Pittsburgh Family Attractions


Dippy The Dinosaur near Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Dippy The Dinosaur near Carnegie Museum of Natural History; (c) Soul Of America

Pittsburgh Family Attractions

PNC Park
DESCRIPTION: In the tradition of neo-classic baseball parks having the best of retro features; home of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team, the ballpark sparkles as much as the seating views. It seats 38,000 fans in a baseball park whose center field opens to a dramatic view of the Pittsburgh skyline. Visiting the park is always be as much fun as watching the game.
ADMISSION: seat price matrix on website
ADDRESS: 115 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
PARKING: paid on premises
PHONE: 412-323-5000
WEBSITE: http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com

Heinz Field
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 2001, this venue still dazzles as home to the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers and University of Pittsburgh football teams. A major upgrade from the Three Rivers Stadium it replaced, Heinz Field has 32 concession stands, 7 team stores, 25 rest rooms for men and 25 rest rooms for women. The southern end of the stadiums opens to fantastic views of Point State Park. The stadium seats 64,500 and features 127 luxury suites.
ADMISSION: seat price matrix at the Steelers website
ADDRESS: 100 Art Rooney Ave, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
PARKING: paid on premises
PHONE: box office 412-323-1200
WEBSITE: http://media3.steelers.com/heinzfield

Carnegie Science Center
DESCRIPTION: Managed by the Carnegie Museums, this venue is home to over 250 scientific exhibits, including a World War II submarine and a four-story, domed OMNIMAX theater that features a variety of films and laser shows. Visit distant galaxies in one of the nation’s best planetariums and let he kids tour the Miniature Railroad & Village; drop in the UPMC SportsWorks to test your athletic ability on real and virtual sports via 70 interactive exhibits.
ADMISSION: see pricing matrix on website
DAYS & HOURS: Sun-Fri 10a-5p, Sat 10a-7p
ADDRESS: One Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
PARKING: paid on premises
PHONE: 412-237-3400
WEBSITE: http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org

Heinz History Center
DESCRIPTION: Devoted to the history and heritage of Western Pennsylvania, the History Center is Pennsylvania’s largest history museum and a proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Exhibits include Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation, Heinz, From Slavery to Freedom, Discovery Place (for kids), Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and more.
ADMISSION: see pricing matrix on website
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 1212 Stallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA
PHONE: 412-454-6000
WEBSITE: http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org

Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
DESCRIPTION: Discover the athletic champions of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania and the beloved arenas they played in. Few cities of comparable size have had the same success Pittsburgh in collegiate and pro sports. Enjoy a stunning collection of sports artifacts and more than 70 interactive activities that celebrate the rich tradition of sports in the Western Pennsylvania region. Exhibits cover baseball, football, hockey, high school sports, Negro Leagues Baseball, racing, golf and more.
ADMISSION: see pricing matrix on website
DAYS & HOURS: daily 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 1212 Stallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA
PHONE: 412-454-6000
WEBSITE: http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/sports

Fort Pitt Museum
DESCRIPTION: Located in historic Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh, the museum is a two-floor, 12,000-square-foot venue that tells the story of Western Pennsylvania’s role during the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and as the birthplace of Pittsburgh. First opened in 1969 in a reconstructed bastion, the museum provides visitors with a rich understanding of the world-changing events that occurred right here in Western Pennsylvania. Through interactive exhibitions, life-like historical figures, and recently added artifacts, visitors learn the important role this region played in shaping the United States and its westward expansion.
ADMISSION: see website
DAYS & HOURS: daily 10a-5p
ADDRESS: Fort Pitt, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
PHONE: 412-281-9284
WEBSITE: http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/fort-pitt/

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
DESCRIPTION: Occupies the former post office of Allegheny City, once its own municipality before annexation by Pittsburgh in 1907. Housed in a granite structure with a central dome to provide developmentally appropriate exhibits, programs and opportunities for play both inside and outside the museum.
ADMISSION: $15 Adults, Ages 2-18 and 65+ $10, age 2 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 10 Children’s Way in Allegheny Square, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
PARKING: paid on premises
PHONE: 412-322-5058
WEBSITE: http://www.pittsburghkids.org

National Aviary
DESCRIPTION: Marvel at hummingbirds the size of a thumb or Andean Condors with giant 10-foot wingspans at the, a veritable indoor jungle of the world’s most incredible birds, including many endangered species. The National Aviary features more than 600 exotic birds in natural habitats; celebrating 50+ years of birds.
ADMISSION: see pricing matrix on website
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: Allegheny Commons West, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
PARKING: limited on premises; metered street parking
PHONE: 412-323-7235
WEBSITE: http://www.aviary.org

The Rink at PPG Place
DESCRIPTION: 9,600 square feet ice surface, during the winter holiday season, the rink includes a 60-foot tree, a fountain replaces the ice in the spring; skate rentals, lockers and other amenities are available from November to March.
ADMISSION: Adults $7, Children $6 plus skate rental fees
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu 11a-10p, Fri 11a-11p, Sat 11a-11p,
 Sun Noon-8p
ADDRESS: 4 PPG Place, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
PARKING: garages nearby
PHONE: 412-394-3641
WEBSITE: http://www.ppgplace.com/rink

Consol Energy Center
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 2010 and obtusely shaped as seen from the street, this LEED certified & ADA compatible venue is home of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team and hosts many large concerts. There are 4 main entrances, 12 escalators, 800 HDTVs in the concession areas so you never miss any action, plenty of gender and family restrooms to prevent long lines, four sports bars and restaurants, a food court on the main concourse and Penguins team store most of all, sightlines are great and all seats are wide. The venue seats 18,087 for hockey, 19,100 for basketball, 20,000 for concerts, plus 1,950 club seats and 236 Loge luxury seats.
ADMISSION: seat pricing matrix on website
ADDRESS: 1001 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
PARKING: paid on lot across Centre Avenue
PHONE: box office 412-642-1800
WEBSITE: http://www.consolenergycenter.com

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1907 and recipient of major expansion of the Dinosaur Hall while portions remain open; home to one of the finest dinosaur collections in the world. The Egyptian artifacts are also one of the best in America. he Hall of American Indians features one of the largest contemporary exhibits on American Indians Tin America, brought to life through dioramas, storytelling, artifacts, and interactive videos. More than 103,000 specimens are showcased in the massive fossil vertebrates collection.
ADMISSION: see pricing matrix on website
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Wed, Fri-Sat 10a–5p, Thu 10a–8p, Sun Noon–5p
ADDRESS: 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
PARKING: paid on premises
PHONE: 412-622-3131
WEBSITE: http://www.carnegiemnh.org

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 1898 and considered one of America’s finest Children’s Zoos, this 77-acre facility is home to more than 2,000 animals in natural settings, from tigers to tarantulas, gorillas to baby elephants. Kids Kingdom and Discovery Pavilion are special attractions the kids should not miss; the zoo is involved in the survival plans of 25 animal species.
ADMISSION: see website for pricing matrix
DAYS & HOURS: daily 9a-5p, last entry at 4p
ADDRESS: One Wild Place (7340 Butler Street), Pittsburgh, PA MAP
PARKING: Free on premises
PHONE: 412-665-3640
WEBSITE: http://zoo.pgh.pa.us

Pittsburgh Glass Center
DESCRIPTION: Public school, gallery and state-of-the-art glass studio dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting glass art; world-renowned glass artists come here to make studio glass art. The center is a Green Building with state-of-the-art ventilation in all shops and heat recovery from the furnaces.
ADMISSION: artists in residence, so donations requested
DAYS & HOURS: Tue–Thu 10a-7p, Fri–Sun 10a-4p
ADDRESS: 5472 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 412-365-2145
WEBSITE:
http://www.pittsburghglasscenter.org

Sandcastle Waterpark
DESCRIPTION: Take the plunge on 15 of the wacky waterslides or enjoy a slow ride on the Lazy River; the less adventurous can shop on the boardwalk or take a dip in the Moonlight Bay pool or the Tad Pool, complete with mini slides created just for little tykes; don’t miss the wave pool and go-karts.
ADMISSION: $30 or buy a Sandcastle + Kennywood Same day combo pass at the park
DAYS & HOURS: daily, June to mid-September 11a- 6p
ADDRESS: 1000 Sandcastle Drive, Homestead, PA MAP
PARKING: $6 per vehicle on premises
PHONE: 412-462-6666
WEBSITE: http://www.sandcastlewaterpark.com

Point State Park
DESCRIPTION: At the convergence of the Monongahela River and Allegheny River to form the Ohio River, you could not pick a more accurate name for this park. It is also a very popular park for arts festivals and couples to walk along either shore; The remnants of Fort Pitt and a related small museum are located here. The park represents one of the finest reclamation projects in the nation — from old rail yards and industrial buildings to a gem of park.
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 8a-11p
ADDRESS: Point State Park, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
WEBSITE: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/STATEPARKS/PARKS/point.aspx

North Shore Riverfront Park
DESCRIPTION: It provides a nice cache of trails and green spaces near PNC Park and Heinz Field; the Park includes a tiered water fountain, called Water Steps, a fishing pier and recreational boating slips.
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 8a-11p
ADDRESS: Located along the Allegheny River MAP

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
DESCRIPTION: 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 thumbs and explore the world of plants and flowers, worms and all. Seasonal exhibits include a butterfly garden and a miniature railroad display.
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 8a-sundown
ADDRESS: 1 Park Lane in Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
PHONE: 412-622-6914
WEBSITE: http://www.phipps.conservatory.org

Schenley Park
DESCRIPTION: Next to Carnegie Mellon University; one of the largest parks in the city and home to the Phipps Conservatory, Panther Hollow Lake and a golf course.
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 8a-sundown
ADDRESS: between Oakland and Squirrel Hill District, Pittsburgh, PA MAP
WEBSITE: http://www.pittsburghparks.org

Frick Park
DESCRIPTION: A popular park of the city’s east side covering 480 acres with children’s playground, tennis courts, softball field, hiking trails, a 150-acre nature reserve.
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 8a-sundown
ADDRESS: between Shadyside and Point Breeze Districts, Pittsburgh, PA
PHONE: 412-255-2539
WEBSITE: http://www.pittsburghparks.org

Southside Riverfront Park
DESCRIPTION: Featuring buffalo area, dirt bike course, golf course, skating rink, tennis courts, children’s playground, picnic areas, walking, biking, and jogging trails.
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 8a-midnight
ADDRESS: Meriman Street under Brady Street Bridge, Pittsburgh, PA MAP

Kennywood Park
DESCRIPTION: A national historic landmark and family tradition since 1898, this park hosts the world’s best wooden rollercoaster, the century-old Thunderbolt. Ride the Jack Rabbit another classic wooden coaster, or test your courage on the Exterminator indoor rollercoaster, the Phantom’s Revenge, a modern steel coaster. For the little ones, the park includes a dozen Kiddieland rides. Save room for the best curly fries around; you will get wet on water rides, so dress accordingly. Bring picnic baskets for your immediate family.
ADMISSION: see pricing matrix on website
DAYS & HOURS: daily 11a rides open with varying closing times depending on weather and crowd conditions, but generally 10p
ADDRESS: 4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA MAP
PARKING: $8 per vehicle on premises
PHONE: 412-461-0500
WEBSITE: http://www.kennywood.com

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