Playing in Pittsburgh

Playing in Pittsburgh

From toddlers to teens, adolescents to adults, there is something for everyone in Pittsburgh. The city is full of fun activities just waiting to be explored by you and your family. So what are you waiting for? Plan your trip today and get started exploring giant aviaries, watching baseball games, and more.



National Aviary


Known for being America’s only nonprofit independent indoor zoo dedicated solely to birds, visiting the Aviary makes for a fascinating and fun afternoon. Highlights include several interactive encounters, a 3-hour VIP experience for guests 6 years old and up, and a monthly Penguin Painting session that allows guests take home artwork painted by a penguin.

Colleen, Tessa, Dunovan, and Shea enjoy the interactive Flamingo Experience during their visit to the Aviary.

Colleen and Shea peek into an exhibit through glass tubes at the Aviary.



Duquesne Incline


The Duquesne Incline (pronounced do-cane) is a 138-year-old restored cable car resting on the slopes of Mt. Washington. The Incline overlooks Pittsburgh and features tours as well as a two and a half minute ride down the slope. While riding down the slope, play Pittsburgh Transportation Bingo with the kids: look for a bus, trolley, bikes, airplanes, trains, water limos, Gateway Clipper, cargo ships, etc.

Colleen at the top of the Duquesne Incline

Posing at the top of the Duquesne Incline


Pirates Game at PNC Park


For a fun afternoon or night with the family, head to PNC Park to watch an MLB Pirates Game! Parking is available across the river at the Gateway Clipper Shuttle Station Square Dock, and from there it’s a brief ride on the riverboat to the park. PNC Park has a BYO food policy, but you can also buy food in the all-you-can-eat fan section.

The official mascot of the Pirates is the friendly Parrot.



Go Ape North Park


For a family searching for some more high-stakes adventure and action, look no further than Go Ape in North Park. Go Ape is a treetop adventure company that specializes in ziplines and rope courses high above the ground. The original treetop adventure is designed for guests aged 10+, but there is a Treetop Junior option for younger kids.

One of the rope courses at the Go Ape in North Park.'
Colleen Kelly
Parent, travel writer, and seasoned traveler, Colleen Kelly grew up traveling all over the world. She has experienced the United States from coast to coast and has explored over 20 foreign countries. Her vast knowledge of travel brought her to realize the need for a new kind of travel experience and focus—one that is centered around the family. As a family travel expert, Colleen doesn’t miss a beat as she offers her personalized tips to parents. Her fun-loving personality pulsates through every moment of the show. She is the ultimate modern-day parent who isn’t afraid to kick back, get a little messy, and have fun!
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