The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium is the Perfect Family Outing

We love family days at the zoo, and the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium was a wonderful way to spend the day.

From the first moment we arrived, I was struck by the beautiful green spaces everywhere you look.  It is a lovely zoo.

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There was plenty of free parking, and all of the paths were very stroller-friendly.  You could also rent a stroller onsite.  Single stroller: $9 per day|Double stroller: $12 per day

I was happy to find that we were able to see the entire zoo before afternoon nap time – the kid’s nap time, that is.  We were lucky enough to toddle right passed the lions just as they were waking up from their naps.

At two-and-a-half, my twins have a pretty short attention span.  It was wonderful to watch their faces light up as they saw each new animal, most of which they had only ever seen in a book.  We actually had to encourage them to move on to the next exhibit.

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After we walked around enjoying the fascinating exhibits, we decided to stop for lunch at Jambo Grill.  It felt like we were enjoying our chicken tenders and French fries on the African Savannah.

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We didn’t get a chance to stop at the big playground, but I’ve heard it is good for hours of fun.

We thought we were ready to head out before we got a chance to stop at the aquarium, but there was no way our little ones were going to let us.

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The PPG Aquarium is awesome.

There were so many beautiful species to enjoy, and a very cool underwater tunnel for your kids to crawl through.  They can also check out the “touch and feel” area, but be careful, you might get splashed.

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We had a great time at this incredible zoo.  Be sure to check it out next time you visit Pittsburgh.

General Admission

Adults $16
Seniors (60+) $15
Children (2-13) $14
Children (<24 months) FREE
Parking FREE

Thank you VisitPITTSBURGH for providing tickets for our family to enjoy this beautiful zoo.


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