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The Best Summer Activities for Kids in Pittsburgh

Two Young Girls on Ride at Kennywood

Keeping the kids cooped up in the house all summer doesn’t sound like fun for anyone. Luckily, Pittsburgh offers kids' summer activities for many interests. Even on a budget, there are a variety of summer activities for kids that promise fun and even learning!

With such an array of fun and sometimes even free summer activities available, it can be easy to keep the kids busy all summer long! Need ideas on kid-friendly options to get the family out of the house for the day? Keep reading for a list of the best summer activities for kids in Pittsburgh.

1. Just Ducky Tours

What better way to show the kids the city than by boat and land? Just Ducky tours travels through the city’s business and cultural districts as well as one of the three rivers. This hourlong tour is not only fun but educational as well! Tours happen several times a day and admission for kids is only $15. www.justduckytours.com

2. Drive-In

Not far from Pittsburgh is the Dependable Drive-In located in Moon Township. Enjoy a movie under the stars from the comfort of your car (or favorite lawn chair).For only $3, kids ages 5-11 can enjoy a double feature movie. Call it an almost free summer activity for kids! They will just call it fun! www.dependabledrivein.com

3. Kennywood

A day at Kennywood is a day every Pittsburgher dreams of! Just outside of Pittsburgh, Kennywood features thrills for all ages. Kiddieland, a special area designed just for the little ones, features smaller rides designed with colorful themes that are sure to thrill! Visit a local Giant Eagle or Kennywood’s website for deals on summer tickets! www.kennywood.com

4. Sandcastle

Kennywood’s sister park, Sandcastle, is the perfect fun summer activity for kids when it’s really hot! The water park boasts a Wave Pool, Lazy River, children’s water play area, and numerous tube and water slides—plenty of fun summer activities, no matter how old your kids are! www.sandcastlewaterpark

5. North Shore Water Steps

If it’s free summer activities for kids you’re after, find your way to North Shore Riverfront Park. Located near PNC Park, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, this park offers green space in a beautiful setting, including the Water Steps, a creative addition where young ones can splash in the sun while mom and dad enjoy the views of downtown Pittsburgh. www.pgh-sea.com/northshoreriverfrontpark.htm

6. Tall Trees Amphitheater

Trek to Monroeville Community Park in Pittsburgh’s Eastern Suburbs for this fun summer activity for kids. The Tall Trees Amphitheater is a beautiful setting for plays, including the Shakespearean troupe, Poor Yorick's Players, and other fun summer activities such as the annual SummerFest music series. www.pooryoricksplayers.org/main/tall-trees-amphitheater

7. Squaw Valley Park

Here’s a fun summer activity for kids that is also fun for everyone! Squaw Valley Park, located in Pittsburgh’s Fox Chapel suburb, boasts two playgrounds, one of which is the only public adaptable playground in the area. This free summer activity is suitable for children with disabilities, so no one is left out. Squaw Valley offers additional fun summer activities like fishing in the park pond, tennis courts, evening movie screenings, and the ability to do self-guided nature hikes. www.ohara.pa.us/parks.asp

Hopefully, this list gets you started on fun summer activities for children in the Pittsburgh area. We have provided a mix of summer activities that are free and reasonably priced for all budgets, and there is still much more to discover! What activities would you add to the list?

Kennywood is America's Finest Traditional Amusement Park! The Pittsburgh-area park offers a unique mix of modern thrills and classic rides, including seven roller coasters, a 14-ride Kiddieland, and several attractions that cannot be found anywhere else. Kennywood, founded in 1898, continues to provide unforgettable fun for all ages.


Sandcastle Waterpark has been providing summer fun for 28 seasons. Sandcastle offers funs for all ages with 15 infamous waterslides, the wild Mon-Tsunami Wave Pool, scenic Mushroom Pool, relaxing Lazy River, pint-sized Tad Pool, and Wet Willie's Waterworks.


Idlewild & SoakZone, founded in 1878 as a picnic ground along the Ligonier Valley Rail Road, is the longest-operating amusement park in Pennsylvania and third-oldest in America. It has been recognized as the world's best children's park by Amusement Today.