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Insider's Guide: Kennywood

Kennywood is kicking off 2022 with a two-year 125th Anniversary Celebration!

Kennywood is turning 125! To celebrate Kennywood's 125th Anniversary, the park is throwing a massive two-year celebration thanks to a multi-million dollar investment. The park will be undergoing renovations and exciting experiences like the return of the classic Kangaroo, an enhanced in-park atmosphere and a spectacular lineup of special events throughout the year.

Plan Your Visit 

Combining modern thrills and classic rides, complete your summer with a trip to Kennywood! Gather your friends and family for unforgettable fun. 

Congratulation to the Phantom’s Revenge roller coaster for being recognized as one of America’s Best Roller Coasters via USA Today's 10Best.com national poll. As Pennsylvania’s fastest roller coaster, the Phantom is renowned by park guests and enthusiasts alike for its big drops, top speeds and abundant airtime. 

Kennywood is open on April 17 for the start of the 2022 season. Visit kennywood.com for varying park hours and to purchase tickets online and view the full events calendar.

Season Passholders 

Secure endless summer fun with a Season Pass! Multiple pass holder options are available, including a Ride & Slide Pass which includes access to Kennywood and Sandcastle Waterpark, a Premium Pass which includes parking and a souvenir cup, a Senior Pass, and more. Learn more about the perks of being a Season Passholder. 

2022 Special Events 

This year, Kennywood is excited for an exciting lineup of events. With a mix of new and returning events, the park features eight months of unique entertainment. 

  • Swing into Spring Weekends | Apr. 16–May 22: The 2022 Season begins with a locally inspired springtime food and music festival. The festival will run Saturdays and Sundays through May 22.
  • Bites and Pints Festival | May 26–June 26: May 26 marks the start of Kennywood’s daily operating schedule and the beginning of the second annual Bites and Pints Food & Drink Festival. The Bites and Pints Food & Drink Festival will run weekly from Thursday-Sunday with live entertainment daily.
  • Celebrate America | July 1-4: Longtime favorite Celebrate America explodes onto the scene with the return of nightly fireworks, the Weiner 100 dachshund races, and more patriotic performances.
  • Summer's On! | July 5-31: An all-new summertime event will provide extra activities for kids and families, plus showcase the unique magic of Kennywood Park after dark with special evening entertainment and high-energy music under the lights. More details coming soon!
  • Fall Fantasy Parades | Aug. 6-21: The 72nd annual Fall Fantasy Parades march back into Kennywood, with a variety of local and regional high school and college bands performing each night.
  • Phantom Fall Fest | Sept. 23-Oct. 30: Phantom Fall Fest returns for a second season, with the ability to Play All Day and Fright All Night.
  • Kennywood Holiday Lights | Nov. 18 – Jan. 1, 2023: Experience the magic of Holiday Lights as more than one million lights sparkle and shine throughout the park plus enjoy festive entertainment, food and drinks and Pennsylvania's largest Christmas Tree during this holiday outing.
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Insider’s Tips 

Avoid Measurements with Height Check 

Have your kids grown since last summer? Be sure to stop by one of Kennywood’s Service Centers for a height check! Located near Noah’s Ark and at the Front Gate, kids are measured and provided a color-coded wristband with their “official” height. When entering a ride, show the operator your kid’s wristband to avoid measurements for every ride. 

Indulge in Iconic Potato Patch Fries 

A trip to Kennywood isn’t complete without a stop at The Potato Patch! The “Patch” serves homemade fries with fresh cut Idaho potatoes. Top off your fries with melted cheddar cheese, bacon, vinegar, gravy, or seasoning salts. Eat like a local with Potato Patch Fries – food you can get Only in Pittsburgh

Ride the Record-Breaking Steel Curtain 

In partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kennywood opened the record-breaking Steel Curtain in 2019. At a maximum height of 220 feet and featuring nine inversions, the coaster speeds through 4,000 feet of track at 76 miles per hour. The Steel Curtain sets three records: the tallest roller coaster in Pennsylvania, the most inversions on a roller coaster in North America, and the tallest inversion in the world!

Rain Check

Many visitors will avoid a day calling for rain, which means these days tend to be less busy. Many of the rides still run if the weather isn't too bad. If the weather takes a turn for the worse causing the park to close early, rain checks are issued for guests that present their ticket stubs. This means you can get some riding in when it isn't busy, and come back another day if the park does close! 

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Kennywood's website is the biggest tool in planning your visit. Preview the rides, food options, special events and more before heading to the park. Taking some research of your own along with these tips will ensure a great next visit to Kennywood!

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Pittsburgh is the perfect destination for unforgettable family fun! Featuring many fantastic attractions, Pittsburgh has plenty of entertainment options for kids of all ages. Plan your KidsBURGH® trip today!