Kennywood, a family fun entertainment center, offers something for everyone. For thrill seekers, enjoy one of the six incredible roller coasters, or hop on the Merry-Go-Round if high-speed thrills aren’t your game. Whatever your thrill level, there is plenty to do and see at Kennywood.
The average trip to West Mifflin, Pa., is roughly 2.5 hours. From Cleveland, take I-77 south toward Akron. Then merge onto I-80 at exit 146 toward Youngstown. After about 45 miles, merge onto I-76 east toward Pittsburgh. After about another 50 miles, merge onto I-79 south at exit 28 toward Pittsburgh then keep left to I-279 at exit 72 toward Pittsburgh. Merge onto I-579 using exit 2A toward Veterans Bridge and after roughly 1.5 miles, take the Oakland/Monroeville exit at I-376 east and stay straight to follow Boulevard of the Allies for a little more than a mile. Then merge onto I-376 east toward Monroeville for roughly 2.5 miles. Take exit 74 toward Homestead-Squirrel Hill and then merge onto Beechwood Boulevard. After about a half a mile, stay straight onto Browns Hill Road. This road will become Homestead Gray Road. After about a half a mile, turn left onto East 8th Avenue and continue to follow PA-837 signs to a Walgreen’s on the corner at Kennywood Boulevard. Follow the signs to Kennywood.
What To Do
4800 Kennywood Blvd.
West Mifflin, PA 15122
Price: $37.99 adults/$24.99 children shorter than 46 inches/$18.49 seniors 55 and older/free for kids younger than 2/5 p.m special rates $22.99 adults/$10.99 seniors
Kennywood is one of the finest traditional amusement parks in the nation, founded in 1898. The park was deemed a national historic landmark in 1987. Kennywood offers a look into the past as well as the future with its incredible architectural designs. It boasts six roller coasters, including the fastest roller coaster in the world, Phantom’s Revenge, three water rides, including the Raging Rapids, nine thrill rides, including Aero 360, 10 classic rides, including the famous Merry-Go-Round, three dark rides, including Ghostwood Estate, and fourteen kiddie rides, including, SS Kenny. Kennyland will amaze with the spectacular live shows as well. Steel City Rhythm, one of many bands that grace the main stage, promise a one-of-a-kind show that will leave you feeling energized from the rhythm of rock. Not only will this park entertain and thrill you, it will also feed you. With more than 30 snack locations and cafes, choose from a hearty meal from French fries and funnel cakes to ice cream and pretzels. An important note for parents with children allergic to peanuts, the park does not use peanut oil or offer anything with hidden peanuts.
Carnegie Science Center
1 Allegheny Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Price: $5 parking/$17.95 adult/$11.95 child/$22.95 adult admission with Omni Max and Laser Show/$16.95 child admission with Omni Max and Laser Show/$8 adult Omni Max Theater/$6 child Omni Max Theater $8 adult Laser Show/$8 child Laser Show
Board the deck of the USS Requin Submarine, explore a fantastic guitar exhibit, examine coral reefs, experience the Miniature Railroad & Village and stare in awe in the world’s largest planetarium. The must-see at this science center is the Omni Max theater. Experience theater like you have never experienced it. “Born to be Wild,” narrated by Morgan Freeman, is an incredible story about an orangutans and elephants set in the rainforest. “Tornado Alley” will excite your senses through the thunderous devastation brought about by some of the worst tornadoes. “Rocky Mountain Express” winds you through a dazzling country scenery, deep canyons and tight-fitting rails. “The Artic,” narrated by Meryl Streep, is a adorable story of the survival and troubles of polar bears.
Arbors Bed & Breakfast
745 Maginn St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15214
Price: from $95
This beautiful, 19th-century farm house has been renovated and displays the natural uniqueness of this town. Hidden in the twists and turns of the hills, and nestled in a historical district neighborhood, this cozy bed and breakfast is minutes from Kennywood. Relax in the spacious hot tub and enjoy a homemade, delicious meal in the large dining room or garden. This inn offers a more personal touch that cannot be found in a chain hotel with the same amenities such as cable television and private bathrooms.
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt
22400 Lebanon Church Road
West Mifflin, PA 15122
The days of soda and ice-cream parlors are past but the delicious taste of ice cream is better than ever, and Handel’s has the best in the area. Open since 1945, this establishment creates its flavors of ice cream fresh daily. It uses the best and fresh ingredients and never skimps on the amount of nuts, candies or sauces it provides. From banana cream pie to Tin Lizzy cheesecake chunk and lowfat yogurts to ices, it offers a little bit of everything. Enjoy sugar-free deserts as well as frozen cakes, sherbets, Handel pops, hurricanes, sundaes, banana splits, smoothies, and waffle cones and bowls.
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Hyeholde Family Restaurant
1516 Coraopolis Heights Road
Moon Township, PA 15108
Experience great food and friendly service at this family owned, French-inspired restaurant. Opened in 1938, William and Clara Hyeholde built the establishment brick by brick and board by board. Their love story is the center of this family owned business. Now owned by their daughter, Barbara McKenna, this restaurant consists of several barns transformed into magnificent, relaxing sanctuary, winding gardens, stone paths, slate floors, stained glass windows, a unique fireplace and a wonderful outside patio. The menu features a great variety including soups, salads and pan-seared trout. The grilled prime filet with boursin potatoes, French green beans and rosemary bread is a must try. Should you prefer having a picnic in one of the gardens, picnic menus are also available; advanced notice is required for these menu choices. Reservations are requested but not required.
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