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Parent's Guide to Pittsburgh with Kids


Pittsburgh, named America's fifth Best Place to Raise A Family (Reader's Digest), is fun, affordable and packed with family entertainment. The region is blessed with a host of attractions that educate and entertain including museums, amusement parks and a world-class zoo and aquarium. You won't believe what "Kidsburgh" has to offer until you see your children talking to robots, playing in a sea of clouds, building and launching airplanes, climbing mountains, splashing down with dolphins, and digging for dinosaurs...
  • Explore the mysteries of science at the Carnegie Science Center where you can investigate over 250 exhibits related to science and technology, including a WWII submarine and a four-story, domed OMNIMAX theater that features a variety of films and laser shows. Visit distant galaxies in the world's most technologically sophisticated planetarium and tour the Miniature Railroad & Village at this playground for the mind.

  • Three floors of hands-on exhibits make exploration fun at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum, located in an elegant, old Victorian Post Office. Kids can explore the Museum's climbing mazes, build and launch flying machines, use pulleys to raise themselves up in human-powered elevators and get creative with silkscreening, painting and computer graphic design.

  • Marvel at hummingbirds the size of a thumb or Andean Condors with giant 10-foot wingspans at the National Aviary, a veritable indoor jungle of the world's most incredible birds, including many endangered species. Located on Pittsburgh's North Side, the National Aviary is one of the only free-standing aviaries in the world.

  • Experience one of America's finest children's zoos when you plan a day at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, the zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals in natural settings. From meerkats to monkeys, tigers to tarantulas, gorillas to giraffes, the Pittsburgh Zoo has it all, including two baby elephants! The Zoo's Kids Kingdom and Discovery Pavilion have earned the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium the ranking as one of the top three children's zoos in the United States by Allen W. Nyhus, zoo critic and author of "The Zoo Book, A Guide to America's Best." The Pittsburgh Zoo's $16 million Aquarium opened to the public in June 2000 and has the nation's largest coral propagation facility, along with penguins, sharks, octopuses and thousands of other colorful and exotic water animals from around the world.

  • Stroll Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens to see one of the most intricate Beaux Arts buildings in the city. Phipps has towering tropical plants that were the original seedlings at the 1890 Exposition, miniature orchids, indoor and outdoor gardens and a fabulous bonsai collection. Children will revel in the Discovery Garden where they are invited to exercise their green thumb and explore the world of plants and flowers, worms and all. Seasonal exhibits include spring and winter flower shows and a Butterfly Garden.

  • Experience Pittsburgh's history at The Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center. One of only a handful of such museums in America, the History Center tells the experiences of the waves of immigrants who were swept into Pittsburgh on the tide of history. The core exhibit of the museum transports visitors through time from the 1750s to the present. A robot offers a guided tour of the first floor.

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