader survey. But there is LOTS more to do in Pittsburgh! Get great ideas here! What is listed below are far from the only opportunities for family fun and learning; they're just what was voted this year.
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Conceived in 1988 and now in the groundbreaking stages, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden will be a world-class garden and one-of-a-kind regional attraction.
Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center delights, educates, and inspires through interactive experiences in science and technology.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
To use our collections and scientific expertise to create knowledge that inspires an understanding of natural heritage, communicate the unity and interdependence of humanity and nature, and advocate for the protection of the earth and its inhabitants, while encouraging participation in the natural sciences.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
All children visiting the Children's Museum must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. For safety sake, we remind you that all adult visitors must supervise the children in their party
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
To inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse.
Heinz History Center
An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania. The 275,000 sq. ft. museum features six floors of long-term and changing exhibit space, including the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh Museum of Cartoon Art, is one of only three museums in the United State dedicated exclusively to the cartoon arts. The ToonSeum features exhibitions or original comic and cartoon art, with new exhibits every two months.
The National Aviary is America’s premier bird zoo. Located on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, the National Aviary’s diverse collection comprises more than 500 birds of 150 different species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild. The National Aviary’s large walk-through exhibits create an experience unlike any other – an intimate interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to handfeed and meet many species rarely found in zoos anywhere else in the world.
Kennywood Amusement Park
Kennywood is America's Finest Traditional Amusement Park! Located just outside Pittsburgh, PA, Kennywood offers a unique mix of classic rides and modern thrills, including six roller coasters, a 14-ride Kiddieland, and several attractions that cannot be found anywhere else.
Sandcastle Water Park
Sandcastle is Pittsburgh's favorite destination for refreshing water fun! Open since 1989, this park spans 60-acres and offers over a dozen different water slides with varying speeds and angles of descent for thrill seekers of all levels. If you prefer to stay dry, take a leisurely stroll on the Boardwalk where you can enjoy your summer food favorites.
Fort Pitt Museum
From 1754 to today, Fort Pitt has shaped the course of American and world history as the birthplace of Pittsburgh.
Station Square is Pittsburgh's most popular tourist attraction. Pittsburghers would argue that the Square is the hippest place for dining, nightlife and entertainment in the burgh! No matter if you're an out-of-town guest or a local looking for a night out on the town, Station Square is the place you will want to be.
Idlewild & SoakZone
With something for everyone, Idlewild & SoakZone is rated the Best Kids Park in the World by Amusement Today magazine, and rated Best Park for Families by the National Amusement Park Historical Association. With two parks in one, this is what family fun is all about!
Fun Fore All Family Fun Park
Fun Fore All Family Fun Park has truly become the Pittsburgh area's best boat bumping, go-kart racing, baseball hitting, putt-putt golfing, arcade gaming, wall climbing, family fun-ing place to be! We pride ourselves in being a park that families and friends can come together and truly have the most FUN-tastic experience possible.
We believe everyone deserves the chance to experience how incredibly fun the outdoors can be, so we provide the gear, guidance and inspiration to make outdoor recreation part of people’s lives.
Miniature Railroad Museum
The WPMRM is a nonprofit organization located in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, at the intersection of Rt. 910 and Hardt Rd. Our purpose is to promote and preserve the history of railroads in Western Pennsylvania through the hobby of model railroading. Our mission is: to continue the development of a museum which captures in miniature a portion of western Pennsylvania history; to expand the library which houses a collection of reference materials on railroad industry and resources on model railroading; to serve as an educational resource for the people of western Pennsylvania.
South Park Theater
South Park Theatre's mission is to provide quality, affordable theatre to adults and children in the region.
Slides, bouncers, obstacle courses - with Tiki Oasis, Princess Castle, Farm, a giant Fire Truck, King Croc and Batman! We are a great place for Open!Play, birthday parties, school field trips and school fundraisers, team and scout parties. You can even book RENT THE ZONE and have the place to yourself and your guests!!!
Round Hill Park
Encompassing 1,101 acres in Elizabeth Township, Round Hill Park features an exhibition farm with animals that is open every day of year. Other amenities include soccer fields, shelters, a spray park, and walking and bridle trails.