Nothing reminds me more of an all-American summer than time spent at Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh, PA. Across the river from the old steel mills, now there are more rides and bigger roller coasters, but the history and traditions of this 100+ year old institution remain unchanged. Not everyone can say they have ridden on a wooden roller coaster like the Jack Rabbit which was built in 1920. My grandma actually warned me to wear something long so I wouldn’t get splinters on the rides–I was sure to update her that the rides no longer have wooden seats like they did in her day. One thing that has changed since my childhood is that Kennywood did away with the wristbands you would get at entry– keeping one on for as long as possible was the ultimate summer badge of honor, but now you will just have to take my blog post as proof I was there.
ABOUT Kennywood is one of the oldest and most beloved amusement parks in America. Founded in 1898, Kennywood has thrilled and delighted both young and young-at-heart visitors for more than 110 years. From the early days of the carousel, through the development of the first roller coasters, to the technological advancements in today’s steel looping coasters, Kennywood has always been the park that puts a smile on everyone’s face. Designated a National Historic Landmark since 1987, you’ll find “Lost Kennywood,” a replica of turn-of-the-century architecture that houses some of the park’s most popular rides, as well as attractions that go from mild to wild throughout the park. Refuel at more than a dozen dining options offering tasty treats that can’t be found at any other amusement park anywhere. Kennywood is a unique experience and remains one of “America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Parks.” In fact, it’s what memories are made of!
4800 Kennywood Blvd, West Mifflin, PA 15122 (412) 461-0500