When planning a family visit to Pittsburgh, be sure to hit the major activities and attractions that the kids would love, from Just Ducky Tours for a personalized view of the city to the Pittsburgh Zoo for interactions with all kinds of majestic animals. Enhance your stay by booking a room at one of many downtown Pittsburgh hotels for the best experience possible. Check out these must-see attractions while there.
The nation’s’ premier bird zoo, the National Aviary is the only independent indoor non-profit zoo in the country that’s dedicated solely to birds. Located on the North Side of Pittsburgh, the National Aviary is home to more than 500 birds as part of more than 150 species from all over the planet. Check out a penguin or bat feeding, catch the free-flight adventure show called Talons!, or take part in the Flamingo Encounter in the Wetlands of the Americas exhibit.
If wild animals are more your style, head to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, where you’ll find thousands of animals as part of more than 400 species — 22 of which are endangered or threatened. Check out special events while here, such as the PPG Festival of Color, Summer Safari, Eat’n Park ZooBoo and Polar Bear Birthday Party.
Gateway Clipper Cruise
Within walking distance of PNC Park hotels is the Gateway Clipper Cruise, where you can embark on a sightseeing tour, river dinner cruise or entertainment cruise. Your kids will love a ride on the Good Ship Lollipop or a riverboat tour that combines a harbor tour and an ice cream social in one!
Just Ducky Tours
As Pittsburgh’s only land and water tour, you can take a ride on a duck, yes a duck! You’ll get a personalized tour of the city, beginning at the historic Station Square and proceeding downtown, through the business district, by local government buildings and Fortune 500 headquarters. Learn some fun facts about places like the Allegheny County Courthouse and the U.S. Steel Tower. You’ll also be treated to a tour of the Cultural District before the boat plunges into one of the Three Rivers for a breathtaking view of the city’s skyline.
Take in a Pittsburgh Pirates MLB game at the state-of-the-art PNC Park in the heart of the city. This facility first opened in 2001, located along with scenic Allegheny River. You can cheer on the home team in comfort featuring the latest amenities yet with an architectural throwback to classic early ballparks.