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Kennywood Park (West Mifflin, PA) - Black Widow

Updated on July 9, 2012
Kennywood-Pittsburgh PA
Kennywood-Pittsburgh PA | Source

In the next few weeks Kennywood will be adding another ride to their historic park. The ride, called The Black Widow, will reach speeds of around 70 mph and dangle rider’s legs from 100 feet in the air while they are swung back and forth. This will not be a ride for the faint of heart!

Kennywood-Pittsburgh PA
Kennywood-Pittsburgh PA | Source

The park has been in business for over 100 years, and is one of the two amusement parks listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Over the years Kennywood has added many new and exciting rides to the mix but they are perhaps still known best for their old wooden coasters.

The most popular of those wooden coasters are the Jack Rabbit, built in 1920, and the Racer, built in 1927. As old as these rides are they are still terrifying and fun, as evidenced by the lines of riders waiting their turn. There are many other historic rides at Kennywood such as the Grand carousel (1927), the Turtle (1927), the Whip (1918), Noah’s Ark (1936), and many more.

Kennywood also offers an entire area dedicated to the little ones called Kiddieland. Kennywood was one of the first parks in the world to offer a children’s area. Kiddieland offers a full day of fun rides for the kids, and has miniature versions of some of their popular rides specifically for the children.

Other than the great rides, Kennywood has some of the best food around. Locals will go just to eat! Whether you want anything from steak to pizza you can find it here. They even have a fully stocked candy store that carries any kind of candy your heart could desire.

Kennywood is a great place to bring your family for some summer time fun. The fact that it is a much smaller park than say Disney World or Six Fags only adds to its appeal. You will get to ride every ride in the park in a day and will not spend hours waiting in lines, in short you will spend your day enjoying the rides not waiting for them. Kennywood is now open, come enjoy a piece of history.

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