101 Family Day Trips and Staycations Around Pittsburgh | Kids Out and About Pittsburgh

101 Family Day Trips and Staycations Around Pittsburgh

**Follow each link to get details about your visit directly from your destination, since some places operate seasonally or by reservation, as well as to check each venue's COVID requirements (masks, limits, social distancing).

Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Pittsburgh. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Take A Deep Breath In the Garden

Fairlamb Lavender Farm
Phipps Conservatory
Rodef Shalom Biblical Garden
Highland Park Entry Garden
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
The Frick Pittsburgh
Goodell Gardens and Homestead


Get Wild on a Hike

  Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail
McConnells Mill Slippery Rock Gorge Trail
Rachel Carson Trail
Raccoon Creek State Park Trails
The North Country Trail
Gerard Trail
Presque Isle State Park
Erie Bluffs State Park
Asbury Woods
Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF)


Time Travel Today

  Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum
LeMoyne House
Braddock's Battlefield History Center
Fort Pitt Museum
Heinz History Center
Hagen History Center
Erie Maritime Museum/Flagship Niagara


Make Life a Beach

Moraine State Park Beaches
Keystone Lake Beach
Raccoon Creek State Park
Presque Isle State Park


Splash into Some Water Fun

Sandcastle Water Park
Idlewild and Soak Zone
Crafton Park Pool
Magee Swimming Pool
Dormont Pool
Bloomfield Swimming Pool
Waldameer Park and Water World
Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park
Camp Sherwin Spray and Play Park


Spend the Day at a Museum

  Bayernhof Museum
Bicycle Heaven
Bottle Works
Carnegie Science Center
Center for PostNatural History
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Heritage Museum
expERIEnce Children’s Museum
Hagen History Center
Erie Maritime Museum/Flagship Niagara
Erie Art Museum


Explore These Cities

  Washington, PA
Monroeville, PA
Johnstown, PA
Youngstown, OH
Buffalo, NY
Cleveland, OH
Moundsville, WV
Wheeling, WV
Erie, PA


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Duquesne Incline
Gateway Clipper
Air Heritage Museum
Erie Maritime Museum
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Victorian Princess
Scallywags Pirate Adventures
The Lady Kate
Your Sailing Adventure


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Penn's Corner Farm Alliance
Schramm Farms & Orchard
Shenot Farm and Market
Simmons Farm
Trax Farms
Triple B Farms


Play Ball!

  Pittsburgh Passion
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Thunderbirds
Erie SeaWolves AA Baseball
Erie Otters OHL Hockey
Erie Commodores National Premier Soccer League
Wheeling Nailers


Treat Yo' Self

  Klavon's Ice Cream Parlor
Millie's Homemade Ice Cream
Dave & Andy's Homemade Ice Cream
Pittsburgh Ice Cream Company
Antney's Ice Cream
NatuRoll Creamery
Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop
Yetter's Candy
Esther's Homemade Candy
The Chocolate Moose 


  Pulakos Chocolates
  Icing on the Lake
  The Original Popcorn House

Connect with Nature

Frick Environmental Center
Beechwood Farms Nature Preserve
Fern Hollow Nature Center
Latodami Nature Center
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden
Pittsburgh Botanical Garden
Jennings Environmental Education Center


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

Fun Fore All Family Park
Pittsburgh Paintball Park
  Conneaut Lake Park
DelGrosso's Amusement Park
>Waldameer Park and Water World

Talk to the Animals

  National Aviary
Pittsburgh Zoo
The Erie Zoo

Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Latin American & Caribbean Festival
August Wilson Center for African American Culture


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

Ohiopyle Falls
Buttermilk Falls, Indiana
Falling Water
Cucumber Falls


Get Active Indoors

  Bounce U 
E2 Toys 2 Try 
Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark
Gymboree Play & Music
Jump Zone
  ">Flying Monkey Inflata-Park
  Play Port Arcade & Family Fun Center

Challenge Yourself

  The Art Shoppe
Clayful Pottery
Katie's Clay Studio
Paint Monkey
Escape Game Erie
  Miniature Golf in Erie PA

Shop Your Heart Out

  Waterworks Mall
Station Square
Carrick Shopping Center
Ross Park Mall
Fifth Avenue Place
  Beach Zero

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Pittsburgh. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away