Early Fall is the perfect time to visit Pittsburgh with your little ones. The weather is nice, and still a little warm. The crowds have thinned out a bit with school back in session. Plus, it is a pretty easy drive from the DC, Maryland and Virginia area which makes it convenient for a quick trip.
We spent 48 hours in Pittsburgh having fun, exploring all the toddler-friendly attractions we could fit in, and making tons of great memories.
On our first day, we headed straight for the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. This zoo is fantastic. We were able to see the entire zoo and aquarium before naptime, and the kids had a blast. They were able to see so many animals they had only ever seen in books. They still ask when we are going to “go across America and see monkeys and elephants”. After we explored the zoo (super stroller-friendly), we stopped and ate lunch across from the African Savannah exhibit. It was such a special treat. My Littles chatted about the giraffes over chicken tenders and cardboard water bottles. It was nice to see all the ways the zoo tried to protect the environments their animals come from. It is one of the most sustainable facilities I’ve visited.
After the zoo and aquarium, we headed back to the Hyatt House for naptime. While the twins slept, I took Lady B for a walk around the beautiful terrace overlooking the Greater Alleghany River and Trail. It was such a relaxing way to spend an hour together. That evening, we ate dinner at the Cheesecake Factory across the street from the Hyatt House. They have a great kid’s menu, and of course, amazing cheesecake for dessert.
The next day, after we enjoyed a delicious hot breakfast at the hotel, we drove over to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The is by far the coolest children’s museum we’ve found on our travels. Our kids loved exploring all of the STE(A)M exhibits. I mean, I loved them too. My husband even hopped on the spinning chairs. We all had a great time. We were sad to leave Pittsburgh, and we’ll be back to visit the Carnegie Science Center. We’ve heard it has one of the best dinosaur exhibits in the United States, and we can’t wait to check it out.
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We received a two-night stay at Hyatt House, and press passes from VisitPITTSBURGH. As always, all opinions are my own.