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Pittsburgh Travel with Kids

Under 13 Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (10 Children's Way) is a great place for families on vacation with little ones. They’ll enjoy many fun things to do at this attraction, including making recordings in a professional studio, building cars, launching parachutes and weaving. MuseumLab has activities geared for preteens ages 10 and above.

Head outdoors for some fresh air and old-fashioned family fun at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve (614 Dorseyville Rd.). Peep at birds in their natural habitat from an observation room, then venture outside to wander through meadows filled with flowers and 5 miles of nature trails. For physically impaired children, there’s an accessible trail, and there’s a tiny trail for toddlers.

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Children love flowers; their remarkable beauty, sweet scents and stunning colors cast a magical spell over them. At the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (1 Schenley Dr. in Schenley Park), they’ll feel like they’ve entered an enchanted fairyland. With 19 gardens (some under a glass dome) filled with thousands of blossoms, whimsical glass sculptures tucked into beds, tropical bonsai and colorful butterflies, young ones will have a day they won’t forget.

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Cynical teenagers might find most museums mundane, but they’ll have a blast at The Andy Warhol Museum (117 Sandusky St.). The colorful, pop-culture world of Warhol inside is full of cool things to see and do. Learn the artist’s techniques through hands-on experiences like acetate collage and silkscreen printing, and bring home a T-shirt of your own creation. In the gift shop, find awesome things in Pop art colors to decorate teen bedrooms.

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One shouldn’t go on a trip to Pittsburgh without seeing at least one Carnegie museum, and when your family is in tow, a visit to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (4400 Forbes Ave.) is a must. One spectacular exhibit, Dinosaurs in Their Time, has more than 170 original fossils, and many of the skeletons are real and posed in reconstructed environments. There are many more remarkable exhibits; check out the ancient Egyptian collection, which includes mummies, and watch paleontologists analyze fossils in the Paleolab.

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The Carnegie Science Center (1 Allegheny Ave.) is also a great place to spend quality time with young adults. If your family members have a taste for the gory, the BodyWorks exhibit takes a look at the inner parts of humans, including bones, brains and guts. Budding scientists will get a kick out of Roboworld, reportedly the world’s largest robotic exhibit; and SpacePlace, which features a walk-in replica of the International Space Station.

All Ages When you’ve slept in after a few busy days of vacationing and you wake up with a craving for waffles and bacon, rouse the rest of the family out of bed and head to Deluca's Diner (2015 Penn Ave.). Order “heavenly hotcake sundaes,” which come in variations like peanut butter cup and apple cinnabun, all topped with ice cream.

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Set aside at least half a day to explore The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (1 Wild Pl.); if you’re an animal lover, a full day might be best. More than 9,000 animals call it home, including the usual creatures like polar bears, penguins, tigers and leopards. You’ll also come across more unusual beasts like Kunekune pigs from New Zealand and Philippine crocodiles.

Bring junior sports lovers to a Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park (115 Federal St.). The constant cheers, hot dogs, peanuts, piped-in music and overall excitement add up to a major score for families looking for fun things to do in the Steel City.

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Pittsburgh’s National Aviary (700 Arch St.) is reputedly the country’s largest aviary with a collection of 600 birds from some 200 species. Participate in experiences like toucan, penguin and lorikeet feedings; feel the sensation of flying like a bird in a simulator; and applaud as owls, macaws and vultures perform in bird shows.

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Travel Information

City Population

305,704

Elevation

1,370 ft.

Sales Tax

Pennsylvania's statewide sales tax is 6 percent. An additional 1 percent is collected by Allegheny County, as is a 7 percent lodging tax. The city levies a 5 percent amusements tax.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(412) 323-7800

Time and Temperature

(412) 391-9500

Hospitals

Allegheny General Hospital, (412) 359-3131; UPMC Mercy, (412) 232-8111; UPMC Passavant—McCandless, (412) 367-6700; UPMC Presbyterian, (412) 647-2345; UPMC St. Margaret, (412) 784-4000; West Penn Hospital, (412) 578-5000.

Visitor Information

120 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Phone:(412)281-7711 or (800)359-0758

Air Travel

Pittsburgh International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, at the Pittsburgh International Airport, offers discounts to AAA members; phone (412) 472-5955 or (800) 654-3080.

Rail Service

An Amtrak passenger service station is on the lower level of The Pennsylvanian, formerly Penn Central Station, at 1100 Liberty Ave. at Grant Street; phone (800) 872-7245 or TTY (800) 523-6590.

Buses

The Greyhound Lines Inc. terminal is at 55 11th St. near Liberty Avenue; phone (412) 392-6514.

Taxis

The leading taxi company is Yellow Cab, (412) 321-8100. Cabs are metered, and the base rate is $4 plus $1.75 per mile. A fuel surcharge may be charged.

Public Transportation

Port Authority of Allegheny County Transit operates public transportation throughout the city and Allegheny County. A section of downtown Pittsburgh is a fare free zone. Other areas have a base fare of $2.75; exact change is required. Discounted fares are available through the purchase of weekly or monthly passes, which can be purchased at the transit's downtown service center at 534 Smithfield St. For route information, phone (412) 442-2000.

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