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Kennywood

West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA

The classic traditional American amusement park...

Opened30 May 1899
SeasonMay to December
OwnerParques Reunidos
OperatorPalace Entertainment
Websitewww.kennywood.com
NearbyIdlewild and SoakZone (32 miles)
Conneaut Lake Park (89 miles)
Waldameer (120 miles)
Cedar Point (166 miles)
Six Flags America (194 miles)
Racer, Kennywood's 1927 racing woodie, seen across the lake

Racer, Kennywood's 1927 möbius loop racing woodie, seen from across the lake

Kennywood, one of only two amusement parks in the United States to be granted National Historic Landmark status, is crammed full of classic rides and attractions.

The Pittsburgh park originally opened in 1899 as a trolley park at the end of the Monongahela Street Railway, owned by the influential Mellon family who also owned nearby Idlewild for many years. F W Henniger and Andrew McSwigan bought Kennywood in 1906 and after a while formed the Kennywood Entertainment Company which, in a historical twist of fate, would eventually buy Idlewild from the Mellons.

Today's Kennywood, while paying tribute to its historic roots, manages to combine its classic attractions with more modern rides in a great well kept modern amusement park.

Amongst Kennywood's offerings are Phantom's Revenge, a steel hypercoaster from Arrow Dynamics; Jack Rabbit, Racer and Thunderbolt - three superb wooden coasters; Noah's Ark, the only remaining walkthrough ark ride in the world; and Pittsburg Plunge, a soaking wet shoot-the-chutes water ride.

The United States' remaining trolley parks seem to be going one of two ways: rapidly decaying, such as Camden Park, or thriving by reinventing themselves to still be relevant in the 21st century like Waldameer. Thankfully, Kennywood is very much in the latter category, with large scale investment in new attractions and a fun filled atmosphere the park can be justly proud of.

Attractions

Phantom's Revenge

Phantom's Revenge

Hypercoaster

Racer

Racer

Racing wooden rollercoaster built in 1927

Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt

Wooden rollercoaster

Jack Rabbit

Jack Rabbit

1920 wooden rollercoaster

Exterminator

Exterminator

Indoor spinning coaster

Pittsburg Plunge

Pittsburg Plunge

Shoot-the-Chutes

Black Widow

Black Widow

Giant pendulum swing

Aero 360

Aero 360

Inverting Ranger featuring Kennywood's iconic arrow themed arms

Musik Express

Musik Express

Rock music themed flat ride

Swing Shot

Swing Shot

Giant swing

Bayern Kurve

Bayern Kurve

Kennywood's third version of their Bayern Kurve ride

Paratrooper

Paratrooper

Paratrooper flat ride

Kangaroo

Kangaroo

Family flat ride

Noah's Ark

Noah's Ark

Historic walk through attraction

Cosmic Chaos

Cosmic Chaos

Zamperla Mega Disk'O

Merry-Go-Round

Merry-Go-Round

Carousel designated a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmark

Gran Prix

Gran Prix

Bumper cars

Turtle

Turtle

Rare tumble bug ride

4-D Theater

4-D Theater

4D cinema

Whip

Whip

American Whip from 1919

Volcano

Volcano

Enterprise

Wave Swinger

Wave Swinger

Chair-o-planes

Lil' Phantom

Lil' Phantom

Kiddie coaster