New arrivals to Pittsburgh will discover a wealth of things to see and do in this buzzing Pennsylvania metro. Culture vultures will have no shortage of museums, galleries and historical attractions to explore, while the kids will also have plenty to keep them entertained, including the exciting Carnegie Science Center and the Pittsburgh Zoo.
Popular attractions in Pittsburgh
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Enjoyed by both young and old, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History educates and entertains in equal measure. The museum explores our planet’s natural and cultural past and features exhibits ranging from dinosaurs, geology and wildlife to Ancient Egypt and Native American history. The little ones will love the interactive Discovery Basecamp exhibit and the Bone Hunter's Quarry, where they can dig up their own replica fossils.
Carnegie Science Center
A winner with the kids, the Science Center offers more than 250 hands-on exhibits that explore everything science and tech, from cars, planes and energy to the solar system and space exploration. There’s also plenty to do here, and visitors will need an entire day to take full advantage of attractions such as the indoor climbing and zipline courses, the four-storey Omnimax Theater, and the Henry Buhl Jr Planetarium and Observatory. Don’t miss out on the Miniature Railroad and Village, which exhibits Pennsylvania’s history with animated miniature horse-drawn carriages, cars, trucks and aeroplanes. Visitors can also marvel at the USS Requin, a World War II submarine, with guided tours by former submariners.
Situated in Schenley Park, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a popular family outing that boasts gorgeous gardens and a 13-room Victorian glasshouse with seasonal exhibits such as orchids, bonsai trees and other intricate flora. The gardens also contain a Tropical Forest Conservatory and the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, which address issues such as water conservation and energy use. The kids will enjoy the Discovery Garden, which offers children's activities, and the Garden Railroad, where they can explore the tropical Treasure Island.
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium make up five animal habitats that include everything from marine life and coastal wildlife to forest dwellers, island animals and plains game of the African savannah. Kids adore interacting with the animals, and environmentally concerned parents can rest assured that it is a responsible zoo with great focus on the rescue, rehabilitation and conservation of animals.
A fun activity for the whole family, this funicular is also a working museum that has been running since 1877. It takes passengers to the affluent Mount Washington neighbourhood atop the hill, and the cars offer spectacular views over the city on the way up. Once arrived at the upper section, riders can look at photos and displays on the history of the incline, as well as the inner workings of it.