Pittsburgh is Kidsburgh

One visit to Pittsburgh and you’ll see why “America’s Most Livable City” is also called “Kidsburgh!” As the only city on earth that can claim to be Mister Rogers’ real Neighborhood (Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was broadcast from Pittsburgh’s local public TV station), Pittsburgh is uniquely qualified to make kids -- and parents -- feel right at home.

Vacationing families have one common goal: find the fun! Pittsburgh boasts a long list of choices for visitors seeking family fun. It’s so long, in fact, you’ll just have to come back again and again!

The Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History bill themselves as two museums for the price of one. Walk among the dinosaurs in the Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibit, then head upstairs to see how art was made before digital animation. The Carnegie Science Center is home to roboworld™ – an interactive robot Hall of Fame – and Highmark SportsWorks®, here a hands-on approach to science and sports is required.

Named one of the Top 10 children’s museums in the country by Parents magazine, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh invites visitors to sing along with King Friday or catch words that fall from the sky. And speaking of sky, the restored cable cars of the Duquesne Incline take you high atop a mountain for a panoramic view of the city (children under 5 ride free!). After gazing down at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers, set sail on them on the Gateway Clipper Fleet.

Kennywood Amusement Park has been entertaining families for more than a century. Don’t miss the chance to ride the Jack Rabbit, designated as an “ACE Roller Coaster Landmark” by American Coaster Enthusiasts. There’s fun here for kids of all ages!

At the National Aviary, the nation’s premier bird zoo, enjoy FliteZone, a year-round bird theater, and Penguin Point, which offers 360-degree views of African Penguins in their natural habitat. It’s all about habitat (and soil and climate) at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Learn the basics of gardening, enjoy story time and dig right in to 17 distinct botanical experiences, all in one location.

Go wild at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium! From ogling otters at the Water’s Edge to eyeballing elephants in the African Savanna, animal lovers get their fill at one of the country’s top zoos. The Senator John Heinz History Center packs 250 years of Pittsburgh history into one six-story building. Find everything from sports memorabilia to antique weaponry in your exploration of southwestern Pennsylvania history!

So pack up the family and head to”Kidsburgh,” where a good time is just a drive away.