Monday, May 19, 2003 7:21 AM
Hey guys! I'm planning on taking a trip with my dad to Pittsburgh in late July. One of the places on our agenda is to spend a day at Kennywood. We'll probably spend some time in the city too, visiting relatives. I've never been to Kennywood, and my dad hasn't been since he was a kid. We're both really excited about it!

I'm not sure the exact date but it'll be somewhere around July 26. What are some things I should do to prepare for the trip? I know it's a great park, but one I don't know much about. Thanks in advance!

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*** This post was edited by Darth Saambe 5/19/2003 11:22:27 AM ***

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Monday, May 19, 2003 8:18 AM
Get a good map of Pittsburgh. Kennywood isn't the easiest place for out of towners to get to. When you are there be sure to visit some of the historic old rides such as the Old Mill, Noah's Ark, and their great Whip. There are many older rides there that are rare or unique today.
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Monday, May 19, 2003 8:41 AM
2 words of advice:

Patch Fries!

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Monday, May 19, 2003 8:43 AM
Of course even with a map, Pittsburgh's pretty hard. We don't like people who need things like signs and directions to get places. If you don't know where you're going then why are you here? (just kiddin!)

Seriously, if you email me, I will send you directions so you can avoid most of the traffic. Just let me know what general direction you're coming from and I'll get ya there.

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Monday, May 19, 2003 11:19 AM
You probally would want to know a few rides to go on. Well make sure you ride: Phantoms Revenge, Thunderbolt, Jackrabbit, The Racer, King Kahuna, Pitfall, Exterminator, and the sky coaster(even though u have to pay) Make sure you get the potato patch fries.(with all the toppings!) Make sure you get the fudge too, its a great treat to end your day. Have Fun!

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Monday, May 19, 2003 11:23 AM
Ask a Pittsburgher for directions, and you are likely to get "drive down to where the <mumble> used to be, and take a left."

Also, one word of warning about Pgh maps: you can miss three dimensional details if you aren't paying careful attention. Just because two roads cross each other at some specific latitude/longitude doesn't meant that the roads are at the same elevation.

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Monday, May 19, 2003 11:54 AM
If you want to try something that's sweet, try the funnelcakes with ice cream and strawberries. It's very good and At a price of $3.65 is worth it! Also what part of Pittsburgh are you staying at? and try going to Sandle Castle water park cause they have a new slide finally.
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Monday, May 19, 2003 12:04 PM
Food is good, great way to have a relaxing day due to all the shade. Relaxing only if you're a guest, of course ;)

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Monday, May 19, 2003 12:14 PM

If you want, you can IM me (iamjerryrice) and I can answer some questions for you.
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Monday, May 19, 2003 1:54 PM
I know that Kennywood has incredible food and incredible rides, but is there any little park secrets that not many people know about? Things that I do NOT want to miss? (besides the coasters, of course)

I don't think we'll be staying in Pittsburgh. We're coming in after a church conference in New Wilmington. We may stay at a hotel near the airport one night. We'll be flying from Nashville to Pittsburgh. Also, is there anything around the airport to do to kill time incase we have some extra one morning/afternoon?

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Monday, May 19, 2003 3:24 PM
Areo 360 is a great ride at Kennywood. I think they let you go around an extra time cause when I was there they did that and the park was crowded. Remeber the yellow areo's to get there. I don't know the exact location of Kennywood cause I'm 15 and my dad usally drives me and my brother there when I'm coming to visit them in Pittsburgh.
*** This post was edited by Derrick Whitsett 5/19/2003 7:28:33 PM ***
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Monday, May 19, 2003 4:11 PM
I live around the Pittsburgh airport, there's not a lot to do along the amusement park lines, but there is a nice shopping area called Robinson on the main road between downtown and the airport. The locals will all know where it is. If you go to the actual mall at Robinson, there's a DDR machine in the food court near the Chick-fil-A if you're into DDR! But, there's a lot to do as far as eating and looking at things you can't afford at Robinson. Also, the airport's only about a 20 minute drive when there's no traffic from downtown, so even staying downtown isn't out of the question and doing things down there.

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Monday, May 19, 2003 4:21 PM
If you're only in town for one day, and you have a limited amount of rides you can go on, I'd definitely skip some of the above mentioned.

The Aero 360 and King Kahuna, particularly, are rides that can be found at many other parks.

Try to hit the unique and historical rides that no one else has... there's plenty to choose from.

The 1902 Old Mill, the Kangaroo (the original "flying coaster"), the Turtle, even the Log Jammer (flume ride) is unique in that the water actually flows uphill for a bit of the ride, and it gives you a little pop of airtime.

Phantom's Revenge and the three woodies are must-do's, the Exterminator is a neat ride since it's enclosed and themed... it's a stock Reverchon Spinning Mouse, though.

Of course you can't miss the Potato Patch fries (here's a hint: they sell the same fries at the Small Fry stand in Lost Kennywood, but up there you can get chicken strips with them.) If you're there for two meals, try some fresh (not frozen, but actually cut up every morning) Hot Sausage at the Pagoda or some Deep Fried Oreos for a snack. (Balance it out with a Diet Mountain Dew and the calories go right away.)

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Monday, May 19, 2003 4:38 PM
Don't forget the roasted corn stand with all the different flavors.
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Monday, May 19, 2003 5:10 PM
Everyone raves about the fries at KW...I just don't get it. They are soggy even before you put the toppings on them. I like my fries crispy, like the Friar Patch at CP.

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Monday, May 19, 2003 5:31 PM
Have a Belgian Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich. Mmmm....
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Monday, May 19, 2003 6:03 PM
If you stay near the airport, take the Parkway into town, go through the tunnel, cross the bridge, swing right still on the Parkway, then get off and cross the bridge to Station Square. At Station Square, turn left and head up through the South Side along the river. There are other routes, but this one gives you a great drive through Old Pittsburgh. You'll also pass Sandcastle on your left. Just keep going. Eventually you'll come through Homestead and climb the hill to Kennywood.
If you had time for just one other activity, seriously consider riding the Duquesne Incline up to Mt. Washington and walking along the top, stopping at the overlooks to get great views of Pittsburgh. if you do this, take a camera along. The Incline itself is like another amusement park ride, and the walk along the top is great.
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Monday, May 19, 2003 6:07 PM
What are these Patatoe Patch Fries? When I was there I had something called Idaho Potatoes, are these the same?

By the way, I had the Funnel Cake with Ice Cream and Strawberries and I'll be having it again (and again). Yum!

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Monday, May 19, 2003 7:14 PM
Gotta love the funnel cake with ice cream and strawberries. Funny thing, about getting to kennywood. My car broke down at the waterfront, and had to be towed. So i go to pick it up from the repair guy, and I'm like, "isn't that kennywood?" Discovered completely by chance a totally new way to get there.
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Monday, May 19, 2003 7:20 PM
Pittdesigner- No traffic from the airport to Downtown?!?!? What have you been smokin? The backup coming to the tunnel is about as bad as it gets. (By the way is there still all that construction at the south side of the West End bridge?)

Getting to Kennywood is tricky. Anyway you cut it from the west side of town make it onto state route 837 (it has many names as it travels through different cities) and head east. It runs along the south bank of the Monongahela River.

There really isn't much out by the airport beyond shopping, most of which is pretty standard suburban crap! Don't go there on the weekend. It takes 15 minutes to get from the giant Walmart to the giant Target and another 20 to get to the Best Buy "right across the street". If you have time and a little adventure in you head for the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Oakland and South Side, or even Squirel Hill. All have a quality not found to much in American neighborhoods anymore.

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