Summer is quickly approaching. Like many Pittsburghers, you’ll want to plan a summer packed with fun (without dropping a boatload of cash). Luckily, Pittsburgh is a city filled with businesses who value patrons and their families by providing them with all kinds of money saving deals… you just have to know where to find them! Hopefully, that’s where we can help. The following list details some of the places you’ll find the best deals and discounts on Pittsburgh attractions!

1. Memberships

If you’re a Pittsburgh resident, you may want to consider a membership to a local museum or attraction. Many places offer family memberships that pay for themselves within THREE visits. In addition to unlimited admission, memberships sometimes offer access to member only events, discounts at the gift store and additional one-time-use guest passes. Also, take advantage of special discounts that places might offer with Student IDs or AAA memberships.

>>>WORTH IT!: If you’re in the market for a membership, consider the one to the Carnegie Museums. One family membership costs $150 and includes unlimited general admission for one year to Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Andy Warhol Museum, and Carnegie Science Center. Plus, free general admission privileges with more than 300 participating science centers worldwide. You’ll also receive invitations to members-only events, exhibition previews, and exclusive tours, a complimentary subscription to CARNEGIE magazine and discounts on classes, camps, standard IMAX® films, lectures, laser shows, and special events, and a 10% discount on purchases in all museum stores.


2. Supermarket Discount Tickets

National and local supermarkets sometimes offer discounted tickets to local Pittsburgh attractions. Check with the guest service counter at participating grocery stores.

>>> WORTH IT!: At participating Giant Eagle stores, you can find discount tickets to places such as Idlewild, Sandcastle, Kennywood, and Cedar Point. You can also save money by presenting your Giant Eagle card when purchasing a ballgame ticket at PNC Park. Check their website for details and offers.
3. Pittsburgh Pass

Created by a local Pittsburgh mother, the Pittsburgh Pass offers a great opportunity to families looking to plan a stay-cation in the Pittsburgh area. The Pittsburgh pass offers families (and tourists) the option to purchase an affordable ticket package that will get them into Pittsburgh’s best parks and attractions. Act fast though, they’re only available through June 7th!

>>> WORTH IT!: For $83.99, you will receive a one time admission Sandcastle, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Kennywood, Carnegie Science Center, and the Children’s Museum. You can purchase the Pittsburgh Pass online.


4. Online Coupons & Entertainment Books

Find deals on local place and save upward of nearly 50% off regular price. Websites such as Amazon Local, Groupon Pittsburgh and ‘Burgh Bargains have tons of great offers. While it’s fun to try new places, I love finding discounts to places we’re already familiar with.

Or, if you’re like me and love clipping coupons, you’ll enjoy coupon books: seriously, one of the best investments any family can make! Coupon books, such as Entertainment Book or Kids Stuff not only offer valuable coupons for shopping, but also give you AWESOME one-time-use coupons to local attractions.

My coupon book has saved me over $150 with coupons from places such as Macy’s, the National Aviary, The Children’s Place, and The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

>>> WORTH IT!Amazon Local offers tons of services and tickets for great discount prices. It’s easy to use  and includes a 100% money back guarantee.


5. Museum Promotions

There are tons of days throughout the year that your favorite Pittsburgh places offer FREE or discounted admission. In the past year, there has been offers for FREE admission from places such as the Carnegie Museum of Natural History & Art, Carnegie Science Center, the Children’s Museum, The Warhol and MORE! To stay up to date on these events, I suggest signing up for email updates from museums you’re interested in. Of course, you’re always welcome to follow Play Pittsburgh to stay up to date on great deals happening throughout the city 😉

>>> WORTH IT!: While FREE admission days happen sporadically, you can always find a great bargain on Thursday nights at the Carnegie Museum of Art & Natural History. On Thursday, admission after 4 p.m. is $10 per adult/senior (normally $17.95)  and $5 per student/child (normally $11.95).