Summertime means spending time with family and friends. What better way to make some lasting memories than to visit an amusement park? There is something for everyone at Kennywood since it is a family park. Kennywood is located east of Pittsburgh, PA.
I love to walk around and take in all the sights and sounds of the park. Since it is a family park, they have a part of the park for the youngest of fans. It’s called Kiddie-land. I think it’s fun to go to Kiddie-land and watch the young children have fun and ride the rides designed especially for them.
Kennywood is very clean park. Employees are very diligent to not have trash laying around. I’ve been going to the park all my life and I’ve never seen trash laying around. This is amazing considering how many people visit the park in a day. They have trash cans every so many steps so it’s easy to find a trash can to throw away your trash.
Money is tight for everyone in this economy. What I love is that you can still bring your own food into the park. They still have picnic groves where you can leave your cooler for the day and save money. This use to be the way all parks were, there are not many left that still lets you bring in your own food. Alcoholic beverages, firearms, glass bottles and pets are not permitted on park grounds. Overtly offensive clothing such as, but not limited to, clothing with hateful messages, pornography, vulgarity, illegal acts, and /or divisive political messages.
The park has limited smoking areas due to rules and laws of the area. They do not sell tobacco anywhere in the park. There are designated areas in the park for smoking. As a non smoker, I’m glad this is in place. You can find out the designated smoking areas when you first come through the gates.
Another reason I love going to Kennywood is they are very handicap accessible. I am unable to walk or stand for long periods of time so I take my mobility scooter. I don’t have to miss out on the fun with my family. When I get to the park before I buy my ticket and go through the gate, I go visit the Guest Services desk. They issue me a yellow pass that allows me and up to 3 guests to enter a ride through the exit. This is a great help! The exits are wider and makes entering the ride a lot easier for me.
Founded in 1898 as a small trolley park near Pittsburgh, Kennywood was begun by the Monongahela Street Railway Company, which was controlled by Andrew Mellon. Today’s Kennywood still contains two major buildings dating from 1898 — a carousel pavilion and a restaurant (originally the Casino). You can read more on the history of the park here.
If you are a fan of amusement parks and in the Pittsburgh area, Kennywood is a MUST see attraction.
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