Need a vacation, but don't know how to make it work? The tough realities of life often prevent us from the fun family outings we want to create. You might not have the time to commit to a lengthy trip between dance lessons, soccer practice and that presentation your boss wants on his desk 'by 9 a.m. tomorrow!' Familial responsibilities or a lack of funds to pay for travel, lodging and food on the go often scuttle the most delightful daydreams.
The good news is, planning a trip with your kids is still possible even if you can't go far away, and even if you can't go anywhere at all. Pittsburgh offers nearly limitless opportunities for fun family outings of all types. So if you can't take a vacation, try a staycation!
If you've been living under a rock for a while, a staycation is simply a vacation where you don't really go anywhere. You don't need to go to Orlando, Cabo or the Caribbean to have a good time. We've drummed up plenty of great staycation ideas here in the Pittsburgh area that your family will love!
We've separated our staycation ideas into a few different categories depending on the interests of your family. To expand your kids' horizons during the staycation, try picking one from each category!
Plan your fun family outings to show your kids what being a Pittsburgher is all about. These staycation ideas will build a sense of community in your children, and show them how lucky they are to call this area home.
Does your family love the great outdoors? With three rivers, lush geography and forests galore, Pittsburgh has plenty of fun family outings to keep everyone active and enjoying nature.
Just because the kids are out of school doesn't mean learning time is over. You just have to make it fun, and there are plenty of family days to plan that will make your kids all the wiser.
As you can see, planning a fun family outing in Pittsburgh is possible without breaking the bank. You don't have to leave home to get away!
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.