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Kennywood Amusement Park


Lost Kennywood at Kennywood Amusement Park

Lost Kennywood, a historic theme area at Kennywood Amusement Park

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Founded in 1898 as a small trolley park near Pittsburgh, Kennywood Amusement Park is now considered to be one of America's "finest traditional amusement parks." Its collection of old wooden coasters and newer, faster steel coasters also makes it a favorite with roller coaster connoisseurs. Although it features many state-of-the-art rides, Kennywood still retains a nostalgic atmosphere and is a designated national historic landmark.

>>Upcoming Events at Kennywood<<


The entrance gates at Kennywood open daily at 10:30 a.m. (rides begin to open at 11:00 a.m.) from mid-May through the third week of August. Closing times vary depending upon weather and crowd conditions, but closing time is generally around 10:00 p.m.

The 2013 season at Kennywood opens on May 4 for weekends only (May 4 and May 11–12) before opening on a daily basis beginning Wednesday, May 15. The daily schedule continues through August 25. After that, Kennywood is open August 31, September 1–2, 7–8 and 14–15, 2013. September 15 is the last regular operating day for 2013.

Exceptions to Regular Operating Hours: Wednesday, May 15 is an Education Day, with Kennywood open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. only. Tuesday, May 21 is another short Education Day, with Kennywood open 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. only.

Phantom Fright Nights: Phantom Fright Nights begin Friday, September 27 and run Friday and Saturday nights from 7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. through October 26, plus Sunday, October 6 (7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. only).


Admission to Kennywood is via a one-price FunDay pass. The basic cost of the FunDay (ride-all-day) pass is $39.99 (Early season online only price is $32.99). For those shorter than 46 inches, a Junior FunDay pass is $26.99. Those 55 and older pay just $19.99 for a Senior FunDay pass. Children 2 and younger can enter and ride for free at any time. General admission without rides is not available.

Night Rider Evening Price: Admission after 5:00 p.m. is $24.99 (available at the gate only). Seniors 55+ get in after 5:00 p.m. for just $12.99.

Kennywood Season Pass: Kennywood Park offers a great deal with their Season Pass, available for just $99.99 per person, or $94.99 for four or more season passes purchased together. A Kennywood Season Pass includes unlimited trips to Kennywood for the 2013 summer season (excluding Phantom Fright Nights and Holiday Lights), as well as select Bring a Buddy discount days, $10.00 discount on regular admission to Idlewild & Soak Zone or Sandcastle, and other perks. Quantities are limited so get them early!


Kennywood amusement park is located in West Mifflin, just 12 miles southeast of downtown Pittsburgh on PA 837 along the Monongahela River. From Interstate 376 (which runs from downtown Pittsburgh to Monroeville) you'll get off at the Swissvale Exit (No. 7). Then, just follow the well-marked arrow signs to Kennywood. Preferred parking is $5 per vehicle; the rest of the parking lots are free. PAT bus 61C also stops in the Kennywood parking lot when the park is open.


Kennywood amusement park features twenty-eight major rides, including Black Widow (in its first full season in 2013), Sky Rocket, Ghostwood Estate, Cosmic Chaos, SwingShot, Skycoaster, Phantom's Revenge steel coaster, three classic wood coasters, and the Exterminator indoor coaster. Three water rides, traditional amusement rides, and Kiddieland with 14 "just for kids" rides continue the fun. Kennywood also has plenty of games, arcades and gift shops.


"Undercover" escalates a typical day near the Three Rivers into a race against the clock to save the city from the most evil villain Pittsburgh has ever seen with thrilling stunts, intense fight sequences and some comedy thrown in. Or enjoy a rock 'n roll bash with The Kennyville Party Band or the roving Dance Zone. The Celebrate America Festival provides old-fashioned fun during the first week of July, with crafts, parade and fireworks. The Fall Fantasy Parades wind through the park each evening from mid-August through Labor Day weekend.

The nightly laser show returns for a fourth year, with a new laser show over the lagoon complete with lasers, fire and music. Look for it each night 30 minutes before park close.


According to the folks at Kennywood, the lightest crowds tend to be on Sundays in May or June, and most weekdays throughout the summer. Memorial Day and the 4th of July are also, surprisingly, not very busy. If you don't mind a few raindrops, then try the park on days when the weather forecast calls for some rain. If the majority of the rides end up having to close for weather for a continuous two hours, Kennywood will offer a free return visit ticket (you'll have to ask at Guest Relations).


Shorten your time in line. Arrive early and head directly to the back of the park, working your way to the front. You'll spend less time standing in lines that way. As expected, water ride lines tend to be shorter early in the morning and late in the evening.

Check out the Kennywood height restrictions before you visit and prepare your child in advance with what to expect.

Save money on admission.

  • The Kennywood Season Pass at $99.99 pays for itself in less than three visits!

  • If you have a student who attends one of the school districts that participates in Kennywood's school picnic program, you can purchase Kennywood School Tickets for just $24.00-- that's a savings of $14.99 off the regular gate price. These School Tickets are valid any operating day in May, June or September plus weekdays in July and August. If presented on a Saturday or Sunday in July or August, a $10 surcharge must be paid. Also available at participating Giant Eagle locations while supplies last.

  • Special early season online FunDay admission tickets are available for a reduced price of just $32.99 - valid for any 2013 operating day. This promotion ends when supplies run out, or by June 30. Use promo code EARLYBIRD318 (all caps); available online only.

  • Save $10.00/person off any regular FunDay admission during Celebrate America week, June 30 - July 5, 2013 with a coupon from participating Giant Eagle locations. One good coupon good for entire family. Coupons available approximately mid-June.

  • Save $10.00/person off any regular FunDay admission during WTAE-TV's Summerfest, July 20–26, 2013 with a coupon from participating Giant Eagle locations. Coupons available approximately mid-July.

Double the fun. Can't decide if you want roller coasters or waterslides? Start your day at Sandcastle and then buy a $13.00 Kennywood Night Rider ticket at Sandcastle Guest Relations, good for admission to Kennywood after 5:00 p.m.

Save time at the gate. FunDay tickets can be purchased and printed online. When you get to Kennywood, just head straight to the e-ticket entrance and you're good to go!

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