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Fun Pittsburgh Activities for the Whole Family

November 3, 2016 / Pittsburgh
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The Steel City is chock full of fun family excursions, and with Uber’s Family Profiles, it’s now easier than ever to get the whole clan in one spot. By linking multiple family members to your Uber account—and you get to decide who is family—any member of the family can arrange a ride to meet everyone else for activities and bonding. Looking for things to do in Pittsburgh that the whole family will enjoy? Here are a few ideas:

Museums and Science

The city’s Oakland neighborhood has tons of attractions nestled among the universities. Take a tour of the Cathedral of Learning’s Nationality Rooms on the University of Pittsburgh campus, where tours are available year-round. Families can also spend a whole day exploring the nearby Carnegie Museums of art and natural history. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, sandwiched in the middle of Allegheny Center on the North Side, offers exhibits that lets kids play, make, and learn. If you’re looking for something more colorful, head toPhipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, which has no shortage of green exhibits that change frequently. And there’s the Carnegie Science Center, located in the city’s Chateau neighborhood not far from Heinz Field. This is a great spot for older kids who have an insatiable curiosity about how things work.

The Great Pittsburgh Outdoors

Your family cruise all around the city on easy-to-rent Healthy Ride bikes without worrying about straying too far from home, since you can always rely on Uber to get you back. If you prefer to stay on foot, Pittsburgh has lots of trails and parks to suit pedestrians in woodsy spaces like Riverview Park in Observatory Hill or Frick Park in Squirrel Hill/Regent Square. Both have miles of hiking trails, as well as paved segments winding throughout the park. Head just outside the city to North Park or South Park for even more outdoor activities. Both Allegheny County parks offer trails as well as paved areas for walking and biking, and North Park has a 65-acre lake that’s perfect for fishing or kayaking.

Hit the Strip District in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s Strip District is a great neighborhood to explore with the family on weekend mornings. Block after block of markets, shops, and sidewalk vendors offer something for everyone. Start with breakfast at Smallman Galley, a mess hall-style restaurant incubator with four restaurant concepts and a bar. Kids can grab the toast, pastry, or egg sandwich of their choice, while parents can opt for more adventurous dishes to pair with a Bloody Mary and a cappuccino. With 200 seats, there’s almost never a wait, which is perfect for impatient children. After that, head up and down Penn Avenue on foot and stop at the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company for cheese, meat, olives, pasta, and other Italian staples. Kids can also indulge their sweet tooth with biscotti from Enrico Biscotti Co. or popcorn from thePittsburgh Popcorn Company.