Kennywood#10 in Best Things To Do in Pittsburgh
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From the major splash at the bottom of Pittsburg Plunge water ride to the 230-foot drop on the Phantom's Revenge roller coaster, Kennywood has a thrill in store for everyone. Located on the banks of the Monongahela River, this 150-acre amusement park has roller coasters, water rides, carousels, bumper cars, 3D experiences, a 4D theater, paddle boats and more. Crowd favorites include Thunderbolt, a wooden roller coaster built in 1924, and Turtle, which was built in 1927 and provides picturesque views of the river valley. The park has a Kiddieland which is perfect for adventurous youngsters between 36 inches and 56 inches tall.
Kennywood also has what many amusement parks do not: a rich history. It started as a trolley park in 1898 that offered entertainment for mill workers and their families. Now, it unites old-time nostalgia with contemporary fun, and it's one of only two amusement parks to be named a National Historic Landmark. The park even features Lost Kennywood – a section of rides which replicate the architecture and design of the park's rides decades ago.
In addition to having fun rides, Kennywood hosts many events and festivals. Pierogi Fest, held in September, features more than 40 vendors selling variations of the popular Pittsburgh snack. The park's Phantom Fright Nights in the fall appeal to those brave enough to explore haunted houses. And those in need of holiday cheer love attending Kennywood's Holiday Lights – a huge celebration full of twinkling lights, treats, rides and Pennsylvania's tallest Christmas tree.
This amusement park is a perfect daytrip, whether you're coming for the thrills, for an event or simply for the famous potato patch fries, which travelers say are delicious. Kennywood sits about 10 miles southeast of downtown Pittsburgh, and travelers can drive, take a taxi or rideshare, or hop on a bus (P7 or 61C) from the city. The park gates open at 10:30 a.m. and each individual ride opens by 11 a.m., however, the closing times vary based on the time of year and the weather. You can purchase tickets in person or online for a discount. A regular FunDay pass is $49.99 for unlimited rides while a junior FunDay pass (for those measuring less than 46 inches) is $33.99. Passes are also sold in four packs, which previous visitors recommend for families, as it's cheaper than buying four individual tickets. There are also more discounts available for large groups, senior citizens and military personnel. Free parking is available, though a bit of a walk to the Kennywood entrance, or you can pay $7 per vehicle for preferred parking closer to the entry gate. Check out the park's official website to plan your trip to Kennywood.
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#1 Duquesne Incline
The Duquesne Incline is one of two uphill trolleys — and it has been carting visitors up Mount Washington since the 1870s. After falling on hard times, the Duquesne Incline was lovingly restored in 1963. But why should you visit the trolley in this area instead of the Monongahela one?
This one transports you to an ideal vantage point in Mount Washington, directly above where Pittsburgh's three rivers collide. There's a large viewing platform that extends just over the cliff and on a clear day, the view from the top makes for some excellent photographs. However, some recent visitors say you should wait and hop on the incline at night since it's less crowded and you can see the illuminated city below. Once you get to the top, aside from admiring the view, you can take some time to check out the small museum with some fun facts on Pittsburgh's history and photographs, or grab a souvenir from the gift shop. There are a few restaurants near the upper station as well, though travelers say they're pretty pricey and you're better off heading back downtown to grab a bite to eat.
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