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10 trips a family of 4 can take around Pittsburgh for about $10.00

Getting out with your family and exploring new and interesting places is invigorating and exciting! The problem? The cost! It is not cheap to entertain a family of four. Here are 10 ideas that will delight your family and thrill your wallet at the same time. Some of these adventures will cost the family about $10.00, but many of them cost absolutely nothing!

1. The Frick Art & Historical History Center
Admission to the Frick Art & Historical Center, The Frick Art Museum and the Car & Carriage Museum is free. The museum and its collections are the legacy of Helen Clay Frick, daughter of Henry Clay Frick, one of America’s greatest industrialists and art collectors. During your time at the Frick, you can view fine and decorative arts and artifacts, magnificent exhibitions and vintage cars and carriages.

*Distance from Downtown Pittsburgh: 15 minutes
*Admission cost for family of 4: $0.00
*Address: 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh PA 15208
*Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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2. Allegheny Observatory
Although the observatory is located in a public park the building is owned and operated by the University of Pittsburgh. The observatory is a private research laboratory and therefore not opened to the public except for the tour program. Be sure to call for a reservation.

*Distance from Downtown Pittsburgh: 10 minutes
*Admission cost for family of 4: $0.00
*Address: 159 Riverview Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15214
*Hours: Thursday nights, May through Aug, 8-10pm / Friday nights, April through Oct, 8-10pm
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3. Pittsburgh Glass Center
Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC) is one of the top glass facilities in the U.S. World-renowned glass artists work and teach in their studios.

*Distance from Downtown Pittsburgh: 10 minutes
*Admission cost for family of 4: $0.00
*Address: 5472 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412-365-2145
*Hours: Tuesday thru Thursday 10 am – 7 pm / Friday thru Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
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4. Johnstown Flood Memorial - Johnstown, PA
Administered by the National Park Service, the Johnstown Flood National Memorial lets you visit the place where the great flood began, including the remains of the dam and some of the original buildings of the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club.
Club.

*Distance from Downtown Pittsburgh: 1.75 hours
*Admission cost for family of 4: $8 for 2 adults, kids under 16 are free
*Address: 733 Lake Road, South Fork, PA 15956
*Hours: Open year-round from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for major holidays.
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5. McDonald's Museum - Irwin, PA
Explore the McDonalds restaurant where the first Big Macs were served. Tons of vintage McDonalds memorabilia.

*Distance from Downtown Pittsburgh: 36 minutes
*Admission cost for family of 4: $0.00
*Address: 9061 Route 30, North Huntingdon, PA 15642
*Hours: Mon-Fri 4:30am to midnight / Sat 4:30am to 1am / Sun 5:30am to 11pm
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6. Oliver Miller Homestead - South Park, PA
See the spot where our nation's historic Whiskey Rebellion started. This is the spot where the first shots were fired. What was all the fuss about? Ask one of the Millers and you will most likely get an animated response!

*Distance from Downtown Pittsburgh: 30 minutes
*Admission cost for family of 4: $8.00 ($2 each)
*Address: Buffalo Drive, South Park Township, PA 15129
*Hours: Open to the public for self-guided tours every Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. from May until the second Sunday in December with the last admission at 4 p.m.
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7. Homestead Strike of 1892 - Homestead, PA
This tour includes a major part of Pittsburgh history. You will see the Bost Building, the Pinkerton Detectives landing site, the Pump House, the Stacks, and the Crane. During the summer of 1892, the Bost Building served as headquarters for the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers. They used the third floor of the building as a watchtower, and steel union officials monitored activities in the mill site and along the Monongahela River. Would the Pinkerton Detectives Henry Frick hired to quell the strikers be successful? Find out!

*Distance from Downtown Pittsburgh: 15 minutes
*Admission cost for family of 4: $8 (Adults $3 and children under 14 - $1)
*Address: The Bost Building, 623 E. Eighth Avenue, Homestead, PA 15120
*Hours: Monday - Friday: 10am to 4pm
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8. Bushy Run Battlefield - Jeanette, PA
Bushy Run Battlefield preserves and interprets for citizens and visitors the site of this pivotal battle fought between British and Native Americans during the conflict known as Pontiac's War (1763-64) and the role of this British victory in maintaining control of North America.

*Distance from Downtown Pittsburgh: 40 minutes
*Admission cost for family of 4: $11.00 if you use Entertainment Book coupon
*Address: 1253 Bushy Run Road, Jeannette, Pennsylvania 15644
*Hours:
Park - Wednesday-Sunday: 9:00am to 5pm (year round)
Visitor's Center: April 1 - October 31 Wednesday-Sunday: 9am to 5pm
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9. Giant Train Display - Penn Hills, PA
A fun, Christmas season event in Penn Hills. Great for families with children. The giant train display is located in the basement of the Penn Hills police station. Lots to see and you can spend an easy hour there if you admire all the details that went into the display.

*Distance from Downtown Pittsburgh: 20 minutes
*Admission cost for family of 4: $4.00
*Address: Penn Hills Police Station, Frankstown Road, Penn Hills, PA
*Hours: 5pm to 9pm Monday through Friday / 1pm to 9pm Saturday and Sunday Thanksgiving weekend to New Years
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10. Gallitzin Tunnels Park and Museum - Gallitzin, PA
Railroad buffs have identified the Gallitzin Tunnels as a "must" stopover. It offers to the visitor a glimpse of the fascinating railroad "past and present." Trains run through the tunnels 24 hours a day and are part of Norfolk Southern's main line through Pennsylvania. While visiting the tunnels, stop by the Visitors Center located in the Museum/Theatre. The Museum and Caboose are staffed by friendly, local volunteers and are open to the public Tuesday through Sunday. Go inside a real caboose, watch the train activity from a beautiful park, and enjoy views from various vantage points of the trains entering the tunnels carved into the mountainside!

*Distance from Downtown Pittsburgh: About 2 hours
Admission cost for family of 4: $0.00
*Address: Located roughly midway between Altoona and Johnstown on US Route 22. Take the Gallitzin Exit (12 miles West of Altoona, 10 miles
East of Ebensburg) and follow Tunnel Signs to the Park.
*Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, Noon until 5:00 PM.
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Bonus
$3 Admission with Access/EBT Card to Carnegie Museums

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh offers Access/EBT Card participants $3.00 admission for up to 4 guests. You must present your Access/EBT card
and your valid photo ID. These include…

-Carnegie Museums of Art
-Carnegie Museums of Natural History
-Carnegie Science Center
-The Andy Warhol Museum
-The Children’s Museum

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