Want to make a quick little vacation before school starts? Pittsburgh is just a few hours away and is perfect as one last trip before school starts.There are so many great family friendly places to visit in Pittsburgh! Here’s a great sample of what you can do in just one weekend based on our last trip!
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First Stop head to Primanti’s Bros. for the best filling sandwiches we have ever had. Check out the Polish Hill for extra special deliciousness! I thought eating fries in my sandwich would be strange but I was pleasantly surprised! Learn more about our filling meals here.
After a filling lunch grab the kids and head off to the Carnegie Science Center. They currently have The Art of the Brick exhibit and I promise the kids will be amazed and it will reignite your love of lego! It’s amazing what can be built and the art is stunning.
Final fun stop on day one is to take in a ball game! Relax and enjoy a game of ball with the Pittsburgh Pirates! We all had a blast watching the Pirates play at PNC Park. PNC Park is the prettiest ballpark I have ever visited. For dinner don’t miss out on the LOADED Pierogies they are a polish dream come true!
Then head to the hotel for some rest! We stayed at the Cambria Inn & Suites, the rooms are so nice! They have a great little bar with tasty food. Doug ran down to get me a late night snack, we could have ordered room service but the kids were already asleep and we didn’t want to have to worry about them being woken up. The food and service were top notch!
Head over to Kelly O’s classic diner and enjoy a meal from one of Pittsburgh’s classics. They have excellent fresh squeezed Orange juice. Kelton recommends ordering Seana’s Favorite for a nice meal to fill you up! Be sure to try a fried cinnamon roll, it’s AMAZING!
Spend your morning playing around and exploring the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. There are lots to do for all ages. My children are ages 1-11 years old and they all had a great time. Pack extra clothing or swimsuits for the water play area on the top floor!
Then head out to Kennywood Amusement Park for even more family fun. If you have little ones the kid’s area has rides to keep them busy, my 3-year-old and 6 years old were able to ride every ride in this area! The New Thomas Town is open too, so don’t miss that. Cindy and her family also made it to Kennywood this summer, learn more about why it was a great family trip here.
After you have worn everyone out head over to Pittsburgh’s Hofbrauhaus for a relaxing dinner by the waterfront. Everything we had here was delicious! And the view was amazing! The Pretzel french dip sandwich was one of our favorites, the music here was amazing too.
Before you head back to Cambria Inn & Suites grab a treat at The Milk Shake Factory, these are the milkshakes of your dreams! I ordered the Chocolate dipped strawberry milkshake and it was amazing! The kids had a birthday cake milkshake and said it was like drinking a cake. 🙂 They also have delicious chocolates!
Start your morning out with a custom waffle at Waffles, INCaffeinated. You can have a savory or sweet waffle with your choice of mix-ins and toppings. Kelton ordered his waffle with sausage mixed in and marshmallow fluff on top, He loved it! They also have amazing coffees their signature latte was the perfect start to my morning!
It decided to rain on us so we had a change of plans from going to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium again(see about our last visit here) and instead opted to go to Carnegie Museum of Natural History. My kids were in heaven! Kiernan and Scarlett have been learning all about different Dinosaurs and was thrilled to see the skeleton fossils of his favorite dinosaur, the mosasaurs. Kelton could have spent hours in the Minerals and Gems Exhibit, he loves rocks of all kinds. I love how many play areas there were for the little kids, it kept learning fun!
We had such a wonderful time in Pittsburgh and I am so glad we were able to do so much! We hope you have a wonderful trip too! Let us know what your favorite places are to visit in Pittsburgh.