I love living where I do. Steubenville may not have much to do, but being so close to Pittsburgh, PA our lives become so enriched with attractions and events that I don’t even know what to do next. With the kids getting ready for Spring break, and summer right around the corner, I wanted to put together a list of the top ten family attractions to do in Monroeville, PA ~ think Pittsburgh Y’all! And there are tons to do here! I have my big Kia Sorento and I love being able to fit the whole family in our car for amazing day trips. Here are some fun things for you and your family to do.
Places to Go
1) Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
The 19 distinct gardens, some even being indoors under a majestic glass dome, are stunning. And what child doesn’t love live butterflies flying freely during the warmer months?
2) Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Indoor jungle gym, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, and the Makeshop where a kid’s imagination comes to life – what else could you ask for on a Saturday afternoon?
3) Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
Located in the Heinz History Center, this museum-within-a-museum captures the importance of sports to this city. Learn about great sportsmen and women through sports artifacts and interactive exhibits. Lesser-known sports such as marbles and bocce (for the Italian in all of us!) are covered too. Don’t miss the baseball card collection.
4) The Toonseum
A visit here is a must for kids who like cartoons and graphic art. Exhibits of original cartoon art combined with dynamic programming, promote a deeper appreciation of this unsung art form.
5) Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
This venerable zoo has been around for over one hundred years. It is home to thousands of animals representing more than 400 species. The underwater polar bear and otter experiences are good fun. Kid’s Kingdom is where you will find a petting zoo and animals native to Pennsylvania. The PPG Aquarium presents sea creatures from every type of watery habitat.
6) Must Ride the Duquesne Incline
Ride a 136 year old cable car straight up and down for a spectacular view of Pittsburgh’s three rivers and skyline. Any kid who likes trains should love this.
Where to Eat
7) Original Hot Dog Shop
Skip Primanti’s (go there later, hotdogs and kids equal fun) and come eat “the O” located near the University, succulent hot dogs and giant servings of fries are what you will find at this college hangout. It is known locally as ‘the O’ and is a Pittsburgh institution.
The pancakes here are award winning, and it is rumored to be Michelle Obama’s favorite place to dine when she is in town. There is a full menu of comfort foods at breakfast and lunch. Expect crowds at all three locations and bring cash, no credit cards accepted.
Where to sleep
Most large chains have properties in town. Here are some suggestions that are well suited to families. You can walk to many attractions, or ride the free light rail.
9) Cambria Suites at Consol Energy Center
This all-suites property is located downtown. Spacious rooms, a great location, and an indoor pool make this a good choice for families.
10) Hampton Inn & Suites, Pittsburgh Downtown
Clean, comfy and well located, this hotel features a money-saving hot breakfast each morning.
The Omni William Penn
With 603 guest rooms located in downtown, this old-world hotel is big and formal, but not stuffy. Kids and pets are welcome. Even if you don’t stay here, the Mad Hatter’s Tea offers traditional afternoon tea with fun twists that most kids will love.