Pittsburgh, PA | A Great Place for a Staycation

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It’s field trip time for my kids this week at school.  They are visiting some pretty exciting places in and around Pittsburgh.  It got me thinking how there is so much to do in Pittsburgh.  A family could save big money and have a great vacation or STAYCATION in your hometown.

Not only will I share the  field trips my kids will be going on, but many other great things to do in Pittsburgh including things that are totally free.

If you don’t live near Pittsburgh, come check the bottom of this post for staycation ideas for over 40 cities

The Field Trips that Inspired Pittsburgh Staycation Ideas

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Carnegie Science Center

This isn’t the most frugal outing, but since you are saving on travel cost it could make for a great staycation activity.   Adults are $18.95 and kids 3 to 12 are $11.95 each.

Ways to Save

  • If you are a PA Access Card holder, you can save $3 per ticket.
  • Also, hold on to your receipt.  You can make at second visit at 50% the cost if you visit within 2 months.

A day at the Science Center is filled with science adventures guaranteed to ignite the “wow! hmm…aha!” in all of us.

Visit us to experience four floors of interactive exhibits. Explore the galaxy without ever leaving the North Shore at the Buhl Planetarium. Watch hair-raising live shows and discover an array of programs for the whole family!

Gateway Clipper Fleet Tours

Experience the awe of our glorious skyline on a dining or sightseeing cruise.  One tour offered is the Good Ship Lollipop Cruise.  It offers fun for the entire family.  While the little ones enjoy a Pirate Adventure, the adults can enjoy expert and interactive narration by the Captain and on-deck narrator.

Cruises usually operate on weekends.  You can find all the details here.

Ways to Save

Normally adult tickets are $20 and kids are $10.  However for three weekends in 2015 (Memorial Day Weekend, Fourth of July Weekend and Labor Day Weekend), the kids can get on the cruise for only one bucmeadowctoft

MeadowCroft Village in Avella, PA

This is less then an hour drive from downtown Pittsburgh.

Experience 16,000 years of history at North America’s oldest site of human habitation.  The enclosure at Meadowcroft Rockshelter provides visitors with a unique, never-before-seen perspective into the oldest and deepest parts of this internationally-renowned archeological excavation.  You can also tour three recreated villages to learn what life was like for our earliest ancestors.

Admission to Meadowcroft is $12 for adults and $6 for children 6 to 17.  Those under 5 are Free.  Check here for Hours of Operation.

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Heinz History Center

The Heinz History Center is The Smithsonian’s Home in Pittsburgh.

Not only can you experience 145 years of the H.J Heinz Company, but also visit Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,  Discovery Place and many more great exhibits.  There is truly something for everyone.  Also included in admission cost is the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum and Detre Library and Archive.

The History Center is open 10 am to 5 pm daily.  Adults are $15, Children 6 to 17 are $6 and those under 5 are Free.

Ways to Save

If you have a large family and are interested in visiting MeadowCroft and Heinz History look into a History Center Membership.  The family rate is $85.  You can also visit Fort Pitt Museum with this membership for Free.

Free Outings in Pittsburgh, PA

Not all things cost money in Pittsburgh.  You can have some great experiences for totally free.  Here are several of my favorite.

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Pittsburgh Glass Center – Take a self-guided tour to see contemporary glass exhibition, explore studios and there is a good chance that you will see a glassblowing demonstration.  Admission is Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation.  Check here for hours and address.

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Rodef Shalom Biblical Garden – Open June 1st.  Visit the biblical lands right in downtown Pittsburgh.  This is the largest such garden in North America. The pastoral setting includes a waterfall, a desert, a stream, and a representation of the River Jordan, which meanders through the garden from our Lake Galilee to our Dead Sea. All plants in the garden—more than 100—are labeled with appropriate biblical verses and are displayed among replicas of ancient farming tools.

Tours are offered for individuals on the first Wdnesday of each month at 12:15.  Find address and other hours here.

Free Walking Tours — Get out and enjoy the fresh air and learn about the great architecture, history and famous Landmarks of Pittsburgh with Free MP3 tours found HERE or HERE or get a guided tour on Fridays.  While the tours are free, reservations are required.

Cinema in the ParkWatch a movie with the family for free while enjoying the great parks of the city.  The 2015 schedule includes Million Dollar Arm, The Refugees of Shangri-La, Cesar Chavez, Selma, McFarland USA, and Cantinflas, and many other movie favorites for all members of the family.

Parks included are Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, Brookline Memorial Park, Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park, Grandview Park in Mt. Washington, Highland Park, Riverview Park, or West End/Elliott Overlook.

So Much More to Do in Pittsburgh

That’s just the tip of the iceberg of things to do in Pittsburgh on a Staycation.  Want more ideas check out my Staycation Ideas from 2013 including the 2 things we take all our out of town guests to and the 2014 post that shares many activities right outside the city.

Whatever you decide, there is plenty to keep you busy on a Staycation in Pittsburgh without breaking the bank

If you are Planning an Staycation in Pittsburgh, be sure to check out the Daily Deal sites like Amazon Local, Groupon and Living Social.

What’s your favorite Frugal Pittsburgh outing?

Staycations for Other Cities

A – D

Phoenix, Arizona — Saving For Someday
Fresno, California — Living A Frugal Life
Orange County, California — More With Less Today
San Diego, California — Southern Cali Saver
Denver, Colorado — Bargain Blessings
Washington, District of Columbia — Kidventurous

F – I

Disney World, Florida — The Happy Housewife
Jacksonville, Florida — Saving The Family Money
Orlando, Florida — Coupon Mamacita
St Augustine, Florida — Simply St. Augustine
Tallahasse, Florida — SwagGrabber
Tampa Bay, Florida — LaToyaEdwards.net
Atlanta, Georgia — Pretty Frugal Diva
Dahlonega, Georgia — Kathys Cluttered Mind
Savannah, Georgia — This Mommy Saves Money
Aurora/Chicago, Illinois — A Savings WOW!
Chicago, Illinois — Entertaining Chicago
Indianapolis, Indiana — Chaos Is Bliss

K – P

Lexington, Kentucky — Homeschool Village
Louisville, Kentucky — The Kennedy Adventures
Northern Kentucky, Kentucky — Simply Sherryl
Carroll County, Maryland — Looking at life CreativLEI
Boston, Massachusetts — Maven of Savin
Battle Creek, Michigan — Pichea Place
Grand Rapids, Michigan — Give Me Neither
Metro Detroit, Michigan — Saving Dollars and Sense
Kansas City Area, Missouri/Kansas — Redefined Mom
Omaha, Nebraska — Family Fun in Omaha
Central, New Jersey — Our Good Life
Cincinnati, Ohio — Adventure Mom
Cleveland, Ohio — Kosher on a Budget
Columbus, Ohio — Cleverly Simple
Dayton, Ohio — Savings Lifestyle
Mansfield & Richland County, Ohio — The Traveling Praters
Miami County, Ohio — Something 2 Offer
Northeast, Ohio — Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
Portland, Oregon — Frugal Living NW
Harrisburg/Central, PA — Family Balance Sheet
Erie, Pennsylvania — Growing Kids Ministry
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Moms Need To Know
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — The Coupon High

R – W

Arlington, Texas — Grocery Shop For FREE
Fort Worth, Texas — Coupons and Freebies Mom
Houston, Texas — Melissa’s Bargains
Katy, Texas — Moms Confession
San Antonio, Texas — How to Homeschool My Child
Tyler, Texas — iLoveMy5Kids
Charlottesville, Virgina — How to Have it All
Norfolk, Virgina — The Talking Suitcase
Richmond, Virgina — Vacation Maybe
Seattle, Washington — Thrifty NW Mom
Tacoma/South Puget Sound, Washington — Queen Bee Coupons
Oshkosh, Wisconsin — A Little Bit of This and That

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  1. I’m planning a family road trip now and Pittsburgh is looking interesting for the first time in my life! Thanks for sharing these cool things to do in & around town!

    • It really is a neat and beautiful town with a lot of fun things to do. When I first found out we would be moving to Pittsburgh from Michigan, my thought was the dirty steel Mills, but there is so much more to the town. The bridges, river, hills, and tunnels make it very unique and beautiful city. Definitely worth adding to a road trip.

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