Time for a long weekend in Pittsburgh! There is SO much to do in this not-so-metropolitan location. This itinerary is focused on a trip with the kids!
Day 1 -- Today we find out why Pittsburgh is often called Kidsburgh on many billboards!
Depending on the season, you have LOTS of options for today.
Summer? Hit up Kennywood, Sandcastle, or Idlewild park for the day! The Zoo is a great place to spend a few hours.
Cooler weather? Why not head to the Carnegie Science Center, the Children's Museum, or the National Aviary
Support these local museums by having some snacks or lunch in their food courts. Pittsburgh has lots of quick and cheap food options for your day.
Day 2 - Have brunch in the Strip District and walk around the many shops in the morning. This 5ish block area has lots of restaurants and markets. Pamelas and Delucas are favorites for brunch, but you can always head to Primanti's for a sandwich with coleslaw and french fries on it too! Actually, you'd better do this at some point or people will think you never actually came to Pittsburgh.
Visiting around Easter on a Friday? Do a quick google search for "pittsburgh fish frys" or "pierogi near me" to eat some Lenten food made by someone as old as or older than your grandma.
After the strip district, time to digest that food and continue on your cultural journey! For really little kids, this next suggestion might be a little boring, but for middle school or older, take the kids to the Cathedral of Learning. The culture rooms are often open for browsing, but you can also take an official tour to learn about them. Many cultures are not represented here, but you can enjoy the ones that are and understand more about them. Then, take the elevator to the top and take the stairs ALL THE WAY DOWN. The kids (and you) will be tired by the end.
Still have energy at night time? The views from Mount Washington are pretty beautiful. There are some fancy restaurants in that area, or you could bring that pepperoni roll you picked up in the strip district and check out the night views from up on the hill while you fill up on pepperoni and cheese.
Day 3 - Parks! You can spend hours and hours at Frick Park and Schenley park. If you need a break and want to head inside, Schenley park is by Phipps Conservatory -- housing tons of beautiful plants regardless of the season.
Hungry? Head to Lawrenceville for dinner and do a self walking tour of some awesome graffiti paintings!
Geez, how did this trip end already? Check back for some other ideas for couples, solo travelers, and friends later :).