Our Favorite Pittsburgh Things will be a regular series devoted to the places, things, and people in and around the city of Pittsburgh that all of us here at Yearick-Millea love.
Kennywood is open! Well, almost. On Saturday, May 3, one of my favorite places in Pittsburgh opens for the season.
Kennywood is one of the oldest amusement parks in America, and for me, it represents a feeling of nostalgia. Though I didn’t grow up in Pittsburgh, I’m lucky enough to have made memories at the park throughout my life. Growing up, my siblings and I would spend our summers in Pittsburgh with our grandparents, and going to Kennywood was a highlight during those trips.
I remember being small enough to enjoy the rides in Kiddieland, the Jack Rabbit was the first rollercoaster I ever rode, I’ve attended school/work/community picnics, and I even wrote about new attractions at the park when I worked as a newspaper reporter.
The amusement park features several wooden and steel coasters, thrill rides, classic fair rides and water rides. No matter how old I get or how many times the makeup of the park changes, the Kangaroo ride will always be my favorite because it was the first attraction we’d visit when my grandma would take us to the park.
Finally, a trip to Kennywood trip isn’t complete without delicious amusement park food! While the Potato Patch fries are very popular with the Kennywood crowd, I’m partial to the corn dogs and funnel cakes.
Do you have a favorite ride/food item from the park? Share your Kennywood memories with us in the comments section.