Summer is a great season to spend with your family, especially when you’re in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh area offers a wide range of fun activities and attractions worth exploring with your loved ones. From scooting down a natural waterslide, to catching a breathtaking ballgame, to exploring a science center, to taking in a panoramic outlook of the city – the options are certainly exciting and diverse. When you stay in one of the best Pittsburgh hotels available, you can be close to the action while vacationing in style. Don’t forget to send a few postcards to friends and relatives when you’re in town!
A Day at the Ballpark
If you are a devoted baseball fan, you will not want to miss your opportunity to watch a Pirates game at PNC Park. Positioned on the North Shore of the city (and especially convenient if you’re staying in one of the PNC Park hotel suites), this ballpark was designed in the classic style – which means your family can enjoy every aspect of your experience at this ever-popular venue. To make the occasion even more special, you might consider ordering a special message to be displayed on the scoreboard (the messages aren’t limited to marriage proposals, and the proceeds are donated to Pirates Charities).
The Thrill of a Natural Waterslide
Have you ever experienced the delight of plunging down the surface of a natural waterslide? If not, then you are in for a memorable afternoon. You and your loved ones may indulge in the sheer exhilaration of riding down the rushing water of Meadow Run, Ohiopyle State Park’s very own, nature-made waterslide formed from sandstone. Be sure to check the water level before you go – when the water is very high, the ride may not be suitable for the smallest children in your party (not to worry, though – they’ll have many chances to revel in the countless other summertime activities available in the Pittsburgh area).
An Unbelievable View of Pittsburgh
Whether this is your first or your fiftieth trip to Pittsburgh, you must go at least once to Mount Washington. This unique vantage point of the area will leave you breathless. The view of the city and the adjacent countryside is stunning. Mount Washington is over 350 feet high, and you’ll see the three rivers in the area, as well. This excursion is even more magical after dark – so if you can do it in the evening, the visual impression will be all the more amazing.
Interactive Experience at the Carnegie Science Center
The Carnegie Science Center is the place to be if you and your loved ones appreciate science. The facility offers four floors dedicated to providing visitors with edifying and interactive experiences. This is an ideal solution for little ones who may have been feeling cooped up from traveling to the city. You might explore exhibits like a zero-gravity simulator, a rock wall, a planetarium, and a miniature railroad. Your kids might also benefit from viewing a BodyStage exhibit, with demonstrations that offer information on fitness, nutrition, and the human anatomy.
Games to Play to Your Heart’s Content
When you’ve been outdoors all week and are ready for a little indoor entertainment, you may want to stop by Games N’ At. This impressive arcade will provide you with all of the games you and your brood could possibly desire. You might indulge in vintage-style arcade games, billiards, and skeeball, as well as classic ping pong, foosball, and air hockey. This is an excellent place to take the kids when they have excess energy to spare.
A Journey Aboard a Riverboat
In addition to viewing the city from an incline at Mount Washington, you can also see it from the perspective aboard a riverboat. A riverboat tour offers unique views of Pittsburgh – whether you take a one-hour tour in the daytime or an evening cruise. You can even go on a cruise that is specially designed to cater to children, so they won’t miss out on a single captivating moment while you’re on the water.
An Exploration of a Children’s Museum
If you’re traveling to Pittsburgh with your young ones, you really should not forget to swing by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. This museum provides the backdrop for numerous blissful moments exploring exhibits that will inspire your kids (and probably you, as well!). Children are treated to interactive workshops (called “makeshops”), sensory exhibits, fun garden tours, and theater performances just for kids.
No matter what you do when you’re in town, you certainly won’t be left without a broad array of possibilities. The summer season is a wonderful time to get outside with your loved ones, and you’ll find plenty to do and see when you come for a visit at one of the best downtown Pittsburgh hotels, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown. Make sure that you and your family enjoy the local attractions – both indoors and outdoors. This incredible city is truly a vast summertime playground for visitors of all ages.