A popular attraction since 1899, Pittsburgh, PA's Kennywood holds National Historic Landmark status being the 17th oldest amusement park in the US. Privately owned and operated by the Kenny family, the land started out as a trolley park that was leased to the Monongahela Street Railway in the attempt to get some patronage for their business. This successful endeavor quickly expanded to include outdoor recreation facilities such as athletic fields, a bandstand, a dance pavilion, a picnic grove, a playground, landscaped gardens, and even a casino. In 1902, the first rollercoaster was added. By 1924, there was an entire "Kiddieland", with regular thrill rides being added for adults as well.
In its more than one century of operation, Kennywood has been home to many ground breaking achievements in the amusement park business. At one time, it was dubbed the roller coaster capital of the world. The Jack Rabbit is the 5th oldest functioning roller coaster in the world, and was one of the first to utilize wheels both above and below the track to keep the train safely on course. The Steel Phantom (revamped and renamed to the Phantom's Revenge for the 2001 season) was, at one time, the fastest roller coaster in the world with a maximum speed of 80mph, and attracted coaster enthusiasts from all over the globe.
Today the park covers over 40 acres plus parking (free!), and overlooks the Monongahela River. It is one of the few remaining urban amusement parks left in the US. Over one million people visit each season. It typically opens in early May and closes in early September, though weather conditions may cause earlier or later scheduling. The park opens its gates a 10:30am, rides start at 11:00am, and closing time is set by weather and crowd conditions. To enter the park, visitors can choose to pay a small entrance fee and then buy tickets to ride individual rides, or purchase an all-day wristband pass that allows unlimited access to nearly all of the rides.
Kennywood is home to numerous rides, some of the most notable being:
... and many more including Noah's Ark, the rides in Kiddieland, paddle boats, games, arcades, miniature golf, live stage shows, fireworks, etc.
- Personal Experience (I go every season)