PNC Park, Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Image via Flickr by daveynin
It’s been a couple of years since I last visited Pittsburgh, but I have great memories from the Steel City! My brother and his family used to live in that area, and we had the chance to explore it over the years. I’m excited to partner with HotelPlanner.com to share some of the coolest things you can do in Pittsburgh with your children. The kid-friendliness of the town starts with Pittsburgh International Airport, one of the first airports where I noticed a mother’s nursing lounge across the kids’ play area. If you’ve ever traveled with breastfeeding babies and busy toddlers, you know how valuable those areas can be.
Pittsburgh’s winters are no joke, so a great option for when the temperatures drop is to visit the National Aviary. Its collection includes birds from every continent except Antarctica. Many of them roam free in mixed-species exhibits to allow the birds to demonstrate natural behaviors. It’s such a neat experience for little animal enthusiasts! The aviary is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers many conservation and education programs through the year. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $14 children.
The Duquesne Incline was the first attraction I visited in Pittsburgh, and I had a great time! The cable car rides up to an observation deck 400 feet above the three rivers, offering great views of downtown. Duquesne is one of the few remaining inclines in the country, and it has been part of the city’s transportation system since 1877.
Because it’s not technically an amusement ride, this attraction only accepts cash, and there are no restrooms. It’s a relatively quick and cool experience for kids, especially since they can see the machine room and spot the original hoisting equipment from 1877 in operation. Plus, the panoramic views are gorgeous! Tickets for visitors ages 12 to 64 cost $2.50 each way or $5.00 round-trip, and for children ages 6 to 11, tickets cost $1.25 each way or $2.50 round-trip. Tickets for children 5 and under are free.
Pittsburgh’s sports fans are some of the most dedicated, loyal, die-hard fans I’ve ever met! The downtown area is home to the Steelers (football), the Pirates (baseball), and the Penguins (hockey) stadiums. Take your pick and take your kids!
A good place to find a restaurant downtown is Market Square. It’s a small square located in the heart of the city, and during the day, it’s a good place to take a break, people-watch, and let the little ones run around for a bit. On some summer evenings, there’s a farmers market, and during the winter, there’s an ice skating rink, along with other cultural activities throughout the year. Last time I was there, I even saw a parade!
Point State Park
This park is located where the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers meet, at the tip of Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle. The historic Point State Park has a beautiful fountain, wide-open spaces, running and biking trails, and the Historic Fort Pitt Museum and Blockhouse for little history buffs.
My family and I have had a lot of fun in Pittsburgh, and I think you would, too! If you’re thinking about planning a visit, a great place to start your Pittsburgh hotel search is HotelPlanner.com.