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Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden - The largest of its kind in North America and the only one with an ongoing program of research and publication. Featuring more than 100 temperate and tropical plants in addition to special new program plantings each season.

Hartwood Acres Park - A 629 acre estate park and it's main attraction is the Hartwood mansion. Designed in 1929 the mansion houses a fine collection of English and American Antiques. A large part of Hartwood's charm lies in its scenic setting. Reflect upon a time of elegance and style while strolling through the formal gardens or hike or horseback along its wooded trails.

National Aviary - Located in Pittsburgh, features more than 500 residents, representing over 200 different species of birds.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Travel back in time to the land of the pharaohs; witness the awesome beauty of precious minerals and gems; explore the practices and beliefs that link Native people to their homelands; or discover the variety of life at the Earth's extremes.

The Duquesne Incline - Take a step back in time on a century-old cable car and see the best views of downtown Pittsburgh while riding one of the few remaining inclines in the country.

Frick Art and Historical Center - A fascinating complex of museums and historical buildings located on over five acres of lawns and gardens in Pittsburgh. Exhibitions of fine and decorative art are also presented. The Center is devoted to the interpretation of the life and times of industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick.

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park - A wooded campground is nestled in the beautiful Laurel Highlands close to white water rafting, bike and hiking trails. The park offers recreational facilities and activities for all ages.

Just Ducky Tours - For more than 10 years Just Ducky has been taking riders on Pittsburgh's only adventure through the city on land and water! Each excursion begins in historic Station Square before waddling into downtown for the ride of your life.

Living Treasures Wild Animal Park - A wonderful setting for a great family experience. The petting zoo is the thrill of the day for young visitors, while the exotic animals fascinate young and old alike.

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum - Experience the sights, sounds and feel of an earlier era as a vintage streetcar takes you on a three mile round trip and more than a century of history! Climb aboard for a ride into the past!

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh - Visitors to the museum can build and launch airplanes from Flying Machines, riddle the Poodle Sphinx, raise themselves up into human-powered elevators, learn about health and anatomy with their seven-foot tall blue-haired mascot Stuffee, learn the basics of street safety and enjoy the original puppets from Mr. Roger's Neighborhood and much more.

RiverQuest - Programs engage students of all ages in hands-on learning while exploring Pittsburgh's Three Rivers. The rivers themselves are at the center of RiverQuest's education program.

Vocal Group Hall of Fame and Museum - Dedicated to honor the greatest vocal groups of all time. The museum's magnificent floors offer an exciting journey back into time. View, hear and learn why vocal group music has left a lasting and memorable place in the hearts of millions of people around the world.

Westmoreland Museum of American Art - A vital, ever-changing place. Newly renovated. Family-friendly. And full of opportunities to explore your heritage, your country, and the art that has captured it all so beautifully.

Allegheny-Kiski Valley Heritage Museum - Glass, Steel, and Aluminum industries were the economic growth engines for the A-K river valley towns that grew in the shadow of Pittsburgh, attracting entrepreneurs, immigrant labor, and union organizers. You are invited to join in the efforts of the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society to preserve and celebrate the unique history of this region.

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve - Offers five miles of trails and 134 acres of sanctuary for animals, birds and more. Its facilities include a Discovery Room for children, the Education Building, the Teacher Resource Center, a Natural History Library, and the Audubon Center for Native Plants.

The Bradford House - Built in 1788 and was home to the Whiskey Rebellion, the first domestic challenge to the new American government.

Carnegie Science Center - Offers visitors of all ages a fun-filled, firsthand look at science and technology. Explore the world from the ocean depths to the farthest reaches of space flight; travel through the galaxy in a world-class, interactive planetarium; see science come alive in three theaters; and discover the sheer fun of science with more than 250 exciting, hands-on exhibits.

Carnegie Museum of Art - Offers a distinguished collection of contemporary art that includes film and video works. Other collections of note include works of American art from the late nineteenth century, French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, and European and American decorative arts from the late seventeenth century to the present.

Fort Ligonier - You can relive the stirring days of young Colonel George Washington, General John Forbes and the encounters of the British and Americans against the French and Indians.

Idlewild and SoakZone - Features exciting rides, water slides and roller coasters. There are seven theme areas of fun to explore! It's what family fun is all about!

Jimmy Stewart Museum - See how Jimmy Stewart has been a surrogate brother, father, and friend to fans of American films. His projections on the screen are so much more than the words in his scripts. He helped teach us how to live, and how to appreciate living.

Kennywood Park - The park features thirty-one major rides, including three wooden roller coasters, the fastest steel roller coaster, the new Exterminator Roller Coaster, three water rides, and fourteen Kiddieland rides.

The New Castle Playhouse - Providing Western Pennsylvania with live theatre since 1958. Located in the historic former State Theatre, it presents a variety of comedies, dramas, and musicals.

Senator John Heinz History Center - Pennsylvania's largest history museum. Step inside a 1790's log cabin. Discover how immigrants shaped this region. Uncover the myths of the Underground Railroad, experience the thrill of an unmatched sports legacy and climb aboard a 1940's Pittsburgh Trolley. The History Center brings more than 250 years of Western Pennsylvania to life.

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium - Located approximately five miles east of downtown Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is a 77-acre facility that is home to thousands of animals representing hundreds of diverse species.

Sandcastle Water Park - Enjoy fifteen twisting, turning, plunging, and churning waterslides. There are pools for adults (including the world's biggest hot tub) and pools for kids (including Wet Willie's WaterWorks). Surrounding it all is the Lazy River, a gently flowing stream where you can float on an inner-tube for hours. The park also offers a Formula One Speedway, arcade, gift shop and more.

Andy Warhol Museum - Inspired by Warhol's artistic vision, The Andy Warhol Museum strives to be a dynamic art center and resource for anyone who wishes to gain insights into contemporary art and popular culture.

Fallingwater - Located in western Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands area, a beautiful natural area with spectacular mountain vistas, river valleys, numerous waterfalls, and rich forests.