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Family travel website Trekaroo praises Pittsburgh for making kids a top priority and recommends visiting the following locations in their list of the top 10 things to do with kids in Pittsburgh.

Topping off the list is Point State Park, dubbed “Pittsburgh’s Gem,” is the Point which features a 150-foot fountain and covered walkways where “kids will happily test out the acoustics.”

Station Square provides a great hangout spot with top-of-the-line restaurants, great live shows and light up water fountains for those who want to pack their swimsuits. After hanging out by the water, families can take the incline to Mt. Washington for a “birds eye view of the city.”

To spend an afternoon on foot, Pittsburgh’s Strip District offers local produce, baked goods and ethnic cuisine. Highlights of the area include Wholey’s Fish Market, Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop and Heinz History Center.

Just Ducky Tours gives visitors the chance to explore the City from the streets and the water-and even allows kids to steer the boat. For a more conventional river tour, the Gateway Clipper Fleet offers five riverboat vessels for sightseeing tours and the Good Ship Lollipop provides an hour of ice cream socials and river cruises.

Kennywood Park is an obvious family choice with “thrill rides in a laid back setting.” For those too young for the coasters, Trekaroo recommends the old school rides like the Auto Race, Old Kennywood Railroad and the Whip.

Looking to add some education into the family vacation?

Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium provide a “roarin’ good time,” with a climbing area, hands-on petting zoo and the Worlds of Discovery building.

The North Shore has a “mecca of educational opportunities,” featuring the Carnegie Science Center’s four floors of exhibits and the National Aviary’s 150 species of birds and daily interactive shows.

“A trip to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is a must.” The Dinosaurs in their Time exhibit, PaleoLab, Anthropology Hall and Polar World will all take kids through the centuries to different eras in history.

Finally, a trip to Heinz Field, PNC Park or Consol Energy Center will show visitors why “there’s an avid sports fan on every corner,” in Pittsburgh.

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Ryan Hoffman

A recent grad of Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Ryan also has a degree in journalism. He has a passion for innovative ideas in Pittsburgh, green urban spaces, music and the outdoors. Thus far, Ryan has lived as a musician and freelance writer and works for the Hear Me project at the CREATE Lab at CMU, with hopes of changing policy based on the ideas of young people.