Kennywood amusement park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania offers a glimpse back to the old days of amusement parks as well as cutting edge attractions that are great for the entire family. Opening in 1898 Kennywood is one of the oldest amusement parks in the USA. It’s nostalgic charm makes Kennywood great for families. With so many fun attractions this is our can’t miss list of family fun at Kennywood.
My family received complimentary admission tickets to Kennywood. As always, my opinions are honest and my own. You can read more about my disclosure policy here.
Kennywood has rides for the entire family as well as rides that are for the older kids. They have a great Parent Swap that you can use for families with different ages and it made our visit much easier.
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We visited Kennywood as part of our Pittsburgh family weekend getaway. Pittsburgh is one of our favorite cities to visit with kids. There are so many awesome places to see and things to do. It is definitely a great family destination.
Garfield’s Nightmare is a dark boat ride that goes through “nightmares” that Garfield has. It is slow loading so if you want to ride it I suggest riding it first. It is less “nightmare” and more silly fun. My kids were fine throughout the entire ride. Nothing pops out at you and everything is cartoonish. You also wear 3-D glass but they can be removed for kids that do not like them and you can still enjoy the ride. Ride Height Requirement: Any (46′ to ride alone)
If your kids loved The Lego Movie they will love the 4-D show. This is the 3rd time we have seen this show. We saw it at LEGOLAND as well as LEGOLAND Discovery Center. It is a fun 4-D show that the kids enjoyed. Ride Height Requirements: Any (No Infants)
Wooden roller coasters are typically my nemesis. I usually don’t like them and they end up being really rough. The Jack Rabbit is nothing like that. It is a fun and smooth wooden roller coaster. It is the first “big kid” roller coaster we could ride as a family. I love creating those first amusement park memories and riding the Jack Rabbit was perfect. Ride Height Requirements: 42 inches
If you love roller coasters you have to ride the Phantom’s Revenge. It is one of the best steel coasters in the U.S.A. I wasn’t sure my daughter would want to ride it but she did!! I guess that meant I had to ride it too!! The climb to the top is a little slow but once you go down the first hill it is incredible. It is full of unexpected surprises and a great ride!! Ride Height Requirements: 48 inches
Sky Rocket is a launch coaster. It goes from 0 to 50 mph and launches you up the hill. It is a fast ride that has a few loops as well. The height requirement is 52 inches and because of that my daughter was the only one able to ride it. Thankfully Kennywood has a Parent Swap option that helped us enjoy all the attractions. (More on Parent Swap at the end of this.) Ride Height Requirements: 52 inches
Exterminator is a themed indoor roller coaster. It twits and turns and people prone to motion sickness may not enjoy it. My youngest son couldn’t ride this so we utilized the Parent Swap. Ride Height Requirements: 46 inches
When I visit theme parks I like to check out what is the best food options because honestly it is usually about the food! Kennywood doesn’t disappoint with healthy options like Snack-A-Saurus featuring Bean Sprouts to fan favorites like the Potato Patch. Snack-A-Saurus offers family friendly and allergy friendly options.
The Potato Patch is a must visit for Kennywood fans. They have fresh cut Idaho potatoes and are delicious. You can get them with bacon and cheese but we went with the original. We shared an order and it was a good size for a snack.
Before our visit I was reading about the chocolate dipped ice cream cones at the Golden Nugget. It was so good!!! They dip the ice cream in chocolate and then cover in nuts or sprinkles(jimmies). Then they top it with a cherry!! Yum!!
I have to say a huge thank you to the manger Jeff who helped us during our visit. My husband got grease on his shirt from one of the attractions. We were not really sure how or where, and we are still not sure, but when we talked to the manager he was super helpful. He gave my husband a new shirt to wear and had Shout for his shirt!! I was very impressed with the kindness and consideration by the staff at Kennywood.
It was the kids first visit to Kennywood and they didn’t want to leave. They loved the rides and there were rides we missed that we can’t wait to get back to ride again. It was an awesome addition to our Pittsburgh weekend and is on our list for the best things to do when visiting Pittsburgh.
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